From the seedy, sleazy underworld of 80’s Hollywood arose 45 GRAVE! Anytime I saw them, I knew it was party time – especially when I saw them and Redd Kross high on X! I fucking loved this band, and still do to this very day. Check out this kick ass
On Oct. 27th, a game-changing LP is going to be released by CURSED MOON via Hells Headbangers, entitled Rites of Darkness. This record is a perfect balance between Deathrock and Metal. Just imagine if Fields of the Nephilim decided to start a band with Bathory – well, the outcome just might be CURSED MOON.
Los Angeles’ Egrets on Ergot are a hard-to-categorize act that have been compared to everyone from the Birthday Party to the Virgin Prunes. Self-described as a postpunk and experimental band, their cacophonous four-piece approach gives attention to the influences of a particularly underground 80s LA art-rock scene that included the
There’s a reason I always refer to the original deathrock phenomenon as a musical movement from the southwestern US, and not just a Southern California thing, which is how it’s treated by many writers. Granted, the movement is primarily associated with, and fundamentally indebted to, foundational bands from the LA
For the past several years – since 2007 – writer Mikey Bean has quietly been working away (or, depending on who you ask, not so quietly!), gathering an oral history of California deathrock for his upcoming book Phantoms: The Rise of Deathrock from the LA Punk Scene. He’s assembled a
I loved the world before MTV, before they started to co-opt the underground! In the early 80’s, weirdos found their kindred spirits on late night TV. In Los Angeles, we had New Wave Theater hosted by the late Peter Ivers. He championed the sonic freak circus while other media outlets wanted to