Favorite Bands

By SarahFreer
updated over 6 years ago

This is a list of some of my all-time favorite bands. These are in no particular order, but hopefully someone stumbles across them.

  1. Possibly my favorite band. Though founded in 1994 their sound seems like it was ripped from the 80s deathrock scene. Most similar to Virgin Prunes and Sex Gang Children. Vocalist Lucas Lanthier is often compared to Andi Sexgang. Brothers Mik and Daniel Ribiat are skilled at their instruments and blend perfectly with Lanthier's vocals (somehow). Check out their website and look at some of the song meanings and interviews. Heavily inspired by various fantasy and horror items both in literature and the media. Their live shows are a blend of theater art and concert. Unique take on deathrock fashion, eerie cow masks for no reason, odd props, loads of strange dancing, the whole 9 yards. Refreshingly original and bordering on pleasant insanity.
    Starter Songs: "Speak Marauder", "Hebenon Vial", "Greensward Grey

  2. One of the "starter pack" bands for classic goth rock. In fact, this band coined the term as they were the first to launch the gloomy post-punk scene. Peter Murphy's unique baritone voice is quite fitting for a dark artistic band. Of course one cannot forget the skills of David J., Daniel Ash, and Kevin Haskins to bring the rest of the sound full circle.
    Starter Songs: "Nerves", "She's In Parties", "Dark Entries", "Telegram Sam", "The Man With the X-Ray Eyes"

  3. Though not exactly a goth band (as so often stated by the incredible Robert Smith despite his appearance), The Cure remain beloved to both the 80's commercial and alternative scenes due to their vast range of styles in their discography. The early stuff is often revered as the best among those who dislike the sound typically associated with other popular bands of the era. Plus, there would be far fewer trad goths walking around with large masses of backcombed hair were there no Robert Smith or Simon Gallup. So that's good I guess?
    Starter Songs: "One Hundred Years", "Primary", "Jumping Someone Else's Train", "A Forest", "Fascination Street"

  4. Though stolen by hipsters for a brief period for the sake of t-shirts and Unknown Pleasures tattoos (thanks), Joy Division remains a complex and introspective band with a punk-gone-synthesizer sound. Ian Curtis's slew of depressing vocals really set an ironic tone for a band that makes people feel so happy. Well, some people happy. Those not familiar are going to yell at you to hit skip and take the aux cord away from you because its too depressing. In that situation, max the volume and throw the device into the backseat.
    Starter Songs: "Digital", "They Walked In Line", "Transmission", "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

  5. Is heroin bad? Yes. Does it create absolute masterpieces in music? Also yes. This is possibly one of the most chaotic bands on the post-punk scene, getting rejected by the punks and most everyone else in that time for being too weird. Take Nick Cave's beautiful screeching™, Rowland S. Howard's ghoulish guitar sound, combine it with an excellent combination of steady drums and grooving bass, throw in some insane stage movements and cowboy hats, and put it in a blender and you've got The Birthday Party. Its truly a thing of beauty.
    Starter Songs: "She's Hit", "Fears of Gun", "A Dead Song", "Release the Bats"

  6. I would first of all like to state that Ollie Wisdom is a dead ringer for Dr. Frank N Furter of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Second, this glam-meets-goth is one of the bands that spread the influence of the goth scene and heavily influenced the fashion thanks to Johnny Slut. Owning the now famous Bat Cave club meant almost nothing back in their prime day, but now its oversold as the height of goth. Despite how they were viewed in the 80's versus now, the band has always held a genuine enjoyment in taking the scene to the extreme. Specimen has always been a quality band that isn't afraid to take goth to fun and ridiculous levels.
    Starter Songs: "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", "Beauty of Poisin", "Holes", "Sharp Teeth Pretty Teeth"

