La Fin Absolute du Monde- The Dream, the Struggle and the Journey by: Dawn Wood

 

 

  La Fin Absolute du Monde- The Dream, the Struggle and the Journey by:

Dawn Wood
I met the electronic-metal duo: Jason and Cynthia in 2013 playing at a club in Seattle I have played many times. My band had actually been asked to play on the bill with La Fin Absolute du Monde. It was a weeknight and my band mates and I couldn’t pull our motivation together to play on a Thursday night, but a friend encouraged me to just go to the show and watch this “great band (he) had heard of called: La Fin Absolute du Monde”. I agreed and arrived to the usual handful of people attending a show in Seattle on a Thursday night. That particular night was something quite different though. As I listened, annoyed at the other music playing that night, I feared the worst. I thought this band was going to be like all the typical, unknown metal/garage bands that roll through town “on tour”. The minute La Fin Absolute du Monde started to play, I was pleasingly surprised. Jason’s guitar skills are a delightful, obvious influence from metal and jazz roots. Cynthia has such a soothing voice, smooth as honey, but the ability to belt out emotion and angst like nobody’s business. Cynthia also is a classical trained pianist and the combination of this soulful, metal, angsty, yet….smoothness and sincerity…set to luscious back tracked dance beats is truly magical.
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Jason and Cynthia (his wife, whom he affectionately calls “Chickie”) have LIVED angst, disappointment and gained great wisdom on this journey towards their dream of living their lives sharing their music for the world to hear. Jason and Cynthia met in their thirties and Jason says: “They had given up on music. It was hard to start playing live and we didn’t think people wanted to see two aging minorities who make dark music on stage.” Jason and Cynthia have lived this life as professional musicians with bravery, facing problems, of which most of us might have just called it a day. Not only are they facing this journey as fellow musicians, but as a married couple in a business full of egos, apathy, falseness and rejection. It takes great strength to commit, not only to the dream, to the music and to the journey, but protecting their cherished marriage from the challenges of being on the road together. They have faced everything on the road from: gigs disappearing in thin air (the day they arrive in town); mysterious hit and run of their vehicle whilst playing a gig; club owners trying to renegotiate just before the gig;ignorant prejudice; playing shows that were billed as “acoustic”; to more than their fair share of tour vans dying a terrible death on the road. Yet, all of these struggles have brought them closer together, gave them tenacity in their desire to carry on and have helped produce two of the most humble, talented musicians I have ever known. If you haven’t picked up their latest release entitled: “Clarity Amongst the Rubble”, I highly recommend you rush to bandcamp to get that now.” In the meantime, for your reading pleasure: an interview I did with Jason during their last trip to the Seattle/Bellingham, WA area.
I asked Jason to retell the beautiful love story and band inception of La Fin Absolute dMonde?
[Jason] “2010 officially. But I would say, pretty much since the day we met10363344_1266757426674263_8197888361514393362_n November 17th, 2009. I was tour managing a band from the SF Bay area, where I live and the tour took us to Las Vegas. We were staying at the same hotel that Chickie was a Promotions Manager for. I saw her in the lobby handing out those two for one drink cards. She tried to give one to me as I walked by. I told her I would take one if she came to the band’s show that night. For whatever reason, she started to talk to me about music and how she was a musician. I was kinda blown away. I told her she should just quit her job and  Jason shares how La Fin Absolute du Monde’s latest album came to be:
 [Jason]Like any full length, it took a lifetime to make these ideas turn into songs. When we started years ago, we were with a very small label out of the UK. We would submit heavier st uff and they didn’t want to put it out. The more we toured, the heavier the sound would get, but we didn’t feel the recordings matched the live show. So with this record, we wanted people to feel the intensity of what they see live. We also went with a different tuning on this record to add to the dark tone of the songs. All the other releases the guitar was in drop C# this release we lowered it to A# and a couple songs in G# on this record. It gave the new record an even darker sound. We tour ALOT in support of these releases. We had the privilege of touring with Godflesh, which helps out our profile QUITE A BIT. But, we were gone for about 9 months, playing shows all over that year. Some were great. Some were not so great. And, the not-so-great was starting to take it’s toll on us. The remix album we released that year was great, but it still didn’t capture the heaviness of the show. We promised each other we would do one more record and that would showcase how intense La Fin Absolute du Monde can be. The tidal wave of emotion, that we, as people, go through, I felt was really well expressed on this record. We wanted to tackle topics that people don’t talk about too much. For example: songs like ‘Kill Yourself’ and ‘Dreams and Disappointments in a Cloud of Hope’ were born from having these conversations with loved ones and how our career path is “foolish”. Art is one industry where your success is measured by what your pop-culture contemporaries are doing and not you and your peers on your level. We tour. We make enough money to pay rent when we are on the road. We live a simple life, but that isn’t enough for most people when they think of a ‘successful artist’. People think tour busses, arena shows and fame=success. It’s not that simple. It’s relative.” Check out La Fin Absolute du Monde now and look for them touring in a town near you!
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Twitter: @lafinabsolute
Look for La Fin Absolute du Monde on tour again in 2016!

Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: More Machine Than Man

Seattle Sounds-More Machine than Man- By Dawn Wood

1231233_568824013164104_1420736372_nMore Machine than Man is Rob Zilla and his lovely wife, Tasha have been working tirelessly in the Seattle scene creating amazing, electronic, industrial-dance music and assuring that their live performances are both captivating and memorable.

In 2000, More Machine Than Man exploded out of the clubs in Boston and New York, fueled by dynamic, guitar driven industrial-dance that is defined by undeniable hooks and pop sensibility. MMTM was formed in 1998 by Rob and Tasha. The pair built a computer-based recording studio in Massachusetts and began writing and recording original Goth-Industrial rock material. More Machine released their first demo, Technophile, in January 1999 and performed publicly for the first time on Halloween of the same year. From Gothic Beauty to Side-Line and Outburn to Terrorizer, More Machine Than Man’s four albums, two EPs and countless compilations, have earned international critical acclaim from the entire gambit of this subculture

10703750_10152582974013183_1422675953306602392_nMore Machine’s kinetic talent has earned recording contracts in both North America with Underground Inc., and Europe with Black Flames Records. Electrolust was released on Black Flames Records in August 2003. The pair worked with acclaimed producer/musician En Esch (Slick Idiot, Pigface and MFDM) on Binary Sex, which was released in North America on Underground Inc. in October 2003 and in Europe on Black Flames Records in August 2004. In September 2012, More Machine chose to independently release Dark Matter. More Machine Than Man wrote and developed the 12 song album, Dark Matter, between 2002 and 2012, in home studios, as they relocated from Boston to Louisville and then Seattle. More Machine recorded, produced and mixed the vast majority of this album themselves, but did collaborate again with En Esch and Romell Regulacion (Razed in Black).

More Machine than Man is currently working on a new album.  Check out their facebook page for many exciting new updates!

www.mmtm.net
www.facebook.com/moremachinethanman
soundcloud.com/moremachinethanman
twitter.com/MoreMachineThan
www.youtube.com/mmtmusa
nilaihahrecords.bandcamp.com/album/more-machine-than-man-something-ventured-nothing-gained
moremachinethanman.bandcamp.com
www.scienceandthebeat.com facebook.com/scienceandthebeat soundcloud.com/scienceandthebeat
scienceandthebeat.bandcamp.com
twitter.com/Science_theBeat

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Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: Dark Matter Noise

Seattle Sounds- Dark Matter Noise- by Dawn Wood

11536130_978705432169882_2406943394962012697_nDark Matter Noise has evolved dark and luscious sound-scapes from two of Seattle’s respected veterans: Allen Tompkins and the Goth Metal Goddess, Charlie Drown.

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

And

http://darkmatternoise.com/

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Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: Pamela Moore

PAMELA MOORE (of Queensryche Fame) INTERVIEW by Dawn Wood

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Pamela Moore is best known as Seattle Heavy Metal Goddess “Sister Mary” for Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime concept albums.  She is the cousin of Teri Nunn of the 80’s New Wave iconic group, Berlin. Pamela is also an extremely kind-hearted mentor and vocal coach to students both in the Seattle-area and abroad.  I have to say, she is honestly one of the kindest people I have ever had the privilege of knowing.  I have interviewed Pamela previously and sat down with her in June to catch up with what has been going on in her world. We discussed her successful career, upcoming projects and other musings.

[Horror Addicts] Pamela, have you always known you would be a singer or did you have other career aspirations growing up?

[Pamela Moore] “When I was a young girl, around the aged of 7, I wanted to be an actress.  My Mother always saidpammie3 if I was going to be an actress, I had to learn to sing and dance.  We didn’t have the money to take all of those classes.  I taught myself how to sing, play the guitar and the piano.  I did some acting in High School.  My Mom was an inspiration because she acted in small local theater productions.”

[Horror Addicts] When did you begin your career in music?

[Pamela Moore] “I began at the age of 14.  I was in a band in high school.  I was mortified because my Mom was so involved in making sure she knew what we were doing and making sure everything was OK.  It was good because I wasn’t old enough to make those decisions for myself.  I am glad that she had that concern for me.”

[Horror Addicts] Were you inspired by any singers?

[Pamela Moore] “I have always been inspired by many different kinds of singers.  I have a tough time answering questions like this because I don’t want to pigeon-hole myself into a specific type of singer.  Back in the day, I loved listening to Paul Rogers and Anne Wilson.  They were on the radio at the time.  Most of the time, I was more inspired by songs, as opposed to specific singers.  Really well written songs in Country, Metal, R&B etc… can really sing to your heart.”

[Horror Addicts] How did you become first involved with Queensryche and take on the role of Sister Mary?

