As long as man lives he will always be inspired and commemorate death.
How it sounds
As a musical marriage of gothic rock and horror punk with elements from rockabilly.
All this in 4/4 time and with very simple chords.
Why listen to it
Because it is very theatrical like a continuous Halloween party.
And because death is always as fascinating as love.
But also because it carries a lot of madness.
The genre is too persistent and becomes tedious. It is produced macabre.
Where we meet it
In the USA, specifically in Los Angeles
When did it start
The early ’80s, but the theme and basics of the genre have been around since the 50s through Teenage tragedy song.
Like J. Frank Wilson’s “Last Kiss”, which was a successful rendition by Pearl Jam.
And The “Leader of the Pack” by The Shangri-Las, which was adapted (and amused) by the Twisted Sisters.
Who are the pioneers
The 45 Grave are considered the pioneers of the genre with the singer of the band Dinah Cancer, being the first to make the transition from horror punk and goth to a new genre.
Also, Christian Death‘s debut album, of 1982 “Only Theater of Pain”, is a station of its kind.
But also, Kommunity FK, Zombina & The Skeletones, and Super Heroines are its protagonists.
You have to listen
Pompeii 99, Voodoo Church, Ex-VoTo, Burning Image, Screams for Tina, T.S.O.L., Mighty Sphincter
Days of glory
Early 1980s in its infancy, but again around some L.A. club.
The bands that were a relative success did not keep that sound.
It does not seem capable of something bigger than a dark club for a few people.
What is it confused with
With Horror Punk and gothic rock, in some cases with psychobilly
How do you describe it to an irrelevant
Something in a cabaret, but with punk music and a lot of skulls and deaths.