JAN DEWULF (YOUR LIFE ON HOLD): “LET’S START A WAR; LET’S START A FIRE; A REVOLUTION OF DESIRE!...

Your Life on Hold published their third album some months ago: Echoes from the Bardo. Nine songs, nine amazing masterpieces, that show how YLoH are today one of the world gothic rock figureheads. Jan Dewulf kindly answered our questions, here is the interview.     Everybody in Spain (at least everyone who read laletracapital) know you, but we would like you to introduce yourselves.   Your Life On Hold is a Belgian gothic rock band injecting the classic gothic rock sound with some fresh ideas and sounds. On stage Your Life On Hold is a full combo of six bringing the gothic rock sound to life.   Do you want to tell us about YLOH meaning? Why did you start making music? Why this kind of music? What is your personal description of your sound?   Your Life On Hold is the melancholic but consoling soundtrack to a life of solitude and loss. The music expresses the inner torments when life gets stuck in sorrow and despair. But the songs also offer some comfort to the troubled soul, they soothe the consuming feeling of desolation. I would label the music we make as gothic rock. The music is dark, but there’s light hidden underneath. I started making music more than 25 years ago. The reason I make music is because it’s my own personal way to exorcise my inner demons. But although my music and lyrics are personal, I want the listeners to resonate with the stories and feelings in the music. I want people to recognize their own stories in my music.   The Belgian scene is not well known in Spain, besides yourselves, what’s your recommendations for our listeners? Gothic rock in Belgium? Let me see… Our friends from Ground Nero and...

ASHLEY DAYOUR: «Fear not for the future weep not for the past» (Percy Bysshe Shelley)...

Ashley Dayour is today one of the most prolific artists in dark music (whatever it means). Near Earth Orbit, The Devil & the Universe and, of course, Whispers in the Shadow publish a bunch of records periodically. Yesterday is Forever is the last record of WitS and here it is an interview with Ashley Dayour about this (and about… read and understand)     Why did you start making music? Why this kind of music? What is your personal description of your sound?   I think it was the need to create, and the need to belong to something, and for sure a means to escape from reality as well, especially when we began as teenagers. I always had a thing for all things rather dark, morbid and grotesque, so this style came naturally.  It’s basically rock music, sometimes psychedelic, sometimes darker, sometimes there’s light, sometimes there are shadows. But basically, it’s rock music. That what it comes down to if you strip it all apart. However, we do try to keep it interesting and evolving. Sometimes we even succeed; I certainly think we did with this album.      Your style is very eclectic and original, includes influences of several and different kind of music… Which bands do you think influenced your music and what the lyrics are about? And other artists (not musicians)?   Well it all depends which period of our career. The influences are there for sure, but they are indeed Legion. In the very beginning, it was The Cure, more than anyone else, it would be stupid to deny it. I mean listen to our first records. Thing is, back then in the mid to late 90’s The Cure & all things 80’s were very much out of fashion, so...

BRIGITTE HANDLEY, DARK LIGHT AND SHADOW...

Next friday, on the 7th of February at El Perro de la Parte de Atrás del Coche, Brigitte Handley and Fee Reega will celebrate with us the Indypendientes 5th Anniversary. We talk with our favourite aussie and here is this chat. You can listen it in spanish: http://www.laletracapital.com/podcast-capitulo-241-canciones-para-una-sombra-ent-brigitte-handley/  Please first, introduce yourself. Why did you start making music? Why this kind of music? Hola! I’m Brigitte, I’m looking forward to seeing you in Spain soon. I’ll be there to launch my new single, After Dark in Madrid on the 7th of February at EL PERRO DE LA PARTE DE ATRÁS DEL COCHE. Can’t wait! First with The Dark Shadows and now alone (I don’t know if TDS are “dead” or it’s only a hiatus), you mix a lot of different music styles: rock’n’roll, punk, postpunk, pop… In which of them you are most confortable? What is your personal description of your sound? I’m inspired by all different styles of music and art and like to keep things open and flowing when being creative. I think it’s important to be comfortable with being yourself and finding your own voice and style and learning how to express yourself in a way that feels right for you. I don’t feel restricted to any particular scene but I’m very grateful that my music has been accepted in many different musical circles. How do you think about the changes in the “post punk”(dark anything, etc) scene over these years? What do you think about present scene? There are tons of bands today and most of all sound really good! We think that we’re living one of the most prolific stage regarding bands but not regarding the amount of public ¿Do you agree? It’s been great to see all the...

GITANE DEMONE: «MUSIC IS SOMETHING THAT POSSESSES ME. I AM ITS SERVANT»...

