Terror Trax: I Ya Toyah

Band Name: I Ya Toyah

I am One Woman Army, Ania Tarnowska:
lyrics/composition, recording, production, vocals, guitar, keyboards

Website: iyatoyah.com

What singers or bands inspired you growing up?

Opeth, Iron Maiden, Nine Inch Nails

Who are your favorite artists today?

I have a lot of favorite artists, varying in styles and it’s impossible to state just one as it’s endless list of talent I admire every day.

What non-musical things inspire your music?

Observation, conversation, nature

Is there a place where you go to be inspired?

It is a Forest with a Bit of the Light- a spot in the woods not far from where I live. I named it myself but it’s my to-go place when I seek mental relaxation and peace.

What’s been the greatest achievement of your band?

I’ve been honored to share the stage with Mortiis during his North American Tour, as well as with Grendel. I had a pleasure working with Rhys Fulber and have him remix one of my songs, “Flashback.” Mostly though, I feel the greatest achievement is to be a part of the amazing industrial electronic scene – it is a priceless experience.

Where was the coolest place to play? Where did you enjoy yourselves the most?

I love playing at Crucible, Madison WI. I adore their stage, sound and green room plus hospitality and vibes of everyone…I love Reggies rock club in Chicago and really enjoyed playing at The Forge, Joliet. Another amazing place I cannot wait to return to is Club Anything, Milwaukee WI. Owner Todd is a sweetheart and the place has a certain magic that feeds you with very positive energy.

What are your favorite horror movies?

I love Strangers. It is more of a thriller but I like the authenticity of the plot. Psycho is another good one. Anything Hitchcock and David Lynch.

What was the scariest night of your life?

I was 12 and was on my way back from music school ( I studied guitar, piano, and vocal performance). My dad drove the car and we got into an accident. I remember being terrified that he will die…I ended up being the one that almost did- but I don’t remember it as I was already in a coma. The fear of losing my dad and having to tell my mom about it was paralyzing.

If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be and who would be your opening band?

I’d love to play at the venue called Dalhalla in Sweden. It is built on the rocks and shaped like an amphitheater. The setting in nature is absolutely magic and so is the sound. It is on my bucket list and as far as an opener/lineup goes, I don’t even know as there are many logistics involved, some of which would probably be out of my control.

What are you working on now for future release?

Currently, I’m working on releasing the remix of Puppet song done by Adoration Destroyed. Together with Lumbra Records we are filming and putting a dark-themed video for that song. I’m very excited as the remix is amazing!

Final thoughts.

I want to thank you for your support! You coming out to my live shows and supporting my releases makes what I do possible. I love you! ♥

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Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: Dark Matter Noise

Seattle Sounds- Dark Matter Noise- by Dawn Wood

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The band first started recording in 2007 and their first digital release was in 2008.  Since that time, between other projects, Dark Matter Noise still continues to mystify and intrigue both Gothic/Industrial/Ambient fans and fellow musicians.

Their music is described as: “A mix of angelic and demonic percussion and noise, crushing industrial, sugary pop, pulsing ebm,vampiric.darkwave metal.”
Dark Matter Noise is currently working on their second album entitled: Oceans and Gravity.

 

Check them out:

Reverb Nation: https://www.reverbnation.com/darkmatternoise

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarkMatterNoise?fref=ts

Website: https://darkmatternoise.bandcamp.com/releases

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http://darkmatternoise.com/

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Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: New Years Day

Seattle Sounds-New Years Day- By Dawn Wood

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AnthonyI had the pleasure of opening for New Years Day and the Birthday Massacre with my band Murder Weapons in Seattle at the end of 2014. I was pleasantly surprised at the charisma and talent of New Year’s Day. Their music appealed to Metal/Gothic and Industrial fans and their humility in relating to the audience/fans was refreshing.

Their new 5 song EP entitled: “Epidemic” is brilliant, with the title track “Epidemic” being a huge fan fave.

New Year’s Day formed in 2005 and began an aggressive DIY promotion of their music on Myspace.  They were featured on “Myspace Record 1 Compilation”.  Since that time, they have toured with the likes of: The Birthday Massacre, Motionless in White, Blood on the Dancefloor just to name a few.

They describe their music as:
Ash”Imagine if Dexter Morgan with side kick Eric Northman, hosted a late late late night talk show in a haunted mansion deep within the enchanted cemetery, then NEW YEARS DAY would most assuredly be their house band with warm blood-spattered bottles of True Blood offered in the red room for the visiting undead.”

Members include:
Ash on vox
Tyler & Jeremy on guitars
Nick on drums
Anthony on bass

Check out these links to New Years Day:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nydrock
Twitter: NYDROCK
Lastfm: http://www.last.fm/music/New+Years+Day
”Epidemic” download:https://play.spotify.com/trackset/mediabar/6JE2QBD2FmzMgYqu65Uzhb%2C1J4FkTOZNz9ooQjZPszM5W%2C165QuY1DUqXzqqA1IZ3Unm%2C049O57ssi7ReAFOmPCPHOZ%2C4B6oGnWjAfnLIApzHkHkDm%2C0gpTgDbkZczXoXiTlGch4t%2C0jVXpiW37MVzkDAptUOXle%2C12hm7s2WGdIFLo13FXoeuy%2C1LY0tTpCaNIqQSqWheIX5l%2C2d6iLsfggnvjl1dep2rpuE%2C5gLMuCZKVpbshie2OpT10M%2C20qReIgUUTYLhojoWyNObg%2C6QmBmb9PaVUqNJaRHrxFkH%2C1JgkDsrK8nnwP8lxhpJXgS%2C031S2FIn62EYApsRJXNAFU/%23/12

NEW EP: http://www.nydpreorder.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKFyoG_RFbY

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Seattle Sounds CD Review Mixed Messages: by Dawn Wood

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logoFronted by Seattle Industrial scene veteran musician, Wesley Rogers, Mixed Messages has only officially been a band since early 2012. Before that, while he and guitarists Nicklos Frank and Dim Rott played for Bell’s Theorum, Whether they bomb or blow your mind, one thing is certain, you will never get bored or want to leave a Mixed Messages show. Things will be broken, aggression will be released and VHS tape will envelop you. If you are looking for a Seattle band to knock your head off with sound and entertainment, I highly recommend Mixed Messages.  Not only is their singer, Wesley Rogers an absolute hurricane of raw, screaming energy, but every band member (“the other Nicks” in the band, synth/keyboardist Nick McCoy, drummer, Nick Plantz), guitarist extraordinaire Dim Rott and the lovely Sharon Collier on bass, are talented and interesting…to watch…to hear…to conversate with.

Mixed Messages band mates are huge fans of horror.  Dim and Nicklos are “classic horror” fans and the music is heavily influenced by the horror of our political system today. You can also see Mixed Messages playing shows with fellow Industrial Horror Addict’s Band: Murder Weapons.  Wesley even jumps in on some live performances with Murder Weapons for added debauchery.

Wesley_christmasshowOn March 1st of this year, Mixed Messages started a fundraising campaign with Indiegogo to fund their CD release.  They wound up raising enough money, though their dedicated fans, to record and master their CD entitled: “The Ordeal”.  I have seen Mixed Messages live, so it was a real treat to sit down and listen to all of their material, which I have witnessed live, plus some great new songs.

  1. MMChivalry- Starts off with a bang with angry vocals and guitars, with a sprinkling of interesting samples.
  2. Into the Middle of Things-  Driving beat with screams and intriguing (mid Easternish) guitars wailing throughout.
  3. Hopeless- Slows down to a very sexy, yet rhythmic grind.  Wesley’s vocals are more spoken, even whispery (in some places) trading off to samples then eventual tormented signature screams.
  4. Did What You Had To- brings us back to “in your face” aggression.
  5. Lust and Jealousy- This is the Cds “pretty song” and is my favorite.  Sensual beats and vocals are captivating.
  6. Suffer- is a crowd favorite live.  The beat is driving and intense, almost punk rock in feel.  You will find yourself screaming “SUFFER!!!” even after the song is over.
  7. Do Nothing- Definitely a great candidate for a remix.  The beat is infectious and danceable, with overlaid dynamic vocals.
  8. Then What?- Thumping bass goodness starts this song, with plenty of samples, cacophonies of sound and hypnotic vocals.
  9. 2 Weeks Notice- Thinking this is one of those “I hate my day job” anthems.  I think we can all relate!
  10. Abomination- Political Industrial Goodness!
  11. Emerald City- I especially enjoyed the guitar harmonics in this song.  Very classic rock inspired.  I also like the Seattle reference: “Emerald City!!!!!!”
  12. Collapsing In- Hmmmm….I sense a familiar influence…Butthole Surfers.  What a cool song and a nice variable on this CD.  One thing is for sure with Mixed Messages, they like surprising their listeners.

You can check out Mixed Messages on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mixedmessagesband?fref=ts

On Reverbnation:

http://www.reverbnation.com/mixedmessages

On Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n04ltND4q_M

Website:

http://mixedmessagesband.bandcamp.com/

 

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Dead Animal Assembly Plant

DAAP1DAAP2Seattle’s EBM and Industrial Scene has re-emerged over the past few years and shown itself to be almost front running. There are actually a few bands out of the Portland area that also demand listener attention and are tearing up stages opening for major Industrial acts.  Dead Animal Assembly Plant is one of those bands.  Fresh off of opening up for Combichrist and Mushroomhead in 2014, being one of the headliners at Seattle’s Mechafest and Day of the Dead in late 2013, Dead Animal Assembly Plant is currently embarking on a new slaying array of music for their upcoming CD.

A little history: The boys of DAAP hail from the Sweet Meats DAAP3Slaughterhouse. The now abandoned and cursed facility was home to a murderous, cannibalistic butcher who fancied the townsfolk as livestock. Now they haunt the dank hallways continuing the madness.  Dead Animal Assembly Plant  started back in 2007. Initially the solo brainchild of Z.Wager , DAAP quickly grew into a collective of (somewhat) like minded butchers. Inevitable chaos ensued. Also part of this motley crew: Case.  Also, Vex March of Portland’s Particle Son on keys and samples, Eric B holding down the killer beats and Travis DAAP5Geny on guitar.  Let’s not forget the terrifying and sexy “Butcherettes”.

DAAP’s Horror Influences: It’s cliche’ to say that “We’ve been a fan of horror since children.”  Well, we are another cliche’. As children of the 80’s epic slasher flicks like Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm St and Hellraiser greatly influenced the tongue in cheek sense of horror DAAP has today. (And of course, the dirt and grime from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre mythos.) Clive Barker as a storyteller and creator of dark realities helped paint a lot of mental imagery as well.

Zach would like to extend a very personal invitation to take a listen and “come see us at one of our shows. We’d love to meat you… Bon appétit”.

I highly recommend doing both.  This is one of the best shows I have seen in a long time.  And, if you are lucky, you just might see me singing a song with the DAAP crew!  😉

 

Links:

www.facebook.com/deadanimalassemblyplant

www.youtube.com/DAAPSlaughterhouse

www.instagram.com/deadanimalassemblyplant

www.soundcloud.com/deadanimalassemblyplant

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Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: Charlie Drown

Charlie_Drown_LinkThe always beautiful, never dull Miss Charlie Drown is an enigmatic force using sexuality, violence, passion, love and Magic in equal measure to craft a unique vision. Straddling brutality and frailty with ease and effortlessly encompassing the feminine and masculine of music. The music of Charlie Drown, while undoubtedly infectious, is difficult to term, largely due to Charlie’s broad spectrum of influences.

Not content to be just another pretty face in “rock star drag”, Charlie writes, sings, programs, records, produces and plays many instruments and finds capable dynamic musicians for recording, as well as hand picking those who perform it. Ambitious and aggressive in the studio, she has earned the respect of her peers in the industry. Her no rules attitude enables her to create without structure.

Charlie also owns her own “horrifically collectibles” store in Tacoma, Washington and records local Seattle/Tacoma bands in her Digital Dolly Studio. Her dedication to the Gothic/Industrial/Metal scene in Vancouver and the Northwest is highly respected.

Check Charlie out on:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Charlie-Drown/102028453165878

Twitter: twitter.com/charliedrown

Reverb Nation: www.reverbnation.com/charliedrown

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CharlieDrownOfficial

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Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: Murder Weapons

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meganphotojessecoreyThe sound of Murder Weapons has been described as Shock-Rock Horror Industrial.Samples from actual trials of serial killers, horror flicks and other auditory terrors are amply delivered by this quintet, punctuating the tracks with bloody CHEESE. Live shows feature a “SPLASH ZONE” of blood and various body parts. Audiences have become accustomed this Murder Therapy, featuring gory visuals, simulated murders and blood splattered cage dancers. Amidst the scene of chaos, gore and murder the band churns out a barrage of guitar driven, hard hitting, rhythmic, aggressive, electronic industrial audio terror for your delight!

