Saturday, July 20, 2019

Wish by The Cure Review

Released 3 years after Disintegration, we have now entered the 90s. That was a quiet decade for them, with only two studio albums, but they were still riding on their commercial success. On this album they kept little of the sound on the past album, but still kept a lot of the emotion. They went in a more ''regular'' rock direction, but also gave us a couple of cheerful songs! Also worth mentioning; since Lol Tolhurst was kicked from the band, they now had Perry Bamonte on board.

As the album starts, we can tell that they again have left the gothic sound behind. This is pretty much straight-up rock, no keyboards. The song describes what a lot of introverts or people with social anxiety feel when they're at a social gathering. But then ''until someone slips me heaven'', and it all goes spiraling downwards.

This one is more cheerful! Really nice guitars. The lyrics are reminiscent of Disintegration, but this time it was someone he didn't lose, just almost. They're also built up similarly to Lovesong.

And we're back to dark - almost gothic. A great calm atmosphere. Again the lyrics are built up like High and Lovesong. This time there's a couple who is obviously bad at communicating. I guess that's happens to a lot of couples, they fight, but don't know how to make up (and might be too selfish to do so), and end up falling apart.

From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea
Typical 90s rock vibe, I feel. But with some piano in there! The percussion is cool, pretty refreshing. And what, an almost metal guitar solo?! The lyrics to me seem like a ''Charles and Diana and Camilla'' type of relationship. A very emotional and powerful song.

Wendy Time
This one is a little funky! I don't know who the lyrics are supposed to be about, but that chick seems annoying, haha. Seems like a hooker or a fuck-friend or something.

Doing The Unstuck
''Let's get happy''! This is such a cheerful song, and I feel it's very underrated. And I wonder if this was on purpose: ''For dancing like you can't hear the beat and you don't give a further thought to things like feet''

Friday I'm In Love
Their most famous song. Overplayed to shit! And mentioned by someone on the internet every single Friday - and on the other days ''but it's not even Friday''! Yeah, yeah, it's fun and great, but come on, they have so many fantastic songs, even just on this album! Not putting it down or anything, it's a good song, a very happy ''being in the moment and forget everything else'' feeling (with the one you love, of course).

This is just incredibly depressing, especially when it's placed right after the previous song. It reminds me of Homesick. All the instruments are layered nicely and really express the emotion, so does Robert Smith's voice.

A Letter To Elise
Another piece that still hangs around from Disintegration; this reminds me of Pictures Of You. It's a sad break-up song, but the keyboard melody makes it sound more cheerful. I really like the guitar solo, it really brings the emotions of the song to its climax.

Back to rocking out like earlier in the album. I feel there's too much happening at once in this song though, so it gets a little noisy. Because of the power of this song, it doesn't seem as sad. It describes a relationship / friendship where the other person has turned on you, but you still care for them.

To Wish Impossible Things
Slower and darker. All the instruments (and Robert's voice) create a good atmosphere. The violins really strengthens the emotion in this, it's really beautiful. The lyrics are fairly simple, but powerful. It could be about any loss, but probably a possible relationship.

Got a shirt on Depop and made it into a dress!
Will wear it when I see them.
Great bass and guitar. Good drums and cool effect on the vocals! To me the lyrics sound like Robert's feelings about the band and its fans. After all, he isn't very fond of fame. I wonder if he was actually considering giving up at that point? I know after this album came out it seemed that way, and they wouldn't release another album for 4 years. It's a scary song to put at the end of the album!

This one was shorter than Disintegration, but still pretty long at about 66 minutes. The songs themselves are mid to long length, none of them I feel are too long. It's overall a pretty good album, but not one of my favorites. They definitely could have done much worse, it's hard to live up to the previous album! Also, I feel like the title of the NEXT album (Wild Mood Swings) would also be fitting to this one! I will talk about that one on Wednesday, so come back then!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Disintegration by The Cure Review

It's 1989 and The Cure are back with their previous goth sound! Robert Smith was turning 30 at the time and was having a bit of a crisis coming to terms with that (oh please, he had done so much already). He also didn't like how popular they had become (well HE made pop music in protest to being perceived as goth), and started using drugs again. Lol Tolhurst struggled with alcoholism, and could barely contribute, so they officially hired their touring keyboardist Roger O'Donnell. Things were hard for them, but according to O'Donnell ''It was never a serious atmosphere in the studio, and when you think about the album and how dark it is, I'm sure people think we were sitting around slitting our wrists with candles and chains hanging from the walls.''

Chimes open up the album, before it explodes into.. bliss. The keyboards get to shine before the guitar comes in. Robert sings softly, and there's some delay, which goes really well with the atmosphere of the song. The lyrics are kind of sad, but still beautiful.

Pictures Of You
Into another dream we go. I can only imagine how many young goths has listened to this after a heartbreak over the past 30 years. The lyrics are so beautiful, and they work for different kinds of loss. Robert's voice gives me goosebumps! The guitars are really good too.

Tribal-y drums, but what shines in this song are the keyboards - that's what makes the song memorable to me. The guitar is nice, but they are after all very typical of this album. But to me this is kind of a filler song. The lyrics are really sad.

What, a HAPPY song?! I guess everyone knows this song. As you probably know, it was Robert's wedding present to his wife Mary. Will definitely play this at my wedding (and probably Aurelio Voltaire's cover as well). The lyrics are very simple and repetitive, but they work really well. Like the other songs on the album, the keyboards really make this song, but the guitar is good too.

Last Dance
Love the bass in this - the guitars are great too! I like that the keyboards are more in the background this time. Again the lyrics are about memories with a girl / woman.

This song is so fantastic, it's so unique! The guitar and violin work really well together. While it could work as a lullaby, it's still terrifying - Like Robert has said himself, the lullabies he heard as a child had a scary ending. For me this is especially scary, because I'm terrified of spiders. So I'm not much of a fan of the music video! The whispery singing is really cool, though kind of hard to sing along to!

Fascination Street
Now this one is more rock! A goth hit, not very unlike ''Burn'' they would release for The Crow soundtrack some 5 years later. Both fantastic songs!

Prayers For Rain
Really like the backwards effect and the ''deep rumbling'' of the keyboard and bass behind the guitar at the start of the song. Then comes the ''grand'' keyboards that are so distinctive for this song. The little guitar melody is great too!

The Same Deep Waters As You
Like other songs on the album, the keyboards dominate the song, with a picked guitar melody inbetween, and Robert melancholically singing about a woman. But this time underwater during a storm!

I like that this one is more guitar and bass driven - but I like the little keyboard melody, it makes the song more distinctive! Fittingly the title track of the album, the lyrics are raw emotion. He sings it with such feeling that it gives me chills!

Love how the piano and guitars work together in this one, it's really beautiful. Really a song to get lost in! This was apparently Lol Tolhurst's only contribution to the album. And it's a good one!

It annoys me that this is called ''Untitled'', haha. The intro is refreshing and different, and then goes into the typical sound for this album (with barely any keyboard). This goes back into the theme of the album again, with sad memories about a certain person.

Needless to say, I love this album. What goth doesn't? This is a must-have album, especially recommended as a ''babybat's first The Cure album''! Though I also recommend getting one or two compilation albums, since they have so many different sounds. Anyway, this album is actually 70 minutes long, almost as long as the last one! But on this one the songs are really long, up to over 9 minutes! I don't even notice, all of the songs are really good. The album has such a great gloomy atmosphere! It's no wonder it is their best selling album, even now, 30 years later. I watched their Disintegration at the Sydney Opera House livestream, it was magical! Can't wait to see them. Only 3 weeks left now!
Come back on Saturday for my review on Wish!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me by The Cure Review

This is a double album, but they managed to fit it on one cassette / CD (Hey You was not included on the original 1987 CD release). We've got 18 songs, lasting one hour and 15 minutes. Here we go!

The Kiss
The album starts off with a strong bass, but otherwise pretty slowly. Loving that guitar! Robert Smith doesn't sing until almost 4 minutes in, and fittingly the first line is the album title. I love his singing on this.

A short and sweet song. The lyrics are so cute! They're what shines in this song, everything else is kept pretty simple and in the background - but the violin is a nice touch!

A more gothic song - and Robert sings ''vampire bat'' in the chorus, so there you go! I love his voice so much. The little keyboard part towards the end is pretty fun.

If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
Another of their exotic-feeling songs. A very nice and calm song to let your mind wander.

Why Can't I Be You?
And now we dance! This is still one of their big hits. It's very new wave / 80s pop. I dare you to sit still when you hear this!

How Beautiful You Are
Also a cheerful-sounding song with keyboards, piano and violin - but when you put it after the last song, it kind of pales in comparison.

Great guitar in this one, and kind of an exotic atmosphere again. It stays very the same for almost the entire 7-minute run, but gets a little bit more interesting towards the end.

Hey You
This song perks you up again! Lots of fun keyboards, and even some sax! There is some good guitar in there too, but pretty hidden for most of the song. Also in this too Robert wants you to kiss him, haha.

Just Like Heaven
Ahh, one of their most famous songs! That guitar just takes you up in the clouds, like new love does. The acoustic guitar, keyboards and piano really add to the feeling. It's such a beautiful song, and especially the lyrics. Will definitely play this at my wedding!

All I Want
Now we go back to a similar sound to Snakepit again. The guitar is pretty ''harsh'', but the keyboards and piano softens it.

Hot Hot Hot!!!
Hilarious song. It's so funky! I guess this is the sexiest Robert Smith has ever been, most of the time he's just adorable. The keyboards after the chorus are really cool.

One More Time
Ahh, this one is so beautiful and lovely! Slow and soft drums, the long keyboard notes, dreamy guitars, the flute(?) and all the other sounds they put in there. So ethereal. Robert's singing and the lyrics are making me dramatically lift my arms towards the sky. A very emotional song.

Like Cockatoos
Now this one is pretty different! Acoustic guitar, dramatic keyboards and experimental sounds create an almost eerie atmosphere.

Icing Sugar
Tribal-sounding drums and saxophone! Great bass, and I like the guitars too, but they get hidden behind everything else most of the time. Closes with a cute little music box melody.

The Perfect Girl
I thiink this is / was a hit, but not as big as the singles from this album. I really like the cheerful melody. The guitar reminds me of Siouxsie & The Banshees' cover of ''Dear Prudence'', which Robert played guitar on.

A Thousand Hours
A calm and emotional song. Great keyboards and piano. This gives us a taste of the sound we'll hear more of on the next album; Disintegration.

Shiver And Shake
In this one they step back into the (post-)punky / gothrock spirit, it's more harsh and aggressive, it kind of sounds like they're just jamming.

Love the guitar in this one! The ''Fight fight fight'' part is really good. The lyrics are great, and they close out the album with the message ''So when the hurting starts, and when the nightmares begin - Remember: you can fill up the sky, you don't have to give in - Never give in''. A strong ending!

This album shows you pretty much everything that The Cure can do. From pop to funk(!) to dark rock to ethereal songs that will take you away into another world. It really takes you on a long journey (this album can last me an entire flight to Germany). It's hard to summarize the album because of that, there's far from just one feeling or atmosphere! I guess it's mostly pretty fun and light when you compare it to their gothic trilogy. It was a huge commercial success, just like the last album. But Robert wasn't much of a fan of that, so for the next album they went back to their goth sound. Come back on Wednesday for my thoughts on Disintegration, which according to South Park's Kyle Broflovski is "the best album ever"!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Head On The Door by The Cure Review

Again just a year after the last album (1985), The Cure came back with an even pop-ier sound than we got a taste of with the last album. For this album they got Simon Gallup back, plus Boris Williams and Porl Thompson (officially) joined.

In Between Days
We get right into it with this classic hit! Everything about it is so lovely. I get this happy, summery and dancy feeling from it! And I hope Robert Smith isn't talking about himself getting old, cause he would have been 26 when this came out!

Kyoto Song
This one is a little darker and mysterious, with a touch of oriental to it.

The Blood
We go from oriental to Spanish! We even get a solo, haha. The keyboards are a nice touch.

Six Different Ways
So many unique sounds in this, I love it! Such a cute song.

God, I love the guitar riff in this one! This song takes you back to fun summer memories, the guitars create that kind of atmosphere.

The Baby Screams
I absolutely love the bass, piano and guitar in this! There is a lot going on, but it's layered well. It has a really unique sound!

Close To Me
Another classic hit! Such cute keyboards, and I really like Robert's different vocal tracks. This is also where the title of the album is referenced in the lyrics, since there isn't a title track for once.
''Oh, if only I was sure - that my head on the door was a dream''

A Night Like This
Most of the other tracks on this album sound very unique when it comes to the use of intruments, this one sounds more ''normal''. But we got some saxophone (played by Ron Howe) and piano in the background. It's still a very memorable and popular song though! Very romantic lyrics too.

That bass! Despite that making the song a little heavier, it's still a very catchy song.

Again, great bass. So glad to have Simon Gallup back! Together with the keyboards, piano, guitar and the effect on the vocals it creates a very nice and dreamy almost underwater atmosphere. A pretty good album closer, but it still leaves you wanting more!

This album wasn't very long, since the songs weren't, so it clocks in at about 38 minutes. We got a lot more radio friendly songs, unique sounds and the music sounds very happy - even though the lyrics might not necessarily be. But I don't think those are bad things! I think it's a great album, especially great for summer. Come back on Monday, and I will tackle the huge thing that is Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me!

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Top by The Cure Review

Now this album, for once not released a year after the last, but two (1984), has a really different sound than the previous albums. I did say in my last post what some of the contributing factors were, but prior to this album, Simon Gallup had left the band, Lol Tolhurst switched from drums to keyboards, and Andy Anderson (who sadly died earlier this year) joined. Robert Smith had also done his project The Glove with Siouxsie & The Banshees bandmate Steven Severin, and he was also still working with the Banshees. So those are even more contributing factors for this soundchange. Now The Cure were working on becoming more radio friendly.

Shake Dog Shake
We jump right in! While it sounds like The Cure, this is something different. It kind of has this psychedelic atmosphere, and is more guitardriven. You can barely hear the bass, which used to be very prevalent and creative when Simon Gallup was in the band.

The Birdmad Girl
Love the guitar in this one! Cute keyboards too. The song is very light, cheerful and dancy. This is The Cure that the mainstream is more familiar with, that poppy sound.

Wailing Wall
Eerie and calm buildup. I love the middle eastern atmosphere! And it still has that melancholic The Cure that I love so much.

Give Me It
This song is so.. chaotic, haha. Seems like something that came about under the influence of drugs!

Dressing Up
This is such a lovely song. They're experimenting with new sounds here, and it worked very well! It sounds like it would be a pop hit at the time - I had no idea if it was, this was 10 years before I was born, after all.

The Caterpillar
Now this one was definitely a hit - and still is! I love how they used the piano and violin and this, and the ''flickering'' percussion. The lyrics are lovely too, you really want to sing along!

Piggy In The Mirror
Another different sound to this one, but not very memorable or special to me. I do like the keyboards, though! And the little acoustic guitar solo (almost Spanish-sounding) is cool too.

The Empty World
I like the sound of this, it sounds so grand and kind of ominous - and the little ''whistling'' melody pulls it perfectly together to create that army atmosphere.

