Re: Goth Music
Posted by Tass on 1/2/2011, 7:27 am, in reply to "Goth Music"
Well,my personal opinion is, that goth music is the music that is being played and listened to by goth people. There aren't really any special rythm or way of playing that can pinpoint this or that as being goth music.
Take those first generation bands of which you mentioned some. Those any goth will bring up as examples as goth music. Hardly any of these bands considered themselves gothic. Bands like Cure, Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Fields of the Nephilim.
Cure..well a few albums has a kind of etherical sound which may pass as goth, but way the most is New Wave. Sisters, AE himself considered their music heavy/metal rock. I think Siouxsie referred to her music as postpunk. Fields of the Nephilim is ..I don't know really. Dark country rock something?
All these bands, with such different sounds, are all with no doubt classified as gothic. And I can only see one thing they have in common..They are all loved by goths, played and listened to by goths.
I think the first bands who promoted themselves as being gothbands, were 2. generation bands like London After Midnight and The Rosetta Stone. It didn't sit well with the gothic community though. It is simply not a gothic thing to do. Any gothband with selfrespect, will deny with their dying breath, that they are goth.
Even today it is still not popular. Promoting your new band as being gothic, is a certain way to lose gothpoints.
As I said, this is my personal view. Perhaps others with a better musical ear than mine, can come up with a better way to pinpoint goth music, but as I see it..Goth music is music that has been deemed goth by the goth community.
: I'm curious about something: When discussing
: goth music I keep hearing the same thing,
: about The Cure, Souxie Soux and all that,
: and it strikes me that even though these
: were good old goth bands, they are from
: decades ago. I mention Nightwish and
: Midnight Syndicate to people and they like
: to tell me that stuff isn't defined as Goth.
: I'm merely curious as to other people's
: opinions, but since these bands involve dark
: imagery, sometimes of vampires, sometimes of
: legends and mythology, and purely haunted
: house imagery (Midnight Syndicate) I
: wondered what the difference is. I listen
: to these groups all the time, they are
: I'm curious why people are so hung up on the
: hard metal scene or why bands like these
: dont figure into the picture.
: Again, just my curiosity. I consider myself
: very goth, and these are among bands I
: listen to. :)