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MACABRE MUSIC: DIANE BIRCH REWORKS GOTH CLASSICS

Posted in Goth, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

New York singer-songwriter Diane Birch made quite a stir with her debut album Bible Belt last year, on S-Curve Records. Now the pastor’s daughter and erstwhile Goth has channeled her teenage love of  the musical macabre into The Velveteen Age, an EP collaboration with the Phenomenal Handclap Band available Dec. 7.

Among the songs Birch has massively reworked:

This Corrosion (Sisters of Mercy)
Kiss Them For Me (Siouxsie & The Banshees)
Bring On The Dancing Horses (Echo & The Bunnymen)
Atmosphere (Joy Division)
Primary (The Cure)
Tarantula (This Mortal Coil)
A Strange Kind of Love (Peter Murphy)

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EXCLUSIVE! INTERVIEW WITH STEVEN SEVERIN (SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES)

Posted in Art, Concerts, Events, Interviews, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

He’s best known as the bassist, co-lyricist and co-founder of seminal ‘80s band Siouxsie and the Banshees, but in the last few years, Steven Severin has been making a name for himself scoring films. His latest project is Music For Silents, which has been described as “a programme of new scores for the 1928 surrealist classic The Seashell and The Clergyman.”

Directed by a female director, Germaine Dulac, Seashell was scripted by infamous French playwright Antonin Artaud and influenced the creation of Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel’s infamous short film Un Chien Andalou. Severin, a fan of both the surrealists and silent films, has composed a score for Seashell, and has been presenting it, along with a programme of modern short films in the evening’s second half, around the world under the Music For Shorts banner. He performs it tonight (Saturday, July 31) at Toronto’s Neutral Lounge.

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SILENT BUT NOT TRANQUIL: STEVEN SEVERIN IN TORONTO

Posted in Concerts, Events, Goth, Interviews, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , on July 29, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Siouxsie and the Banshees bassist and co-founder Steven Severin will be winging his way to Toronto this weekend after performing and acting as a jury member at the recently ended FanTasia Film Festival in Montreal. Severin will be performing at the Neutral club (349A College Street) this Saturday night for an evening entitled “Music for Silents,” providing a live soundtrack for the 1928 French surrealist film The Seagull and The Clergyman.

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MACABRE MUSIC: NEW YORK POST-GOTH ARTIST ZOLA JESUS LIVE

Posted in Concerts, Goth, Music with tags , , , on June 19, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Photo by Indra Dunis

There’s not a lot of scary bands playing Toronto’s NXNE festival this weekend, but New York artists Zola Jesus is carrying the torch lit by the likes of Siouxsie Sioux and PJ Harvey. Here she is performing live at The Garrison:

MACABRE MUSIC: FAITH & THE MUSE, JOHNNY HOLLOW LIVE IN TORONTO

Posted in Concerts, Events, Music, Theatre with tags , , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Johnny Hollow cellist Kitty Thompson

Toronto’s creatures of the night came out in full force last night to sup on the sinful sounds of local Goth trio Johnny Hollow and the act they helped bring to town, America’s Faith & The Muse. This was FATM’s first local show in 11 years so the 90-minute delay to the start of their set (border troubles, of course) was only a minor impediment.

Johnny Hollow has built up a solid local following in the last couple of years, packing the Horseshoe Tavern on a Monday night this winter (despite the doubts of the ‘Shoe’s booking agents, we were told) and now drawing a solid crowd to the El Mocambo, a nice follow-up to their gig at the same venue on Devil’s Night last year. Here is the band performing their cover of The Sisters of Mercy classic ‘Temple of Love’:

And here they are playing their own song, ‘Worse Things’:

Janine White of Johnny Hollow

Not being overly familiar with Faith and the Muse, the DLB was curious, having only heard a few songs and watched the YouTube trailer for the Toronto show:

Monica Richards of Faith and the Muse

The result was mesmerizing, a phantasmagorical display of hypnotic rhythms, atmospheric music and a theatrical presentation. Core members Monica Richards (vocals) and William Faith (guitar, vocals, electric cello, drums) were joined by six other multi-instrumentalists to play an alternately beautiful and compelling blend of Gothic, Celtic and tribal tracks. Not being familiar with the band’s catalogue, I haven’t been able to name these songs but feel free to comment if you know their titles:

William Faith, almost in focus

Here’s hoping we don’t need to wait another 11 years before FATM’s next Toronto show. Johnny Hollow’s, by the way, is June 6 at Neutral (349A College St. at Augusta) with Attrition.

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