The Liebster Award 2018

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When I started my blog I didn’t think I would get many readers interacting and enjoying my work. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that a lot of people were reading and enjoying my content.

My blog started off as part of a University project for my journalism course, but I have grown to love writing content for you all and it is something I will definitely be continuing.

Writing and the Goth subculture are two things I’m very passionate about. So combining the two together to create this blog has allowed me to express my views and opinions and share my interests with you all.

For me, blogging has became a hobby of mine and I put a lot of dedication into coming up with ideas and creative content that I think my viewers would like.

So naturally I was so pleased when Lulu_chan★  nominated me for the 2018 Liebster Award. I’d like to thank her and recommend you check out her blog.

So for those who don’t know about the Liebster Award, here are the rules:

  1. Give some recognition and promotion to the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Create a post about the award on your blog.
  3. Give a reason you are passionate about blog posting.
  4. Answer the 10 questions you were asked.
  5. Nominate 5-11 other blogs.
  6. Inform those bloggers you nominated them.
  7. Make sure you put these rules on your post so everyone else knows what to do!

So here are the 10 questions I have been asked:

  1. Favourite colour?

If I were to give the obvious answer, being a goth, it would have to be black. But if I had to pick a colour other than black, it would be purple.

2. If you had to choose between your life or your honour which would you choose?

This is a good question. I had to think about this for a while, because I thought it would depend on the context of how your honour would be lost. However, when you define ‘honour’ it means to be respected and I personally am not one to fuss over what other people think of me. I think what you feel about your own self-worth is more important. Therefore, I would choose life, over honour.

3. Favourite band or singer?

This one is difficult! I’m a massive music lover and there are so many people I adore. I think if I had to choose based upon who I listen to most I would say The Cure.

4. Song that makes you dance at the moment?

Snap Out Of It by Arctic Monkeys. This song never fails to lift my mood and get me dancing.

5. Best 2017 decision?

Setting up this blog!

6. Cat lover or dog lover?

I’m a big animal lover, but if I had to choose one it would be cats.

7. Why WordPress and not the app Blog on Google?

I had a blog on here a few years ago, but I didn’t have a main theme and it didn’t feel personal enough, so I never felt the dedication to write for it and gave up. So when I decided to set up this blog, I used WordPress just because it was so familiar to me and I find it easier to navigate. This time I feel like I’m more focused on subjects that interest me, so I find the motivation to write comes a lot more easily.

8. Perfect day?

Not sure whether this means a day that I have lived through that was perfect or my idea of what a perfect day would be like. So I’m going to say visiting a cat cafe and being surrounded by fluffy companions comes pretty close to perfect!

9. How did you create your blog name?

My blog name sounds simple, but it actually took me ages to think of something suitable. In the end I decided on ‘The Everyday Alternative’, because being goth is not just a phase or a costume, I will continue to be alternative everyday.

10. What do you think about the Liebster Award?

I think it’s great because it gives small blogs the recognition they deserve.

So that’s it! My nominees are…

The Lazy Goth

Grace Thorough Good Beauty

Heavy Metal Overload

Spine Cracker

Photo Sociology

The Retired Emo Kid

Domestic Gothess

The Cupcake Witch

Speaking of Witch Wands and Magickal Things

Rabid hole

Just Some Emo

Here are 10 questions for you to answer should you choose to accept your nomination:

  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
  2. If you could visit a fantasy land from one of your favourite films, TV shows or books where would you pick?
  3. What food do you crave most often?
  4. What job would you be absolutely terrible at?
  5. What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
  6. What would you do in a zombie apocalypse?
  7. What song would you pay money to never hear again?
  8. Is there a quote you strive to live by?
  9. Would you rather be able to fly or turn invisible?
  10. If you could ask your future self one question, what would it be?

For more information about the Liebster Award, check the webpage here.

 

My Response to: “Women can’t sing rock”. (20 Best Female Rock Singers)

So recently in my hometown, Middlesbrough, a pub called Doctor Browns banned female-fronted bands, with the excuse that ‘women can’t sing rock’. You can read more about the incident here.

I personally thought this was a sexist and unjustified complaint. Fair enough, if you don’t want your business to fail then you only hire the best musicians. But saying ‘women can’t sing rock’ and therefore aren’t welcome to perform there is discriminating.

They claimed customers ‘didn’t like’ previous female rock singers they hired – I don’t think this justifies an outright ban on female rock singers. This simply suggests they didn’t hire a good enough singer.

Banning all other female singers based on someone else’s less-than-impressive performance is incredibly unfair. People shouldn’t be refused a chance based on their gender.

I found it appalling that gender discrimination is still happening in my area. I personally believe women can be incredible rock artists, so I thought I’d respond to this by listing some of the best female rock artists I know.

