The Damned back again

The Damned who are one of the bands appearing at Whitby Pavilion over goth weekend.
The Damned who are one of the bands appearing at Whitby Pavilion over goth weekend.

THE organiser of Whitby’s official Whitby Gothic Weekend has lined-up a veritable treat of bands for this March’s event at Whitby Pavilion.

Here the Whitby Gazette takes a look at the acts performing on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 March.

One of the main highlights is expected to be a performance from legendary psychedelic punk group The Damned who will be making a welcome return to goth weekend.


RED LORRY YELLOW LORRY: Red Lorry Yellow Lorry are a goth rock band that were formed in Leeds in 1981.

It was founded by guitarist/songwriter Chris Reed and vocalist Mark Sweeney, along with bassist Steve Smith and drummer Mick Brown (who would later join The Mission).

Sweeney left the band in late 1981 and Reed permanently took over as vocalist, with Martin Fagan joining as a second guitarist.

The group’s sound, features a numbing guitar drone, powerfully throbbing drums, and Reed’s cavernous vocal tones, caused the Lorries (as their fans came to call them) to be quickly lumped into the then-developing gothic rock scene by pop journalists, although the band themselves preferred to cite Wire as an influence.

FUZZBOX: We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It, also known as Fuzzbox, are an alternative rock group.

They formed in Birmingham in 1985 and are an all-female quartet originally consisting of Vix, Maggie Dunne, Jo Dunne and Tina O’Neill.

Their name was chosen after they bought a distortion pedal for their guitars and Maggie said: “We’ve got a fuzzbox and we’re gonna use it!”.

The band’s name was shortened to Fuzzbox for the U.S. release of their first album.

They disbanded in 1990 after releasing two studio albums, and in 2010, announced their reunion, returning as a quintet without drummer Tina O’Neill, and with the addition of bass player Sarah Firebrand (also of Tigertailz) and drummer Karen Milne.

A 13-date UK tour took place in May, along with a new single and video, a cover of M’s Pop Muzik, released through Gotham Records and iTunes, also released in May last year.

DR ARTHUR KRAUSE: Dr Arthur Krause are a Swedish rock band formed in Gothenburg in 2001.

Two years of gigging and song-writing, combined with a long musical career in other projects, finally paid off for this hard-working band.

The debut album Before and After from 2004 consists of 10 songs with strong influences from the glorious days of the 80’s with both undertones and overtones of goth.

With Before and After Dr Arthur Krause explore the darkest and weakest sides of human nature.

Dr Arthur Krause spent the majority of 2006 and 2007 in the studio, working on the sequel to the debut album Before and After.

In November 2007 saw the release of their second studio album, When Love Is Dead, an album crammed with gothic energy and powerful choruses, not heard since the mid-eighties.

The Lake the first single off the album, has been released as an EP with a promo video.

BLACK MOTH: Black Moth are a Leeds-based alternative band and were formerley known as Bacchae.

They are a fierce, female fronted, psychedelic, apocalyptic, garage, trash noise makers they have received rave reviews in NME.

DUTCH ORDER: Four piece act, Dutch Order have a love of music.

Through the best part of 2009 the band were practising and working on their songs and waiting to unleash six months of hard work.

Then finally, after a long wait they played their first gig in December 2009 in Dustable where it all began.

Since then they have ventured into London and other areas of the UK throughout 2010.

They have also been featured in Terrorizer Magazine in the January 2011 issue and were band of the month for December 2010 on Static Magazine Germany’s Website.

They have a self-titled EP available which is available to buy at the band’s shows.


THE DAMNED: Gothic punk band, The Damned formed in London in 1976. They were the first punk rock band from the UK to release a single, New Rose, an album, Damned Damned Damned, to have a record on the UK music charts, and to tour the United States.

The Damned later evolved into one of the forerunners of the gothic genre.

They have incorporated numerous styles into their music and image, including: garage rock, psychedelic rock, cabaret, and the theatrical rock of Screaming Lord Sutch and Alex Harvey.

Lead singer Dave Vanian’s vocal style has been described as similar to a crooner.

The Damned have dissolved and reformed many times, with Vanian as the sole constant member.

But the line-ups have always included either guitarist Captain Sensible and/or drummer Rat Scabies, who are both founding members.

The current line-up includes Vanian, Captain Sensible, Monty Oxy Moron, Pinch and Stu West.

FRANKENSTEIN: Dredged up from the sewers of the LA underground and the deepest, darkest bayou, Frankenstein have emerged only to become the most talked-about, bone-crunching, gut-wrenching, flabbergasting band of our time.

With a band roster that always reads like a punk/deathrock who’s-who (line-ups include alumni from Christian Death, The Rotters, Kommunity FK, Bloodflag & Voodoo Church to name a few.

With their punk/psychobilly/swampy blues-gone-awry mayhem and legendary live shows that are guaranteed to pack a punch, right in the gut.

Frankenstein are Dave Grave - vocals, Tommy Marseilles – guitar, L Ron Jeremy – guitar, Bart Sinister – bass and Stevyn Grey – drums.

THE BEAUTY OF GEMINA: Swiss band The Beauty of Gemina mixes elements from the synth rock, dark rock, metal and electronic music and was founded in 2006 by Michael Sele.

In March last year the band released their third album At the End of the Sea.

The cover and other pictures were taken without the band members by the British photographer Melanie Clark.

Songs deal with issues such as suicide, loneliness, heartache and depression.

LUXURY STRANGER: Luxury Stranger is an English post-punk/cold wave influenced band formed in 2007, in Nottingham.

The band was originally formed by Simon York as a solo project in August 2007.

Simon, who is heavily influenced by David Bowie, Martin L Gore and the band Pearl Jam, wrote over 60 songs while trying to decide what sound he wanted for the ‘Luxury Stranger sound’.

The band’s sound is generally a mix of bass throb and rhythmic, harmonised guitar, with a powerful tribal drum feel, drawing comparisons to new and old post-punk bands such as Joy Division, Depeche Mode, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Interpol, the Editors, early material by The Cure and Echo & the Bunnymen, as well as The Chameleons.

PINK HEARSE: Pink Hearse are an all girl Horrorpunk band from Fleetwood/Blackpool.

Since Pink Hearse formed in late 2005 they have built up a solid live reputation with high energy stage performances.

They have created and moulded their own sound which draws inspiration from the Oldschool Punk sounds of Siouxie and the Banshees and X-Ray Spex and to an extent The Dead Kennedys.

The band is also reminiscent of more modern outfits such as The Horrorpops and the Distillers.

Pink Hearse fuse horror lyrics with thrashy guitars and vovals. They inject a high dose of sex and attitude in to their performance and look.

The band have played gigs across the UK supporting high profile and varied bands from the Punk/Psychobilly/Goth scenes including playing with top bands from across the water.