This week Necromancy Radio exclusively interviews one of the most iconic female gothic rock icons of today, Monica Richards. Monica is most known as the female vocalist for Faith and The Muse and prior to that Madhouse and Strange Boutique, as well as her solo career. In recent years, she has been working on new music and recording as one of the front women for UK based collective, The Eden House. The Eden House is a collaborative musical project, initiated by Stephen Carey (formerly of This Burning Effigy and Adoration) and involving a collection of guest musicians and vocalists; later joined by Tony Pettitt (formerly of Fields of the Nephilim and Rubicon).
It’s more important now than ever to support music, the artists that make it and to keep a generation of people loved and appreciated so we can continue their legacies. During the interview Monica also talks about the need to create and the diminishing value of music and art today. The love of creating things by hand, the appreciation of lyrics and being able to cut through the noise is of concern to most artists – Monica makes no secret of now learning to live in a world that is very different to the one she grew up in. I think this interview with Monica made so much sense and I hope we can all continue to love and remember not only what the scene was, but continue to create new passions and new music for generations to come as part of the gothic subculture.
Monica not only is an animal rights advocate, permaculture enthusiast, but also author, graphic designer and artist. Her talents are well versed, her vocal ability and stage presence, to be marvelled. It’s hard to ignore the past being and the beginnings of great experience fronting bands like Strange Boutique, where Monica performed mostly with before forming a long standing career as the female counterpart to Faith and the Muse. Monica’s first solo album ‘Infrawarrior’, released in 2007, then went on to produce 2 more solo albums ‘Naiades’ (2012, with hard cover book) and ‘Kindred’ in 2014.
(1) A 2014 release, ‘Kindred’ as her most personal album, with songs written for all the kindred spirits in her life. Included in every song are animal and natural sounds she recorded from her backyard, which bordered a nature preserve and creek. At the time of recording, Monica was living next to the second largest bat colony in Austin, TX – which is featured in the sounds of the song “Under the Bridge”.
These days, Monica in her own right carries herself with great knowledge and tenacity in creating her art and writing music by living in the now. She was asked by Stephen Carey while on a FATM tour in the UK, to listen to a track to possibly accompany vocals and this is how it all started with The Eden House. From then on, Monica has featured as opening vocalist on their 3 studio albums (Smoke and Mirrors, Half Life and Songs for the Broken Ones) and 2 singles (Bad Men and Verdades). I expect we will be seeing and hearing a lot more of Monica with The Eden House in the future.
Thank you so much Monica – this was such a surreal experience!
Monica Richards Merch and Gigs If you want to catch Monica before she heads of to Europe, on April 28, she will also be performing a show with Anthony Jones at Bar Sinister in LA.
Monica has another page as well to download her back catalogue of CDs from Madhouse and Strange Boutique. Strange Boutique also did a couple of awesome covers such as ‘Heroes’ – by David Bowie and ‘Strange Days’ – by The Cure. You can also find collectable out of print works here https://sellfy.com/monicavrichards
The list of artists that are part of this collective are particularly unique and well seasoned and will be performing at WGT in Germany 18th May and The Castle Party in Poland 13th July this year as part of the European summer festival season.
Photo credit – The Eden House featured below – Taya Uddin
In this exclusive podcast I interview James Tramel from October Burns Black. James was and is now again, the bass guitarist from the US band The Wake. James has now formed a new collective that encompasses an impressive list of members who have been performing gothic rock over the last 30 years. Members of the band are those who have and are currently part of This Burning Effigy, Sweet Ermengarde, Long Night, The Wake, Fields of the Nephilim and others. October Burns Black will be touring for the first time in the UK during April 2018.
I was first introduced to James after meeting online around 2008 on myspace. It was also the year in which The Wake released a double CD/DVD compilation of remastered tracks and previously unreleased material called ‘Blacklist’. If you’ve not purchased this or heard of it, you should. It is something that will transport you back to the 1990’s and a time where tracks like ‘Sideshow’ and ‘Locomotive Age’ (which I am currently annihilating my eardrums with while writing this blog) that makes your skin crawl with angst while being happy at the same time – the perfect gothic rock cocktail.
Since then, James had taken a break from music. He had sold his guitars, pedals and things that reminded him of performing. This hiatus has clearly come to an end by forming his new band ‘October Burns Black’. James makes no apologies for the music sounding like bands that have come before be it, Sisters of Mercy, The Mission and other classic gothic rock sounds like Fields of Nephilim. They are sounds that make up the DNA of his new band OBB.
When I asked the ever probing question of what defines gothic rock these days, he quietly reacted with not having one, but digressed and surmised it was purely ‘rock and roll with a black heart’. James’ nonchalant humor is constant throughout this interview and although experiencing dark times in his personal life, especially when The Wake toured ‘Masked’ in 1993, he has returned with a new project that we will be able to listen to on their upcoming EP called ‘Faultline’. It will be released just in time before their very first tour in the UK this April. It will be a combination of 4 dates, supporting and headlining, playing with other icons such as Inkubus Sukkubus, Grooving in Green, Death Party UK and darkwave duo Auger.
If you’re in the UK, you will be lucky to see this show. Get tickets, get off the couch – Netflix can wait. This calibre of music and performance is legendary.
Welcome to 2018 and the very first podcast for the year! This is our 20th show since we started back in October 2016. This week we interview Romie Romak (based in Portland) and Taylor Shechet (based in LA) from the band GRYPT. I first discovered this group as I was in the process of shooting an Official Video for Necromancy. The track Tin Can Tomb I found on bandcamp and being it was gritty, dark and Romie’s vocals were eerie af, I knew it would be perfect for the video – and the rest as they say is history.
GRYPT are a LA based horror themed multi-media collective. They perform live shows as well as creating Tales From A Glass Crypt that is in essence a ‘choose your own adventure‘ type experiences which was written by Romie and scored by Taylor. Signed by Cleopatra Records, their music is cinematic based and the songs by the group are primarily written lyrically by Romie Romak and the compositions by Taylor Shechet and Ari aka Myrrh Ka Ba. During the interview Romie discusses her love for Tales of the Crypt and inspiration behind the music as they have slowly but surely grown into their own. Romie’s dry sense of humour and true disconnect from reality based story telling, culminates into the basis of her work. Taylor being more the electronic composer and multi-media expert in the band is integral to the visual aspects of their shows. Stay tuned for their second edition of Tales from the Glass Crypt Volume 2 narrated by Romie and sure to provide you with aural horror story goodness in 2018. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
What a year it’s been. Goths for Sophie have raised over 5,000 GBP for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation – in memory of Sophie’s passing 10 years ago. We can’t express our gratitude enough to over 200 supporters who donated to support this very special project.
We’d also like to thank again our INCREDIBLE ambassadors who gave their time, resources and social media to help raise money for this project and of course send out this very important message within our community. You are all loved and appreciated so much. It certainly takes certain kinds of people to send out our message that is honest and completely selfless.
We printed the calendars after each round of our fundraiser on the pozible website, and it just so happens we have a small amount of calendars left over from the print run. We are now making them available until sold out until the end of the year. All the money that was raised is being transferred to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation this week, and the remaining funds will help to pay for our printing of these calendars. If you have emailed us or have been enquiring, you can now find them here til the end of the year.
We have limited copies left, so Necromancy will be selling them including worldwide shipping for a flat rate of $25.00 Australian. We hope you enjoy your copies and we have a lot of work to do for the upcoming collaboration being the official website www.gothsforsophie.com and of course arranging WHO will be in our next calendar for the year 2019!
If you have any queries about the calendars or project itself, please get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bear in mind this is a charity project and we are not looking to promote models or people for subscriptions or other online media promotion that is not inline with the values of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
Thank you all again for your love and support.
Goths for Sophie ††
As I listen to Bestial Mouths I am transported into a catharsis of gothic spoken word, industrial synth and a tribal soundscape that is not only powerful and intricate, but fragile in the same harrowing breath. Lynette Cerezo, is the creator and vocalist for this FABULOUS injection of new wave gothic sound.
Having departed from the world of fashion design and been a political activist for gender equality, her music transcends darkness, embracing horror based iconography of needles and thread, skin, sexuality, and witchery as discourse for the direction of her music videos. I could best describe the music akin as the combination of vocals by Diamanda Galas, the verve of Peaches combined with echoes of NIN meets the digital landscape of Psychic TV. Their debut album Heartless will take you on an exploration of self-expression that can be described as tribal modern day electro-incantations for the darkest of souls.
This week on Necromancy Radio, I interviewed Russian/Finnish vocalist and synth player Suzi Sabotage from the band Masquerade. Suzi is a divine combination of Siouxsie meets Nina Hagen in 2017. If you love punk female vocalists, Suzi is not only a fashionista but a woman with something to say. Her lyrics are humanitarian and often dark observations that are inspired by her curiosity, walking on the wild side and serious issues such as animal and fur farming. Starting writing her own lyrics at the age of 11 – Suzi’s tenacity is evident in everything she does – front woman and very early developed direction knowing what she wanted to be – and has become.
