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Jun 16, 2019

This month we sit down with DJ Mistress McCutchan and DJ Batty von Bats of the Cat vs Bat podcast! In true goth style, we kick back with a few drinks and air our opinions about all aspects of the scene. Scene drama, DJ ethics, identity in the “real world”, philosophy, politics and more. So grab your favorite libation, have a seat with us and enjoy!

Jun 11, 2019

Horror Addicts Episode# 167
SEASON 14 “We’re Cursed, Again!!!”
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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Trans-Allegheny Insane Asylum

selah janel, the 7 and 6, hush hush sweet charlotte

http://traffic.libsyn.com/horroraddicts/HorrorAddicts167.mp3

Find all articles and interviews at: http://www.horroraddicts.net

 

145 days till halloween

*terror trax: the 7 and 6, monster shindig

*catchup: birthdays, graduations, goth mom, #killswitch, twitter scavenger, @horroraddicts13, watch terminator with us june 11th, fb party 14th, 16th father’s day announcement, 22nd podcast, entertainment weekly, ma, tv shows coming, stranger things 3, deadwood movie, black mirror 3, the dark crystal, fear of the walking dead, the inbetween, NOS4A2

*cursed place: trans-allegheny insane asylum, lunatic, electroshock, lobotomies, overcrowding, kremlin, richard andrews, kirkbride, dorthea dix

*logbook of terror: russell, trans-allegheny insane asylum

*darkvein manor: by emerian rich with cleo de milo concept by e.m. markoff, rish outfield-ives, kadirah wade-hazel, emerian rich-clara and willow, pete lutz-henry, theme music-valentine wolf

*ghastly games: daphne, arkam horror, call of the cthulu

*odds and dead ends: keiran, halloween 1978

*frightening flix: kbatz, hush hush sweet charlotte

*live action reviews: crystal,  the silence

*the bigfoot files: lionel, the road best not taken, richard dansky

*dead mail:

***AR NEAL: woman marries zombie doll

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cyGmHShObo

***seth, vtm, malkavaian, ventrue, toreador, tremere, bloodlines 2

***elise, office angst, night’s knights, mike bennett, hall of mirrors, mark of the druid, table rappers, persistent spirit, neil dixon,

email us: horroraddicts@gmail.com

*news: my darling dead: jesse, kill switch, ha sub call, sfmoma horror film fest, NOS4A2, bite me, the perfection

*book: monsters of any kind, reviewed by daphne strasert

*chilling chat: selah janel  interviewed by naching

*story:  wallpaper by selah janel, read by emerian rich

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h o s t e s s

Emerian Rich

h e a d  o f p u b l i s h i n g

Naching T. Kassa

p u b l i s h i n g  p. a.

Cedar George

b l o g  e d i t o r

Nox

s t a f f

KBatz (Kristin Battestella), Daphne Strasert, Jesse Orr, Russell Holbrook, Lionel Green, Keiran Judge, Crystal Connor, Cedar George, Diana Clarke, Nightshade, Mimielle, D.J. Pitsiladis.

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Jun 6, 2019

In this episode, we discuss the amazing discovery of a Neolithic man frozen in the ice of Italian Alps, including what his life could have been like and the mystery of his death.

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Jun 3, 2019

An unexpected email from Nick Schultz found me preparing an interview with legendary frontman of The Faces of Sarah just before I went to the UK in April. I know, it’s June. However! You will now know that The Faces of Sarah released a new album in February called ‘Memorium’. If you are still tuning in to my show, you will know, that for some reason Necromancy Radio manages to attract some lovely people, artists with major kudos as well as myself being able to get away with saying anything I want…. because it’s my show, and not yours.

Formed in London in the late 90s out of a shared love of Goth and Alt rock, The Faces of Sarah have evolved over the years to reflect the various influences of the musicians involved in the journey so far.

Through releasing Belief (1999) Twenty Four (2000) Misery Turns (2001) Impurity (2004) Lament (2006) and Past Life (2014) the band have built a loyal fan base and notched up over half a million views on YouTube collectively

In this time Nick Schultz also lent his vocal talents to a wealth of solo and collaborative projects, most notably The Eden House’s ‘Timeflows’ album and acclaimed MMXVIII by Sensorium, featuring ex Fields of the Nephilim musicians.