  7. Originally a punk outfit, Siouxsie & The Banshees was one of the first to embrace the post-punk sound along with The Cure and Bauhaus. Kind of like a fine whiskey, they became more refined and full sounding the later they got through their career, smoothing out all the rough sounds. The earlier, raw, sounding albums are still absolute masterpieces, just depends on personal taste. Great for those who prefer female leads.
    Starter Songs: "Helter Skelter", "Spellbound", "Halloween", "Premature Burial", "Dazzle", "Cascade", "Kiss Them For Me"

  8. Oh boy. Andrew Eldritch would probably materialize and slap me across the face for putting him on a gothic list if he could. Despite his bitterness at being labeled a goth band, the Sisters had an undeniable impact on the music and culture. Absolutely rich, full, and gloomy sounding with the iconic resounding deep voice of Andrew Eldritch. If I could describe the Sister's music as anything, the first word that comes to mind other than "sunglasses" is indulgent.
    Starter Songs: "A Rock and A Hard Place", "Nine While Nine", "Lucretia My Reflection", "This Corrosion", "Kiss the Carpet", "Ribbons", "Driven Like the Snow", "Body Electric"

  9. The first incarnation of The Birthday Party happened to be called The Boys Next Door. Their album "Door, Door" doesn't get nearly as much credit as it deserves. It was the launching point for the famous Nick Cave and the less-famous-but-still-needs-to-be-appreciated Rowland. S. Howard. In my opinion Cave's voice, though quite young sounding for those familiar with his works, is nearly at its prime. Before the loads of heroin and other substances took their toll on each member, they were still trying to figure out their sound and loved to experiment in whatever sounded odd while maintaining some semblance of coherence. Lacking in the Nick Cave Screeching™, this incarnation of the band is ideal for those who would like to hear a slightly cleaner sound than that of The Birthday Party's discography.
    Starter Songs: "Shivers" (Nick Cave version), "After a Fashion", "The Voice", "Brave Exhibitions"

  10. When I hear the words under appreciated, Rowland S. Howard is the first thing that comes to mind. Writing "Shivers" at age 16, Howard had a sound like no others. Incredible wailing guitar with haunting monotone vocals are his trademark. He was like a more depressed, less homosexual version of Lou Reed. Maybe if Lou Reed had a straight son who dropped out of law school. Just me? All of his ghoulish guitar is elevated by the melancholy yet happy vibe given off by the music. It creates an atmosphere of bittersweet with every song. Teenage Snuff Film is possibly one of the most impressively raw albums I have ever listened to. His collaboration with Lydia Lunch on Shotgun Wedding is also worth noting.
    Starter Songs: "Shivers" (Rowland S. Howard version), "Sleep Alone", "Silver Chain", "I Burnt Your Clothes", "Dead Radio", "Solar Hex", "The Gospel Singer"

  11. What happens when you combine industrial with some goths and a crap ton of LSD/shrooms? Alien Sex Fiend. Heavy industrial tunes with synthesizer and the eerie nearly-spoken-word voice of Nik Fiend form a band that sounds the way gasoline smells. Truly a unique and enjoyable experience to listen to. Plus his wife (AKA Mrs. Fiend) is in the band, which is pretty much the greatest thing if you ask me.
    Starter Songs: "Ignore the Machine", "I'm Doing Time in a Maximum Security Twilight Home", "Now I'm Feeling Zombified", "RIP"

  12. The side project for Lucas Lanthier of Cinema Strange. Think less deathrock, more dark cabaret and confusion. Lovely confusion though. Like the type of music you would play at a fancy mansion party where everyone mysteriously gets killed. Still a strong eerie deathrock meets classical meets cabaret sound though.
    Starter Songs: "Marvelous Murdress", "Midsummer William"

  13. Often referred to as U2's terrifying sibling, this Dublin band is truly deserving of the title. If not giving a damn could become incarnate, it would be the Virgin Prunes. If not one, but two vocalists wailing in heavy Irish accents while the typical deathrock/punk accompaniments drone out sound seems like its a good time to you then you need to check these guys out. The "If I die..I die..." album is essential to classic deathrock. Bizarre and lovely.
    Starter Songs: "Pagan Lovesong", "Baby Turns Blue", "Walls of Jericho", "Caucasian Walk"