Murder Weapons began in 2012 when founder Jesse RazOrr begun writing music based on a fascination with serial killers, horror films, and the finer things in life. Not surprisingly, the music was dark and aggressive. Jesse began forming the band with keyboardist, Luke Guillotine , drummer Lynn Shank and guitarist, Gorey Clawhammer. All that was needed was a vocalist. In summer of 2012, Murder Weapons was offered the opportunity to open for a national act in Seattle. Seattle rock-electronic vocalist, Dawn WoodKill, joined the Family and rehearsal commenced. By December, Murder Weapons was opening for major Industrial acts such as My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Angel Spit, Angels on Acid, Psyclon 9, Charlie Drown and Hanzel und Gretyl, as well as co-headlining Seattle’s Mechafest later that year. Currently, Murder Weapons is working on new material as well as a studio album and is obliterating the Northwest regularly. The next live show in Seattle will feature Murder Weapons, once again, opening for My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/murd3rweapon5

Twitter: @murderweapons

Reverb Nation: http://www.reverbnation.com/murderweapons

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MurderWeapons

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Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: Grasp Logic

GL2Grasp Logic began (an alternative/industrial- electronic project created by electronic artist Mi-kel Munzter) in 2009. Grasp Logic’s GL3abrasive tones and distorted impacts revolve around a dark obscure atmosphere. Visually caliginous, various influences include: Horror, Sci-fi, Metal, Dark Wave, Ambient, Cinematic, Noise, and various forms of electronic music. Garrett, Mi-kel Munster started out doing scream vocals for a metal project in high school in Washington State. Eventually, he wanted to branch out into something different, yet still keep his metal influences. He has an avid love for horror films and some of his favorites are: Dementia 13, The Mad Monster, Attack Of The Giant Leeches, Halloween, Bruiser, Army Of Darkness, Dead Alive, and Bucket Of Blood (to name a few). In high school he spent a lot of time watching horror films, reading comics and working on music inspired by those interest, which eventually lead to starting Grasp Logic. So far music releases have include an experimentalGL1 EP entitled “Poetry In Machine” realeased in 2011 and since then, Grasp Logic has been releasing singles working toward  another release. At live shows, Grasp Logic features artist, Robert Bauder. Robert’s gripping artwork has been on exhibit at art shows all over the country.

http://www.facebook.com/robert.bauder.3?fref=tsGrasp Logic is part of the Industrial music community “The Black List” and hasopened for such artists as: The Genitoturers, Dead Hand Projekt, William Control and SMP.Check out Grasp Logic on:Facebook: www.facebook.com/grasplogic

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/grasplogic

Reverb Nation: www.reverbnation.com/grasplogic

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Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: Desillusion

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Seattle’s EBM and Industrial Scene has re-emerged over the past few years and shown itself to be almost front running. It’s about des1time! I remember when clubs were reluctant to play anything but rock (thrash, rockabilly, garage, punk or grunge). Electronic bands either had to play covers, slyly slide onto a rock bill, play an underground club or play a room that normally just had a DJ. It is encouraging to see numerous EBM, electronic and industrial bands start to gain attention in the region. It is also quite common to see these musicians being a part of at least 2 other projects. The scene is, at times, incestuous. Most of the bands/projects are less than 7 degrees of separation from one another. (Case in point, industrial rock band, Desillusion.) Desillusion is fronted by the hardest working musician I know, Wes Halvorson. Wes has worked his ass off to get electronic/industrial bands into the Seattle live music scene. Wes is also the guitarist of My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and Anguisette. He is the drummer for Endless Sunder and he is very much in demand to fill in and collaborate with a variety of Seattle EBM bands including Elektronika. Desillusion Keyboardist and Producer, Asher Vast is alsowestin_pierce3 in Endless Sunder and quite collaborative in the Seattle music scene. On bass, is Jesse O, who also plays bass for his project, Murder Weapons Jesse is quite talented in video editing and has worked on the band’s videos along with ThinkPiece Productions. Desillusion’s versatile percussive talents belong to Lynn Sepeda. Lynn is also in Murder Weapons and has played drums with a
plethora of Seattle talent such as: The Donettes, Otherness, Mary Abaddon and Eddie Spaghetti.

Desillusion’s latest CD (set to be released by Fall 2014) is heavy and infectious, but their sound is now more creatively laced with stompy blistering industrial explosions and hypnotic dance beats. Westin added a female back up vocalist to the mix in 2013 to add a new dimension to the music. Desillusion’s new material is reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM with a dash of Stabbing Westward and Gravity Kills. Their songs: “Anthem” and “Mod Me” are infective with a lush, hypnotic groove. “Mara” and “Jaded” are memorable, energetic and stompy anthems. “Vices” is pretty rockin’ in that “Stabbing Westward kind of vein” and the very catchy “Left Behind” and “Fall” mixes it up and featuring the accompaniment of female vocals.

Desillusion’s latest project titled: “Anthemphetamine” is scheduled for release in Fall 2014 Check Desillusion out on Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, Lastfm, Youtube and Vampirefreaks.com.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/desillusion
Twitter: @desillusion1
ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/desillusion
Lastfm: www.last.fm/music/Desillusion
HubPages (Think Piece Production): http://thompsonpen.hubpages.com/hub/Think-Piece-Productions-A-Business-Review
Vampiresfreak.com: vampirefreaks.com/DESILLUSION

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Horror Events July / August

August 5th / Club Sin: Lust / Montreal Quebec / This is the Montreal Fetish weekend pre launch party. The theme is lust and sins. The evening will include the feathers and fantasy burlesque show, a performance from the singing swinging dollies and music from Miss Lydie and Kommandant. You will also have the chance to win gift certificates from CRUELLA and tickets to Fetish weekend taking place from August 30th to September 5th. For more information go to clubsin.ca.

August 12th – 14th / Flashback Weekend / Chicago Ill. / This is a horror movie convention that includes showings of movies by Chicago area horror filmmakers along with appearances by Robert Englund and Doug Bradley. There will also be a costume contest, a zombie pinup beauty pageant, a performance by the Flaming Dames which is a horror themed burlesque show and much much more. For more information go to flashbackweekend.com.   

August 12 – 14th / Kreepfest / Harrisonville Mo. / This is a gathering of halloween enthusiasts and home and pro haunters. Some of the events will include a zombie prom, prop making and make up demonstrations and a hearse rally.  For more information go to kreepfest.kk5.org.

August 5th / I love industrial 4/ Philadelphia PA / Industrial music fest at the Starlight Ballroom at 8pm. Some of the bands performing are FGFC820, Gravitator,  Deathwatch Asia and many more. For more information go to www.iloveindustrial.com.

July 30th / Underground Nation Militant EBM Industrial Edition / Liege Belgium/Industrial, Goth and fetish show featuring Ethan Fawkes, Mono Electronic Density, IC 434 and much more. For more information go to:   www.facebook.com/pages/Underground-Nation-Militant/198434086840393

Monster Mash with Witness the Apotheosis

“They say I suffer from insanity
Just between friends
I’m not suffering at all
I kinda like it here”
— From the song “Asylum” by Witness the Apotheosis

Witness the Apotheosis is a darkwave/industrial duo from Athens, Georgia and consists of Terance Schmidt and Zak Vaudo. Both provide vocals, electronic programming and compose the music. Zak also plays cello while Terance plays other instruments. In describing their synergy, Terance said, “Zak is certainly better with beats then I am, I tend to get things started, then Zak will bring a lot to the rhythm. I tend to do pretty well with creating melody – basslines, arpeggios, that sort of thing. Zak has much more experience with the genre of music that we make; he’ll pull us back in that direction when I go too far towards my rock roots.”

The song they shared with us is “Asylum” from their debut album Monomyth. The voices inside my head that scream at me from behind my eyeballs totally love this song. Apparently I’m in good company. Zak told me that “aside from being a fan-favourite, ‘Asylum’ has always just jumped out as one of the more unique songs in our lineup; it showcases our blend of style backgrounds better than any of our other works.” Terance added, “it’s the song that we have the most fun with on stage. My favorite memory playing that song was one time we completely freaked out our audience with it. After the song they just stood there, silently. I looked back at them and said ‘your silence is all the applause I ever wanted.’”

Both Terance and Zak were originally from Queens, NY, but met in Athens, GA. Terance is a fan of the music from Athens. He said, “I enjoy the B-52s, REM and Pylon especially. Music Hates You is also an influence. The bass in Pylon and REM is something I think I may draw from somewhat.” Zak noted that there isn’t a lot of electronic music in Athens to draw from, saying, “the last one that had any influence on me was Unavox. I let Terance pull the rock elements; electronic music tends to resonate the most with me.”

