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California Deathrock – The Photo Book

 Mark Splatter circa 2003 at a Release the Bats photo session with Amelia G and Forrest Black 
2000-2005 was a particularly relevant time in deathrock culture. I had just moved to California from New Jersey, as the proprietor of Deathrock.com, a webzine that served as a sort of beacon for the dark-minded music aficionado. Part reference guide, part webzine, it was a place where bands like UK Decay, TSOL, and The Mob first got more than just a mention in a collectors’ trade list. I was a young zine publisher who’d taken up web design in its infancy and was eager to share my love for anything remotely Misfits-esque, or even darker, more somber sounds like Southern Death Cult and Kommumity FK.

The New York presence of adherents for such sounds was lacking, apart from a small corps of gloom rockers like Charlie the Slut and Paul Morden, who took me under their wing as an aspiring DJ, and our close friends. When I visited California to meet some of the Los Angeles correspondents I was blown away by the packed floor of a club dedicated to just such sounds at Release The Bats. NYC always stood apart as too homogenous and sophisticated in its tastes to cater to such a niche and outmoded (although beloved) style. It was a no-brainer that the West Coast was where I wanted to be, where deathrock, as many argue, was born. 

Six months later I packed my bags and arrived, a 21-year-old devil lock-wearing deathpunk, and a postage stamp-sized record distributer with a case of music and a pair of DJ headphones. There it was not that it was still going strong, as it was ground zero for a full-on rebirth. New bands were evolving and converging, local bands coming into their own distinct style, Cinema Strange and The Deep Eynde pumped all sorts of energy and fishnet into our veins, and local legends were showing their faces again. Kommumity FK, Dinah Cancer and Gitane Demone resumed their positions as luminaries. Release the Bats was our Mecca, facing west. Bands from all over the globe were sending their energy into it too. Crews from further north and south were getting in touch. First the San Francisco synth-damaged Phantom Limbs with The Vanishing one on top of the other. Frank The Baptist and Diana Death from San Diego.

In that motley crew of deathrockers, gothpunks, dark new wavers, postpunks and horrorpunks were Amelia and Forrest, of Blueblood fame—one of the only established alt-porn names of the day. With their camera savvy and eye for the exotic black-clad, they managed to capture in brilliant gloss the blackest the Sunshine State had to offer, from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Now their work has been collected in this deluxe photo book, California Deathrock.

It reads without words like a yearbook of the era. Looking through the photos brings “ooohs” and “aaahhs” of recognition; the friends, acquaintances, strangers, lovers, and adversaries (if only for their makeup flair or record collections!). Fishing names and memories out of a golden era is just one of the perks of this book. The first of all being the gamut of styles, the theatrics, the glamour, the variety and poetry of appearance that this book represents, a jewel in the collection of anyone who finds beauty in the creativity and expression of the gothic style.
http://californiadeathrock.com for more info:

  
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http://ameliag.com/cadramzn.php to order!

  

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Long Beach, CA – 10/28/11

Who
RELEASE THE BATS 13th Anniversary Party!!
When
Friday, October 28, 2011
12:00am - 21+
Where
Que Sera (map)
1923 Seventh St
Long Beach, CA, USA 90804
Other Info
THIS FRIDAY OCTOBER 28th 2011 marks the 13th Anniversary of RTB!!!
The monthly '''California Deathrock''' nightclub event that changed the world!

For this special evening, RTB is proud to present ELEMENT!!
Live on the Bat Stage!
http://www.facebook.com/elementlosangeles

Plus - its our resident Doom Selector and co-conspirator in madness,
DJ DINGBAT'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!

Original Gothic, Deathrock, and Alternative music spun by resident Doom Selectors DJ Dingbat - Dave Grave (Frankenstein) - Thee Gabe
With MC Dave Bats!
For thirteen years, providing the soundtrack to every 'BATS' event!!

Plus - special guest DJ Mark Splatter! NYC (DEATHROCK.COM)

BE SURE TO WEAR YOUR DANCIN' BOOTS!!

The first 50 paid attendees will receive the *BAT GOODIE BAG* stuffed with all sorts of untidy horrors! Some of which may contain tickets to Peter Murphy at Club Nokia and The Damned at HoB Anaheim! Plus ELEMENT merch & CD's, and autographed Peter Murphy CD booklets

The First 100 thru the door will receive the official Bat Anniversary Badge!

**Plus, for this special event, our friends at Vendetta are providing us with CDs and giveaways to promote the new US release by The Exploding Boy! (Sweden)
http://www.facebook.com/theexplodingboysweden


Cant wait to wear your Halloween costume? Do it!
Of course costumes are encouraged - Halloween starts here!
DRESS TO KILL!! DRESS TO KILL!! KILL TO DRESS!!

*THIS EVENT WILL BE RECORDED! VIDEO AND AUDIO FOR AN UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY AND DVD RELEASE! BRING THE NOISE AND YOUR MOST FIENDISH FACES! SPECIAL PRIZES FOR THE BIGGEST MOHAWKS & COOLEST LEATHER JACKETS*

RELEASE THE BATS!! THE 13TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Friday October 28th 2011
Strictly 21 and over only

Doors 9:00pm / $10 cover / $5 before 10pm
EARLY ARRIVAL HIGHLY RECOMMENDEAD

The World Famous Que Sera
1923 Seventh St. in Long Beach

http://www.facebook.com/Thequesera
http://www.facebook.com/elementlosangeles
http://www.clubnokia.com/eventdetail.php?id=33149
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=69142
http://www.deathrock.com/
http://www.facebook.com/vendetta.music.label

*GIVEAWAYS PROVIDED BY:
Nettwerk, Killer Pins, Element, Rozznet, Peter Murphy, Angie’s Curse, Delightfully Deviant, Wahoo’s, House of Blues, Ugly Art by Shyla, Secret Society of the Sonic Six, Christ Vs Warhol, Peeling Grey, The Damned, SilentCheeseCake, Pillbox Tales, Angelina Cardone, Fangs On Fur, Larry Holdaway, Christine Blu Ashton, DJ Dave Bats, Meowmeowz Rock Shop, and more!!

Until then, please enjoy over 30 of the bands that have graced the Bat Stage over the past 13 years!
http://soundcloud.com/davebats
TURN IT UP!

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