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music video : Goldfrapp – Laurel

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Goldfrapp has a new video for “Laurel” from their latest album Tales Of Us. The video is described as being, “filmed in and around Los Angeles, ‘Laurel’ tells the story of an actress seeking the bright lights of Hollywood.”

- Jennifer Link

music video : M83 – In The Cold I’m Standing

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

M83 has a new video for “In The Cold I’m Standing,” a track from his third album Before The Dawn Heals Us recently reissued with Mute. The video was originally created for and debuted at M83′s Hollywood Bowl show in September 2013, and is only seeing the digital light of day now.

- Jennifer Link

music video : Valerie Gentile and Abbey Nex – Scarred

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Musicians Valerie Gentile and Abbey Nex teamed up and released the live video Live En Sous-sol on September 23rd. The video was shot by Kevin Vonesper, who shoots all the Vampirefreaks events that happen in NYC, and can be rented or purchased on Vimeo. I was privileged to have an early look at this 34-minute concert video, like a half-hour set for the viewer except with cinematography and tight sound production, and no stoppages/stage ad-lib. Both performers are expertly dolled up, looks completed by nylons full of runs, and I would have been disappointed if they weren’t! They each take turns front and center as well as with instruments: they’ll each take a turn working the keys, they both sing, and they both have string instruments to rock out with where appropriate. The set list is a combination of tracks from Gentile’s EP Love Is Luxury, and Nex’s debut album Zondustrial. The two go together really well, and by that I mean the tracks and the performers. Altogether thoroughly entertaining, though I wonder how the rent/sell idea will work. Take a peak with this excerpt of the track “Scarred”.

- Dylan Madeley

music video : Sinead O’Connor – Take Me To Church

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Sinead O’Connor has a new album out, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss and “Take Me To Church” is the lead single off the album. While the song is basically straight up alternative rock, something we normally wouldn’t cover, Sinead O’Connor is a name that grabs attention and the styling in her promotions for the new album caught my eye. This video starts with O’Connor singing over footage from her famous video for her version of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and ends with her rocking out in a latex dress from Westward Bound.

- Jennifer Link

music video : Zola Jesus – Dangerous Days

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Zola Jesus has released a new video for her new song “Dangerous Days” off her upcoming album TAIGA due for release October 7th, 2014 on Mute. The video was directed by artist Tim Saccenti who describes the song as, “ a pure emotional plea, a future primitive call to arms. To create a moment of light in these dark times was our hope.” Zola Jesus aka Nika Danilova describes her upcoming album, “the music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals… It’s the most accessible music I’ve ever made, but also the most earnest and passionate. I gave everything for this record, more than ever before.”

- Jennifer Link

music video : Grimes – Go ft. Blood Diamonds

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Whether you like the new Grimes track “Go” or not, there is no denying she can make some visually interesting music videos. If you haven’t heard the new track yet, give it a few listens before you make up your mind.

- Jennifer Link

in attendance : Aftermath Festival – Day 1

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Toronto ON, May 22 - The first night of the Aftermath Festival occurred at the Velvet Underground club, a long-time fixture of Queen Street West in Toronto. The predecessor of Aftermath, the Kinetik Festival, involved a warm-up club night at the beginning of its schedule, so it’s fitting that Aftermath would begin in a similar way. The newest installment of Kinetik was supposed to happen in Toronto for the first time, and I was one of the many who eagerly anticipated the result. When it was cancelled, I was one of the many collecting a refund and wondering what happened. Fortunately, Darker Side of Light promotions and I Die: You Die, in association with 132 Productions and iVardensphere, somehow pulled together a festival’s worth of acts and venues to put them in. The first night of the festival saw performances from Apriorism, Wychdoktor, Encephalon, Mordacious, Die Sektor, and God Module.


Apriorism hit the stage with electro-industrial, and they had a great crowd show up for them. I’m not used to that many people coming out to Velvet that early, and that wasn’t even going to be the whole crowd. Their co-debut EPs Blood and Smoke are both available on Bandcamp, and also as a two-disc set.


The next act up was dark ambient/tribal noise act Wychdoktor. It was a bit of an energy release compared to the buildup of the previous band, which everyone could groove to. It was also a great segue into the next band, because he also appeared in their lineup this evening.


Encephalon recorded a song for Kinetik 7 called “Disintegrator’s Trench” which is available on their Bandcamp. They showed some new material in advance of their new album being completed. They probably saw many familiar faces in the crowd from the large Ottawa contingent that came out for Aftermath, but they are definitely well liked in Toronto as well.


After Encephalon played a couple of bands of whom it was difficult to get a clear picture. Mordacious was the first. Their most recent release is Bone Breaker from late last year, and it makes sense for them to play on the same night as God Module as they often play shows together.

die sektor

Die Sektor brings a techno industrial sound from Atlanta, and singer Edwin Alter was the most energetic and difficult to capture photographic subject in the entire evening. Their most recent album is (-)existence released last year.

god module

God Module is a horror industrial band that was much talked about among the attendees, having quite the following. The project comes from Seattle and is led by Jasyn Bangert. They have a busy schedule beyond Aftermath, including the Dark Munich Festival and Wave Gotik Treffen.

