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TOMORROW'S GHOSTS FESTIVAL - APRIL 2020

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THE DAMNED

The Damned are an English rock band formed in London, England in 1976 by lead vocalist Dave Vanian, guitarist Brian James, bassist (and later guitarist) Captain Sensible, and drummer Rat Scabies. They were the first punk rock band from the United Kingdom to release a single, "New Rose" (1976), release an album, Damned Damned Damned (1977), and tour the United States. They have nine singles that charted on the UK Singles Chart Top 40.

The band briefly broke up after Music for Pleasure (1977), the follow-up to their debut album, was critically dismissed. They quickly reformed without Brian James, and released Machine Gun Etiquette (197) In the 1980s they released four studio albums, The Black Album (1980), Strawberries (1982), Phantasmagoria (1985), and Anything (1986), which saw the band moving towards a gothic rock style. The latter two albums did not feature Captain Sensible, who had left the band in 1984. In 1988, James and Sensible rejoined to play what was said to be the Damned's final live show. This was released the next year as the live album Final Damnation.

The Damned again reformed for a tour in 1991. In 1995, they released a new album, Not of This Earth, which was Scabies's last with the band. This was followed by Grave Disorder (2001), So, Who's Paranoid? (2008), and their most recent album, and the first to crack the United Kingdom's Official Charts' top 10 list, landing at #7, Evil Spirits (2018). Despite going through numerous lineup changes, the formation of Vanian, Sensible, keyboardist Monty Oxymoron, drummer Pinch and bassist Stu West had been together from 2004 until 2017, when West left the band and former bassist Paul Gray rejoined.

As one of the first gothic rock bands, The Damned were a major influence on the goth subculture with lead singer Vanian's vampire themed costume, baritone singing voice and dark lyrics being major influences. They also influenced future hardcore punk bands with their fast-paced, energetic playing style and attitude

 

PINK TURNS BLUE

Pink Turns Blue are a post-punk band from BerlinGermany. Formed in 1985, they were part of the first generation of gothic rock in Germany, and released their first LP, If Two Worlds Kiss with a sound reminiscent of new wave with very dark undertones and use of synthesizers, and went to become part of the developing sub-genre of dark wave

 

THE MEMBRANES

Membranes ‘Dark Matter/Dark Energy’ has had amazing reviews across Europe most of them are here http://louderthanwar.com/membranes-dark-matterdark-energy-reviews/Many Websites and magazines are calling it one of the albums of the year. The bands’s first album for 26 years is the best selling album in their history. Membranes played an acclaimed gig in Estonia with a 30 piece choir which got a 2 page review in Mojo

 

SRSQ

As a debut, Unreality is entrance into a new form of storytelling, traversing the present while pulling from a deep swath of experience, immersion, and sound. Like the impulse it pulls from, each song evokes the complex duality of meditation—where simple intersects with infinite. Ambient synthesizers that approach harshness, relentless arpeggiations act together with Kennedy’s vocals as a lush weapon, weaving cloudlike fables over orchestration that’s familiar and foreign. Trance-like at times, yet always rooted in cadence and structure, the synesthesia of sound and feeling takes cues from the delicate miasma of Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, or Dead Can Dance, using their example as the ground floor for building a new temple of frequency. Kennedy proves an adept architect of rhythm, using sequenced electronics as a deep backbeat that allows the harrowing beauty of her vocals to lead the journey

 

THE GLASS HOUSE MUSEUM

The Glass House Museum is a post punk/gothic rock band from the West Midlands.
We embrace the dark stuff & turn it into music so you don't have to

 

THE ARCH

Comeback of the Belgian cult band! An atmospheric concoction of electronic and guitar-sounds characterizes a unique style of floating elegies and driving post-punk. Caution: addictive!

That Belgium has been an epicentre of alternative music production for years, has hardly remained unnoticed to the experts, but still only few bands have managed to let ascend their hits to sustainable evergreens. Not The Arch who for years have been well established on dark-wave-events with their hits “Babsi ist tot” and “Ribdancer”.

With their style THE ARCH create an unmistakable blend of energetic Post-rock guitars, atmospheric, electronic Dark wave-elements, dynamic Electronic body music basslines and touching vocals; an interplay of different ingredients, that are capable to truly mesmerize the listener

THE LAST CRY

The Last Cry are a three piece Darkwave band from the south coast in the UK, they released their debut album ‘Walking To The Edge’ in 2009 which was critically acclaimed.
Playing ‘Walking To The Edge’ live around Europe was met with great praise and attracted a lot of attention mainly due to their extravagant shows, this energy is what has driven the band in the making of their second album ‘Living In Grey’ which was released end of 2012 on afmusic.
The soundscape that best describes the new material is melodic, melancholic, edgy and powerful, but also is more accessible to the listener.
The Last Cry skillfully combine keyboards and guitars weaving around the bass lines and coming together with the heartfelt and emotional vocals making their sound as distinctive as the mixture is and drawing the listener into a lyrical maelstrom of fear, despair and void

ROSE OF AVALANCHE

The Rose of Avalanche, formed in Leeds in 1984, came to prominence following heavy airplay of their debut single, the “apocalyptic epic” L.A. Rain, by the BBC disc jockey, John Peel. BBC Sessions with Peel and Janice Long followed and L.A. Rain sat proudly at number 26 in Peel’s 1985 Festive Fifty, above songs by The Cure, The Smiths and The Sisters of Mercy. 

The band continued to dominate the indie scene of the period, with follow-up singles, Goddess, Too Many Castles in the Sky, Velveteen and Always There, all topping the indie charts. Successful tours supporting The Mission and support slots with David Bowie followed, but just as the band looked set for mainstream success, their meteoric rise was halted by a series of legal wrangles with their record label, leading to the eventual dissolution of the band. 

Magnificently raw, beautiful and loud, The Rose of Avalanche are back to reclaim their rightful place at the top table of alternative/goth music

 

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