Botched and all sewn up. From American Forces Radio to trailer park tears. The scent of Luther lingering. Vermouth on the rocks. Six inches forward five inches back. The new Berlin Wall baby. Whether you like it or not. Hedwig. From the haunted and scented drag revue of its origins via Broadway and the silver […]Read More A Transmission on the Midnight Radio- An interview with John Cameron Mitchell
The underground has always been powered by the DIY spirit, where in a world of consumers, some dare to participate. Ever since the days of ‘Sniffin Glue’ and ‘Spiral Scratch’ the urge to create and take matters into one’s own hands, enduring the papercuts of progress has permeated the subcultural landscape. Where some moan about […]Read More To the Batcave!
The Damned were there at the beginning. They’re probably still on your bedroom wall. With ‘New Rose’ (their ‘deathless anthem of nuclear-strength romantic angst’) and then ‘Damned Damned Damned’ they were the first gang on wax. Progenitors of punk, grand guignol goths and more besides. Behind the stool, Rat Scabies was laying down the tempo for […]Read More Chewing on You – An Interview with Rat Scabies
Emerging from Sydney Australia in 2012, Howl are a group of four pale orphans who ignited the local scene briefly with their unique helmet-on-the-bus style take on Deathrock and Post-Punk themes. Sticking around long enough to record the seminal (citation needed) Rat Helmet EP, they burned bright before realising they were all far too sexually […]Read More Refurbish your Helmet with HOWL and BATCAVE PRODUCTIONS
I first heard Bauhaus when I was about 16 or 17. The song in question was Crowds, a maudlin little number almost bereft of guitars that I encountered on a community radio station up at the dusty end of the dial. It intrigued me enough to scour the city in search of an LP. I […]Read More …and the band played on – An interview with Daniel Ash.
Shortly after the tolling bells and strident drum beat that announce the arrival of ‘Cavity: First Communion’ off Christian Death’s groundbreaking debut LP Only Theatre of Pain come rolling and unfurling out of the speakers, the world was introduced to the voice of the one and only Rozz Williams. That seductive, iconic voice. “Let’s skirt the […]Read More Donovan, Rozz Williams and the Origin of that Voice
On paper they couldn’t seem further apart. The stadium straddling echoplex anthems of U2 and the claustrophobic cabaret of Virgin Prunes seem inked on opposite ends of the spectrum, an anathema to each other, irreconcilable. And yet… Dublin, Ireland in the 1970’s was a dour place, even if Phil Lynott had escaped to blaze a trail with a silver […]Read More U2, The Virgin Prunes, and the Path Less Travelled