(Listen -in spanish- http://www.laletracapital.com/podcast-capitulo-111-de-damas-y-gargantas/)   1.- Everybody in Spain (at least everyone who read laletracapital) know you, but maybe there is someone who doesn’t know your current project, Gitane Demone Quartet, introduce yourselves, please. Within the Quartet: Rikk Agnew (Christian Death, Adolescents, D.I., 45 Grave – to name a few of the great bands he’s contributed to…) on guitar, Paul Roessler (Nina Hagen, Screamers, 45 Grave… like Rikk, many more iconic bands) on keyboards, percussion, drums, Deb Venom (Aunty Trust, Spirit Before A Fall, A Bleeding Sky) on keyboards and bass, and myself on lead vocals. Everyone sings backing vocals. 2.- Gitane Demone is an artistic name, isn’t it? Do you want to tell us about its meaning? It is a melody. 3.- You have a long career, since Pompeii 99 till GDQuartet. Which projects has been the most meaningful? I live in the moment, so whatever I’m involved in has the greatest meaning at that time. Therefore, all the projects have been meaningful, and for different reasons. I’ve learned so much from experiencing different forms, different artists. «All roads lead to NOW» – I love this quote from Rikk Agnew. 4.-You are involved with Rikk Agnew now in the quartet, who starts Christian Death with Rozz in early 80’s. In anyway, do you think that this close the circle? There was (still) quite a void in my life, after Rozz and other close friends from our small circle died. With Rikk, I felt joined with a kindred spirit, someone who experienced the past, someone to experience the present.Closing the circle? Rikk says: «It’s a triangle». 5.- Please, tell us something about this years, Christian Death years, and about the “fracture” with Rozz and your new meeting with him, in “Dream home heartache” times. I...

INTERVIEW WITH AEON SABLE: «We smoke, we drink and we do dark rock»...

Aeon Sable will play in October during the Gothic Week in Madrid and they are responsible of some of the best albums of the last years. For that reason, we decided to interview them. Behold the result. (audio, here it is)   I imagine that at this point, everyone who read laletracapital know you, but if someone has been left behind, introduce yourselves please. We are Aeon Sable. We are 4 guys with 2 guitars, 1 bass-guitar, 1 microphone and a drum-machine. We smoke, we drink and we do dark rock. You are one of the bands that somehow lead the goth rock’s Third Wave. We think that we’re living one of the most prolific stage regarding bands but not regarding the amount of public ¿Do you agree? The first Wave was a motley crew of people trying out dark tunes in all sort of ways. The second wave mostly rescaled it to a more “sisters of mercy”-like core, while the third wave is eager to break the boundaries of styles again. So yes, we are in a very prolific stage, where musicians takes a step ahead with the knowledge of the past two waves. The  amount of public is connected to the particular times. Since the internet and it’s overwhelming input of information and bands, everyone has a hard time of getting heard, clubs, musicians and artists alike. . You have maintained a steady rhythm of album releasing, Per Aspera Ad Astra (2010), Saturn Return (2012), Aequinoctium (2013), Visionaers (2014)… Nowadays those are a lot of albums. Making music is our primary purpose in life. We do what we like, and discovered we are good in what we do, since people like it. We try to find a routine in our albums, that...

HAR BELEX: A UNIQUE PERSONALITY...

LISTEN (IN SPANISH) THIS INTERVIEW IN OUR PODCAST (ESPECIAL HAR BELEX)    Firstly, it would be nice to introduce yourselves for those who don’t know you yet. Manix S.: Har belex is composed by Salva and me, Manix, although at concerts we are supported  by two musicians from Vitoria, Aritz Uriarte and David Sagastume. Salva lives in Granada and I’m from Vitoria, so H Belex’s home is these two cities. Salva Maine: Manix and I met a lot of years ago as a result of our electronic music bands and well, we have continued to have a good friendship all this time and now has appeared this new project and here we are…   You just published your new album (CD and vinyl), ¿How is the public feedback being? We are fascinated about it… M: Well, thank you, we are very very very happy, the feedback from the public and the critics are unbeatable. As courtesy, sales both through Caustic Records and some european mailorders and Rara Avis in Madrid… The record it has been a bestseller in all this places this months. Then well, we’re very happy as we’ve told you.   The CD (and vinyl) has a beautiful and cared design. ¿How important is this for you? M: Yes, of course, from our point of view the design of an album is fundamental and we think that it has to collect the spirit of what we, musically, have done. The design was made by Juan Pablo from Stillme and he truly has made a great job and we are delighted with the result.   Musically you handle different registers but you join them perfectly. Purely acoustic guitar sounds, sometimes almost martial percussions, cellos, pianos. Some songs are more ethereal, some others are stronger....

OSKAR TERRAMORTIS: THIS IS GOTHIC ROCK… AND WE LIKE IT! (ENGLISH VERSION)...

Originally published in This Is Gothic Rock.I want to thank Juan Francisco Camacho from La LetraCapital for this interview, where you can read the answer to a lot of things people have asked me, regarding the book, my radio shows and other projects. But especially you can find some new information about This Is Gothic Rock The Book. I hope you enjoy it 🙂 1.Who is Oskar Terramortis? And who is behind the nickname? Hello Juan Francisco. Oskar Terramortis is basically a music junkie. The style doesn’t matter too much, as long as it contains guitars. And if it sounds like old school, it’s just perfect for my taste. I’m the kind of guy who goes to a record store and feels like in Disneyland. I haven’t smoked or drank heavily in two years, and I spend that money buying records now, and trying to recover the 5000 cds I had in my collection back in 2001. For bad luck in life I lost the collection. The music is really important in my life, I will always say it’s more than a hobby, it’s a way of life, tha many people in my life never understood. And talking more properly about me, I consider myself a freelance music journalist, after being in the writing press media for more than 10 years, and in very important magazines that I won’t name here, and a couple of websites that I won’t name here, either. After the bad experience on how the press media works with record labels I decided to leave that world. There’s too much shit behind it, and the success of many bands that I consider shit bands, are successfull because there’s money and a lot of magazine covers on it. Pure marketing. So...