Another more psychedelic song. It's pretty alright, it's not a bad song, but not my favorite on this.

The Top
I love the atmosphere of this song, it's kind of cold. It probably has something to do with what kind of notes they're using, but I don't know shit about that, haha. This is by far the longest song on the album, at almost 7 minutes - the others don't even come close. I think it does a great job at closing off the album, since it's a calmer song.

So yes, quite a different sound indeed! We're hearing a lot of different instruments on this one. But I don't think that's a bad thing, necessarily! I think they were really good at creating different scapes of atmosphere. They also showed they were more versatile. This album was 40 minutes long, which I thought was a nice length. But this definitely isn't one of their best albums.
Come back tomorrow to see what I think about The Head On The Door!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Pornography by The Cure Review

The last album in their ''gothic trilogy'', released in 1982. Now they had basically invented goth, not just the sound, but also the iconic look. Between Faith and this they released my favorite song by them (as you can probably tell by the title of this blog); Charlotte Sometimes. Robert Smith thought this would be their last album, and he was very depressed at the time. The band was also taking drugs heavily during recording, so I guess all of that contributed to how it turned out, as well as the band's future.

One Hundred Years
God, I love this song. The guitar on this is amazing, and that ''cold'', almost dangerous atmosphere. I feel this is a pretty underrated song, at least in my experience.

A Short Term Effect
A song that also could have been on the last album, it's got that classic The Cure sound. I like the echoey effects in this.

The Hanging Garden
A goth classic! I love how the drums and bass work together, and how they contrast to everything Robert Smith does. Fun fact: AFI did a pretty good cover of this.

Siamese Twins
Such a lovely song. Nice guitars during the instrumental parts, and I like that they're not around so much while Robert is singing, so that the drums get to shine - the bass is kind of hidden behind the drums.

The Figurehead
Really cool effect on the bass. Everything sounds good, really! Loving the guitar inbetween the verses. But it does drag on a bit, as it's over 6 minutes long.

A Strange Day
A very darkwave song, since the keyboards are so prominent. I love the little guitar riff after the first chorus and towards the end of the song!

This song features Robert playing cello, wow! They really made a cold atmosphere with the instruments (especially with the keyboards), perfectly matching the title and lyrics.

The title track starts with some backwards speaking, and then some normal talking before the instruments slowly come in and drowns them out. Robert doesn't start singing until almost halfway into the song! It's 6,5 minutes long, so for me it's a little too weird and drags on for quite a bit.

This album is almost 45 minutes long (10 minutes longer than their previous albums), since their songs are longer now, but it doesn't really feel like that. I only felt The Figurehead and the title track were too long, One Hundred Years is the only 6+ minute song that stayed interesting all the way through. But overall it's a really good album, and it has been so influential to goth.
On Friday I will take on something completely different; The Top!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Faith by The Cure Review

The second album in the ''gothic trilogy'', released in 1981. At this point The Cure are a trio yet again, but a good one! This album is truly a masterpiece.

The Holy Hour
My god, I love this song. That bass! And Robert Smith comes in strong with his voice, and I love the effect on the vocals.

Then it picks up with this great song! It's so fun and dancy, and everything about it is SO good!
''The further we go and older we grow, the more we know, the less we show''

Other Voices
Another fantastic song. The guitars and vocals sound so dreamy, like they're taking you into another world. The drums are good too, and especially the bass.

All Cats Are Grey
I feel this is the first time the keyboards really get to shine, on other songs they're just in the background, contributing very little to the ambiance. The drums here are also different, which is a nice change. A really nice and calming song, and the vocals sound very ethereal and melancholic.

The Funeral Party
Another calm and melancholic song, but sounds very different from the last one.

This brings you back down to earth, being very upbeat, and having some of that punky sound and energy like they've previously had. The lyrics are super violent!

The Drowning Man
Back to calmer territory, and another very melancholy song. The lyrics are very beautiful and sad.

