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Golem Dance Cult – Grotesque Radio (2021).

Are you in the mood for an EP that is heavy yet danceable with a ritualistic groove that draws you into an explosion of Instincts? Well, you are in for a treat with Grotesque Radio by Golem Dance Cult which ticks all these boxes and much more. Using a foundation of rock sensibilities, the band layers electronic lines over a spontaneous yet form melodic structure.

Through the six tracks of the EP, the band draws on culture, cinema and expressionist art to form a kaleidoscope of sound. This grooving EP comes from Laur Veglam (vocals), Charles Why (instrumentation). The duo first started playing together as teenagers before following their own musical paths. Now, they are back together for the exciting musical journey that is Golem Dance Cult.

The EP opens with ‘Heirloom’ which draws on Native American culture and traditional songs. The building opening of the track adds a mysticism to the song that flows into the incorporation of the Sioux Flag Song and War Dance. The combination of these traditional songs with a modern flair of instrumentation is rather intense, particularly when the drone of electronic sounds takes over. As this falls back into the traditional songs, you can feel something in your chest start to vibrate as you lose yourself in the music. This track is really quite short and you may be left feeling like you want it to go on for much longer.

‘Capital Blues’ pulls on threads of current events with inspiration coming for the events in the US Capital in January. The music has a great rock vibe while the drums bring a touch of psychedelia to the track. There is a hazy psychedelic rock vibe to this track that makes you think of old-school rock tracks. The breathy vocals add to this nostalgic hit as the lyrics swirl around your head like the inside of a lava lamp. There is a touch of darkwave to the single that weave between the rock tones and elevates the vibes of the single.

The beats of ‘Marry Me Frankenstein’ have your feet tapping to the rhythm before the vocals pull you into an interesting love song. There is a slightly off-centre feeling to the track that is really enjoyable and brings the interesting love story to sonic life. With a touch of industrial, the music gets you moving and dancing to it without any effort. This song also brings a touch of nostalgia with the retro vibes of the music while the vocals hazily waft around you. There is no way that you can listen to this song and not really enjoy yourself.

‘Nosferatu Waltz’ has a black and white horror movie vibe to the music. You can feel a creeping sense of something dark coming for you while the drums and guitars hook you into the sound. If you have ever watched ‘Nosferatu The Vampyre’, you can easily see scenes from the movie play out as you listen. It is a really amazing track that evokes a range of creeping feelings like something is watching you from just out of your vision. Inga Liljestrom provides some rather haunting vocals for the track that adds a new dimension to the sound.

The almost marching tone of ‘Doppelgänger’ leads you into a slightly woozy goth rock vibe. There is a psychedelic edge to the single, but this hits very differently from ‘Capital Blues’. The darkness of the song washes you in dark tones while the music warps and pulses around you. It is a little like a subdued and dark acid trip that has you questioning your surroundings. Everything in the track comes together perfectly to create a truly unique and intense listening experience. The guitar riffs that fly through the back of the track are really wonderful.

The EP comes to a close with ‘(In My Time Of) Living on Mars’ takes you on a cosmic journey into space. The track incorporates a recording of Mars’ wind as recorded by the Perseverance rover. When the vocals hit, there is a touch of Bowie to them as they invoke images of the Red Planet. The warbling echoes of the vocals add to the cosmic feeling of the track while you have to groove to the sound. There is no way to listen to this song and not feel the urge to shimmy to the tones.

Golem Dance Cult packs a lot into their EP Grotesque Radio with tracks covering everything from love to Mars. Each song has a slightly psychedelic feeling that fills you with an off-centre joy before you delve into the intensity of the listening experience. The vocals warp and warble their way into your brain where they stick for a long time after the EP has ended.

 

 

RockALT

The piece is indeed a truly creative effort, consisting of a bold and compelling material. Expertly executed and crafted, the track is both defiant and demanding, challenging the listener and daring them to go beyond. The build up is entertaining and very appealing with its entrancing vocals. We will gladly add this one to our playlist. Cheers!

 

Free Indie Culture

(In My Time Of) Living On Mars is like a trip to Mars indeed.  I like the experimental mood of this piece of art, iIlike the mood and the despair it brings within.

