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 email@example.com. 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.
This weekend I interviewed Eyajo December Joseph from LA Deathrock outfit Black Heroin Gallery. Eyajo’s career spans over 25 years in the early years with a band known as The Baby Dolls, then after meeting Daniel Ian became co-songwriter and keyboardist for the Astrovamps from 1991-2007. First and foremost a poet, self-taught guitarist, illustrator, magazine creator and editor and now vocalist for Black Heroin Gallery, he’s a very busy man. However, he still took the time to chat with me over 2 hours of conversation about his life growing up in Lafayette, Indiana, getting a one way ticket to Los Angeles, forming a band, learning to play just like John Taylor and being a self-confessed Duran Duran fan. Eyajo’s southern charm is definitely addictive. He was so easy to talk to, we laughed a lot and even though my interviews generally span over one hour, this week we have 2 hours split over 2 episodes – Part One & Part 2.
Black Heroin Gallery now is a 3 piece being Eyajo (Vocals), Tony F Corpse (Drums) and Curtis aka Kris Fantom (Guitar). They’ve been rehearsing to release a second album and to start preparing for some live shows. I believe next year possibly getting a slot at WGT as well. The music is definitely reminiscent of Sex Gang Children, Ausgang and dare I say Cinema Strange. The eerie nature of this storytelling in Eyajo’s lyrics is also combined with a garage guitar sound that also eludes to even metal in parts. Released on German record label ‘Alice in…’ the band’s success was assisted by Frank D’Angelo as Ejayo’s first band, The Astrovamps, were first were signed and that relationship continued with his new band Black Heroin Gallery. Alice in… are also responsible for releasing other artists like William Faith, Monica Richards, Corpus Delicti, Bloody Dead & Sexy and Suspiria to name a few.
Eyajo is also the editor in chief for the magazine Pestilent Windfolk. This is a new publication that has been in circulation since Issue 1, Winter (USA) 2016. This is what drew me to the band initially as good friend Victoria Fashen had a copy and I just had to own it. It’s an epic 88 page black and white glossy magazine containing artwork, 14 interviews with underground post-punk, deathrock and artists from around the world. It’s a dying art, the production of magazines and as we discuss it the interview, Eyajo is not about to start compromising the content by releasing it more than once a year. For now. Issue 2 is already in production – watch this space!
Last but not least, Necromancy are offering 3 copies of Black Herion Gallery’s debut single, ‘My Rotting Flower’ to the first 3 people to leave a comment below to say you want one! Again, we can’t stress how important ‘sharing’ in the gothic community is. This generosity is what makes us whole.
by E. December Joseph
They came as tempered and lonely winds—
Frequently taking on the shape of madmen, pondering
And lamenting the romantic overtones
Of their—their illustrious japery.
Deflowering themselves, only to walk among
Mortal men incarnate.
They’ve come with baskets filled with nothing
Pretending to picnic and mourn,
Some poor bastard’s corpse, as his funeral
Only now—just ended.
But what quickens the blood only immortalizes
The wind-fleshed beings,
They come to corrupt the hearts of saints,
Fueled by otherworld complaints,
They light no candles and extinguish all the
Hopes that flicker,
No one sees them, but all know they’re there.
You can hear them laughing and playing
A deadly game of hide and seek.
Devils appear, just to get a peek
While the wind beasts
Wait to find those unfortunate
Few—who will never make it back
To taste the morning dew.
Tony of Black Heroin Gallery for Pestilent Windfolk magazine - YouTube
Pestilent Windfolk – If you would like to purchase a copy of the magazine: