Spring Greetings With ‘Dark Wave Radio’

It dawned on me today that I’ve been listening to a lot of “dark” music lately. That’s not unusual, as I have an affinity for bands like The Cure, Depeche Mode, Joy Division and the Bauhaus.

I find pleasure in these dark musical corners.

But in the last year, I’ve come across some really good “dark” bands that have really grown on me. I thought perhaps I’d share.

The first is White Ring. This is a fan-made video. I don’t know much about the band, other than their album “Black Earth That Made Me” is in heavy rotation on my mp3 player. They have a MySpace page, but it doesn’t really give away too many secrets.

Salem. Another fan vid. This song kills every time, but especially if you’re in a car with lots of bass. Ellen Page aka “Juno” digs this band. But, uh, that’s not the only reason I like them.

This fan video for Soft Kill’s “Death in the Family” is creepy. The band takes sounds from the Cure and Joy Division, as well as other familiar bands of that vein, and makes them their own. I’ve been piping their album, “An Open Door,” into my ears a lot lately.

Zola Jesus. Such a powerful voice. She reminds me of Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Except Zola’s voice carries more weight, I think.

oOoOO can be real shapeshifters. When I hear this song, I picture a devil in some deep, lonesome cavern singing. No idea what he is singing about, but it sounds like quite a lament. But with the vocal manipulations, he could be singing “Friday, I’m in Love” for all I know.

Another oOoOO song. But you’d never guess it was the same band that made “No Shore.” Very pretty, but I still find it has a somewhat foreboding atmosphere. I find this song particularly helpful when I want to write.

And with that, I’ve concluded this (perhaps only) edition of “Dark Wave Radio.” I hope I’ve completely quashed any sunny springtime thoughts floating about your mind. Well, at least for a few joyous musical moments. 🙂

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