 

Scream & Yell

 I loved the sound! It has all the industrial characteristics, but it has ... soul. A dark soul, tell the truth. I loved how many things seem to be happening all the time in music. The guitars are sounding rough and wonderful. The bass seems to drag everything. The voice is a guide that guides the listener in an exemplary way through the sound storm. A delight of music. On the headphones it sounds even better. 

RPM Online

Intrigued to investigate further this EP from two (old) friends Charles Why (Losta Noise/Nexus/L-DOPA…) and Laur (Sparkling Bombs/Kevin K Band/Vague Scare/Other-ed…)  Its a great earworm as it crawls into your ear and enters your brain and takes up residence offering little snippets of bands you know you like and ones you know you don’t but the influences draw you in closer and you’ll definitely like what you hear.

Great name for a band as well and the album title is cool (pretty much every time I switch on the radio it’s pumping out Grotesque music) Anyway, the tunes. Apart from the opener being something of an introduction with native American chanting (which always give me the chills, I could listen to it all day) its ‘Capitol Blues’ that starts off the noise mashing up samples and a cool Jon Spenser Blues Explosion style riff over a drum loop its certainly very listenable and the louder the better the experience.   Pitched somewhere between Beck and Gary Numan and throwing in a whole heap of other influences this mashup is all over the place in a good way mixing some Urban Dance Squad with some horns and distorted guitars and some dance beats its certainly stretching your palet but succeeding in making you nod your head all in a good way.

‘Nosferatu Waltz’ is also out there pushing the boundaries of Gothic undertones as implied by the title it’s Daniel Ash and his old sparring partner Mr. Murphy dancing up some sisterhood.  Dark and mysterious but all very listenable for sure. On ‘Doppelganger’ there’s a big rolling riff on top of some sample coming on like some of Bowie’s work which must have been a bit of an inspiration here whilst the sound is heavy there is a lot going on but never too much.  It’s well constructed but has appeal and not too self-indulgent or unlistenable.  Again it’s a different texture to the other tracks with an air of spontaneity and a certain take it or leave it atmosphere.  Jump on board and get down with Golem Dance Cult it’s good stuff. LEaving only the video track we’ve included to close off the EP for your listening and viewing pleasures.  go to Bandcamp and check em out you really wont be disappointed.

Roadie-Music

Golem Dance Cult and the industrial side of Grotesque Radio

Golem Dance Cult is an industrial duo that mixes heavy rock, something of Glam and some very interesting touches of goth music.

Within this more than unusual mix, the great curiosity, in addition to the greatness of the compositions, lies precisely in a duo doing work that, at the very least, would be done by a quartet.

The guys performed, in a masterly way, songs that are extremely complex to make and with a competence to envy.

Effects, guitars and beats, all very well placed and fitted, shape all the madness practiced by Golem Dance Cult.

When listening to each track, one notices that there is a strong presence of influences such as Godflesh, Dead Can Dance, something from Lush and Jesus and Mary Chain, among others, but without detracting, at any time, the originality and personality of the compositions.

To get an idea of​​how well the band applies its references along with originality, it is worth highlighting the track “Marry Me Frankenstein”, which has a certain weight, groove and electronic insertions in a right measure for those who appreciate the many styles that permeate the sound of Golem Dance Cult.

“Marry Me Frankenstein” has a whole dance atmosphere, but also something slightly dark which leaves the song with an introspective air that ends up breaking, at certain points, by slight entries of what we can identify as an Arabic rhythm that makes all the difference in this alchemy performed by the pair.

Like most British artists who have been bringing top quality material ever since, Golem Dance Cult is another great example that English music is strong, well-grounded and has stars of their own brilliance who don't need anyone to tell them how a good track should be made.

M de Música

There’s something truly and transcendentally dystopian in this track. It comes from the gutter but it’s translated into a melody that, at times, merge from the contradictory sounds, sparse tempo changes and distinct elements that blend in curious ways. It’s a dark and hazy track, dramatic and smoky, with its two feet stuck on an industrial mood that’s quite captivating. 

Midsummer Madness 

Interesting intro guitars with effects, vocals reminded me of Bowie and some 80s post-punk bands like Love & Rockets. 

Headbangerz Club 

Instrumental sounded pretty trippy and interesting. I liked it a lot.

Rock Alternative News

Stop, arrêtez vous ici 5mn avec le premier extrait du premier ep des Golem Dance Cult, qui sortira ce 25 mai. Entre dark wave electro et indus, ce duo franco anglais va vous emmener dans leur univers singulier, qui plaira à tous les fans de new wave et post punk.

A découvrir absolument.

Rats On The Run

There's some great dirt bound sounds in this. Totally dig the schlock horror side of it and maybe Nosferatu Waltz is my fave.

Thoughts Words Action 

Such an interesting composition. I can hear several genres that are surprisingly working well altogether. There is a strong presence of southern rock, Americana, alternative rock, shoegaze, and dream pop working like a charm together. These southern/bluesy rock sonic maneuvers are doing wonders with a nearly shoegaze ambiance. There's is a strange abrasiveness that also goes in favor of this composition. 

 

NOW Books & Music 

I really love the way you start with this intro, and the guitar (and its sound) is pretty cool the whole way. What an interesting direction! I also liked the groovy waves, I could've listen to this track even longer, so carry on! 

 

Écoute Ça ! Podcast 

On est clairement sur quelque chose de très contemplatif avec cette réverb sur les voix et la guitare qui donne ce côté "désertique", la basse en boucle etc. Du coup, j'ai trouvé intéressant et original le fait de passer par un beat électro plutôt qu'une batterie traditionnelle qui aurait été plus conventionnelle pour un titre psyché.

Chouette découverte, j'irai jeter une oreille à l'EP

SUPERRARE

Love the vibe of your track it seems like you worked a lot on it. Keep up the good work, your song is lovely! 

rockculture.es

El sonido de Golem Dance Cult es pesado pero bailable, un ritmo mecánico y ritual con alma y coraje. Buena muestra de ello es esta (In My Time Of) Living On Mars.

Beat Buzz News

Hey, brilliant track!! I have added to the top of the Our Digs section on the website. 

HomeCooking Share

It's very dark indeed! But in a good way! With the right amount of darkness to really set a specific and exciting atmosphere. And then there is a little bit of light that comes through. It is really excellent!

prettyinnoise.de

Very expressive song structure between Punk and Electronica with a Jazz-influenced beat that is changing while the song flows. You will not hear this on radio.

Feral Art

It's very powerful and nicely rough. The voice reminds me a bit of Franz Ferdinand.

Rocktelling

"Marry me Frankenstein" dei Golem Dance Cult, stravagante duo franco-britannico, dallo stile urban punk.

Pan FM

Great intro! The vocal performance sounds great! It fits the vibe of the song! I love the energy. The vocal timbre sounds great! The instrumental sounds great! You make use of a lot of different elements. I like the sound of the guitar. In terms of mixing, you make the instrumental sound very good. The structure is unique. A dynamic tension curve can be recognized. 

Indeflagration

Merci pour cette découverte, vous avez un univers bien à vous, beaucoup d'intensité, aucune barrière... On sent l'esprit punk évident.

Pop Occulture

Cool spin on the 80s gothic rock sound!

Colorful Playlists 

Great track with a pretty special and groovy vibe. Production is great as well!

 

SoundsGoodWebZine

I Golem Dance Cult sono un duo Industrial Heavy Rock Dance/Electro Stoner/Electro Glam Goth dislocato tra Regno Unito e Francia.
Il nostro primo E.P. “Grotesque Radio” è l’Ep di debutto uscito il 25 maggio 2021 (Flying Rats) e questo che stiamo ascoltando è il loro singolo dal titolo “Marry Me Frankenstein”.
Una traccia, messa in risalto dall’uso di synth e suoni campionati che ne conferiscono buona orecchiabilità e un buon tiro. L’atmosfera ridondante rende l’ascolto profondo e dalle vibrazioni intense.
“Marry Me Frankenstein”, si muove su un’unica linea, senza cambi di tempo repentini. Nonostante manchi di una buona dinamica, la traccia è ricca di spunti e dettagli interessanti che ne rendono l’ascolto davvero trascinante.
Un buon biglietto da visita per questo due Anglo/Francese, che fa ben sperare per la buona proposta dell’Ep.

Disco Goth

Good guitar riff, the vocals fit the song well. Good rhythm!

