Posts Tagged ‘goth rock’

February 25, 2017

Gothy electro rockers HEALTH have been silent since their 2015 album Death Magic, so it’s with great pleasure that I encountered a brand new track from the trio this week. Dark whirring Euphoria, despite being an original, arrives as part of HEALTH’s new DISCO 3 remix album. The other tracks that flesh out the album include remixes by the likes of Haxan Cloak, Preoccupations, Purity Ring, and more. It’s obvious this is an album I need to check out, stat. HEALTH’s video for the spine tingling tune is made up of footage from the band’s past. DISCO 3 is out now on iTunes via Loma Vista.

September 5, 2016
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It was much sad and somber news that I woke up to on Sunday morning when word arrived of the passing of Eric Miranda, the front man of San Francisco four piece In Letter Form. The band’s music had always appealed to me greatly, considering the deep love I harbor for dark brooding post-punk. The Bay Area music scene has suffered a great loss, and it’s only proper that we share a moment with In Letter Form this morning by listening to darkwave haunting, angular spellbinding Terror (Is A State Of Mind), a favorite from their recent album “Fracture. Repair. Repeat.” available from Bandcamp. If you were tuning into Soundcheck on Live 105 last night as I was (a Sunday night tradition), you would’ve caught a very moving moment when DJ Aaron Axelsen dropped In Letter Form’s Wait Now then followed it up with Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart, a fitting tribute indeed. Most sincere condolences from IHM to the band, Eric Miranda’s family, and friends. 

March 8, 2016
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Thanks to some like minded individuals with superb music taste, I’ve been introduced to an unsigned Finnish quartet named Runaway Zoo. The band hails from a dark, small town, and they allegedly like monkeys, according to their Soundcloud profile. This may help to explain their band name, or perhaps not. In any case, Runaway Zoo’s new song Just To Be Somebody is dark and delicious, a wickedly edgy alt pop song brimming with plentiful melodic goth HIM and some electrifying Depeche Mode. It’s a sound I find irresistibly magnetic.

January 30, 2016

If it’s some classic The Cure, Depeche Mode, or Joy Division you’re craving for, indie artist/producer Drangsal swoops out of Germany to alleviate that hunger. He reveals Allan Align via a music video, a song which will be on the one man band’s debut album, Harieschaim, out April 22nd on Caroline International. Allan Allign is a deeply infectious anthem that brings my English post punk and darkwave loving heart back to life. Purchase Allan Align on iTunes.

December 8, 2015

One of my favorite debut albums of 2015 comes from Calgary’s Viet Cong, and FEWS easily reminds me of them with their brand of sinister post punk and math rock flavored guitar riffs on The Zoo, a dark and coldgazey song for which the band dropped a grainy music video. The London based Swedish band who just signed to Play It Again Sam also reminds me of some of my other favorite dark post punkers, like Editors, early Bloc Party, and Interpol, but FEWS sounds even more satisfyingly sinister. The Zoo’s music video was directed and animated by Alden Volney, who shot the psychedelic visual treat in post-industrial Malmö. FEWS are currently working on a debut album, holed up in South London in a studio with Dan carey. The Zoo is available as a limited 7″ single and digitally via Play It Again Sam.

November 21, 2015
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I’m often recommended music that’s easy to comprehend, quick to enrapture, and easy to describe, but once in awhile, something fresh comes along that stands out from the pack and takes time to digest. I love it when that happens ,because I end up having a ton of fun exploring, learning, dissecting, and enjoying the music. That’s exactly what happened this morning when I encountered an act named Imaginary War from Berlin, who just released an eerie music video for their somber single Made A Decision. Watch the video below, as you dive into the darkness of the song. Though described as a synthpop band, Made A Decision struck me more an electro rock or goth rock number, with qualities redolent of 30 Seconds To Mars peppered with a dusting of industrial dramatic Nine Inch Nails. It leaves a satisfying metallic taste in my mouth, as if I’d battled my demons, shed blood and sweat, and hopefully, won. Made A Decision crawls, surges, and haunts with powerful anguish and bold resolution. For a far more synthpopping track from Imaginary War, turn your ears to pulsating The Way We Feel below the video for Made A Decision. It’s still dark, as if with an inkling of TR/ST or Crystal Castles, but far more dancey.

August 14, 2015

Gothy noise rockers and electro poppers HEALTH finally released a long awaited new full length earlier this summer, and Death Magic is absolutely glorious and worth the wait. One of my favorite dark electro rock songs off the album is visceral, gratifying Stonefist, for which HEALTH has released a music video. I’m greatly looking forward to catching HEALTH live next Friday, August 21st, at Popscene in San Francisco. The last time I caught them live, they were opening for Crystal Castles (Alice Glass version) a few years ago. 

May 1, 2015
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Sacramento’s own gothy folk singer songwriter Chelsea Wolfe goes infinitely dark and ominous on a spectacular new song named Iron Moon. Growling guitars combine with her gossamer vocals on the rip roaring song of burning passion. It’s a grandiose song that borders on goth metal with its booming, lightning bolts of explosive sound. I’m brought to the edge of a perilous, yet magnificent precipice by every flare of the spellbinding song, which is off Chelsea Wolfe’s upcoming album, Abyss, out August 7th.

LYRIC VID: Muse – Dead Inside

March 24, 2015

It’s been about a week since we received our first taste of Muse’s new album Drones. Today, the UK rockers revealed a new single off Drones via a lyric video. Dead Inside is more akin to some of their electro heavy, infectiously melodic tunes of their more recent albums, but there’s a delicious gothy darkness to the track that brings me back to earlier releases. Dead Inside again seems to be a sign that Muse is delineating away from some of the massively melodramatic production and bombastic characteristics they had embraced on The 2nd Law. Drones will be out June 8th, and I find myself looking forward to it even more after these first few tastes.

October 16, 2014
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Are you a fan of Sonic Youth? The Smiths? Eagulls? Joy Division? The Drums? Even… Placebo and some early The Strokes? If you are, you’re going to love this new gloomy rock single Hunger, from Brighton four piece Morning Smoke. The young band is capturing some growing buzz back at home, and they’ve certainly succeeded in winning me over with this dreamy, reverb laden song. Hunger will be on a double-a single with Stephanie I, out December 1 in the UK. I’ll be waiting for the Stephanie I reveal, but in the meantime, why don’t we listen to the aptly named Melancholy, one of Morning Smoke’s early few tunes from last year?