  14. Another essential deathrock band is Sex Gang Children. Andi Sexgang's vocal sound is almost incomparable (other than his seeming revivalist twin, Lucas Lanthier) to anyone in music history. A beautiful caterwauling voice blending with violins, heavy bass, and wailing guitars is what this band consists of. Plus plenty of spooky lyrics to go around that ((almost)) make sense. Personally I think listening to the "Song and Legend" album while following the lyrics should count as a language credit.
    Starter Songs: "Sebastiane", "Cannibal Queen", "Arms of Cicero", "Draconian Dream"

  15. At the breakup of Bauhaus, the three remaining members led by Daniel Ash went on to form their own group out of the ashes, called Love and Rockets. Sounding nothing like their old outfit, they moved on to a more sophisticated feel-good rock sound. Embracing the commercial, they made poppier yet still enjoyable albums such as Express and their eponymous title.

  16. After The Birthday Party inevitably imploded, Nick Cave went off on his own. The early stuff sounded quite similar to his old band before he branched out and fully evolved into his more mature sound. He mellowed out and he no longer used the caterwauling voice previously appreciated for its insanity. Instead he traded in for deep and slow tunes reminiscent of funeral dirges with tales of violence and love heavily inspired by The New Testament. Having a family and getting clean caused a complete 180 in Cave's music career, pushing him towards the classic and romantic.
    Starter Songs: "Do You Love Me", "Jangling Jack", "Song of Joy", "(Are You) The One I've Been Waiting For", "Lime Tree Arbor", "Into My Arms", "The Weeping Song"

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    Danzig is the perfect summary of Glenn's music career as it was the first group that he had complete creative freedom of. Formed by Glenn Danzig, AKA "Evil Elvis" after Samhain saw its end, Glenn changed his musical direction into a more organized blues/gothic metal sound. Danzig's discography as a whole was diverse. The first three albums featured Danzig's howling voice at its finest, but soon after that voice came to an end. Glenn Danzig had been touring for a few decades so it really was not a shocker when his voice finally gave out as heard on the album "Danzig 4". Every album thereafter featured a Glenn Danzig struggling to still sound powerful up until the latest 2016-2017 releases. Maybe he finally tried tea with honey? Danzig was infamous for his short temper and huge ego. Luckily, the guy mellowed out in old age. Now hes like that one cool granddad who shows kids old horror movies and takes joy in scaring people. Just don't make any comments on his height.
    Starter Songs: "Mother", "Evil Thing", "I'm the One", "777", "How the Gods Kill", "Dirty Black Summer", "Devils Plaything", "Bodies"

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    After the infamous Glenn Danzig departed from The Misfits, Samhain crawled out from the Misfit's remains like its angsty horror child. No one knew what to call it, and its still debated to even belong in the deathrock family. Though not aligning to the sound of classic deathrock, Samhain definitely deserves some place within the genre, wherever that may be. It sort of just gets lumped into deathrock because no one feels like debating it anymore. Samhain is basically the weird distant cousin no one talks about. That one guy that you've never seen but sometimes hear about so you aren't even sure how you are related. That dude. Though there were some blatantly recycled Misfits tracks in their short discography, there was plenty of fantastic original work from the mind of Glenn Danzig. As one would expect from Danzig, plenty of fun, macabre, cliche, ripping tracks. If you have the time, definitely look up the story of the "Initium" album's first pressing. Classic Glenn Danzig. At least everyone lived to tell the story? I guess nothing went to court so I'm assuming Glenn kept his cool (well, as much as you can after doing the human equivalent of rolling a natural 20 on an intimidation check to force a manager to do whatever you want).
    Starter Songs: "All Murder, All Guts, All Fun", "In My Grip", "Let The Day Begin", "Black Dream", "All Hell", "To Walk the Night"

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