 

Grotesqualizer

Hello Golem Dance Cult! Great EP name. The track is a nice mix of alternative, downtempo and darkwave. The instrumental is cool. Interesting vibes. We like the production vision.

#🆁🅺🅲 - Radio Kaos Caribou

Great track : kind of goth/blues mixed with UK indie rock/electro 90s scene. That's defoe for such creative ambition we do radio.

30 years a track like that would have been famous in few weeks. Nowadays because of artists / bands wordlwide daily releases invasion, hard to get attention. Happy to become soon a little stone in your patth building.

Os Garotos De Liverpool

GOLEM DANCE CULT It is a duo of Industrial Heavy Rock/Eletro Glam Rock, who released the EP "Grotesque Radio" about a month ago, where they bring six multi-genre tracks to the listening public, including dark-pop, post punk and even stoner, in addition to the main styles of the band. On the EP's "Marry Me Frankenstein" single, Charles Why describes it as a love song: "I've always found Frankenstein the Monster to be a really adorable character. This is a love song for the dance floor!" In it we can also see elements of the duo's musical variety, who managed to bring the Indian sitar to their style, even if it was for a few seconds at the end of the track, but that would certainly fit in it for a longer duration. These influences can also be heard in instrumental backgrounds with dancing beats, horns and distorted guitars throughout the EP, as in 'Doppelgänger'.

 

Groover Radio

Très cool ce que vous proposez, une ambiance rock underground dès les premières secondes et une belle énergie, ça doit être fou en live !!

Album Of The Year

Grata surpresa! Um dos sons mais originais e interessantes que ouvi em 2021. França e Inglaterra unidas, as vezes, dá bom!

Frenchorama

 Great vibes. I enjoyed the global spirit of groove which suscitates kind of a will to head bang!

Headbangers Brazil

Golem Dance Cult is a duo of Industrial Heavy Rock/Eletro Glam Rock, who released the EP “Grotesque Radio” about a month ago, where they bring six multi-genre tracks to the listening public, including dark-pop, post punk and even stoner, in addition to the main styles of the band. “Marry Me Frankenstein“, is the first single from the EP, where vocalist Charles Why describes it as a love song: “I always thought Frankenstein the Monster was a really adorable character. This is a love song for the dance floor!”. Before pressing play, the band's name and aesthetics already deliver what we can expect from the song. Of course everyone remembers the classic Alice Cooper, and even Rob Zombie. “Marry Me Frankenstein” brings several elements that go through Industrial, post-punk and synth pop, with references from the bands Killing Joke, Bauhaus, and even Beck – this one the last one is due to the timbre of the voice, which sometimes resembles Beck, now Marilyn Manson. Golem Dance Cult incorporated a mix of good music and created its sound. The “Grotesque Radio” EP will please many fans, with its dark air, exuberant style and danceable rhythm.

Metal Obscura

The Heavy Rock / Electro Glam Rock industrial duo Golem Dance Cult released their debut EP “Grotesque Radio” on March 25th. Composed of Charles Why and Laur, they present this new project, coming together to create music to feed dark hearts. Starting within the dark industry with his advance (In My Time of) Living Mars, having good reviews from the specialized press, in addition to bringing listeners from Killing Joke, Cocteau Twins, Love & Rockets and Bauhaus, to a world industrial full of dark passages On this occasion, they published their new video clip Marry Me Frankestein, based on the monstrous creation of the novel by Mary Shelley. This romantic cut is accompanied by some sequences from the first film "Frankenstein" by Thomas Alva Edison and "Der Golem" by Paul Wegner. Regarding the melody, it stands out from the use of synthesizers and sampled sounds that give an atmosphere of intense vibrations. The video was directed by Klaus Karloff "Imagine an old Hammer horror movie directed by Dali and painted by Andy Warhol," says Charles. Grotesque Radio is made up of six cuts. The British-French duo transports us to a different style in each song, from shoegaze to post punk. A mechanical and ritual rhythm with soul and claw.