Myself, I love the little references to Greek myth in their band name, album titles, and such. Terance mentioned the time he sought advice from an oracle, in this case, a tarot deck. “I did a tarot reading to get some idea of how things might work out with Zak and I doing a band. It came up with the World card, which is the best card in the deck to draw. In the explanation book for my deck, one of the lines was that ‘they will all come to witness the apotheosis’, so that was a good sign. Apotheosis means becoming god-like. I like to say that when you get up on the stage and do your thing, you transcend ordinary humanity and become something more, so the name really makes sense to me.”

Even though they enjoy playing gigs, they both agreed that creating new music was more fun. Inspiration has come from many places. For Terance it has even come from just walking down the street. “Asylum started out with the line ‘I really like the flowers but what did they do with my mind?’ I was walking down Washington Street in Athens to Hot Corner Coffee when it came to me. I started writing lyrics for it and thought it would be funny. Then it got more serious, and yet still funny. It’s rare that I sit down and say, ‘Now I’m going to write a song about X.’ Instead it’s usually things that come out spontaneously and then we’ll build on them; that seems to work best.” Zak added that “the album Monomyth draws its inspiration from Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces, as does the band’s name (the Apotheosis is one of the many steps on the Hero’s Journey). The Monomyth is the singular idea, the foundation of the myth. This debut EP is our foundation.”

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After Monomyth, they created and released When the Night Comes. As Terance puts it, “Monomyth was a ‘gotta have something done for Frolicon,’ a convention we played. I was literally finishing it up just in time to burn it and go.  When the Night Comes was more of a remix album of the title song. It was really cool to hear what other artists did with this song that we wrote. The track I find most interesting on it is “Modern Prometheus”, which is some very out-of-genre music for us that I started playing with late one night and Zak reading a poem over it. I never imagined I’d like it as much as I do.” Zak added, “for me, I really wanted to create a single that showcased one of our favourite songs and the transition it had undergone (with the ‘New Wave Cut’ being the first draft and the ‘Album Version’ being its reinvention). It was imperative to me that any remixes of the track were strikingly different from anything else on the single; I hate remixes that sound like they’ve been added in as filler. The Dark Clan and Creation bring extremely unique sounds to the track, giving the song new and engaging faces.”

To check out the band, visit their Bandcamp site at witnesstheapotheosis.bandcamp.com. You can also find them at ReverbNation, MySpace, Facebook, and in all the dark corners of Athens, Georgia.

Inside Horror Music with Claus Larsen & Leaether Strip

Unless you have been living under a rock since the 80’s, you have no doubt heard of Leaether Strip. HorrorAddicts had a chance to catch up with Claus Larsen, the man behind the machine and speak with him about his newest project “Dark Passages” and some other things as well.

SM: First, let me say that I am actually a big fan of Leaether Strip. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. And Happy Birthday! I know it’s a little late. Let’s jump right in: “Dark Passages” is your first foray into writing soundtracks, etc. How did you like this experience? Would you do it again?

CL: Thanks so much. It has actually been a dream of mine to compose music for films, even before Leæther Strip was started back in 1988.  John Carpenter’s soundtracks made me start to collect soundtracks, and his music has been a big inspiration for me. So getting the “job” to write music for “Dark Passages” was a dream come true, and I hope that it will open doors to that world of films. I would do it again for sure if I got the offer.

SM: How did it come about that you collaborated with director Cesar Cruz to do “Dark Passages?” Did he approach you? Had you worked together before?

CL:  I had never heard of  Cesar before. He asked me about 2 years ago if  I would be interested in writing the title theme song for his movie- I needed to read the script first to see if it inspired me of course. It was a very intense story and I said yes right away. Problem was that I was so full of ideas that one song wouldn’t do it for me, so a few months after I began I had over 60 minutes of music. Normally composers only get a few weeks to complete a soundtrack, so having all the time in the world, plus, only to have the script to inspire me was amazing for me. I bet all soundtrack composers would kill to have that amount of time and freedom.

SM: Was it in any way easier to write music based around a defined plot or subject matter? Was it in any way more difficult? How would you say it is different from the way you normally write songs, if at all?

CL: I approached this project in the same way I do with my “normal” work.. I read the script 2 times. Placed it in a drawer and then started on the title song. It was in a way kind of relaxing to do cause normally my lyrics are very personal and its not always easy to turn yourself inside out and being as honest as I am.  You would think that it was easier to write about other peoples stories, but  it’s not.. As soon as I started I was right there with the people in the story and the whole process quickly became as personal as a “normal” Leæther Strip song.