Fast forward to 2019 and the long anticipated new album ‘Memorium’ is scheduled for release in February: Produced by Simon Rippin (Nephilim, NFD, Grooving  in Green) the sound is very much a return to the band’s goth roots at it’s core but as a collaborative piece of work with a fresh line up and guest musicians in the studio, the feel is multi faceted musically and deeply reflective lyrically.

With an ever expanding diary of live dates across Europe to promote ‘Memorium’, 2019 is set to be The Faces of Sarah’s busiest year to date.

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Jun 2, 2019

Our guest this month is fashion artist, DJ/promoter for Torture Garden, Slimlight, and Monster Queen and curator Parma Ham.

 

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon!

 

Fluidity of Culture 5:45

Gender in Goth 14:15

Fashion in Extremity 40:15

Goth and the Internet 49:00

Album Review: 1:02:45
Second Still

Sinister Suggestions: 1:15:00
-Delusions of Gender
-The Left Hand of Darkness
-ContraPoints: What is Gender
-ContraPoints: Pronouns
-Judith Butler
-Special Interest
-Ganser

May 22, 2019

Horror Addicts Episode# 166
SEASON 14 “We’re Cursed, Again!!!”
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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Tamerlane’s Tomb

isobel blackthorn, laang, tales from the crypt S4

http://traffic.libsyn.com/horroraddicts/HorrorAddicts166.mp3

Find all articles and interviews at: http://www.horroraddicts.net

 

166 days till halloween

*terror trax: lang, shenyuan

*catchup: always behind, busy, kid, old, granny goth, end of emz? no time, race to death
*cursed place: tamerlane’s tomb, california accent,

*logbook of terror: tamerlane’s tomb, russell

*darkvein manor: by emerian rich with cleo de milo concept by e.m. markoff, rish outfield-ives, kadirah wade-hazel, emerian rich-clara and willow, pete lutz-jay, theme music-valentine wolf

*ghastly games: daphne, space station zemo

*guest blog: john c adams, from beast to man and back again

*frightening flix: kbatz, tales from the crypt S4

*live action reviews: crystal,  the matriarch

*the bigfoot files: lionel, hunter shea, swamp monster massacre, skunk apes

*dead mail: 
**patricia #sevenghostlyspins, berkeley book fest, hwa, campfire tales, loren rhoads, em markoff, ls johnson, sumiko saulson
**lola run, baby, run, spekrfreaks
https://www.facebook.com/spekrfreks
night’s knights, dusk’s warriors, listen to books:
https://nightsknights.wordpress.com/

**freddie, black summer, zombies, outbreak
email us: horroraddicts@gmail.com

*news: my darling dead: jesse, kill switch, ha sub call, play or die, werewolf the apocalypse, video game, e3, earthblood, the weeping woman, la lalorana, detective pikachu,

*book: my boyfriend is a vampire, yu-rang han, reviewed by emerian rich

*chilling chat: isobel blackthorn  interviewed by naching

*story: cabin session by isobel blackthorn, read by emerian rich

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h o s t e s s

Emerian Rich

h e a d  o f p u b l i s h i n g

Naching T. Kassa

p u b l i s h i n g  p. a.

Cedar George

b l o g  e d i t o r

Nox

s t a f f

KBatz (Kristin Battestella), Daphne Strasert, Jesse Orr, Russell Holbrook, Lionel Green, Keiran Judge, Crystal Connor, Cedar George, Diana Clarke, Nightshade, Mimielle, D.J. Pitsiladis.

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t h e  b e l f r y  a p p

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May 22, 2019

In this episode, we discuss the legend of the Golem, which has its origins in Jewish Mythology, but has become ingrained in all forms of entertainment media all over the world

May 20, 2019

This week we talk about being different and being goth in the workplace. We're a little tired, one of us caught a cold at Convergence, and the conversation goes all over the place!

Editing and production by Mistress McCutchan and Justin Minister.
Song: Dead Kennedys, At My Job.

May 16, 2019

This month we are continuing our special series of expert panels as we take deep dives into latent issues and hot topics within the community, We previously discussed whether or not goth was political and explored the deeply ingrained misogyny of industrial, and this week we are exploring the intersectionality and experiences of people of color.

Whether goth or not, in America we live in a culture built on colonization, white washing and imperialism. The stories around which our culture connects are white, our histories are littered with appropriation of indigenous practices and our present is full of tacit ignorance about the ways this continues to reinforce the pain and inequality for people of color in our communities. Oppressed groups like black women have a barrier to self actualization that privileged groups who benefit from a history of imperial patriarchy do not.