[Pamela Moore] “1989. I had already released two albums with First American Records (1981-1982) and was in Boy Toy at the time.  It all started because I had gone over budget on my 2nd album and worked out a trade with the studio to record a commercial for Guitars Etc…  The ad wound up being played all the time on the radio and television.  I then started working by day at Guitars Etc… and at night with Boy Toy.  I met Chris DeGarmo (one of the founding members of Queensryche).  He introduced me to Geoff Tate. They actually came out to a Boy Toy show when we played at Pier 70 on the Seattle waterfront.  Some time later, I got a phone call from Chris.  He explained that Queensryche was in Montreal recording.  They wanted me to ‘come up and record a part’ for them.  It was a duet with Geoff.  I couldn’t hear it before hand.  He explained it was a conceptual album and they were holding it very close.  They flew me to Montreal and told me about the concept of the album.  We went into the studio, recorded the song and some voice over stuff for the Sister Mary part.  I was pretty lucky.  I was in the right place at the right time and did the right thing.”

[Horror Addicts] I understand you are involved with a horror project now.  Tell me about it.
[Pamela Moore]  “I submitted my song Paranoia for  Draghellpictures.com: The Zombie Meat Lovers. It was fun and quite hilarious.
[Horror Addicts] Tell us about your teaching of vocal lessons and performance coaching?

[Pamela Moore] “I started teaching part-time in the 90s.  My notoriety has put me in a situation where I can show people my vocal techniques.  I have really been doing this full-time since 2009.  I now have a recording program for my first time students so they have a chance to record a song for the first time in a professional studio.  It is great to give back something that I have learned. I have had a very busy summer with students”

[Horror Addicts] What are your current projects?

[Pamela Moore] “I recently returned from a rock cruise doing an acoustic set and have plans to do another rock cruise in 2016 with my band. Ihave been continuing to build by business as a vocal coach and working on new material for the Pamela Moore Band.
Pamela can be found on the web and on Facebook.  Check out her page and give her a like.  Her voice is amazing.
www.ratpakrecordsamerica.com/pamela-moore

www.facebook.com/pages/Pamela-Moore/45621380661

http://www.draghellpictures.com

www.pamelamoore.net

www.pamelamoore.net/pmdream/lessons.html

Video trailer for The Zombie Meat Lovers:

 

Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: Anguisette

Seattle Sounds-Anguisette

By Dawn Wood

coverAnguisette is a multi-faceted, multi-talent band founded by
electric violinist Jyri Glynn, formerly of acclaimed Seattle rock band, “The Sins.”
and currently in the Sin’s reformed “Prelude to a Pistol”. Jyri is also in “Ruined by Fate” with Sean Sonnett and contributed on songs for Elektronika. Anguisette’s sound is reminiscent of Delirium blended with the rock feel of Evanescence.

The band’s 2010 debut CD, The Creation Chamber, is still embraced by radio and dance clubs around the U.S. as well as abroad. A visually dramatic companion piece to the album, the new video for the track, “29 Years,” is currently featured online at YouTube.com.

Anguisette’s live shows are also visually and theatrically stunning, featuring amazing light displays and beautiful graphic backdrops. The live band is fronted by three female
vocalists and supported by keyboards, bass, guitar and Jyri on electric violin. There are also a rotating cast of additional guest musicians.

Anguisette’s first live introduction was in Boise, Idaho at the beautiful Egyptian Theater following a red-carpet premier of the motion picture, “The Sanguinarian”, which was a wonderful independent Vampire Film by Analisa Ravella for which Jyri Glynn composed and scored much of the music.

The Creation Chamber is available for sale on CD or digitally on http://www.cdbaby.com and has their own station on Pandora.

Anguisette’s live lineup is vocalists Severina Sol, Dawn Wood & Donya Shirzad. Supported by guitarist, Westin Halvorson, bassist, Fish Jones, keyboardist Albert OH
and (founder) electric violinist Jyri Glynn.

Anguisette’s ‘The Creation Chamber’ credits: Jyri Glynn, Lee Tillman, Albert Oh, Dawn Wood, Severina X Sol, Jamie Valentine, Karen Kardel, Melody Bleak, Emileigh. Rohn, Nya Shirzad, Miss FD.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Anguisette/251581935659
Reverb Nation: www.reverbnation.com/anguisette
CD Baby: www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Anguisette
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/4O0mDoVeOR4RBbYkgGIPje?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open
”Indefinite” on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb9iPicZ2mA

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Dawn Wood has been singing since 5 years old. After high school and a degree at the University of Delaware, she attended Seattle University taking music and voice lessons. Dawn sang in a couple of original Northwest bands and by the mid 90’s formed a retro 80s cover band called “Rapture” with guitar veteran Dan Hoyer. When Rapture disbanded in 1999, Dawn and Dan formed “Elektronika”. By late 2005, “Elektronika” had become more of Seattle area “project band” merging with several local talents. Dawn started writing for Carpe Nocturne in 2011 as a feature writer. In 2013, Carpe Nocturne asked Dawn to be the Scene Reporter for the Seattle/Portland area. Dawn is in the bands “Desillusion”, “Murder Weapons”, “Elektronika” and also collaborates with other local artists in the Seattle area. As a horror fan since childhood, Dawn was thrilled to assist in submitting fitting music to Horroraddicts.net. Follow Dawn on Twitter at: DAWNELEKTRONIKA