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The Goths (band) are a goth-pop/goth rock duo from Brisbane, Australia.[1], formed in 1987 by singer-songwriters/frontmen Johnny Stowmarries (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Percy Blakeney (bass, vocals), that began resident early hours weekend performances on new Year’s Eve, 1989, at the Bohemian Café, 79 Elizabeth Street in Brisbane, growing to successive performances at Bertie's & Metropolis, The Sitting Duck, West End, The Dead Rat, The Osborne, and were one of the first performing acts at The Zoo, Fortitude Valley. After a lengthy hiatus commencing in 1993, The Goths came back with a string of singles from the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 2018, ten debut singles were released through Ditto Music, Tree, Citadel, Skin Feature, Put It On, Midnight, Gloom, Smashed, Neck Romancer, Crusade, Wilderness, and by November 2019, The Goths had released a further twenty two singles[2], from the same period, this time through both Ditto and Fortitude Valley music publisher, Gyrostream.

History

The band's moniker is a reference to the Gothic tale, a style of writing which tells tales that more often than not have a supernatural element to them or that fall into the category of the traditional ghost story, both of which were popular in the Victorian era. In October 2018, The Goths arranged distribution of eighteen singles from the late 80s early 90s period through Ditto Music. they then released a follow-up fourteen singles[3] with Gyrostream through the latter half of 2019. The Goths were joined by award-winning producer James North as drummer and multi-instrumentalist, to produce all thirty two of The Goths singles.

Members

Percy Blakeney – vocals, bass (1987–present)
Johnny Stowmarries – vocals, guitar, keyboards (1987–present)
James North – drums, percussion and all other instruments (2013–present)

1987–1993: Early career and hiatus

Johnny and Percy came from the Brisbane suburb of Kenmore, where they had lived most of their childhoods, and had regrouped there as The Goths through 1989 and 1990 when they first secured a longstanding residency at The Bohemian Cafe[4] on Elizabeth Street, the city, throughout 1990, 1991[5] and 1992.

By 1993, performances had spread to Bertie’s & Metropolis, The Sitting Duck and The Dead Rat, and The Goths[6] were also among the first performers at The Zoo, a still popular live venue in the heart of Fortitude Valley. The band also performed a live to air in support of 4ZZZ radio's Coronation Drive studios after the radio station was forcibly evicted from their University of Queensland premises by the then UQ Union ALSF and Young Nationals student union executive. The tracks were recorded as a remix EP and are available on the Brisbane Music Graveyard.[7]

Plans to re-enter the studio stalled and the duo went on lengthy hiatus soon after producing a promotional music video for their instrumental track Grave Rock[8] recorded at Grevillea Studios, Albion.

By 2013, after long periods of sporadic contact between Blakeney and Stowmarries, The Goths finally moved to enlist the help of record producer James North to re-enter the studio.

Blakeney in conversations with Stowmarries in December 2012 stated, “We may as well get something out there that people can listen to”.

Stowmarries had approached North with the undertaking to produce The Goths planned three-album’s worth of material amassed during the late ’80s and early ’90s.

By April 2013 the painstaking work of unravelling and re-recording the entire catalogue of works, which as Stowmarries observed, had ‘been lying in the earth for three and twenty years or more’, had commenced at North’s studios in the Brisbane suburb of St Lucia.

After serial setbacks and delays, while multiple iterations in the recording projects ensued, The Goths at last began the process of sharing recordings online toward the end of 2017.

1991: Lost Art

The Goths first home recorded album Lost Art initially was released on cassette in 1991.

November 2019: Creature Feature & Evocations

By November 2019, The Goths had shared their three LPs worth of tracks, comprising the studio recordings of tracks from Lost Art, along with tracks from two further planned LPs Creature Feature and Evocations, marking the group’s first new recordings since 1992's Grave Rock.

2021: Signing and EP

After seeing some of The Goths promo materials in July 2021, Alex Twin approached them about signing to his independent record label Wave Records. The Goths signed a four single EP deal to Brazil based Wave in August 2021. The contract maintained The Goths creative control over various aspects including the artwork on their releases.

On 25 August 2021, The Goths announced their upcoming EP album. On 30 August 2021, they officially revealed the name Encyclopedia Occultica[9] as its title, which was released on 1 September 2021 to coincide with The Goths sharing their first single from the EP, "My Best Friend Thinks He’s a Vampire", including an accompanying promo video. Four singles feature on the EP from the Creature Feature and Lost Art albums which are "Crypt", "Werther" and "Raven". News of the EP was first featured on Belgian Luminous Dash Muziekzine in their regular news announcement of new material.[10]

Musical style

The Goths music has been described as "a blend of ambient, ethereal and classical/rock sounds" with melancholy guitar and evocative lyrics. The songs are a collaborative effort as Stowmarries explained: "We both write the lyrics, yet the songs or music also initiates from the both of us. I will write an entire song in one go, melody, harmonies, vocals, guitars both lead and rhythm, keyboards, bass, drums, the lot, or else Percy will have something else a lot more planned and already devised, such as a bass part, with or without a chord structure in mind, and I will then add some guitars and so on. Percy’s vocals then tend to form around or out of that."

Discography

Main article: The Goths discography

  • Lost Art
  • Creature Feature
  • Evocations

References

  1. ^ "Australian Gothic Industrial Music: Links to Dark Alternative Bands Acts Artists Groups Projects Producers of Dark New Wave Electro Synth Pop Post Punk Electronic Music from Australia & New Zealand". www.australiangothicindustrialmusic.com. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  2. ^ "The Goths". Jazz Cowboy Productions. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  3. ^ "The Goths". Spotify. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  4. ^ "Content Credits SEMPER Issue 7 September 1989, PDF (page 23)". docplayer.net. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  5. ^ "Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  6. ^ "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About The Goths But Were Afraid to Ask – The Goths". Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  7. ^ "Live Remixes [EP], by The Goths". Brisbane Music Graveyard. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  8. ^ The Goths Grave Rock, retrieved 2021-05-05
  9. ^ "W130 - The Goths "Encyclopedia Occultica" EP, by Wave Records". Wave Records. Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  10. ^ Mertens, Nel (2021-09-05). "Uitheems Geduister #152". Luminous Dash BE (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-09-28.

External links

Queensland_musical_groups Category:Queensland musical groups