Booklet Magazine

For Fan Of: Beck, Bauhaus

Imagine an old Hammer horror film directed by Dalí and colored by Warhol”. This is how the Golem Dance Cult presents themselves to the world, a Franco-English duo born in January 2021 from the reunion of two old high school friends during the lockdown and following a post-Brexit transfer. The group's sound rests on solid industrial foundations, but is made less heavy by the inclusion of glam and alternative rock influences: from many quarters the band has been approached to a cross between Beck and the singing of the Bauhaus. Their debut EP, Grotesque Radio, has been out a few weeks ago, and the related limited edition CD is made up exclusively of unique pieces, because they are hand-printed with the reproduction of a skull made on the occasion of the Día de los muertos in Mexico (in this photo you can see better). You can get a taste with the single Marry Me Frankenstein, obviously accompanied by a video clip with strong gothic hues.

Money Bee Radio

We loved the 90s vibes (thinking NIN), we loved the retro video, the lyrics and sound altogether. We'll share it on our radio show!

Tenho Mais Discos Que Amigos

I actually love your song and will indeed add it to my playlists! As a fan of the genre, I was hit with such a good feeling while listening to it. I love how you guys used and combined every element on this, and how weird and incredible it all sounds. I mean weird in the best way possible!

MangoWave

Laur and Charles are Golem Dance Cult. Years ago, the two musicians have played in a band together. Since then, time has passed, but the two artists have stayed in contact, and have recently released their first EP "Grotesque Radio". On six tracks they create a nihilist soundscape that they themselves describe as "an old Hammer horror movie directed by Dalí and recoloured by Andy Warhol".

"Grotesque Radio" is an ideal soundtrack for dungeon parties. With their cold, claustrophobic, hopeless, and dark sounds, the six songs revive late-Cold-War-era rock and electronic music. Golem Dance Cult go back to the heyday of Gothic Rock, Wave, and Industrial, and partially remind of Punish Yourself, Cinema Bizarre, or early Einstürzende Neubauten. The mood of "Grotesque Radio" is nihilist and therefore extremely deliberating. The EP feels like a giant party in a bunker where all the participants dance like there is no tomorrow, because there might not be one.

The final song '(In my Time of) Living on Mars' sticks out of this general atmosphere by addition of a massively rolling Blues Rock theme, and a certain Space Rock impact. Overall, Golem Dance Cult's first EP is by no means a rehash of pre-1990s darkest music. Instead, "Grotesque Radio" introduces us to another era of global cold forlornness, and joyful nihilism. It is the music of the age of the storm on the Capitol ('Capitol Blues') and other catastrophes. Embrace the eschaton, and dance to these stunning tunes

 

INDIE DOCK MUSIC BLOG

The French-British duo Golem Dance Cult presented their music video 'Nosferatu Waltz' on Halloween. The video for the song of the same name that was released earlier as part of the EP 'Grotesque Radio'.

The guys are old friends and they have been making music since they were teenagers and have recently returned to an active creative life. Their music is based on dark wave and post punk where the aura of the incomprehensible and unacceptable is decisive.  

The song 'Nosferatu Waltz' is interestingly made in a tense arrangement that fills the anxious moments with cold guitars, safe drums and retro synthesizers.  

The music video 'Nosferatu Waltz' presents a video collage of famous retro horror movies that catch up with fear despite its age. Musicians flow into the overall picture of the event where they sing and play guitars.  Watch the music video 'Nosferatu Waltz' on YouTube below and appreciate the uniqueness and creativity of the duo Golem Dance Cult.

 

Difusión Alterna

I liked listening to your music, you manage to transmit everything you express through your sound and your lyrics, continue creating music of excellent quality. It is a very fresh and interesting proposal

MUSICHOOD

In order to give my comment I had to listen to the whole EP and not just the single that was sent to me and I want to tell you that it is a good album. The concept they gave it is something unusual and I liked it, especially because I like horror. All the songs sound 100% organic and this makes me listen to it again, as I am writing this review I am listening to the EP for the second time. On the other hand, the videoclip is really good, I liked it a lot and we are happy to help them spread the word on MUSICHOOD media.

Tem Música Nova Hoje?