With a large and growing crowd as early as 8:30PM and a series of great performances, those gathered were definitely warmed up for the rest of the Aftermath Festival.

photos : Dylan Madeley

See more photos from this event at www.flickr.com/photos/dylerpillar.

- Dylan Madeley

music video : Vaniish – Memory Work

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Vaniish is singer/guitarist Keven Tecon formerly of Wax Idols, The Soft Moon, Veil Veil Vanish, bassist Amy Rosenoff of Wax Idols and Veil Veil Vanish, and guitarist/keyboardist Adam Beck, and drummer Nick Ott. Recently they released their first album together Memory Work on Metropolis Records, an album that, “is both dense and spacious, combining the atmosphere of early 4AD with the psychedelic shoegaze of Creation Records.”

- Jennifer Link

music video : Bestial Mouths – Faceless

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

This week’s music video comes from LA based goth, postpunk, new wave, electronic band Bestial Mouths and is for the track “Faceless” on their self title album. It’s an eerie video with captivating styling directed by Italian director Francesco Brunotti.

- Jennifer Link

music video : Austra – Habitat

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Synthpop, dark wave Toronto based Austra have new music out with a new EP Habitat. With this new EP comes a new music video for the title track “Habitat”. An intimate video that director Matt Lambert says, “explores the fragile and tender moments of anxiety and anticipation that lead up to first intimate contact.”

- Jennifer Link

music video : Liars – Pro Anti Anti

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Today’s music video brings us the creation and life of an art piece in the form of “Pro Anti Anti” the newest music video from Liars’ new album Mess.

- Jennifer Link

DIY funding : Pretty Disaster Music Video

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Auxiliary contributor and PinUp Cassia Crawl is raising funds via crowd funding for her next exciting project. In addition to writing and modeling, Cassia has a three year history making music and performing in bands and her current focus is on her trip hop solo project CRAWL. Having only released two singles, her focus is already on making a music video for her first single “Pretty Disaster” because why wouldn’t a highly visual and creative model have half her focus on the visual elements of a music project?

Cassia is raising funds with IndieGoGo to produce a dreamscape video for “Pretty Disaster” and backers can get rewards ranging from signed model prints to downloads of tracks from her upcoming album Magicka to a cameo in the video being filmed in Toronto. The project has already funded but producing a quality music video is expensive so she could use all the funds possible!

Pretty Disaster Music Video IndieGoGo

You can support this project by visiting : www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-pretty-disaster-music-video

- Jennifer Link

interview : Kickstarter Patron Jason Draper of Orations

Monday, July 14th, 2014

There are a lot of people who helped us with the Kickstarter crowd funding campaign to go to print and pre-sell subscriptions! Creative Jason Draper runs the screen printing shop Wooden T-Shirts and will be printing Auxiliary’s first T-shirts, the Reclaim Collection available now through our Kickstarter. In addition to running Wooden T-Shirts, Draper has a long and successful history with music. He is a co-founder of one of Buffalo, NY’s longest running indie dance parties Transmission, a current resident DJ at one of Buffalo’s most popular goth club nights On the Wire, he is currently the bassist of indie rock band Failures’ Union, and of particular interest to Auxiliary readers he has a new postpunk band Orations. Orations, consisting of Jason Draper on bass, guitarist Paul Morin, drummer Steve Sojka, and singer Jess Collins, has recently released their first EP on Bandcamp and with Sheets of Tens. We asked Jason Draper a few questions about himself and Orations.

interview by : Mike Kieffer and Jennifer Link
live photos : Jennifer Link

What in your past as a musician lead up to the forming of Orations?
My high school years were spent playing the typical punk and alt-rock that most teenage bands end up doing. Even at that point I was trying to lay the groundwork for a band like Orations. I was always suggesting Cure covers and trying to get them to shift our direction a bit to the darker side of things. It’s not shocking that for the most part the people I played with had little interest in that. The closest I ever came back then was getting a band to cover “Boys Don’t Cry”. In more recent years I have inserted the occasional chorus laden bass line played on the high strings, but for the most part I let the bands be what they were. I’ve wanted to start a postpunk/goth band for about two decades now but never connected with the right people.

Jason Draper of Orations

How did Orations come together?
I have known Paul and Steve for a long time, but our paths didn’t cross all that often. I actually met Steve in 1995 at an L7 show. I met Paul through playing shows. I knew for a long time that all three of us had similar musical interests and shared a love for a lot of the same bands. The problem was that all three of us were always busy with other projects, so I never inquired about starting something together. At the 2012 Mohawk Place Xmas party the three of us got into an excited conversation about some band or another, and I ended up asking them if they wanted to start something. I apparently picked the right time to ask because Paul drunkenly said yes. In the morning, when he awoke sober, he regretted the decision but decided to go to at least one rehearsal. In January we got together and in a couple hours worked out the basic structure for three songs and we all fell in love with the project.

