The Cure ~ Primary [1981]

Arguably, The Cure is the greatest goth band to ever exist, but not if you ask co-founder and frontman Robert Smith who dislikes the gothic label. “We got stuck with it at a certain time when goths first started. I was playing guitar with Siouxsie And The Banshees, so I had to play the part. Goth was like pantomime to me.” That said, he continues, “Every goth I’ve ever met has been very nice, you know? As a subculture, I think it’s full of wonderful people. But I have never liked what’s classified as goth music.” “The innocence of … Continue reading The Cure ~ Primary [1981]

Johnny Cash ~ Hurt (NIN Cover) [2⊘⊘2]

The “Man In Black” had his doubts when confronted by his most recent producer Rick Rubin to do a cover of Nine Inch Nails’ song ‘Hurt’. When he heard the record, Johnny said: “I can’t do that song. It’s not my style.” When Reznor was asked if Johnny could cover this deeply-personal track he said he was “flattered” but worried that “the idea sounded a bit gimmicky. “I hurt myself today, To see if I still feel. I focus on the pain, the only thing that’s real. The needle tears a hole, The old familiar sting. Try to kill … Continue reading Johnny Cash ~ Hurt (NIN Cover) [2⊘⊘2]

Baby Strange ~ More! More! More! [2⊘2⊘]

More! More! More! Is a slice of relentless punk noise, and it’s fiercely lovable. Catch your breath before you press play, because you’ll be knocked flat in seconds by riffs, infectious hooks and an impossibly inviting beat. Just in time for Halloween (2020), Baby Strange unleash their first piece of ‘Evil Art’ after signing to Swedish label Icons Creating Evil Art, and … Continue reading Baby Strange ~ More! More! More! [2⊘2⊘]

Joy Division ~ She’s Lost Control [1979]

As it seems, those bands capable of creating masterpieces often appear soul-possessed of and by their own music. In their live performances, we not only bask in their presence, but we share in the raw realization of their creative visions. Less often, the feeling is captured in audio or video recording, and even then not everyone sees (or misses) that beauty, or understands how deeply fulfilling the experience of direct resonance … Continue reading Joy Division ~ She’s Lost Control [1979]

Amyl & The Sniffers ~ Hertz [2⊘21]

Melbourne, Australian sultry-spitfire Amy Taylor, lead singer of Amyl & The Sniffers, stated that she began writing punk powerhouse tune Hertz pre-COVID, but it became even more apt in lockdown. “…I’m literally dying. I just want to get to the country and fucking not be in the city… It’s that feeling of feeling suffocated — you just want to look at the sky, just be … Continue reading Amyl & The Sniffers ~ Hertz [2⊘21]