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As a musician, he is a songwriter whose music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a convention audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his songs "Brains!" and "Land of the Dead" from the Cartoon Network show "The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy".
Aurelio Voltaire's live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are full of stories and games. Many describe his shows as sitting around a fire while an old friend regales you with tales, presuming that old friend drinks a liter of rum a night, dates zombies and wrestles Krakens.
Voltaire has been recording and touring for 20 years. He's released 11 full length albums. The first five were released by Projekt Records. These days, Voltaire self-releases most of his CDs.
Vision Video is a post-punk goth rock band from Athens, Georgia that injects modern malaise into classic sounds of the late 70’s and 80’s.
The band pays homage to classics like the Chameleons and The Cure, while also bringing a refreshing modern element to the genre.
Thematically their music explores the effects of trauma on the human psyche and finding stability and agency in an insane world. Having served in Afghanistan with the army and as a firefighter in the civilian world, lead singer and guitarist Dusty Gannon is no stranger to the darker proclivities of humanity and death itself. “I wanted to write music that helped people remember that it’s okay to not be okay, but that also doesn’t shy away from taking a stern look at the darker aspects of our flawed human existence.” says Gannon.
The band’s first two records were met with much critical praise, such as that from Pitchfork stating they create “dreamy tune tailor-made for the sort of wallflower who sprints to the dancefloor the instant the DJ drops “Age of Consent” or “Primary” at Goth Night”
Their debut LP “Inked in Red” and second LP “Haunted Hours”, were recorded and mixed by Tom Ashton of The March Violets at his Sub Von Studios in Athens, Georgia.
Vision Video will soon record their next LP “Modern Horror” at Maze Studios in Atlanta headed by Grammy award winning producer Ben Allen.
TEARS FOR THE DYING
Tears for the Dying is an Athens, GA post-punk/goth band for fans of Bauhaus, 45 Grave, Drab Majesty, and Rosegarden Funeral Party. With keen attention to atmosphere and ambiance, Tears for the Dying delivers a cold, pallid take on post-punk and goth rock music. Performing over the span of 20 years, the band's first single was recorded and released in 2003, and would be followed by multiple EPs and singles through preesent times. Tears has performed alongside bands such as My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Curse Mackey, Nox Novacula, Secret Shame, Korine, and Vision Video.
Leading the group, Adria’s unique songwriting and lyrical style is born of her experience growing up trans and autistic in a small, Southeastern town when being trans was a societal death sentence; neurodivergence was unacceptable, much less valued. Decades of religious trauma and bullying drove her to darker elements of art and society. When she was 19, she had her first epileptic seizure - the first of many to come. Today, she is a proud queer and lesbian woman, and joins many others in the ongoing global fight against injustice, discrimination, and fascism. Adria is joined by veteran guitarist/songwriter J. Broughton and multi-instrumentalist Mycke Pain on drums/programming.
Presently, the band is recording it's next full length album and storyboarding videos for select singles from the same. The initial single is targeted for release by March 2023, with full album released on vinyl June/July 2023.
THEN COMES SILENCE
In 2022 Then Comes Silence unexpectedly became a three-piece while getting ready for their first US tour. It turned out to be an involuntary test and experiment: could the band continue with only three members? It eventually proved to be a successful endeavour after all and the band decided to continue as a trio for good.
Then Comes Silence have been on the road touring again with two recent albums 'Machine' and 'Hunger' under their belt: twice in the USA supporting Vision Video and The Bellwether Syndicate, and very frequently in Europe. The metamorphosis of the band led to a different way of creating music and performing live.
The electronic elements are essential to the band's new album 'Trickery', but are also a salute to punk music, the cradle of Then Comes Silence and the cradle of post-punk. The album was recorded live over just three days at Kapsylen Studio in Stockholm to capture the heart and essence of rock.
'Trickery', the band's seventh album, celebrates friendship, unity and the feeling of belonging to a group, a tribe. Being a part of what most people would call the goth and post-punk community is, according to the band, a great privilege.
Of course there are dark sides to everything, but after being on the road meeting people from the music scene for so many years, the band have experienced a caring and welcoming community. Old and young. Some with a similar background and some just for the love of the music and the culture that comes with the lifestyle.
Alex: "No one is free from apprehension and fear. Everyone feels some kind of alienation in certain degrees. You might often think you need to camouflage yourself to be part of a context. Make a change to fit in the group. The need for friendship is strong so you adapt. Maybe not always the way you hoped. But then... there are moments when we unite and harmonize with other people and feel an incredible community together. That feeling is priceless and a blessing. Friendship is love. It is important and worth fighting for."