It ends with this song, which is almost 7 minutes long! Again, it's pretty calm and melancholic, very classic The Cure.

So yeah, obviously this is overall a pretty gloomy album. I really love the atmosphere, I kind of zone out for the most of it. It's really good and beautiful! Like the last time, they really came a long way again in just a year. Next up tomorrow will of course be Pornography!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Seventeen Seconds by The Cure Review

Taking us into the 80s, The Cure also introduced us to goth with this album. This is the first album in what we call their ''gothic trilogy''.

A Reflection
The album starts off with this 2-minute instrumental track. Piano and guitar blends perfectly together and really sets the mood.

Play For Today
Then we go into a classic goth sound with a dancy beat, melodic bass and jangly guitar. And of course, Robert Smith's voice and style of singing that we've all come to love. A great song that should get played more on goth dancefloors (especially versus A Forest when it comes to this album).

While the instruments in this is similar to the last song, the way the vocals are done in this song is very different. We've got a low and calm main vocal paired a high ''wailing'' backing with more effect, which is really interesting. There's also some piano, and I love when they pull the bass to the front.

In Your House
Really beautiful instrumentation on this one. Well done, and calming to listen to.

A really weird track with different sounds. Kind of messy, but I really like that ''ominous'' sound that comes after a while and continues on. Not a fan of all the random stuff though.

The Final Sound
A less than one minute instrumental track. The piano gives that similar ''suspenseful'' feeling like the last song had. It's a shame the tape ran out while they were recording and couldn't do it again, cause I would have liked to hear more of this track!

A Forest
Who doesn't recognize this immediately? At least when the first note comes on. A goth dancefloor classic, honestly overplayed in my opinion. But don't get me wrong, it's a good song! They did a really good job, especially considering the song is almost 6 minutes long, which is very long for them so far. It stays interesting all the way through.

While this song has the gothic sound they have on the rest of this album, it also reminds me of their first album, so I'm wondering if this was an early song for this album. Really liking the guitar at the end.

At Night
Loving the distortion on the guitar here. I feel like it makes the rest of the instruments and vocals sound really low, though? But that changes throughout, so the way they mixed this kind of confuses and distracts me.

Seventeen Seconds
I feel this is very similar to M, and to me isn't very memorable. I don't think this was the best choice for the title track or the ending of the album.

Awww, look at them, so cute!
While this album has 10 songs, it's still just as long as their first album. I like it better this way, so the songs could be longer. This came out a year after their first album, and they really improved their sound over that year! I really think bringing in Simon Gallup on bass really helped with that. Come back tomorrow for my review on Faith!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Three Imaginary Boys by The Cure Review

I just realized that it's suddenly exactly one month until I see The Cure live at Øyafestivalen! I promised to review all of their albums as a countdown (and I've been meaning to do reviews on them for ages), so now I will finally do it! 1 day will be 1 year in their discography (schedule on my Facebook page if you need it). Starting with their first album, of course. This album came out in 1979, and sounds a little different than The Cure we know today.

10.15 Saturday Night
The album starts off pretty calm. It's kinda weird hearing Robert Smith's voice this early on, I guess when he hasn't found his voice yet. The song is overall pretty simple, but memorable. I love the little drum fillers before he sings ''And the tap drips''. And it has a freaking solo, haha! I really like the guitars at the end after he whispers ''It's always the same''.

Then we go right into the next song, which is more melodic. Gosh, this sounds so OLD, haha. I know this album really well, but now that I'm writing a review I'm listening more closely. They hadn't quite found their sound yet, but you could tell they had potential.

Grinding Halt
Post-punk used to be called ''positive punk'', and I feel this song really fits with that. It sounds pretty punky, but with the prominent melodic bass, it sounds so much more cheerful!

Another Day
The Cure would go on to become of the very first goth bands, and I feel this song foreshadows that a little bit. In contrast to the last song, this is more melancholic and mellow. Robert sings a little more like he would do later, and you got that gothic guitar sound.