“I love the sweaty glamour of performing”.
We did discuss her love for art, fashion and the era of the 1920’s which also inspired her last album cover for Ritual – being a famous Man Ray photograph which I have included as part of this blog to reiterate this comparison. Suzi has lived her whole life in the city of Helsinki, however she loves to travel and being on the road touring.
She hopes to secure more gigs for before the new album which is being worked in possibly next year in January – this is not officially the release date, but as the interview unfolds you will be able to find out more about the album and motivation for her next release. We are so grateful for her time to chat with us as this podcast is her very first online audio interview.
This week on Necromancy Radio I decided to mix things up a bit and discuss gothic lifestyle that pertains to diet and the subject of living vegan, with Nigerian/American Adaora Osimiri-Lewis aka Goth in the Raw. The 5’11 amazonian goddess is not only the creator of website Goth in the Raw, but is a wife, mother of 2, has multiple degrees in fashion, business and most recently, heath coaching. Adaora has walked the catwalks in NYC as a model, is an animal rights advocate, supporter of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation in conjunction with Illamasqua, magazine editor, previously an industrial singer for Razorblade Twins and most notably, a private raw food chef. Her recipes on the website Goth in the Raw are inspired by her passion for the macabre and darkness as an aesthetic – her Instagram is a work of art.
It seems a little of an oxymoron when people identify with the subculture in a vampiric way to the extent where Goths are not actually blood sucking vampires or even meat eaters, but can be raw foodies. The revolution of Veganism has been trending in recent years, however it definitely is not a fad by any means. If you’re serious about your health, the planet and animal cruelty, this is the podcast for you.
We also discuss her greatest influencers such as her grandfather, the Dalai Lama, racial discrimination as a black goth, religion and all kinds of stuff. We hope you enjoy this unique conversation and hope you find it inspiring as it is poignant, during a time in history where compassion and understanding is what is needed most to define ourselves as a community as well as secure our planet for the future.
This week on Necromancy Radio, I spoke with front man Jacques Saph from the Helsinki death rock band, Virgin in Veil. Jacques is the true Renaissance man – I say this because not only is he the co-writer and vocalist for the band, but also a multi-instrumentalist, philanthropist and his societal views on vegansim and anti-fascism are revealed in this interview. You may know him as the founder of Sleeping Children from Paris and other projects Secular Plague and Masquerade.
Jacques was born and raised in the city of Paris and for 25 years this was his home. Self taught on the guitar, he was originally inspired by the Sex Pistols and The Cure, knowing he would one day, with hard work, play and travel the world writing songs and performing on stage.
After meeting his wife Suzi Sabotage and without ever having visited Finland before, he moved to Helsinki in the Summer of 2014, fell in love and the rest is history. Formed in 2015, Virgin in Veil was as a result of meeting their drummer William as he was living in Helsinki, as he was half french, half Finnish and literally speaking the same language, Jacques quickly started writing music with him as the first member. Suzi Sabotage who later joined the band, is the backing vocalist and synth player. Virgin in Veil are a notable act on the death rock circuit, having toured heavily with almost 40 shows under their belt in Europe, Russia, LA and Mexico, they play amongst 210 bands over 4 days at this years Wave Gotik Treffen next weekend on Friday June 2.
Jacques Saph: Vocals/Bass
Suzi Sabotage: Synth/Backing Vocals
Rudy Soininen: Guitar
William Freyermuth: Drums
It’s competition time again to all of our Necromancers!
Welcome to our blog and the competition details.
First of all, this would not be possible if it wasn’t for the lovely Adrienne aka Ligeia Resurrected. We decided to do something special across the globe to celebrate World Goth Day. Some of you may enjoy clubbing, some of you might like long walks along a river…. and some enjoy reading inside by the fire curled up with your favourite horror novel sipping tea or absinthe…
In any case, we thought the next book review for Adrienne could encompass all of these things as Ligeia is also giving away her personal copy of the book as well as send you a fabulous piece of clothing – courtesy of Necromancy Clothing.
This is where you guys can WIN this amazing velvet Vampire Coat by PUNK RAVE and Ligeia’s personal copy of Interview with the Vampire!
In order to be in the draw to WIN you must complete THREE steps:
SHARE/REPOST the competition on Instagram or Facebook and tag the competition photo with @necromancyclothing
SUBSCRIBE to www.necromancy.com.au in the subscription box on the homepage
COMMENT below in this blog with your name and size according to the size chart (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Competition ends midnight est. June 9, 2017. The winner will be announced here in the blog update, on Instagram and Twitter Saturday June 10th, 2017.