For as much lip service we give to goths being othered, discriminated against and bullied out of society, the face of our scene is still very often white.  The diversity of gender, sexual expression and transgression of power structures was implicit to the music scene in the 80’s however today, the ways in which people of color are represented and welcomed in our scene gets little of the attention among the discourse of cultural issues like commodification, defining boundaries, and music recommendations. Being as we live in a time when the stories we build our identities around in America are in flux and being discussed and debated, this seems like a gross oversight within our communities.

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon!

Our guests this episode are Mike K Johnson, Leila Taylor, DJ Maus, and Zakkarrii. Special thanks to Kyle of The Breathing Light who had last minute technical difficulties.

Resources and Further Reading/Viewing:
Commitment Against Racism
When They Invent a Darker Colour
So Goth I was Born Black
Goth So White?
Nazi Goths Fuck Off
What Ends When the Symbols Shatter
Who Will Us Be?
Diversity Conversations
When they Call you a Terrorist
Peace and Justice Summit

References:
Mexercy
Scary Black
Gothic Lamb
M Lamar
Bastet
Death
Witchhands
Shadow Age
The Ire

 

May 7, 2019
In this episode, we discuss hysteria as a common psychiatric diagnosis of females from the 16th to the 20th century, including the ideas of Charcot, Freud and the contested diagnosis of male hysteria.
 
NOTE: This episode contains discussions of female anatomy, masturbation, sex, sexual abuse, and misogyny.
May 6, 2019

Horror Addicts Episode# 165
SEASON 14 “We’re Cursed, Again!!!”
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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Lake Ronkonkoma

David leinweber, a song of dracula, black rock

http://traffic.libsyn.com/horroraddicts/HorrorAddicts165.mp3

Find all articles and interviews at: http://www.horroraddicts.net

 

180 days till halloween

*terror trax: david leinweber, a song of dracula, little sadie

*catchup: sinister creature con, oct 13, 14, no baycon this year

*cursed place: lake ronkonkoma, pronunciation

*logbook of terror: ronkonkoma, russell

*darkvein manor: by emerian rich with cleo de milo concept by e.m. markoff, rish outfield-ives, kadirah wade-hazel, emerian rich-clara, pete lutz-shanty, james seo-capt martel, theme music-valentine wolf

*ghastly games: daphne, gloomhaven

*odds and dead ends: keiran, welsh folklore – cyhyraeth

*frightening flix: kbatz, black rock

*live action reviews: crystal, lifechanger

*the bigfoot files: lionel, dweller

*dead mail: tim reynolds, black metal barbie: https://youtu.be/yKRxmFKSLpw

tim’s story in horrible disasters: https://www.amazon.com/Horrible-Disasters-Emerian-Rich-ebook/dp/B00HG2S3RM

heidi: spiders did it! https://boingboing.net/2018/09/17/spiders-blamed-after-broken-si.html

jeff, pet semetery, salem’s lot, stephen king,  email us: horroraddicts@gmail.com

*news: my darling dead: jesse, ha sub call, groovy tv, american horrors channel, terror films, popcorn flix, pov horror, chilling chat, naching, emoweasel, lionel, lion, ign, vtm bloodlines 2, thin bloods, cnn: santa clarita diet

*book: quoth the raven reviewed by stephen

*chilling chat: david leinweber interviewed by naching

*story: a song of dracula by david leinweber, vanhelsing: pete lutz, catherine: naching t. kassa, madeline: emerian rich.

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h o s t e s s

Emerian Rich

h e a d  o f p u b l i s h i n g

Naching T. Kassa

b l o g  e d i t o r

Nox

s t a f f

KBatz (Kristin Battestella), Daphne Strasert, Jesse Orr, Russell Holbrook, Lionel Green, Keiran Judge, Crystal Connor, Cedar George, Diana Clarke, Nightshade, Mimielle, D.J. Pitsiladis.

Want to be a part of the HA staff? Email horroraddicts@gmail.com

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May 2, 2019

This week we chat with Gopal Metro, co founder of Bella Morte, Gild the Mourn, Brighter Fires, and his current project Metro Pirate Radio. We spend some time discussing his history as a musician and goth with elitism and gatekeeping and debate whether or not it has a place in the scene. We also tell some personal stories of struggling with depression and suicidal ideation, and how that relates to goth culture. You can get music from Gopal and support his projects by visiting his patreon page.

