Track Review: The Joyful Sadness – Perfect Alibi


Artist: The Joyful Sadness

Song: Perfect Alibi

Genre: New Wave/Post-Punk/Electronic

Label: Self-released

Hailing from Preston, UK, “The Joyful Sadness” is a musical project created out of a subconscious desire to deal with repressed memories. Formed in April 2020, no time has been wasted as one single titled “Memories of You” was released last month, and now a follow-up single titled “Perfect Alibi” will be released this Friday on the 22nd. Much like “Memories of You,” “Perfect Alibi” is a sentimental track that explores vulnerability to reach a point of catharsis. Anyone who has been in a toxic relationship where you give and invest much time in your partner only to not have those feelings reciprocated will find solace in this track. Sometimes we don’t notice when our significant other is being toxic. It’s easy to develop codependency out of a fear of being alone or being lost in someone, and when it’s unrequited it does some serious damage. “The Joyful Sadness” delves into this subject with a style that draws heavily from genres such as “Dark Wave” and “Post-Punk.” With moody atmospheric synths, this subject is explored in a darker fashion because he knows relationships aren’t all sunshine. That sincerity is immensely admirable. You can pre-save “Perfect Alibi” below:


Rx27 Share New Single “Chasing Crazy”


What the fuck is Rx27? They’re your new favorite band. They’re a band that brings both the bark and the bite back to Rock & Roll. They’re up and coming, but the band consists of musicians that have been around for quite some time playing in numerous bands hailing from New York City to Hollywood. The band’s attention to the craft of songwriting, promotional skills, and forward thinking drive all make their veteran status evident, and they’ve only released two songs! The first, “Gasoline” is a Punk banger featuring legendary guitarist Rikk Agnew. On their second single “Chasing Crazy” the band shouts “Fuck! Forever!” Could this be an encouragement to embrace the fact that we’re all sexual beings and that giving in to our lustful nature shouldn’t be painted in such a negative light? Or is this a reality check for all the people brainwashed by love stories, love songs, and Valentine’s Day into thinking that there is such thing as a romance that lasts forever? Or is it really a love song, a realistic love song that informs us that it’s okay to be unsure of things or to be unsure of how long things will last, and to just live and love in the moment and take it day by day? Is it all of the above? The fact that i’m asking these questions should be enough proof that along with the band’s fun spirit of Glam Goth/Punk that’s as sexy as it is uncompromising, we’re treated to thought-provoking subject matter that holds up a mirror to society and urges us to question all we’ve known, and the band prove that you can have fun while thinking about these things, because this a catchy as Hell anthem. Realistic love songs, it’s rare when we hear those. You can watch the music video for “Chasing Crazy” below:

Screaming City Shares New Music Video for “Dead from the Start”


Following the release of his ambitious new E.P. Skeleton Man, Trip Logic a.k.a Screaming City has shared a new music video for one of the EP’s standout tracks “Dead from the Start,” and it’s a whirlwind of visuals that are as beautiful as they are nightmare and nausea-inducing. Skeleton Man is by far his darkest and heaviest work, moving further away from the “Electronic” heavy elements of his previous material and into “Industrial Metal” territory with glamorous theatrics. You can watch the music video for “Dead from the Start” below:

Bauhaus Reuniting for L.A. Show


The Godfathers of Goth “Bauhaus” will reunite on November 3rd for a show at the “Hollywood Palladium” in Los Angeles, CA with all four original members. This follows the recent 40th anniversary tour with members Peter Murphy and David J, and now it’s looking like the younger bats will have a chance to see the original lineup perform together. Tickets go on sale this Friday September 13th at 10:00 A.M. PST.


Chelsea Wolfe Shares New Song “Be All Things”


Chelsea Wolfe is set to release her new album Birth of Violence on September 13th on “Sargent House” records, and following her previously released tracks “The Mother Road” and “American Darkness,” Wolfe has released yet another track titled “Be All Things.” Wolfe has revealed that the song is about “navigating the world as a woman, reconciling the soft and the strong, balancing the warrior and the goddess, and wanting to be everything and nothing at the same time.” “Telling stories through song allows me to explore so many facets of myself, so many lives within. Some days I want to be quiet and reach my roots into the earth, and some days I want to spring up from the ground and be all things,” Wolfe explains, and that concept is beautifully expressed on “Be All Things” with it’s acoustic guitar-driven Folk-leanings and atmospheric vocals. It’s looking like Birth of Violence will be a big departure from her previous “Doom Metal” heavy album Hiss Spun with more focus on stripped down “Gothic Folk.” You can watch the video for “Be All Things” below: