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It's Friday, I'm in Love
September 13, 2013 - Nicholas Terry
The weather is dreary today, the temperature has (finally) dipped below 60 degrees, and today happens to be Friday the 13th. I say it's about that time to get spooky. Bands like Joy Division, Bauhaus, and Christian Death introduced me to the goth genre. While I'm still a fan of the genre, I mostly stick to the classics nowadays. Matt Skiba and Josiah Steinbrick's project Heavens is not a goth band, but it takes multiple elements from the genre.
I'm a huge Alkaline Trio fan, but was pleasantly surprised when I heard that Heavens is much more akin to gothic and electronic bands of yesteryear than a clone of Matt's main band. It's no surprise Skiba's lyrics aren't terribly different from the ones he writes in Alkaline Trio, but the music is quite different. Josiah's music has the driving rock of Killing Joke, the occasional "twinkling" of The Cure, and vocal's reminiscent of Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode. The problem with a band only writing one album is you never get to see where they could go. The album is a perfect little piece of art, but I've always wondered what direction would they have gone with their next album. Alas, the band dropped these songs on our doorstep and left in the night never to be seen again. How spooky and ironically fitting for today.
This is going to be short because there's not much to talk about the album. Not because it's bad, rather because it's good. If you like any of the bands mentioned in this post, you'll like this band. You know what you're getting. If you don't like songs about death and despair, or the occasional piano and drum machine then you probably won't like this album. That being said, this is still an accessible album that you don't have to struggle to get through. Some of my favorite tracks are "Patent Pending", "True Hate", and "Counting". There's a good mix of ballads and more driving songs. This is a good place to start if you're interested in more gothic music.
If you liked the slower ballads in this album I'd point you to The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. If you liked the electronic elements in the album, I'd guide you over to Depeche Mode - Violator. If you want more rock elements, but still like the lyrical content check out Killing Joke - The Death and Resurrection Show. If you say, "Nick, I'm tired of hearing you say goth. I don't know what you're talking about. Can you please just give me something that encompasses the genre?" First of all, I'm proud of you, and you can borrow my copy of Christian Death - Only Theatre of Pain anytime you want.
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