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon!

Introduction to Gopal 2:40

Elitism 15:40

Depression 49:50

Album Review: 1:21:25

Ausencia - Lust Era

Sinister Suggestions: 1:31:40
-Evi Vine
-The Ire
-Love / Death / Robots
-Beat Saber
-Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
-Nytt Land

 

May 1, 2019

On this episode we talk with the Andrew Lochhead of the Toronto Goth Heritage Project about the project and his experiences growing up goth.

Intro Music by Justin Minister
Engineered by Batty von Bats
Episode Music: Charlie's Spacer Woman

FYI: This was conversation was done via Facebook Call while Andrew as in the departure lounge of Pearson International Airport.

Apr 30, 2019

Dr.Sanders and Bryan take a look at Peter Murphy’s career after leaving Bauhaus and branching out on his own. This episode covers Dali’s Car, Should the World Fail to Fall Apart, Love Hysteria, Deep, and Holy Smoke. It’s an interesting journey and Holy Smoke does it get good!

4:33 Dali’s Car [1984]
6:11 Should the World Fail to Fall Apart [1986]
22:50 Recent Interesting Goth Stuff AKA R.I.G.S.
43:28 Love Hysteria [1988]
01:00:34 Deep [1989]
01:19:34 Holy Smoke [1992]
01:36:23 Giveaway Information

Apr 24, 2019

Mistress McCutchan reports on the scene in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after DJing at Ritual Noise and chats with local goths.

 

Ghost Twin
https://ghosttwin.bandcamp.com/

Venetian Snares
https://venetiansnares.bandcamp.com/

Apr 23, 2019
In this episode, we discuss the supposed Ancient Greek origins of Hysteria, a common psychiatric diagnosis of females from the 18th to the early 20th century. We also cover how the symptoms of hysteria were interpreted in the Medieval era.
 
NOTE: This episode contains discussions of female anatomy, masturbation, sex, misogyny and religious persecution.
 
Apr 22, 2019

Horror Addicts Episode# 164
SEASON 14 “We’re Cursed, Again!!!”
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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Aokigahara Forest, Japan

christa carmen, cadaveria, pyewacket

Find all articles and interviews at: http://www.horroraddicts.net

 

194 days till halloween

*terror trax: cadaveria, 11-3-0-3

*catchup, aokigahara forest, kuroi jukai, pronunciation

*logbook of terror: aokigahara, russell

*darkvein manor: by emerian rich with cleo de milo concept by e.m. markoff, rish outfield-ives, kadirah wade-hazel, emerian rich-clara, pete lutz-jay, theme music-valentine wolf

*ghastly games: daphne, mysterium

*odds and dead ends: keiran, the wicker man

*frightening flix: kbatz, pyewacket

*live action reviews: crystal, tokoloshe

*the bigfoot files: lionel, bigfoot

*dead mail: jeff, stephen king, pet semetery, hellboy, babba yagga, nigel, belfast horror con, ireland, shawn, past episodes, email us: horroraddicts@gmail.com

*news: my darling dead: jesse, ha blogs: brian mckinnley, sean murry, iseult murphy, jeff strand,  horroraddicts.net publications: campfire tales, #nghw editor’s pick, ha sub: dark divinations, what we do in the shadows, fx, universal studios, holidaz in hell, figure, killerbration

*book: gate 4, terry m. west, reviewed by lionel

*chilling chat: christa carmen interviewed by naching

*story: this our angry train by christa carmen, cedar george-holland, julie hoverson-lauren, emerian rich-narrator and sparrow

 

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h o s t e s s

Emerian Rich

h e a d  o f p u b l i s h i n g

Naching T. Kassa

b l o g  e d i t o r

Nox

s t a f f

KBatz (Kristin Battestella), Daphne Strasert, Jesse Orr, Russell Holbrook, Lionel Green, Keiran Judge, Crystal Connor, Cedar George, Diana Clarke, Nightshade, Mimielle, D.J. Pitsiladis.

Want to be a part of the HA staff? Email horroraddicts@gmail.com

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Apr 19, 2019

Formed in August 1991 by Simon Treen, Neil Ash & Pete Finnmore and shortly joined after by Simon Manning [Felo-de-se] and taking their name from a song by the band The March Violets, Children on Stun appeared to enjoy a relatively large amount of success in a short period of time.