I realise genre of music is rather debated, but I’ll just say these are the artists that are loosely described as rock. Obviously their music may incorporate other genres, but in my opinion they deserve a place on my best female rock artist list. So here it is, my favourite 20 female rock artists in no particular order:

#1 Siouxsie Sioux:

Siouxsie was an obvious choice for me to mention on this list. As the lead singer of one of my favourite British bands, Siouxsie and the Banshees, I think she represents the best of female gothic rock. Siouxsie has been adored since the 70’s with her iconic look and haunting music – and all but invented goth.

#2 Stevie Nicks:

Stevie Nicks is an American singer best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac. She had a chart topping career and is often referred to as the ‘Queen of Rock and Roll’, so she definitely earned her place on my list of the best female rock artists.

#3 Lzzy Hale:

Lzzy Hale is the lead singer from the band Halestorm. Lzzy pretty much sparked my interest in rock music. She has one of the most powerful female vocals I’ve heard. I’ve seen Lzzy sing live and at the time she had a bad throat, but powered through and I can honestly say she still sounded better live and I couldn’t even tell she had been ill.

#4: Amy Lee:

Amy Lee is the lead vocalist of Evanescence. Critics vary on whether Evanescence should be classed as a rock or a metal band. Personally I refer to them as symphonic metal, but I think Amy Lee still deserves a place on this list. If you check out other symphonic metal bands you will see the majority are female fronted, such as Epica, Nightwish, Within Temptation, Delain and so on… all which deserve a mention as they are amazing bands, but I’ll try to keep this list to strictly rock.

#5 Patricia Morrison: 

Patricia Morrison is probably most known for her backup vocals in The Sisters of Mercy, and although Andrew Eldritch takes main stage as the lead vocalist, I think Patricia Morrison still deserves a mention for her musical talent and contribution to goth rock.

#6 Taylor Momsen:

From the sweet little actress who played Cindy Lou in The Grinch to the lead singer of the American rock band The Pretty Reckless, Taylor Momsen has come very far. Taylor Momsen is a talented actress and model, but the music she produces is worth some recognition for her contribution to female-rock.

#7 Hayley Williams:

Hayley Williams is known as the lead vocalist for Paramore. Their music has vastly evolved over time. I started listening to them back in what I like to refer to as my ’emo’ days, but I still have lots of appreciation for the music they are creating today.

#8 Avril Lavigne: 

Often referred to as the ‘Pop Punk Queen’, but releasing many tracks I would consider punk rock and alternative rock, Avril Lavigne has been massively successful. The Canadian singer is known for presenting a ‘rebellious’ attitude and looking eternally like a teenager, how does she do it? I grew up listening to Avril Lavigne and she has always been one of my favourite artists.

#9 P!nk: 

P!nk has released some incredible pop rock tracks and is an all around badass. She definitely represents the best of a girl-power attitude, just check out her motivational speech to her daughter here. I personally find her inspirational as an artist so I had to include her in this list.

#10 Emelie Autumn:

Emelie Autumn’s music is very different from any other music I have heard. Sometimes describes as ‘fantasy rock’, her creative and unique music alone earns her a place on my list. This quirky style of music is not for everyone, but I adore it and her work and talent is still to be admired.

#11 Dolores O’Riordan:

Dolores O’Riordan is an Irish musician known for leading the rock band The Cranberries. They have had worldwide success and produced some iconic tracks such as ‘Zombie’.

#12 Courtney Love:

Courtney love gained a notable presence in the punk and grunge scene in the 1990’s and rose to prominence as front-woman for the alternative rock band Hole. She had a highly publicised life after her marriage to Kurt Cobain (lead from Nirvana).

#13 Chelsea Wolfe:

I hadn’t known about Chelsea Wolfe long, but I fell in love with her haunting music. She is continuing the evolution of goth rock with her modern experimental sounds. If you are looking for a modern gothic artist then she is worth a listen.

#14 Ellie Rowsell:

Ellie Rowsell is part of a four-piece band called Wolf Alice who have been going since 2010. Their early work sounds folk-tinged but has evolved to a more rock-orientated sound.

#15 Natalie Bassingthwaighte:

Natalie Bassingthwaighte is known as the lead singer of electronic rock band Rogue Traders. I listen to their most popular song ‘Voodoo Child’ on repeat. For me it is a song that never gets old and will always be a favourite. I also come across a lot of fellow Whovians in the comments of this music video from when this song was featured in a Doctor Who episode.

#16 Debbie Harry:

I couldn’t miss Debbie Harry off this list. Most known for being part of the rock band Blondie. They pioneered early American new wave and punk scenes from the mid-late 70’s.

