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,
Songs about motorcycle gangs, splits with reality, and people left behind. Witch Hair is more cult than band, adding droning, bass heavy psychedelia to their slanted noise pop offerings. Ashley Kenney is the band’s core, laying down heavy garage rock bass and delivering mystical lyrics in her natural rasp. Guitar noise crashes into surf rock bends and then zones out into a repetitive mantra- courtesy of guitarist Joe Russo. The newest addition to the band, Tom Connolly, has re-energized the band to do more sonic damage. His rhythms are always urgent but never rushed, powerful and certainly the focal point of the band.
Witch Hair formed in the heady days of 2015. Joe (Spectral Fangs) met Ashley (ex- Loom) at a local show, and mutually decided that there was far less chaos and rock n’ roll in the scene than there ought to be. And that is to say nothing of the absence of songs about bikers. So Ashley and Joe started Witch Hair to address these issues, and to occasionally throw their guitars at shows and stomp on them- like a proper rock band. After several excellent shows with bands such as Mothers and R. Ring (ft. Kelly Deal) and more scene oriented local shows, Joe and Ashley met recent Philly transplant Tom through mutual friends and the circle was complete.
Witch Hair will be releasing new music in spring ‘17