The band’s first gig took place at “The Crypt” in Hastings. In the same year, the band also recorded their first demo,”Elegance”. Treen left within a year of the band forming. The Stun also made an appearance in Mick Mercer’s second gothic Rock book on the gothic rock genre, boosting the band’s popularity further

In 1992, the band supported Nosferatu & Rosetta Stone on their UK tour. Later on that year, they released their second demo, “Choices”.

The band went on to release two more demos in 1993, entitled “Monochrome I” and “Monochrome II”. They used the profits from the demos to release their first single, “Hollow” on their own Inquisition label.. The band secured a record contract with Cleopatra Records in 1994 and released the album Tourniquets of Love’s Desire. Originally the band had started recording the album in Liverpool with Rosetta Stone but unhappy with the results the band aborted the sessions. With no money and unemployed, the band borrowed money and went into the studio and recorded the album in a weekend. This was produced by Ex-Rosetta Stone’s Porl Young.

Towards the end of the year, the band was approached by Swedish label M&A Musicart and asked to produce an EP. This resulted in the Overland EP being released. Again the recording took place over a weekend and was produced by Simon Manning. Overland was the last release by the band to feature guitarist Finnmore.

Never happy with their American label and tied to a bad deal, Cleopatra released ‘Celibacy and Anadin’. This contract forfilling EP included remixes by Rosetta Stone [which were the original aborted versions of the Tourniquets sessions] plus two songs written by Manning and Ash, ‘Celibacy and Anadin’ and ‘Mr Porcupine’. After the release of this EP, the band happily ended their contract with Cleopatra.

Kyle Whipp (formerly of ‘Soul Inside’) joined the band in 1995 as their new bass player with Manning permanently moving to guitar. The band’s first gig featuring Whipp took place at London’s Camden Underworld. The ‘Celebration Drug’ EP was released later on in the year and including the popular track “Whiskey a-go-go”. In August of the same year, the band went on the first of two tours of Scandinavia.

1996 saw the band begin to record their new album, Mondo Weird in Shoreham with production again handled by Porl Young. Recording and mixed within a week. Mondo Weird was released in 1997. M&A Musicart released the single “Pin ups, Soap Operas and Natural Disasters” later that year although the band hated the result. Despondent about the future and with health, financial and legal problems, the group decided to end things while still on friendly terms.

A remix LP ‘Outrageous, Outlawed, Outspoken’ was released by M&A in 1998: during the same year, the band announced that they would be splitting up. They played their final gig at the Camden Underworld on 24 May 1998 Resurrection Records also released a CD of this gig entitled Seven Year Itch [which sadly they never paid the band for…]

In 2005 M&A Musicart released a compilation called Rough Trade on a Cheap Promotion, featuring the band’s b-sides, alternate song versions and demos.

During the 17 year split Simon Manning made ‘Spares’ a solo project with various musicians and friends [including Whipp & Ash’ later becoming the main songwriter behind ‘Grooving in Green’

Kyle Whipp & Neil Ash formed ‘The Stripper Project’ and recorded a demo album ‘Brilliant Life’.

On 15 May 2015 Children on Stun reformed for a sell-out reunion gig at the o2 Academy2 in Islington, London and within a few weeks had announced they were reforming.

On July 4, 2015, Tragedy struck with Simon Manning sadly passing away in his sleep from heart failure.

On the 24th of October 2015 the Stun had a charity fundraising birthday party in memory of Simon. They were joined by Simon’s long term band-mate and friend Stuart Harper [Felo-De-Se] who stood in for Simon. Also paying tribute were Vendemmian, whom Simon had joined for a short time and The Last Cry a favourite band of Simon’s, all gave their services for free on an emotional night. The money raised was split between the British Heart Foundation and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

‘Dancing with Mr Punch’ a strictly limited edition Stun Cd of 100 copies, compiled by John D’Anter, containing all four early studio demos on CD was made available to attendees of Simons Birthday memorial gig with the proceeds also going to charity.

2016 saw the band continue with Stuart Harper joining permanently on guitar.

On October the 22nd 2016 a second Charity event [The Birthday Bash 2] was organised in their hometown of Hastings in memory of Simon Manning. That same night a limited edition Cd, ‘This Sideshow Burlesque’ was released first to all attendees. Only 100 hand-numbered copies were pressed with all profits from the release going to two heart charities. The track-list contained rare live tracks from the bands early career.

