‘The Black Chat’ – Abbo on the roots of Goth

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UK Decay frontman Steve ‘Abbo’ Abbott on Dylan Thomas, Beethoven and that interview. 

The recent release of the 5 CD boxset, Silhouettes and Statues, A Gothic Revolution 1978-86 has prompted a fresh analysis of what has become one of the most enduring subcultures over the past thirty years. With the standardised, almost corporate, image associated with the movement today, it is easy to overlook that the birth of the dark scene was actually forged in the white heat of the Punk and Post-Punk scene of the late Seventies and early Eighties. One of the main torch bearers of this scene, and certainly one of the most influential, was UK Decay and I recently caught up with frontman Abbo, whose interview with Steve Keaton for Sounds in February 1981 saw the term ‘Punk Gothique’ coined for the first time.

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Focus Wales Day One: Georgia Ruth and Golden Fable – St Giles’ Parish Church, Wrexham

 

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Sometimes things just come together, most often it’s a plan as demonstrated time and again in the A Team and now here in the serene Medieval setting of St Giles’ Parish Church, Wrexham. Standing for over five hundred years it has certainly witnessed some changes, reputedly Oliver Cromwell, took sufficient umbrage that he opened fire on the place with canon. It survived and still stands firm, a permanent beacon of hope, strength and tranquillity for those of the parish in need. A symbol of consistency in change, reassurance in uncertain times.

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Sick Scenes – Los Campesinos: Album Review

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Out Now on Wichita Recordings

Los Campesinos return after a four-year hiatus with an album that simply drips with angst and rattles with the sound of a soul in torment.

Any temptation you may feel to offer words of comfort and assurance that things will be alright to this band of troubled troubadours should be resisted on two counts. Firstly, they probably won’t be and secondly the muse of misery has led to the creation of something quite special.

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I Me Mine – The Extended Edition: George Harrison – Book Review

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Genesis Publications

Available February 21st 2017

An essential and beautifully presented testament to one of the most unobtrusive of musical icons.

I Me Mine was originally published in 1980 and grew from a series of conversations between George Harrison and former Beatles press officer Derek Taylor. The extended edition however, encompasses all of Harrison’s writings between 1963 and 2001 and features an updated introduction by Olivia Harrison and new cover art by Shepard Fairey.

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