Drab Majesty performs at Wave Gotik Treffen 2017 in Leipzig, Germany, on June 5, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
Drab Majesty, composed of Deb Demure and Mona D, excited folks who last caught them in DC when they opened for Cold Cave at the Rock and Roll Hotel in January. Now, the duo returns to DC in a headlining show at Songbyrd Music House on Friday, Sept. 22.
Skinny Puppy performs at Wave Gotik Treffen 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
Canadian industrial trio Skinny Puppy headlined Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany, on June 4, 2017. Parklife DC photographer Paivi was there to take some pictures!
Amanda Palmer (Photo by Kyle Cassidy)
The Wave Gotik Treffen 2017 (roughly “Wave Gothic Meeting”), a legendary urban festival, occurs on June 2-5 in Leipzig, Germany, this year. As of today, the festival has confirmed 227 bands performing in several concert halls around the city.
Lol Tolhurst reads from his memoir at Songbyrd Music House on Feb. 21, 2017.
Lol Tolhurst, founding member of The Cure, was chatting with Robert Smith in Hawaii in 2013 when he had an epiphany: He would write a book.
Nyxx performs at Ivy City Smokehouse and Tavern on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
“Goth pop” chanteuse Nyxx got her start from Los Angeles with the release of her debut EP, Nightmare, in 2016.
Motionless in White perform at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
Motionless in White are set to release their fourth full-length album, Graveyard Shift, via Roadrunner Records on May 5. In anticipation of the new release, the gothic metalcore band from Scanton, Pennsylvania, launched a tour that stopped at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday.
Drab Majesty performs at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Jan. 25, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
Dab Majesty expanded from a solo project to a duo last year, and Deb Demure and Mona D came to DC on Wednesday to open for Cold Cave at the Rock and Roll Hotel. (Read our Parklife DC review of Cold Cave’s show.)
Motionless in White (Photo by Travis Shinn)
Gothic metalcore quartet Motionless in White will soon release their fourth studio album, Graveyard Shift — and frontman Chris Motionless and company are touring their new songs with a stop at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday, Jan. 29.
Robert Smith of The Cure performs at the SSE Arena, Wembley, London on Dec. 2, 2016. (Photo by Paivi)
The Cure finished their world tour (this far) with three sold-out shows at the SSE Arena in London. The band have been described with words like epic, powerful and one of the best live acts on tour in 2016. Their live shows are traditionally around three hours with 30+ songs so you are bound to get most (if not all) of the hits every night.
Amy Lee and Wesley Eisold of Cold Cave (Photo by Mara McKevitt)
Cold Cave released a new EP, The Idea of Love, on Sept. 9 via Heartworm.
The title song is a synthpop dirge that veers a little bit more into industrial territory than some of Cold Cave’s more recent offerings — although the band certainly continues to occupy that perfect space encompassing the poetry of Joy Division with the middle-period electronics of Depeche Mode.
With the release of the single, Cold Cave began touring again, and the band visits the Rock and Roll Hotel in DC on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.
As Cold Cave, musician Wesley Eisold started out with very artful pop in 2007 and then flowered into well-defined synthpop gems with very good albums like Love Comes Close and Cherish the Light Years. He has certainly not been shy about spreading his artistic wings on his own Heartworm Press label, however!
Watch the official music video for “The Idea of Love” on YouTube:
Still very much the standard-bearer for darkwave dance music, Wesley reminded us of his pop sensibilities with a very lovely cover of “Your Silent Face” by New Order earlier this year.
According to the Guardian, “Wesley Eisold is an absolutely new, young god of nihilism and despair — he brilliantly captures Cold Cave’s aesthetic: the Morrissey of ‘How Soon Is Now’ wailing over Nitzer Ebb beats and New Order melodies.”
It’s great that Cold Cave visits DC regularly, and we look forward to seeing Wesley again in January! Los Angeles goth trailblazer Drab Majesty opens for Cold Cave. Tickets are available online.
w/ Drab Majesty
Rock and Roll Hotel
Wednesday, Jan. 25