Golem Dance Cult
The sound is heavy (both Laur and Charles are “sons of the mighty guitar congregation”) but danceable:
a "mechanic, ritualistic groove with soul and grit".
One of the main parameters being that the intention need to be kept spontaneous (favouring vibe over perfection), instinct followed and mistakes expanded upon. A rock based style without the formal structure of the genre and bringing an electronic approach in the layering of the tracks, done following a total DIY ethic!
*Charles and Laur had actually started their musical journey together when they were teenagers all those moons ago... Later they even toured together in their respective band and always stay friends, but eventually they each followed their musical path...That is, until 2021, during this strangest of times, they reunited (Laur is based in France while Charles was in the UK -and is now in Australia) for a new musical adventure under the moniker "Golem Dance Cult
In their very first band together Laur was the drummer and now, in addition to percussion, he is the main singer, sharing vocals duties with Charles Why, who is playing bass, guitar, cigar box, harmonica, various traditional instruments (Shamanic Drums, Shruti Box, Gong, … ), programming, sampling, while manning the production.
They are joined by Klaus Karloff, a mysterious misanthrope German modern Shaman, who is in charge of the mastering aka "Sonic Seance".
Not to do any Wikipedia, but "Golem" here is a tip of the hat to the myth of this man-made creature that protect the oppressed, and at the end goes out of control.. The foreboder of Frankenstein some say... You can read a lot into that...
"Imagine an old Hammer horror movie directed by Dali and recoloured by Andy Warhol"
October 2023- Video directed by Klaus Karloff to celebrate Halloween 2023.
There are some moments in life when one feels like a ghost. As such, the initial idea for this video was to illustrate this feeling of how we can feel alone even when surrounded by other people, like ghosts roaming in a casino.... in Las Vegas...
This video was shot in France (Paris, Belfort, Besancon), Australia (Melbourne, Dandenong Ranges, Belgrave, Bellingen), Washington (USA) and Ubud (Bali) and incorporates extracts from the first "Phantom of the Opera" movie, released in 1929 and directed by Rupert Julian.
Ghost Of LAs Vegas
August 2023- Video directed by Klaus Karloff who here invites viewers to an imaginary road trip... Or witnessing the moment when ones drive to seize the night becomes an obsession and takes control.
Road scenes have been shot in New South Wales and Victoria (Australia), scenes inside the car -with Laur and Charles- in Besancon (France) and ghostly apparition of the beautiful Inga Liljestrom in Belgrave (Australia).
Additionally there is extracts from a police embedded camera (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6Mib4q16DQ) and views of Bonnie and Clyde’s Death car.
21st Century Dogs
May 2023- Video made by Klaus Karloff, with image shot by Amelia-Moon, Laur and Charles Why. The plot is to understand what the World looks like through the eyes of a dog... before and after said dog decides to bite the hand that feeds and revolts against the masters. All under the -not so helpful- eyes of Golem Dance Cult. Additionally Klaus used the screen as to make the protagonist crept at you, involving the viewer in a direct way. The video includes reference and extracts to/from: "Night of the Living Dead" by George A Romero; Le Chien Andalou" by Luis Buñuel; Wolf Blood a Tale of the Forest" by George Chesebro.