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Alt-wave rock and eerie macabre pop, fusing sultry female vocals with dark, twisted electronics and a determined attitude.
This is a place where dance driven alternative rock, electro-goth and fuzzed up psychobilly bed down with seedy art-house eroticism and jazz-era glamour.
Z0 were on the bill for our first ever show where they practically brought the house down with hugely powerful set so we’re really excited to bring them to Manchester for the first time in their 14 years of live shows.
Hailing from the Wirral but having made their debut show in Manchester, The Webb have gone from strength to strength ever since. Frequently finding themselves headlining shows in Yorkshire and high on the bill at many a punk festival, they’re always in high demand.
Combining elements of punk, goth and electro with a fabulous Siouxsie like stage presence but with a great sense of fun, the webb are always a treat.
Multi-instrumentalists Zheka and Paul, using field recordings, samples, vocals, hurdy-gurdy & whistles, finely craft Elizabethan Industrial with personal protest lyrics.
Formed in Ukraine in 2008 tAngerinecAt have four albums to date and performed hundreds of shows all over UK and Eastern Europe.
Having hugely impressed us at a show in Salford earlier this year we couldn’t resist asking this most wondrous act to join us for this show. The show is one of huge passion and energy quite unlike anything else we’ve ever seen.
Making waves all around the country wherever they perform this flamboyant duo from Doncaster are never predictable. Mixing elements of industrial, synthpop and goth with unique results.
Fronted by the spectacular Derek Anthony Williams who provides huge amounts of energy and audience engagement at every show whilst Michael Stokes on keys proves that keyboard playing need not be a static robot like task.
A DJ Afterparty will follow the show playing goth, post punk, new wave, 80s, punk and more..
Following the huge success of the last event at Mulberry Tavern, we’re back for the fourth Night Shift event in Sheffield, this time featuring:
Formed in 2005, Dyonisis’ sound is a blend of organic and digital, labeled as ‘Ethereal Rock’, incorporating the delightful vulnerability and eccentricity of lead singer Nel. Her husband, Marcus creates rolling bass lines that underpin the shimmering guitars and programmed beats of Tom. The result is as luxurious as it is lacerating.
Batcave goth for the 21st century! Ever popular around Yorkshire since their first visit to Doncaster many years ago, their punky goth electro remains as exciting as ever. Taking influences from Numan, Siouxsie and Alien Sex Fiend the result is nothing short of spectacular.
Prolific Doncaster darkwavers mix up styles from synth pop, punk, goth and industrial into a compulsive dramatic live performance. Described by some as Soft Cell meets The Sisters of Mercy by way of Bauhaus but never easy to pin down and never predictable.
In honour of this massively mulit synthy ‘Berlin School’ collaboration (see below for details of what was used), we’re letting you download it for free! How lovely.
Here’s what was used in making the album:
Korg Ms-20 Mini (Sequenced by two Doepfer Dark Time sequencers)
Roland Juno 60
The world at times seems like a chaotic, malevolent and frightening place with world events, the environment and the chaotic acceleration of progress which occupies my thoughts a lot of the time, as well as my own life, which is negligible in comparison but nevertheless has its own problematic troubles.
Izzie Voodoo and the People combines the wonderful synth talents Derek Williams of Jan Doyle Band and the magnificent vocals and lyrics from Izzie Kirk of Tokyo Witch Hunt. Despite both bands have a tendency toward the dark side the result of this is much more pure synthpop in tone. Derek says “It had been an ambition for a long time to produce something more pure synthpop, nothing particularly pretentious about it just damn good songs with general appeal. I think the result is pretty special and I’m really pleased with it.”
The project came about after Derek decided to do a remix of Izzie’s classic track The White Line, the music of which Izzie liked so much she wanted to make it an entirely new track. This was the track Sanity and thus a new project was born.
Derek excited at the prospect of creating some synthpop quickly set to work producing some rather synthwave influenced musics taking inspiration from the likes of College, Kavinksy, Electric Youth and so forth. Something pure unashamedly lovely synthpop rather than the darker music he is known for in Jan Doyle Band; a bright shiny pop heart beats beneath many a demonic persona…
It’s well known that anything touched by the hand of Ms Kirk turns to gold and these tracks on which she appears are clearly no exception. From the catchy vocal hooks of Photos, through the dancey techtronica of Sanity to the beautifully sincere synth ballad Ghost from the Past, this collaboration is one bound to delight even the most casual synthpop fan.
Here’s some quotes of what people have said about the project so far:
“Christmas has come early this year in the Form of Izzie Voodoo and The People ‘s brand new EP Photos 7 tracks of some of the finest electropop making me an instant fan I’ve had it on repeat all week!!!” - Jason Older, Electronic Transmissions Radio
” Great synth work on this – really colourful analog synths and great melodies – works well with the vox. An exciting new, punky synth wave project – love it” Rob Green of Electro London / The Department
” ‘The pumping energy and edginess is back with the excellent coupling of Izzie Voodoo and Derek Anthony Williams on the brilliant brand new EP Photos, do you ears a favor and download this excellent new EP now.” – Andrew Skerat Kennedy of Synthopia Electro Radio show
Released on the 14th of December 2015 on Doncaster Electronic Foundation recordings.
It’s finally here to download! Thanks to everyone who has been a part of it.
Okay traditionally we do a Halloween Masquerade every year at our Halloween live event, where we invite artists to submit a cover song of an (artist of a different style, like say electro bands covering guitar bands, darker bands doing pop songs etc..) and give it away on cd to those who attend our Halloween show.
(Details of which can be found above. We’ve got The Webb, John Merrick’s Remains and Jan Doyle Band playing)
The CDs are strictly limited to the artitsts involved and those who attend, though tracks are released on bandcamp afterwards.
Previous participants include
The Alpha Video
Jan Doyle Band
John Merricks Remains
Silver Factory Superstars
Tokyo Witch Hunt
Your Silent Face
Who fancies joining us this time? Entries in by 18th October.
Send submissions to info at defsynth.com via mail big file or wetransfer or some such.
Our good friend, Microchip Junky has put out a a new release of delightful analogue bleeps and bloops called ‘Spot Wobble’. You can grab it for a ridiculously cheap £1 and that gets you 6 different mixes and that’s basically like getting it for free. Have a listen to it here:
One of Yorkshire’s best new synth bands last year was Berlyn Trilogy headed by Dorian Cramm. He opted to leave that project behind and has now begun a new one under the name of Promenade Cinema where he is joined by Blurred Girl, who as you may recall joined us for a euro cheese special at the end of 2013 and was briefly a part of Jan Doyle Band. To us it sounds like the perfect evolution from the work he did within Berlyn Trilogy, keeping a sonic theme but moving on into even greater more expressive territory. Here’s a Chemical Haunting, it will delight your ears muchly.
Bluetown Electronica’s Paul Randall released a new EP yesterday as his excellent Tesla Coil project. It’s called Beltek and continues his delight form for superb off kilter unusual beat arrangements. What’s more is it’s totally free. Can’t get cheaper than free. Also it was his birthday yesterday so happy birthday Paul! Keep up the creativity
Jan Doyle Band played live in Lancaster at the weekend and also did a dark DJ set of goth and other things which you can listen to on mixcloud here:
That’s all for now, until next time!