Its Friday and I have posted some heavier topics the last few posts, so I thought I would end the week a little lighter. Music has always been a big part of my life. I think in total, I listen to music more than I watch movies and it a close comparison to reading. Music can bring you through the brink of madness, put your life in a new perspective, elevate your soul, and take you away from things that are going on around you. Not only does it use our sense of hearing, but it plays heavily with our perceptions and mind to create emotions, scenes, and feelings. Since college, some of my go to music selections have been from the Industrial genre. Wumpscut, Haujobb, Nine Inch Nails, and KMFDM are a short list of some of my favorite groups. Thanks to my boyfriend getting me into Spotify, I have been able to listen to more of my favorites and use his favorites to add to the mix. With that, I thought I would send us off into the weekend with the Top Five Industrial(ish) songs I have been playing over and over.
- This one is a gimme of sorts. I have always had a fascination with Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit, it probably stems from my love of Alice in Wonderland. That being said, Collide’s version has quickly become my newest favorite cover, and there have been many versions. Collide is an American Industrial duo from Los Angeles and made up of kaRIN and Statik. I have just started listening to them, but kaRIN’s vocals are hauntingly amazing and just pulls me into this song like never before. Check it below and see what you think.
- Zeromancer is a throwback favorite of mine, reminds me of the days when I was an assistant manager at Hot Topic in Hickory, North Carolina. Black latex, leather, fishnets, platform boots, long black trench, and eyeliner, those were the days. My favorite song of their’s is Dr Online. And nothing more that I love is hot industrial/goth gender non-conforming guys. This song did get me through some tough times and listening to the lyrics you will hear that it talks about suicide. Like I said, tough times.
- This one is a group my boyfriend has turned me onto, and their stylings are pretty tight. The call themselves industrial pop, and I can say that their music is catchy enough to be classified as that. Male driven vocal for sure, but the lyrics are amazingly deep, and the beats just make a perfect union.
- I can tell you the boyfriend will be surprised when he hears this one. The Birthday Massacre is a group that has kind of snuck up on me. When he first played them for me, I was unsure how I felt. Chibi, the frontwoman of the bad, has a voice that is more of an anime character than what I thought was a powerhouse. However, that all changed when I heard him play Pins and Needles, this song just grabbed me by the throat and choked me into submission. For me, it sounds like a song of a regretted relationship. “It’s always a nightmare, it’s never a dream. The promise we made to kill the days between…” Slip into something black and mournful and press play on this wonderfully dark track.
- This one is also a group Karl (the boyfriend) has gotten me into and it comes up in my lists often and is a go to when I’m driving home from work. Hell, if I need a mood changer going to the bar, this one puts me where I need to be. I have never been much from screaming type rock, but I have to say the likes of Psyclon Nine has started to change that for me and Parasitic is by far the best I have listened to, so far. Check it out below, make sure to turn your lights off and light some candle first. 😉 Better yet, this video was filmed in the Cleveland area. EVEN BETTER!!!
Bonus Roll. I have only recently been turned on to Otep, and I have to say I am hooked. During my stint at Hot Topic I fell in love with a female heavy metal band called Kittie. Their angst and forceful lyrics were amazing to me, so from that Karl suggested that I listen to Otep, that I would not be disappointed. God was he ever right on this one. Otep Shamaya is from Los Angeles and the band doesn’t fit one specific category. They have used heavy metal, punk, experimental industrial, and hip hop in their cadre of songs. Their newest album is Kult 45 and is an in your face affront to the current political theater lead by the Don himself. There are two songs that I really like by them, so you get both. First is a cover of Lorde’s Royals and I have to say it is so much creamier with the anger fueled vocals of Otep. Check out Royals.
The second song of theirs that gets me is Rise, Rebel, Resist. “I’m one of the freaks, the faggots, the geeks, the savages, rogues, rebels, dissident devils, artists, martyrs, infidels. Do we sit still under attack or do we start pushing back?” The very mantra of someone fighting against a toxic masculine society and speaking to those that are held back. Check it out here.
There you have it, five and two bonus songs that I have been madly listening to over and over. Hope you enjoyed them; I know industrial isn’t for everyone, but it is fun to indulge yourself from time to time. Check them out and see if any strike your fancy.