Saturday, May 26, 2012

"Goth" Music not just for basement dwelling kids wishing for Hot topic to be cool again.

Being a Gothic Dad is something i do not take lightly. Since the birth of  the "Baby Bats"(kids) there has not been a chance for the wife and I to go to a nightclub and just listen to some great music. None the less I miss having those moments to lose myself. Now obviously how do you explain the love for Goth if you are not someone who has been in the scene since the beginning. Very simply put for those of you. Goth music in all it's forms is definitely a deep emotional mind trip. Granted that is said for most music but with Goth music it in my opinion is more of a gut wrenching genre. All the angst and pent up energies that I can cut loose while listening to Sister's of Mercy or even VNV Nation. This is the music that has been more in tune with me and my life more than any other music ever.

Goth music according to Wikipedia is this. Gothic rock (also referred to as goth rock or simply goth) is a musical subgenre of post-punk that formed during the late 1970s. Gothic rock bands grew from the strong ties they had to the English punk rock and emerging post-punk scenes. According to both Pitchfork[2] and NME,[3] protogoth bands are Joy Division,[2][3][4] Siouxsie and the Banshees,[2][3] Bauhaus[2][3] and The Cure.[2][3] The genre itself was defined as a separate movement from punk rock during the early 1980s largely due to the significant stylistic divergences of the movement; gothic rock, as opposed to punk, combines dark, often keyboard-heavy music with introspective and depressing lyrics. Gothic rock then gave rise to a broader subculture that included clubs, fashion and numerous publications that grew in popularity in the 1980s.

The problem with the wiki is that there's so many other genre's that fall into that category which have become their own staples in music such as EBM,Darkwave,Trance,and Industrial just to name a few. Hell if you were to think about it even New Wave Bands of the 80's can be considered goth it just depends on what you are listening to. It is why so many Goths love 80's bands and other genre's of music that tend to capture the essence and emotion that is usually what they find in the traditional Gothic bands. I like to think of Goths as some of the most eclectic group of music listeners that are out there. Usually don't discriminate and the artist tend to try to reach a music where it truly can be for everyone. Hell I know of a "Goth Vampire Rapper". Yeah don't ask me how I met him but did his music sound good?? Yes and this is someone who is not big on Rap music as whole specifically current rap music.

Me gothed out in 2008 before my son was born.
I used to be the small kid who just was happy to fit in with anyone around me. I had my friends but always tried to put myself out there. I grew up listening to music from the 50's and whatever Disco or Salsa album she felt like blaring on the record player during the weekends. Was never a kid with a "fashion sense". Even am embarrassed to say i went through my "Preppy" faze. Think of "Joey Jeremiah" from Degrassi:Junior High. Yeah that was me hat and all. Though the hat did not last long. I came late to the party when it came to Goth. At the same time it was at the time when it was receiving a lot more Media exposure due to things like the "Trench Coat Mafia" and the "Vampire Murders." Basically when I was old enough to get into clubs is when I entrenched myself in the culture.

QXT's in Newark N.J
  My friend Alex and I would constantly go to QXT's in Newark on both Fridays and Saturday. I would jump from the main floor to the lower levels just losing myself in all the music. The Dj's there were awesome one of my favorite's was DJ Damian Plague as well as Ron Medina. To this day Ron is still at Q's and the last I heard of Damian he was in Germany doing a tour but that was a whiles ago. I did get invited to many a NY outing but never followed through on account I did not wish to be in the city stag basically to the wee hours.
Though there are many great clubs in the city. The music scene I thought I would lose when I left the Tri-State area. Luckily in Tampa there is The Castle which is a great location and has some great sounds in there. But what made me happy is that there was a Gothic/Industrial show on a radio station. Dark Horizons Radio which my wife introduced me to. I listened to them when they were on air and have been listening to them since they went internet only. I have pretty much all the Darkcasts for the last 4 and a half years. Both Teresa and Edd do a fantastic job on Dark Horizons Radio and deserve a lot of credit. Give them a listen to at their website if you are into the music or want to give a listen to what they play on air.
dark horizons radio

I have so many bands that I love. It would take me an eternity to list out every band that I can get lost in. So what I will do is post a list of Bands present and  past that bascially shape my playlists. They are some of my favorites but in no specific order.

 1. Sisters of Mercy - The band who I think turned the page on Goth to being more "clubby dance".

2. The Cure - The godfathers of Goth...:)

3. Bauhaus - Actually the first band I started to listen to. Holds a very close place to my musical heart.

4. Inkubus Sukkubus - I am not going to lie this was one of the bands that made me use Napster. I love this band. I searched far and wide for their cd's. My must buy band cds.

5. VNV Nation - When it comes to synth music and anything pertaining to that. To me these guys are the best. Nothing Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson can't do wrong.

6. Nosferatu - British Gothic Rock at it's best. Damian DeVille and co. just do things right.

7. The Cruxshadows - What can I say these guys are like VNV and Sisters of Mercy when I hear Rogue and the rest I have to move. lol

8. The 69 Eyes - Pure Vampire Goth Rock/Melody If ever there was a band that changed the way I feel about the "Rock-n-Roll" attitude it is this band. I strive to keep my "attitude". And they Rock!!

9. Clan of Xymox - Another one of the Godfathers of Goth. Their music is moody and just fantastic to listen to. Definitely must listen in the dark to get the full experience.

10. Diva Destruction -  Debra Fogarty is simply amazing to listen to. She is a one of a kind talent. Love her vocals.

Well those are just some of the Goth bands that make up a small portion of who I am. I love the influences and just feel like getting lost in music as I write this and as "Azreal Abyss" would say "Stay out of the Daylight."


  1. there also the free podcasts of the castle DJs called 'communion after dark' on itunes.

    1. Yeah I have most of them also since I have been in Tampa