Fulfilling an ambition of Simons, The Stun appeared in rousing form at the Whitby Goth Weekend on Nov 5th with the Mission and Skeletal Family debuting new material.This was the third time in the band have played the event, in 1995 and headlining in 1997. A touching tribute was made by the Missions Wayne Hussey, dedicating ‘Tower of Strength’ to Simon.

2017 saw the stun make a surprise announcement that they would split due to ‘musical differences’.

2018 After a break of a year they attempted to restart, announcing a small comeback date in London at the home of punk, the Bull & Gate, London. As well as recording two new songs ‘Echoes’ & ‘All the pain of love’ at Savage Sounds, Hastings.

With tensions again resurfacing during the recording sessions the band decided it was best to split permanently. Stuart Harper leaves and Whipp & Ash continue recording. ‘Another love, another beginning’ is demo’d at Savage Sounds, Hastings.

With pressing commitments the band ask long term friend and guitarist, Gordon Young [ex Dream Disciples] to join the group.

The stun are currently writing/recording new material for a winter release.

Don’t forget to check this weekend for gig details in the UK here.

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Apr 15, 2019

Rain Children are a wide lens, cinematic expression of Gothic music, both contemporary and nostalgic. They combine classic songwriting with a tension and drama that is uniquely their own.

Rain Children, Stuart Harbut and Gina Stone met via social media during April 2017, when Stuart was searching for a singer and writing partner. Through a friend of a friend they were introduced and started working on songs straight away. This Silent Game was the first born and the duo have never looked back. Based in England between Bristol and Lincoln it is a long distance writing relationship that is working rather well.

Rain Children have released three singles and their debut album ‘Crooked House’ was released in November 2018 on Deepland Records.

Stuart Harbut is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist and producer from Bristol, England. Stuart has performed on numerous occasions at major festivals in the UK and mainland Europe. He has composed and performed in many different bands and styles and continues to grow in skill and ability. Stuart’s music as part of a band and as a solo artist has appeared on Gothic radio stations around the world and his work has also appeared on international Gothic compilation albums.

Over the past 5 years Stuart has focused on writing and performing with his own take on the Gothic/Post Punk genre. From 2014 till 2016 Stuart was the driving force and main songwriter for Bristol’s Post Punk band Ghost Story until their split in August 2016.

Since 2017 Stuart has been collaborating with Gina Stone on Rain Children. A very personal project utilising all of his skills as a musician, producer and songwriter.

Gina Stone is an ethereal singer, songwriter and lyricist originally from London, now based in Lincoln. She has written and produced various musical projects including the 2010 darkwave album ‘Woven’ and 2012 follow up EP ‘Magnetic’. She became a regular act in the Nottingham Goth scene, performing at Dark Waters Festival and A Funeral Party amongst others. Her unique brand of darkwave electronic music has been featured on BBC Radio Introducing in the East Midlands as well as two live sessions for Lincolnshire and airplay on various national and international Gothic radio stations.

Gina collaborated with Mark Taylor (ex-UV Pop) and Raymond John Ross (ANKST) on remixes of her tracks Magnetic and Crushing Butterflies. Her early rock demo from 2008 featured Chris Childs (Thunder) on guitars and bass.

In the past three years Gina has written songs and performed as lead vocalist in the Lincoln based rock band, The House of Ghosts. She wrote the tracks and worked on production alongside Gaz Wilde (NGS) on their 2016 debut EP Curious Attraction, which was well received by BBC Introducing and other local radio stations.

Now Gina is focusing totally on Rain Children. This project being a very creative post punk/psychedelic pop vision which is very close to her heart.

You can find out more about Rain Children and their tour dates on their official website. Be sure to add them to your social media and I am super excited to see them in Nottingham next Sunday supporting The Glasshouse Museumand Children on Stun.

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Apr 12, 2019

We had a low energy week, scrapped our initial recording to bring you some songs we're into this week.

We've got some good things up our sleeves in the near future.

Twin Temple
https://www.twintemple.com/

Multiple Man
https://multiple-man.bandcamp.com/album/high-on-the-hog
(thank yous to The Wasteland for that recommendation!)

