Death Rock band formed in October 1979 - Los Angeles, California.
The founding fathers of American goth rock, Christian Death took a relentlessly confrontational stand against organized religion and conventional morality, with an appetite for provocation that made Marilyn Manson look like Stryper. Regardless of who was leading or performing in the group, Christian Death set themselves up to shock, both in their cover art and their lyrics, which wallowed in blasphemy, morbidity, drug use, and sexual perversity. Their self-consciously controversial tactics set them apart from the
British goth scene, having more to do with L.A. punk and heavy metal, and thus the band dubbed its sound "death rock" instead; however, their sensibility was ultimately similar enough that the "goth" designation stuck in the end. Their music also relied on slow, doomy, effects-laden guitar riffs and ambient horror-soundtrack synths, and their theatrical performances were strongly influenced by British glam rockers like David Bowie and Roxy Music, as well as industrial provocateurs Throbbing Gristle. The latter was especially true of the band's first incarnation, led by vocalist and founder Rozz Williams, -
When Williams left in 1985, guitarist Valor Kand took over leadership and sent the group in a more intellectual, political, and metal-oriented direction. A subsequent dispute over ownership of the Christian Death name, - lead many of their fans to take sides. - Christian Death had an enormous influence on the American goth scene, shaping the sensibility of countless goth, metal, and even industrial acts that followed. Sadly, the Kand-Williams dispute ended in tragedy in 1998, when a heroin-addicted Williams took his own life. ~ Steve Hue VH1,
If Witch Hair told you they spent the Winter of 16/17 recording their EP in a freezing cold five story warehouse that may or may not have been a former Uranium processing facility or ballistics lab throughout WWII you might get an idea as to why they are so excited to get out and perform this Spring and Summer. They’ve crafted their songs on tales of motorcycle gangs, psychedelic breaks with reality, and have veered into putting a voice to their political views by hosting large benefits for Planned Parenthood and with songs like “You Are Not A Surface” and “Sanctuary City”. An atypical trio, each person sings and writes their own songs since the addition of Tom Connolly (Drums/Vocals) in November 2016. His presence solidified a sound that is at times psych heavy and droning while managing to maintain it’s melodic roots with Joe Russo (Guitar/Vocals) and Ashley Kenney (Bass/Vocals) singing haunting harmonies to Connolly’s deep baritone.