And then we go back to more punky again. Not sure about those lyrics, though. That doesn't sound like the sweet Robert I've read about! But this song was the producer's choice, so I guess that's why.

Subway Song
That bass! I really like the guitar too, it gives a little creepy atmosphere that goes with the lyrics. Aand now I forgot to take my headphones off for that FUCKING scream at the end. It gets me every time, goddamnit.

Foxy Lady
So this is a Jimi Hendrix Experience cover, which is a little weird, and it wasn't supposed to be on the album. It sounds nothing like the original, and bassist Michael Dempsey sings on this track. Like Object this was also the producer's choice.

Meat Hook
This song is very similar to the first song on the album - everything about it, pretty much.

So What
Ok, what the hell is this song. Half of the lyrics is.. an ad? Hilarious! So punk, lol. But the instruments sounds like how they do on the rest of the album.

Fire In Cairo
Such a classic song. It's really fun! And the best part is the ''F-I-R-E-I-N-C-A-I-R-O'' - I really have to concentrate to be able to sing along!

It's Not You
Pretty upbeat and kind of punky, but not very memorable. Poor girl who is referenced in these lyrics, haha.

Three Imaginary Boys
Great choice for the title track. Those wailing vocals that we have all come to love, so I'm really glad they went more in that direction.

The Weedy Burton
A cute little instrumental to finish off. I feel it's very summery and beachy, haha.

Even though this album has a whopping 13 sounds, they're all very short, so the entire album is only about 35 minutes long. Which I think is fine when you have that many songs. This album is a bit of a mixed bag, I guess cause they were still finding their sound, the producer putting in Object and Foxy Lady, and this was their first album, after all. It's not my favorite album of theirs, but it's still nice to hear them early on and hear their punk influences. They've had so many sounds, and they've come such a long way since 1979.

Come back tomorrow for a review on their second album; Seventeen Seconds!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Children's book about Wave Gotik Treffen!

As probably everyone who reads my blog knows, Wave Gotik Treffen is probably the biggest goth festival in the world. It's been going on for almost 30 years now, so it's no surprise that most of the attendants have children. Christian Schaefer is one of them, and had the idea of making a children's book about WGT!

I think it's a great idea. Children who grow up with ''spooky people'' as parents or figures in their life would never think we are scary or mean. Children who don't will most likely be taught negative and false things about us. A book like this could show both children and adults that there is nothing to be afraid of, we are people just like everyone else, we just have some different interests.

Wave Gotik Treffen is the perfect setting! When I first started going at 18, it was like finally finding ''home'' - where I belong. Everyone is so nice, and best of all, the city of Leipzig welcomes us with open arms. During the day there are kid-friendly events, and there's even a kindergarden at the main festival area!

So this book will showcase this, in the form of those thick cardboard picture books we all had as kids. Christian has teamed up with Jan-Erik Mendel, AKA Gotikatur, who is also a father, to draw the scenes as well as REAL people into the book. This means anyone who wants to can be in the book! I have already secured myself a spot in the book, so that's pretty exciting!

Click here to support the kickstarter and read all the information about it! It was actually funded in 3 days, just by us who had signed up to the newsletter. Now it's released to the public, and they've already gotten enough money to put in two new scenes; the Heidnisches Dorf and the Victorian picnic! At the next goal the Steampunk picnic will be added, and there are also four more scenes that can be added provided they raise enough money. So the book will be a reality, now it's just a question of how thick it will be! And for each scene more people can get drawn in! For each person you also get a child drawn for free, so if you have children, or maybe even nieses, nephews, fairy gothchildren, they can be in the book too!

I'm super excited about this! The kickstarter will be open until August 17, so I have until the end of M'era Luna to get a good photo of myself to become immortalized, haha! If you don't want to be in the book, but still want your own Gotikatur, contact him, and he will hook you up! I will put all the links you could possibly need below!