Suffering for Kisses
https://sufferingforkisses.bandcamp.com/album/love-loss-regret

Mona Mur
https://monamur.bandcamp.com/album/delinquent

 

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Apr 11, 2019

In this episode, arctic ghost ships of the Northwest Passage are discussed, both historic and legendary. The plight of the crews, whether rescued, frozen or mysteriously disappeared is also discussed. The ships covered in this episode include the Octavius, The USS Baychimo, The HMS Investigator, The HMS Resolute, the HMS Terror and the HM Erebus.

 

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Apr 9, 2019

The Catacombs w/ DJ Gomez

1. Praise of Folly- In My Eyes
2. The House of Usher- Not Your Friend
3. Golden Apes- Cedars of Salt
4. Batzz in the Belfry- Come and Die
5. Fields of the Nephilim- Moonchild
6. The Awakening- Shore
7. Red Sun Revival- Lost for Words
8. Ikon- Condemnation
9. The 69 Eyes- The Chair
10. Paralysed Age- Bloodsucker
11. The Merry Thoughts- Boy Sinister

Apr 4, 2019

After talking with the progenitor of dungeon synth, Batty was invited out to check out Mortiis when he came to town. Joining him on the bill was Toronto's Subterranea and Montreal's Graveren. It was presented by Inertia Entertainment and held at The Velvet Underground.

Episode music come from The Song of a Long Forgotten Ghost by Mortiis.

Apr 3, 2019

Wait…what? A new episode of the GothCast Podcast!? That’s right! I’ve been itching to record an episode for a long time and my friend Bryan has taken on the brave task of being my cohost. The episode ending up being a strange one for a return because The Danse Society are tough to review. Anyway, let me know what you guys think and we’re definitely working on more.

Time Stamps:
3:10 Seduction
13:24 Recent Interesting Goth Stuff
25:35 Heaven Is Waiting
45:50 Looking Through
59:43 Change of Skin

Apr 2, 2019

Sometimes you listen to an album and you just want to be able to have a conversation with an artist like King Dude. Born Thomas Jefferson Cowgill, King Dude is an American singer/songwriter who walks his own path, nods to bands like Death in June, The Birthday Party and singers like Tom Waites and Leonard Cohen. Performing as King Dude since 2010, he is now touring his seventh album ‘Music To Make War To‘. It’s an album about how we are at war everyday – it’s all around us. It’s constant.

This interview is probably the most unstructured conversation that didn’t really need me to ask too many questions, rather let Thomas speak for himself – at least when we weren’t trying to finish each other’s sentences (sorry about that)! He believes in a higher power. He also believes there is good in everything – even the bad – even in people like Jeffrey Dahmer who just didn’t understand how the pain he inflicted onto others – could be turned into something good. In life, everything is known, even though at the time we have to endure war, pain, idiocy, suffering and loss. For someone who has dedicated their life to their art, Thomas has created a body of work that is compelling, enchanting and just great fucking music.

An unlikely departure from Death Metal to Neo-Folk, Americana and at times, Country, Thomas considers his music Luciferian. Many have likened his singing to Nick Cave and some have even said he basks in the sound of his own voice. If you could sing and project sincerity in the way that King Dude does, wouldn’t you? It was a very frank and funny hour. I want to thank him for being so honest, sharing his truth and at times his past, both good and bad – all that makes us whole.

Touring for the first time ever in Australia, then onto America, Sweden, Denmark and finally Germany at WGT this year in June, make sure you check out his shows and add these tunes to your collection. I am really looking forward to seeing this gig live here in Melbourne at The Evelyn, with supporting local sweethearts Dandelion Wine.

Reverent as it is prophetic and stark, King Dude has previously shared his spiritual visions with releases on Dais, Avant!, Bathetic, Clan Destine, and Ván records. Pulling together the biblical sound and isolation of the bygone days of revelation with an atmosphere filled with hope and salvation, King Dude has woven his own brand of American music.

He brandishes many varied influences in his songwriting. Everything from British Folk, Americana, Country and Blues can be heard in his songs. Even the heavier sounds of Heavy Metal tend to sneak and slither it’s way into the King Dude canon. The resulting songs are much more of a modern day hymn then your average pop song.

King Dude’s music beg’s the soul to lift itself up from the darkness of ignorance, towards the ever shining glorious “Light” that exists outside of all of us yet that which we are eternally connected to and at once connects everyone on Earth.

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