Gothic Music: Post-Punk, Darkwave, Deathrock and More... - For All Those Gloomy Souls Out There

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Swans, an experimental rock band, had a bit of a Gothic sound during the late 80s to early 90s.
They're not usually classified a goth but the label is far from being inappropriate for them. You might want to check out a side project of theirs during that time period, The World of Skin:


Maybe a controversial opinion, maybe not, but, Jarboe's singing on the Swans improved their output because you really needs something to offset Gira's droning before it gets old.
 

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Switchblade Symphony, a 90's band that's kind of a mix between dark wave and industrial with gothic rock influences and operatic vocals. not sure if they count but most of the bands I intended to post already have been. Serpentine Gallery was the only record I got into. The others were kind of meh.

A few of my favorites:



 

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Not goth technically, but The Smiths were popular with people in the scene and goth rock/post-punk fans in general due to the gloomy, romantic sensibility.

This song in particular reminds me a lot of the mid-late 80's work from The Cure:

 

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I love their darker songs like Black Celebration. (Or most songs from that album.)



That was the perfect dark Depeche Mode album.'

My favorite band is Rasputina.

I approve. I listened to Rasputina a lot in my teens. They're like a better, more sophisticated Emilie Autumn. Not sure if they count as a goth band though. More on the dark cabaret end. I think Rasputina would probably fit in better with the Steampunk or neo-victorian movement than the goth scene.

I dig dark cabaret. I could make a thread if anyone is interested.
 

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Rasputina was in regular rotation in 90s goth clubs. Creager was touring with Manson or Nine Inch Nails and Souixsie at the time. It was all very spooky and eyeliner heavy.
 
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Glad to see Swans and The Smiths were posted. I was considering posting them myself, wasn't sure if they counted, but there's definitely enough crossover appeal that I feel they're a good fit for this thread.

Swans are very hard to classify. Their first EP from 1982 was a lot different from anything they've released since. It's an experimental no wave/post punk masterpiece. Not sure it really fits in this thread but it's close enough and since we're talking about Swans I'm gonna post it.

Their next few albums are so dark and brutal. Really noisy, experimental, somewhat industrial stuff in a league of its own.

I agree Jarobe was a great thing to happen to Swans. Flash forward to 1992 and they released this masterpiece.

So damn relaxing, I could fall asleep to this, but dark and brooding enough I think it fits here.

They also made a great cover of Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division

Come to think of it, some of Jarobe's solo work would probably fit into this thread nicely as well.
Creepy spoken word dark ambient track about necrophilia. The whole album's full of some seriously spooky shit.

Dark yet soothing Smiths song about the Ian Brady and Myra Hindley murders.
 

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Glad to see Swans and The Smiths were posted. I was considering posting them myself, wasn't sure if they counted, but there's definitely enough crossover appeal that I feel they're a good fit for this thread.

Swans are very hard to classify. Their first EP from 1982 was a lot different from anything they've released since. It's an experimental no wave/post punk masterpiece. Not sure it really fits in this thread but it's close enough and since we're talking about Swans I'm gonna post it.

Their next few albums are so dark and brutal. Really noisy, experimental, somewhat industrial stuff in a league of its own.

I agree Jarobe was a great thing to happen to Swans. Flash forward to 1992 and they released this masterpiece.

So damn relaxing, I could fall asleep to this, but dark and brooding enough I think it fits here.

They also made a great cover of Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division

Come to think of it, some of Jarobe's solo work would probably fit into this thread nicely as well.
Creepy spoken word dark ambient track about necrophilia. The whole album's full of some seriously spooky shit.

Dark yet soothing Smiths song about the Ian Brady and Myra Hindley murders.
I have to go out, so I'll give a listen to The Swans later. Never heard of them before. Excited. I could use a good Joy Division cover. I love Hot Fuzz, but The Killer's cover of Shadowplay was an insult.

Before I leave, I'm gonna take a moment to post some of my favorite Joy Division songs. They're one of my top ten favorite bands. Their entire discography- especially Unknown Pleasures- is the sound of loneliness. Incredible. R.I.P Ian.

The riff that starts at 1:10 is godly:


Words can't give this song justice. I love the closing guitar solo:


Mother I've tried, please believe me. I'm doing the best that I can. I'm ashamed of the things I've been put through. I'm ashamed of the person I am.


One of their earlier, punkier songs. Embodies the state of anxiety perfectly:


To close, my favorite Joy Division song. An incredibly eerie song about an epileptic girl Ian knew (epilepsy was one of the factors that unfortunately contributed to Ian's suicide)

 

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Chris Vrenna, 'cause I don't think he's in this thread. Or I am blind and repeating others.



 
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Red Temple Spirits were a gothic post punk band formed in the U.S. in 1987. They've got an interesting sound that is as gothic as it is psychedelic.

They've released two albums and each one has a Pink Floyd cover on it.


Here's one of their own songs
 
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This Mortal Coil was a musical project started in 1983 by founder of the record label 4AD, featuring a large cast of various artists from the label featured on different songs.

Musically it is ambient gothic. Very dark and relaxing. Here's a track from their second album, 1886's Filigree & Shadow.

 
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Shotgun Wedding is an interesting collaboaration album between Lydia Lunch of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks fame and Rowland S. Howard, the guitarist from The Birthday Party.

 
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This Mortal Coil was a musical project started in 1983 by founder of the record label 4AD, featuring a large cast of various artists from the label featured on different songs.

Musically it is ambient gothic. Very dark and relaxing. Here's a track from their second album, 1886's Filigree & Shadow.

Youtube introduced me to this gem several years ago:


Lovely stuff. 4AD in general has featured a lot of good artists.
 
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New Order started out as a post-punk band in the tradition of Joy Division (which makes sense as they formed after the death of Ian Curtis) before transitioning into the alternative dance band that made them a household name.

Their early work is under-looked and very good (though not as good as Power, Corruption and Lies if I'm being honest.) I highly recommend Movement.




 

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Skeletal Family were a gothic post punk band formed in England in 1982.

Fantastic. Like a cross between Siouxsie and the Banshees and early Bauhaus. I love your contributions to this thread. You've introduced me to a lot of cool stuff I've never heard of before.

I'm really surprised The Cult hasn't been mentioned here yet. Their album Love is particularly fitting:



 

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Oh yeah I enjoy The Cult a lot, also their first releases as Death Cult and the previous band Southern Death Cult.

Here's Charge, an English punk band from the eighties. This song has quite a gothic edge to it.


Not really a goth band, but New Model Army's song "The Charge" seems like it's a good fit for this thread musically and thematically.

 
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