What an awesome song! I really enjoyed not only the music, but also the themes behind the lyrics - to be honest, I'm a big fan of horror movies, so I got happy just to read the title of the song.

mp3hugger

A name to send the shivers down our spine and how will we cope now that the season of the witch has left us unprepared for any more frights. But ramp it up do these gothic souls, with a little of Bowie on vocals (and the Damned everywhere else) and a trailer full of arrangements designed to usher in the dark side. Of course it takes a lot of musical articulation to come up with such things and though it always felt a little bit too much of the night for me I can see how this could be the ideal perennial halloween soundtrack. Turn the lights down and let the imagination give us the heebie jeebies with Nosferatu Waltz there to push us over the edge.

Life On Mars Production

J'aime beaucoup votre musique dans le sens ou elle est surprenante, elle a beaucoup de personnalité. Les voix, les placements, les riffs sont agréablement bizarroïdes... Mention spéciale pour la coda de votre morceau qui est glaçante à souhait.

FARMINGTON

Haunting production, with lofi lead vocals. The track works very well, especially with the accompanying visuals. Suitable in all manner of locations and situations. Movies spring to mind first. A quality track, I’m looking forward to hearing more.

Rádio Cult FM

This dark eighties vibe is amazing. Highlight for the bass lines and obviously the wonderful music video. We'll add it to Radio Cult's playlist (Radiocultfm.com) and share it on instagram.com/radiocultfm

ROCKNBOLD

What an immersive and complex experience this track provides! I really like the way you bring together experimental and dirty rock elements to create a very unique sound, without much of a question of sounding within a pattern. The use of synthesizers and electronic elements is also very welcome, complementing the compositions very well, but still prevailing the psychedelic vocals and organic instrumental. What a fantastic experience and song! Congratulations on the excellent work!

Première Pluie

The title testifies to a very beautiful mastery, which allows to explore and to give an account at best of a deep, curious universe. The atmosphere keeps its promises from start to finish, both with the interpretations and the instrumental quality. It’s very good, it will work.

Homecooking Share

It's exactly the kind of thing that fits the Halloween atmosphere! So the release is perfectly set. Beyond this detail (appreciable), it is above all a great sound pleasure, very dark, with the right amount of complexity. The more the piece advances, the more it becomes irresistible, its progression is really pleasant. The piece is alive, and we get attached to it more and more!

Roadie-Music.com

To celebrate Halloween day , the Golem Dance Cult duo provided a wonderful gift for admirers of the darkest atmospheres , as well as those fascinated by classic horror movies . In addition to the release of the single  “Nosferatu Waltz” , an incensed song from the recently released EP , “Grotesque Radio” , a simply sensational music video came to “take off your lap” in this process! We couldn't have a better celebration…

With an incredible photography that alternates between German expressionism and vintage monochromatic , the duo, through a nightmare of lysergic proportions , transits through scenes of irrepressible works of the genre, such as  “Nosferatu” ( Friedrich Wilhelm Murneau ), “White Zombie” ( Victor Halperin , starring the legendary Bela Lugosi ) and “Beauty and the Beast” , by Jean Cocteau . The result is AMAZING !

The music transits through the electro-gotic-industrial , with incisions that refer to the great Killing Joke , through a sensorial prognosis that embraces post-punk, groove with alternative mimics and ghostly vocals characteristic of the style , including the participation of the Australian singer and songwriter, Inga Liljestrom . It is to drive admirers of the complete combo crazy, be it the date in question, the sound of dark nature and films that made history for their avant-garde role . "Nosferatu Waltz" promotes the perfect combination of the aesthetic archetype that involves image + sound, because it's irresistible not to listen to the track without the entire process!

Common Sense

Love the amazing energy and power in this song. The style, grit and intensity here is amazing. Good instrumentals as well!

InNewsMusic

A piece that reflects the creative moment, the harsh, ghostly, buried voices that make you travel through lonely passages. However, it has a dark but captivating energy that keeps you glued to it. Without a doubt, a quota of terror well dosed with quality.

CHILLFILTR

Really love the sound of your band, your rhythm section in particular is just spot on. I love the tones, I love the performance, and I think you achieve a certain mystery and artistic voice that is rare. The production here is really strong.

Rock N Rollers Podcast

What a cool song. It's a cool song to dance to for real! Congratultations. The singer has a voice that really matches what you guys wanted to achieve. The chorus, the guitars...So well recorded and really good. Congratulatons!

Joy Of Violent Movement

Split between France and England, the emerging, self-described “industrial heavy rock dance” duo Golem Dance Cult features two experienced musicians and longtime friends: producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Charles Why, who has played in Lotsa Noise, Nexus and L-Dopa and vocalist Laur, who has played in Sparkling BombsKevin K Band, Vague Scare and Other-ed. Golem Dance Cult can trace its origins back to when its members were teenagers, playing in their first band together, a band in which Laur played drums. 

Although the duo have written material remotely, both as a result of the distance currently between the two and the pandemic, their work is centered around a couple of simple parameters: the intention behind everything needed to be spontaneous, with each member following their instinct. Additionally mistakes should be expanded upon. The end result is a rock-inspired approach paired with electronic production — without the formal structure of either genre. 

The duo’s recently released debut EP Grotesque Radio, features “(In My Time Of) Living On Mars” and “Marry Me, Frankenstein” and its latest single “Nosferatu Waltz.” Centered around an angular bass riff, a forceful motorik-like groove, wiry blasts of buzzing guitar, Laur’s croon, “Nosferatu Waltz” will bring comparisons to Bauhaus‘ famous “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” with a playful nod to Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. 

Directed by the band, the recently released video for “Nosferatu Waltz” is split between footage of the band appearing as spectral and creepy figures shot in a grainy, old-fashioned black and white and extracts from Friedrich Wilhelm Murneau’s Nosferatu, Victor Halperin’s White Zombie, which starred Bela Lugosi and Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast. 

“I had this idea for a bass riff variation on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker for a while so it flowed naturally from there,” Golem Dance Cult’s Charles Why says. He continues, “Inga Liljestrom lent us her amazing voice on this track and has a cameo at the end of the video.” Laur adds “Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu The Vampyre was the first horror movie I ever watched when I was like 10. Once you go black you can never go back they say…Vampire music is in my blood… “

La Grosse Radio

Le duo franco-britannique Golem Dance Cult agence des films de vampires pour illustrer son morceau « Nosferatu Waltz ». Une basse incroyable qui soutient tout le folklore sombre qu’on apprécie tant. Ce morceau figure sur leur EP Grotesque Radio sorti en mai.

Pulse-Alternative Magazine

GOLEM DANCE CULT-“Grotesque Radio”

(EP, CD/DL, Flying Rats, FR004/21)

In Jewish folklore a golem is a lumpen, anthropomorphic creation that protects the oppressed (a precursor to the Hulk) and it’s a metaphor that fits the Golem Dance Cult’s heavy industrial dance rock sound on so many levels. Formed by Charles Why (Nexus) and Laur (Sparkling Bombs), a pair of alchemists whole create a hefty, but danceable sound, their latest EP, “Grotesque Radio” is a monolithic beast that’ll burst from your speakers and stomp all over your room.

“Grotesque Radio” is comprised of six separate suites yet it flows like a long continuous piece of music; mistakes are viewed as anything but and are used as diversions into unexplored territory and subsequently “Grotesque Radio” has an organic, free-form feel, like a piece of Dada art. ‘Heirloom’ is the opening blast that juxtaposes tribal chanting with a discordant guitar riff and it’s an interesting tension of opposites, It’s sets things up nicely for ‘Capitol Blues’ and, with its bass heavy rumble, it’s a real eardrum popper and Charles Why has done a great job on the production and has given ‘Capitol Blues’ a vast, cavernous sound’. It seems that no instrument is out of bounds for Golem Dance Cult and the black magic that comprises ‘Marry Me Frankenstein’ is made from a volatile potion.

This EP constantly repositions the listener through subtle (and not so) tonal shifts and rapid changes of tempo, so I’d advise listening to “Grotesque Radio” through headphones for unadulterated listening pleasure. Like a penny dropped in treacle ‘Doppelgänger’ is multi-layered and has a rich, syrupy sound that’s textured with a rough-as-f*ck guitar riff and thundering drums and the effect is oppressive; a song that entraps you in a metaphorical prison. For closing track ‘(In My Time Of) Living On Mars’ Golem Dance Cult initially bastardize the famous Led Zeppelin riff but then use it to go in a completely unexpected direction and the result is surprising, but not unpleasant.

A fine six track EP from this pair of sonic terrorists that should turn their cult into a religion.

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