HEXOTERICKA!

 

  KEITH! Today we interview one of Gauteng’s best known Darkwave bands, Hexotericka. ALLEN! What’s the origin of your band name? We are called Hexotericka. The name is a combination of Esoterica and Hexes, so I suppose you can say it means that hexes are very esoteric. It was just a fitting name that went hand in hand with some of our songs’ subject matter. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? We originally envisioned Hexotericka as an electronic Darkwave band back in 2007, but since about 2010 we have moved more towards a Gothic-Rock sound. However, I believe it is up to the listener to decide for themselves, as we usually just play what feels […]

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Retinal Burn!

 

 Today we speak to local band, Retinal Burn! What’s the origin of that name? It is from eye damage that can occur from staring at the sun or other bright objects for too long. It was just something I though worked with the type of music we were making at the time. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? I would classify it as experimental electronica, with synthpop and industrial influences. History of your project? In the early 2000s I was the lead vocalist and songwriter of the Goth Rock band Disciples of Sorrow. There were so many other kinds of songs running around my head that just didn’t fit into the goth genre. I started […]

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G.L.O.W (for Film and TV.)

 

 Today we have a second interview with G.L.O.W. “A second one?” you might ask. Yes, a second. For today we talk to G.L.O.W about their work on TV and film. What’s the story behind G.L.O.W for film and TV? G.L.O.W has taken on another challenge by having its tracks used as instrumentals for film and TV with a UK-based sound library called Resourcesound . The movie genres which they are primarily used for are horror, thriller, action and science-fiction films, as well as for crime and mystery documentaries. G.L.O.W was signed to a 5 year exclusive contract. Where have your tracks been used? It’s still early days for G.L.O.W’s soundtracks but, horror film makers are starting to take an interest. […]

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5 Irish Bands You Must Hear.

 

 As it’s Saint Patrick’s Day and I’m a loyal Greenie and an insane Unionist, I’ve decided to put this little list of amazing O’Irish lads and lasses to listen to. Flogging Molly. Founded in America by Irishman Dave King in 1997, Flogging Molly -known for amazing performances and brilliant music videos- combine Celtic Folk and Modern Rock on a level few other bands have achieved. VNV NATION. Founded by Irishman Ronin Harris in 1990, VNV Nation combines haunting and emotional lyrics, hard beats, and dance floor filling tracks that have been a favourite of the electronic music scene (commercial and underground) for years… and thankfully that doesn’t seem likely to end any time soon. The Pogues. Founded by Anglo-Irishman Shane […]

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RAMFEST 2014.

 

 Protoculture. With great excitement and anticipation we left for Ramfest on Saturday Afternoon (8 March 2014), armed with wellingtons and hoodies to combat the incessant rain that threatened South Africans own Glastonbury Music Festival, only better, RAMfest. Gangs of Ballet. Arriving a day late was sad, but we were still able to catch the legendary Pestroy before they go on a well deserved hiatus. Though I was rather distraught that we couldn’t see Biffy Clyro. (I have been told that they were absolutely fantastic.) However the Saturday show didn’t disappoint. Trivium were up first and although they were good, I couldn’t help but feel a little cheated, they just missed some of the energy that South African fans have become […]

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G.L.O.W.

 

 Today we speak to internationally known, locally made, Dark-Electro Band, G.L.O.W. What’s the origin of your band name? G.L.O.W. was derived from the Industrial/E.B.M. scene with influences of personal burdens, reminiscence, retaliation and one putting their foot down. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Industrial/E.B.M. History of your G.L.O.W? G.L.O.W. started off with me as a solo artist from 2008 until present. I became recognized on MySpace and Soundcloud with songs such as Anger, Levitate, Plastic and Flying Dutchman (Final Quest?). After winning a tune signature competition in 2013(with an Arizona-based Gothic Radio station called Oontzcast), my music became more recognized worldwide. Tracks which were aired were Flying Dutchman (Final Quest?), Hai-Uri and My Smile […]

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DarcTyde Events!

 

 Today we speak to Keith, the owner and driving force behind DarcTyde Events – a local Alternative-Underground nightclub extravaganza! Why did you decide to create DarcTyde Events? We started DarcTyde Events as a means to help promote the South African Goth Scene. We have many talented local Gothic and Darkwave artists, but so few venues are willing to give them a chance. We also simply wanted to throw some of the most awesome goth parties. Tell us a bit about the history of your organisation. We started DarcTyde in early 2001. Our first event would have been a 2-day goth event called Nocturne, but, at the last moment, the person who was funding the majority of the costs pulled out […]

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IIOIOIOII SUN REVIEW.

 

 American based Electro artist Christopher Gurney delivers a Synthpop album full of nostalgia… and a fresh, modern feel. Rising Sky the opening track sets the tempo for whats expected, soft synths and dreamlike vocals make this song a beautiful opener. Track 2 Weapon is very catchy synthpop with a decent dance tempo, beeps and glitches dominate here reminds me of a eutopian world aiming for a state in which everything is perfect; idealistic. the vocal style differs in somde parts of he song which keeps the listener focused into the song as the tale wonders. Stardust is a beautifully written song, the use of soft synths and melodies transcends you (insert happy place) Do You Know is a much darker […]

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Eisdrive Hours of Steel EP Review

 

 This is not pretty listening… at all. This is as Industrial as hell. From Montclair, New Jersey (East Coast of the United States) comes Eisdrive; and their new four-track EP “Hours of Steel.” A Clockwork of dark and gritty… edgy sounds, uneasy listening, Eisdrive deliver an apocalyptic type of industrial which is akin to great acts like Front Line Assembly and early Leaether Strip.… but in no way copies the sound. Official Facebook Page.   Hours of Steel is the soundtrack to your existence in urban decay.

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TAMLA KAHN.

 

 Today we speak to an up and coming South African three-piece rock outfit Tamla Kahn. Now they have an interesting story, coming from a small Limpopo town and relocating to Gauteng to keep up with demand to see them play. What’s the history of Tamla Kahn and origin of your name? John joined the band on 6 February, 2010 and we consider this our official birthday. Before he joined, the band had gone through several working titles, but it was everyone’s decision in the end to call the band Tamla Kahn –Tamla’s full name being Tamla Kahn McMahon– not only because Tamla had started the band, but also because it is original and unique, and we didn’t just want a […]

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