Wir Kellerkinder


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Dracul by Dacre Stoker Review

If you love Dracula, you'll love this book too! It's a fictional account based on Bram Stoker's life, notes and of course, Dracula. The story does remind me a lot of the plot of Dracula, just in modernized words and with more added to it so it's refreshing and thrilling to read. It was so hard to put this down! Luckily it's divided into parts so I could stop myself there.

Between chapters we switch between Bram's early life, growing up and the events leading up to the climax of the book, and a ''now'' from Bram's point of view (but written in third person), which is pretty scary, but as you get closer to the climax, you understand more of what is happening. Towards the end we catch up to the ''now''. Like Dracula, a lot of this book consists of diary entries, letters, etc.

I don't wanna give too much away, but like I said; if you are a big fan of Dracula, I definitely recommend this. There are similarities, but it's also much easier to read, and I found it really exciting. I have read Dracula SO many times in my life, so it's not really scary or thrilling to me anymore, so it was nice to read this! Great job Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker. I definitely want to check out the other books Dacre Stoker has published!

Click here to buy the same edition as I have, but they have others on there too!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Coming Down Fast

Click for WGT part 1, part 2, part 3 and my facebook album with all the photos I took!

Chain belt sisters with Jossie!
While most people fuck off immediately after the festival, some of us stay! Like last year, Gwen and Seb hosted their WGT survivor party in their garden. Really cozy and relaxed gathering! Delicious food on the grill and drinks cooled down in a doggie pool.

Me and Benedikt looking badass in the heat

So the day before it stormed really bad, luckily I was inside Haus Leipzig the whole time, so I didn't even notice. Jossie had to seek shelter inside the Agra hall. This evening it happened again, and we were all huddling under the party tents, and still got pretty wet. Sadly we heard when we landed back home that the tent didn't survive. It was still pretty fun though! The smart people went home a little after the first wave ended, but us remaining people were hit with another wave. I have never seen lightning and thunder this bad before! It was really fascinating, but kind of scary. There were also a couple of bats flying around, which was really cool.
Goodbye selfie with Benedikt
Awesome WGT balloons!

I am smol.
We brought Jossie on to continue our tradition with the mac & cheese pizza at Pizza Hut! We also had super cheap (and good) cocktails while waiting! She loved it. Most people think it sounds weird, haha. But it's delicious, we swear!

Afterwards we went to the cat café, which was pretty close to our AirBnB! We got there an our before closing, so luckily we got some time with the cutie pies there. Definitely want to go again!

I don't know HOW we got an amazing photo of us at freaking 7 in the morning. Simen is usually pretty awkward in photos. But I guess staying a little longer gave us some time to relax! I slept fully from Tuesday to Wednesday, but to Thursday I only slept one hour, blergh.

On the way to the airport, we had a bunch of smaller delays and cancellations. Luckily we made it to before the original check-in time. But I heard from friends who were taking the same flight (but had spent the days after WGT in Berlin), that the luggage carousel had stopped working, which made the line super long. We were far behind in the line when our plane was supposed to leave. 2 hours after we got there, we were finally on the plane.

Our luggage made it!

So tired
Creux Lies and Bragolin helping me with my WGT blues! When we got home we discovered the storm had hit us too - Our power was off. Which meant our fridge and freezer had gone room temperature, the latter was full of water, and we had to throw out all the food. Not what I wanted to deal with when we got home! So we dealt with that, and I went to bed.

Somebody put this sticker on our mailbox. Fixed it to say Moritzbastei instead! For those who don't know, that's a club in Leipzig, where I spend most late nights during WGT.

I know this is getting long, but I'll add one last thing! The day after we got home was the last goth club night before fall. We ended up being at least 10 goths, so it has been the most succesful one yet! We outnumbered the normies, hahah. So now the only thing happening here is my monthly meetup - the next one will be on the 25th. So I hope you've enjoyed these posts! If you wanna come next year, read my guide!
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