Saturday, January 10, 2009

Black Celebrations

In March of 2007 I posted an article on The Big Takeover's site debating the presence of a new dark rock 'scene' in New York City. Most of the discussion was waged via interview, and I had Peter Mavrogeorgis of the Bellmer Dolls, Josh Strawn of Blacklist and P.H. Lovecraft of the Funeral Crashers all weigh in on the issue. Now, after finishing an article on a sisterhood of ladies from four different dark NYC bands ( Religious to Damn, Tamaryn, Cruel Black Dove and Shock Cinema), I am reminded of this debate once more. At this point, I think it's best to call it what it is. When you find yourself amongst many of the same people at the same venues for certain shadow-laced shows and happenings, it's hard to call it anything but a scene.

So there, I've said it. Expect to find exclusive content here from all the bands, artists and aesthetes that I've brazenly labeled and categorized into this sprawling and exciting group. Call it Post-Post-Punk, call it New Dark City, call it really fucking good music. Whatever. Somebody was bound to claim it sooner or later...

6 comments:

frankie teardrop said...

i never quite agreed with our late singer's denouncing of a scene. since when is it a bad thing? i guess oversaturation is an issue, but i like having so many choices.

ps- is the ladies' version of the article up and running, then?

ShadowtimeNYC said...

i agree. whatever you want to call it, it's a wonderful thing.

and as for the ladies version, it is currently being shopped...

frankie teardrop said...

i am looking forward to it. i definitely enjoyed yr take on cruel black dove's show last night. we both borrowed images from naomi!

coming out tonight, perchance?

ShadowtimeNYC said...

i know, sharing is caring, right?

and thank you!
it's always great to have feedback from another RnR writer such as yrself.

see you this eve...

frankie teardrop said...

ROCK!

zohra said...

I just stumbled on your site Kristen. Loads of fun.

xo,
Z