Metal Hammer - Sept 1997
Metal Hammer - Sept 1997
Because you have to make this life livable
Im done with people on TikTok who make videos where they are trying a new aesthetic every day and they choose goth i mean you could at least choose other song than Pierce the Veil’s? Its so frustrating knowing gothic history where people literally fought to be goth and now it’s so misunderstood and called just an aesthetic. Like if you are doing something educate yourself first because someone may feel offended especially elder goths. We are not your hashtag :(
get this or die
don’t burn the witch*
new shirt asf ❣️
Tis spooky season 🎃🕸🖤🥀🦇
i said i loved but i lied
starting my own church wml
Fat Wednesday Addams meets the 90s. 🖤🌈🦋 Bring 👏 back 👏 butterfly clips 👏 The dress is the Goth Girl dress from Torrid.
Kerrang! - Feb 28 1998
punk ass sissy i’m a freak !
my favorite person wearing one of my favorite films as a shirt 😼💌
Here’s something you probably don’t know about Mexican rock. The country’s had a pretty substantial goth movement since the 90s called the “dark scene.” And that probably shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone, given how intertwined the concept of death is with Mexico’s customs, traditions, and its iconography. I mean, they do have a Day of the Dead after all. It really is a fertile place for gothic music to flourish.
And the band that ultimately both gave birth to and fronted the dark scene for years is El Clan. They began in the early 90s and, besides undergoing a roughly five-year hiatus between ‘99 and ‘04, are still kicking it today. From their awkwardly Google Translated Facebook bio:
Legendary and seasoned rock band that shook the national scene in the early nineties. From that moment and thanks to the comments of the specialized press, El Clan is considered by many to be the forerunner and protagonist of the dark movement in our country. [Their] influences range from post punk and gothic rock to metal and progressive rock…
The constant reinvention of El Clan and its shameless attitude to experimentation, has allowed it to maintain the constant interest of the public throughout the years, [they have] become the most innovative and influential band of the dark scene made in Mexico, being a Obligatory reference when expanding the range of this scene without falling into the clichés of the genre, with a continuous growth and a validity to the test of time.
With a great history in tow over 25 years, we can say that El Clan is a direct, visceral, tough, mysterious, rough, sad rock band and almost always, by nature, dark.
In 1998, El Clan released their second album, Sigue soplando el ánima (Keep Blowing the Soul), which was mastered by L.A. goth rocker Johnny Indovina. Indovina happens to be the leader of another goth band based in L.A. called Human Drama, a group that’s managed to build a large chunk of cross-border popularity over the years. Needless to say, the combination of the dark scene’s biggest band and one of the country’s favorite gothic frontmen proved to be a very fortuitous idea.
One of the standout tracks on Sigue soplando el ánima is a song called “Cavaria” (”I Would Dig”), which really exemplifies that whole gothic notion of “there’s beauty in death,” or at the very least, “there’s beauty in darkness,” because this thing is both, well, beautiful and dark. Between different sets of vocals that are reminiscent of some eerie, ritualistically antiquated brand of religiosity, El Clan keeps on returning to a superb instrumental refrain on here that especially shines at the song’s midpoint. After a gradual, scale-climbing ascent with the band singing in spellbound unison as if they’re summoning the dead, they cease all sound for a quick, anticipatory second before resuming with a descent into some sweet, epic release. With contrasting string synths and deep guitar chords swaying together like waves, they manage to convey a dark atmosphere, while a neat, tumbling and shuffling drum rhythm leads the way.
Late 90s greatness from this leading band of Mexico’s gothic dark scene.