SM: What would you say is the overall theme or tone of the album?

CL: I think it’s the darkest album I have ever done. I might not be as harsh sounding, but I really moved around in the darkest places of my thoughts while writing this. I had some really “fun” nightmares while recording it too. I was also told that the actors in the movie listened to the soundtrack to get prepared to act the scenes out. I am very happy with the result, and I hope this is the start of something for me, and for Cesar, because he’s a huge talent, both visually and as a writer. He’s going places and I hope he’ll take me with him.

SM: Who would you say are the biggest influences in your work?

CL: There are many, but to pick the most important ones I would have to name Fad Gadget, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, John Carpenter , Gary Numan and Skinny Puppy.

SM: If you had to pick a favorite piece of your own work, could you do it and if so, what would it be?

CL:  The album that have had the biggest impact on my life is “Solitary Confinement” from 1992. It was my breakthrough and it has opened many doors for me and I still get messages and questions from listeners concerning that album. But for me they are all favorites.

SM: You have played live MANY places. What has been your favorite live show so far?

CL: Yes, after my stage “come back” I have been really lucky to get to play a lot of shows. It’s been amazing to get out there to meet the people again, and I never thought that would happen again after my back problem started to get nasty in 93. The most fun gigs I played were in Dessau, Budapest , Philadelphia and London, and that doesn’t mean that the others were bad. I have actually been lucky so there haven’t really been any negative gigs.  I have met open arms and kindness at every show so far. I like the club gigs best because I get to play my full 90 minute set and there is time for the sound check and not so much stress before and after the shows. Another show that also meant the world to me, was the concert I played with Skinny Puppy last summer here in Denmark.

SM: What remix are you the most proud of or do you think turned out the best?

CL:  For me the best one is a new on that’s not released yet, but will be out soon I hope. An old 80s Song by Wang Chung called “To live and die in LA”, from the movie with the same title. The original  is one of best songs ever written if you ask me. They asked me to remix a new song of theirs and I did that, and took a chance to ask if  they would let me fiddle with that old song.  I was also just asked by Frontline Assembly to remix a song for them so I cant wait to get started on that.

SM: As a fellow musician, I know that sometimes it can be difficult to smash your music into a category or genre. That being said, what genre would you say YOU think Leaether Strip fits into, if any?

CL: I think that Dark Electro fit’s my sound pretty much, but for me personally its still “just” songs.

SM: Are there any artists you would like to work with that you have not had a chance to work with yet?

CL: I love working with other people so sure, there are many. It’s very inspiring for me to remix for others or having guest’s on one of  my songs. Dirk Ivens just said yes to do a guest vocal for a song on my coming Klutæ album. And I plan to ask Gary Numan, Ogre, Marc Almond and Darrin Huss in the near future for a guest vocal, but they don’t know it yet. After I asked and got a “yes” from Andy Sex Gang for the guest vocal on “What have I done” from the “Mental Slavery” album, I found the guts to ask some more. If I get a no then at least I asked.

SM: What direction do you see Leaether Strip going in as you move forward? Has this changed at all since you started?

CL: I have no idea. I always just go where the music is taking me. Evolution doesn’t happen when we think about it, it usually comes like a thief in the night.. Also, the devoted listeners knows that I move around in all sorts of genres, so they are hard to shock. I do have a wish to maybe record a 2nd Serenade for the dead. But right now my time is devoted fully to the new Klutæ album “Electro Punks Unite”.

SM: What would be the main thing you hope to achieve or get across to people with your music?

CL: The same as we all dream about. To have an impact on other peoples life’s. If I can help one person somewhere with my music as much it has helped myself, then nothing has been in vain.

SM:  What is next for Leaether Strip and you?

CL: I already got a lot of bookings for concerts for next year, and I expect to have the coming Klutæ album ready for release next spring. Then I start working on “Retention no4”, which will be for “Underneath the Laughter”.  I also got some new Leæther Strip songs in the works.  I also made my first Christmas song ever, for a compilation titled “Black Snow 2”.  It’s a tragic song about John Blacksmith titled “It happened on Christmas Day.”

(read about the release here:

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You can check the confirmed concert dates on my Myspace site or my Facebook site.

www.myspace.com/leaetherstrip

www.facebook.com/leaetherstrip.clauslarsen

Claus is very excited about his newest projects and we are too! We are definitely looking forward to what this awesome band brings to the table. They always deliver. Can’t wait to see what the future holds!