As the 1970s were winding down the decadence of the era began to devolve into darkness. Disco started to seem gauche, while punk’s anti-establishment ethos felt more like pointless aggression. What about the banality of corporate rock? Pop culture was changing and the ’80s seemed to inspire darker forms of expression in terms of subculture fashion and music. Death rock, New Romantic or as it was dubbed around this time “Gothic Rock” was born and some 40 years later the aesthetic not only survives but continues to thrive. No one necessarily loves the label, but “goth” has come to mean different things to different people. As a music genre it conjures a moody aesthetic and a sort of sinister cinematic vibe. As a fashion statement it is expressed by a menacing kind of glamour — black clothing, dramatic makeup and embellishments that reference both horror and religious iconography. The Goth culture continues to haunt imaginations; ensnaring new followers and maintaining loyalty from those who loved it early on.
Britain usually gets credit for birthing the movement in clubs and on the street. In Los Angeles it was enticing from the start; possessing post-punkers with a gloomy aura and allure. It most definitely has become the most enduring epicenter as far as nightlife and lifestyle goes. Its surviving popularity is perhaps a reaction to L.A.’s sunny environment. But it is less about the reality of our surroundings; and more about a reverie of spirit. We live in the mystique of Hollywood with its drama and mystery which is why it flourished here and continues to lives on. The Goth culture continues to haunt imaginations; ensnaring new followers with continued loyalty from those who loved it early on. Despite the beach-babe stereotype, L.A. is the city of dark angels who cannot be denied and like every ghost story they will never die. One thing is for sure Goth will never grow up, get some color (other than black and white) or rest in peace. It is time to reclaim the name of goth and make it great again!
L.A. Goth band Dead Posey duo are Ms. Danyell Souza..vocalist/producer..& Tony F. instrumentalist/ producer.. He also had a stint with Eve 6.
The first thing people ask.. Do you like this band??… and banter the name of some random psyche band or a Marilyn Manson “wannabe”… to which I answer ‘No’! Unfortunately it seems to do nothing but puts me on the defense. Dead Posey have been hitting the L.A. rock scene since 2018.They released two E. P.’s. last year. They have performed a feat that many bands would never do…they offered an E.P. of new material in June of last year… “Malfunction” and re-released a streamlined “re-deoux” un-plugged version in Dec-2020 simply titled “Malfunction x Broken Down”.. It takes a lot of chutzpah to do this “Jekyll & Hyde” juxtaposition. And as a special treat they cover or should I say nail Depeche Mode’s, “Never Let Me Down Again”.
Its a magnificent reflection of Dead Posey’s versatility and their ability to ruminate the altered states of shamanism… and isn’t that what is important?
Rock Bands of L.A.com had the opportunity to interview Dead Posey..and we are blown away,,,
Rock Bands of L.A.com: Writing about the sound of an artist is sometimes misleading and often incorrect…L.A. has always had an affinity to Goth music… and while reading your bio there was the mention of film director David Lynch and like a “ton of bricks” it hit me…. Yes, you are Goth and your music is cinematic… How would you categorize your sound???
Dead Posey: Sonically we are in the rock n roll vein with some goth-esc flourishes (synths etc). I don’t think we’ve written a song in a major key yet to date! We definitely like things hitting hard though – we’re ramping things up a good amount for our full length album that we’re writing right now. As far as the aesthetic goes we are big fans of surrealism art, dark & alluring visuals – hence why we’re drawn to David Lynch films, Salvador Dali art and Edgar Allan Poe poetry.
Rock Bands of L.A.com: How did you meet? Are you natives to L.A.? What was your initial “vibe” for the band? Was there an artist that impressed you???
DP: We met in LA and started hanging out socially before doing any work together. We soon found common ground in artistic tastes, wrote our first song together & I (Danyell) came out of the closet as a singer and dived into music fully. I started a local band, we played around LA for a few years kind of learning the ropes. It wasn’t really going anywhere and that’s when Tony and I started putting our heads together and hatched the idea for Dead Posey. My friend Kyle from the previous band was there in the early days with Tony initially taking a more “behind the scenes” producer/writer role but that soon changed.
The vibe for Dead Posey was always to have the fundamentals of classic rock n roll but modernized. Early inspiration for the first EP came more from the Black Keys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and things like that. Starting with the Malfunction EP and continuing into the new LP that we’re currently writing, we’ve brought a darker “cinema” more to forefront of the music. Marilyn Manson, Garbage, NIN, Hole & The Kills are what is influencing us these days. Also there’s something that happens once you play your music in front of an audience that evolves a band. The first EP was written and recorded before DP had ever played a show, while now after several tours/festivals etc.the live show element has played a key role in shaping the music we’re writing and recording.
Rock Bandsofla.com:What music did your parents listen to? Were they influential?
DP: All over the place but the ones I remember most are Metallica, Prince, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice In Chains etc. I think it goes without saying in some way all of those artists are responsible for influencing a lot of music today (including ours).
Rock Bands of L.A.com:I always ask L.A. band this question…. How do you see the music scene here in L.A…
DP: There really isn’t much of a “rock scene” in LA, certainly not the way it was even back to the mid 2000s. Local scenes anywhere these days are pretty small, especially in the era of social media and the internet (and dozens of festivals every year that give you 50 bands in one weekend). There’s a few spots to have a rock show here in LA but it’s not much of an ongoing scene. But 2020 pretty much killed any scene regardless, so we’re curious what will emerge in 2021 – maybe they’ll come back as everyone just wants to go out and see music again? We hope so!
Rock Bands of L.A. com:What are your plans for when COVID-19 finally ends???
DP: We’re in the middle of writing & recording our 1st full length album now, so the hope is to take a shot of the vaccine soon so we can get back on the road to debut the LP to our fans and make some new ones!
We want to thank Danyell and Tony F…. and of course the wonderful Becky Black…