In your short history, what has been the biggest challenge the band has had to overcome so far?
That’s easy, the only biggest problem we’ve encountered thus far as a band has been finding a singer. We had a very specific vision in mind for the band and finding someone who fit in with that proved to be harder than we anticipated. We started practicing in January 2013 and it was over a year later when we finally found ourselves playing with Jess. We tried out a handful of different people in that year, some of them were great, but the pieces just didn’t fall into place. It got extremely frustrating, but the band was a low priority for us at the time, so we just kept writing songs and continued our search. We didn’t want to settle for someone who wasn’t perfect, so it took time for us to stumble into Jess. We had all known her for a long time, but she had been living out west for a few years and had recently moved back to Buffalo.


What genres best describe Orations? And what artists did you draw from when crafting your sound?
When we first started out we were going for a dark postpunk sound that was heavier on the punk side of things. “Anhedonic Moan” (the first song on our EP) was written (pretty much to completion) at our first practice. That song will give you a good idea of where our heads were at in the beginning. After a few practices some cleaner, poppier songs started to manifest. Now we tend to go back and forth between the two sounds depending on our moods when we’re writing.

We never set out to create anything new and dazzling, we just always wanted to write songs that could easily find a home amongst those written by bands that meant the world to us. Some of our obvious influences are The Cure, Joy Division, Southern Death Cult, and The Chameleons, but we’re always pulling ideas from different places. There are parts of some of our songs that are inspired by Pink Floyd and Dead Kennedys. We kind of go all over the map, but it somehow all fits together.

Is there a story behind the name of the band?
Since I got the three of us together in the beginning, I was in charge of naming the band. For some reason I have always wanted to be in a band whose name started with an O. Words that begin with that letter have an aesthetic appeal to me. I also wanted the band to have a logo, as I had never done that before with previous projects. I absolutely love the Germs’ blue circle logo that came from the “Germs Burn”. Thinking about that made me want to use and O word even more. It’s not an exciting story, but I just flipped through the 15th letter in a dictionary, until I came across oration. A formal speech typically given at a funeral fit perfectly with what the band was going for. We pluralized to lower the chances of encountering another band with the same name.

At Auxiliary we love to see aesthetics being considered by musicians, what forethought have you put into the visual elements of Orations?
From the get go we always wanted some sort of visual appeal with Orations, but we didn’t want to go overboard. Too many bands form an aesthetic and they take it too far. Their ideas that were originally meant to be stark and appealing end up cheesy and distasteful. The three players in the band have a uniform that we wear live (black pants, with matching button up military shirts that we dyed). Jess can wear whatever she wants up front. She’s the show and the rest of us fade into the background.

Also, as I touched on earlier, I love the idea of bands having logos. When a band has a symbol that is completely recognizable with no text there is something special about it. What we came up with for us is nothing crazy, but I hope will someday it will have at least a shadow of the impact that logos had on me when I was younger.

Orations EP

Orations can redo the soundtrack to any movie, what movie would it be?
Does Carnage Visors count?

I really don’t know how well our music would translate to most films, but I could see it somehow working with a Cronenberg film. I’d like to match up what we make to Videodrome. That could be interesting. Actually, how about Lost Boys? I think Paul could pull off the shirtless, greased up saxophone player look.

In reverse alphabetical order, list your top 100 favorite bands.
To answer this question would do more harm than good for the band. I’m guessing my love of bands such as The Cranberries and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin isn’t going to win us any points with people who would be interested in Orations’ music.

What are some your creative endeavors aside from Orations?
I am the owner/operator of Wooden T-Shirts screen printing shop (I’m printing up the Auxiliary “Reclaim” shirts), I play bass in the band Failures’ Union, and I also DJ a couple of club nights around Buffalo (Transmission and On The Wire).

What are your long term and short term hopes for Orations?
We’re currently in the process of recording our first full length. We have a decent chunk of it done at this point, but there’s still a bit to work out. We’re looking for a label who would want to release it as an LP for us. I put out the EP on my own label, Sheets of Tens, which I created to put out smaller released for bands that I work with. Having the backing of a more established label would definitely be beneficial. We’re also starting to plan some shows around the East Coast and Midwest for the rest of the year.

Our EP is also going to be released in Europe on Swiss Dark Nights later this year. Once the LP is out we hope to head over there for a tour as well.

Get the Orations EP on Bandcamp or Sheets of Tens and check out the Auxiliary Kickstarter for details on becoming an Auxiliary patron and being interviewed by Auxiliary about your creative projects.

music video : Die So Fluid – Black Blizzard

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Today’s music video brings you dark eye candy visuals over alternative rock/metal from Die So Fluid. Really enjoy the scenes on the beach and lead singer Georgina “Grog” Lisee’s heavy jeweled cat eye over red glitter lips look. Grog describing the video for “Black Blizzard” says, “nature is wild and untamable, and my character in the video is the storm.”

- Jennifer Link