#17 Tina Root:

Tina Root is the vocalist of the band Switchblade Symphony who were prominent in the goth scene throughout the 90’s. As this is mostly an Alternative/Goth based blog I think it’s important to mention female vocalists who have had impact on the goth rock scene. Again, this is something that might not appeal to everyone, however, as this is the type of rock music I prefer to listen to, it’s worth a mention.

 

#18 Johnette Napolotano:

Johnette Napolotano is best known as the lead singer from American alternative rock band Concrete Blonde. Concrete Blonde built up their popularity in the 90’s with their top 20 singe ‘Joey’.

#19 Chibi:

Chibi is the lead singer of The Birthday Massacre, a band well known in the Goth scene. The Birthday Massacre’s musical style has been described as new wave revival, electronic rock, gothic rock, and dark wave. As an ongoing goth band and one with an amazing sound, Chibi deserved to be mentioned on my list.

#20 Theresa Jeane:

Last but definitely not least, Theresa Jeane is the lead sing from The Nearly Deads. I found this band a few months ago and have loved their music ever since. They appealed to me when I found their song lyrics relatable and was pleased to find they are rather interactive with their fans on social media. They quickly became one of my favourite alternative rock bands and I’m looking forward to seeing what their future in music will involve.

I think this list proves my point that women are totally capable of being successful rock singers. If you want to share your opinion on this debate or if I missed any of your favourite female rock singers off the list, then feel free to leave a comment. I’m open to discussions and hearing new music.

2017: My Gothic Year in Review

So after the soap-opera that my life was in 2016 (if you’re curious to find out about this let me know and I’ll do a few ‘story-time’ posts for you, although they will be verging on all round depressing topics), I hoped for some vast improvement in 2017.

Of course, there were highs and lows to the year (granted there were generally more low points) and I can’t say there was much improvement from 2016. However, I want to look back at the best that came from 2017 and step into the new year with optimism for a better year and greater things to come.

For this post I want to focus on all my favourite experiences and the best things that I lived through in 2017. I know in years time it will be great to look back and see all my best memories.

The Poland Trip:

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I was so amazed at how tiny and detailed the snow was there. I’m used to it falling in big clumps in England.
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January was still Christmas in Poland and it was bitterly cold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I kick-started my year off with a trip to Poland with my University. I really recommend people go there, because it wasn’t just a regular holiday. For me it was a learning experience and a really valuable insight into the past. I visited Auschwitz concentration camps, Schindler’s factory, and visited the Jewish Quarter. As well as having a guided tour around Krakow and meeting a holocaust survivor.

 

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Thank you Fed Ex Van for ruining my photo…

 

Mog On The Tyne:

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I visited my first cat cafe in Newcastle! I loved being surrounded by these adorable felines. It was brilliant to see the personalities of each individual cat from the cheeky one trying to steal our milkshakes to the shy one who would hide in a box and peek out at us. It is not just an experience for us, the money goes towards caring for these precious bundles of joy as they now live permanently in the cafe after being brought there from Rescue Homes.

Climbing Roseberry Topping:

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Seems like a simple task, but when you have the elements against you it’s a challenge. I had a really amazing day, my friend drove us all the way there and for a little while we thought we were going to be lost when we took a wrong turn and ended up on some farm land. It was a laugh trying to get up the hill, as it was so windy we thought we might die up there. My friend was freaking out saying “Lets go back down!” as even some big tough jogger gave up halfway. We did manage to make it to the top eventually, and rewarded ourselves when we got back down with some tasty parmo burgers.

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Still smiling even though we feared for our lives!
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Parmo Burgers

 

First Publication in the University Newspaper (Tside):

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I was pretty pleased with my article getting published and also creating awareness for the Gothic Subculture and Sophie Lancaster Foundation. It’s a great feeling to know someone enjoys your work and that it will be shared with others. Hopefully there will be more of my content getting publish as I continue towards finishing my Journalism degree and life as a student, and move on to finding a career.

 

 

New Piercing: 

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I was happy to get a new conch piercing. I had been debating it for a while and I can say that I’m happy I did. For those who aren’t aware the conch is the inner shell of your ear. This is my seventh ear piercing, I’ll go into more detail about the piercing and healing process in future posts.

 

 

 

Whitby Steampunk Weekend:

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My brother and I
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A renovated Volkswagen Type 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was the second year that this event has been run, however it was the first I had attended. I usually go to Whitby Goth Weekend every year, so I was interested to see how the Steampunk weekend would differ. I was surprised to find that there were a lot more photographers taking my picture. I felt more dressed down than usual and as a goth girl I didn’t really own anything I would class as ‘steampunk’. However, my style did seem to grab the attention of a lot of people as we developed quite a crowd round me and my brother as we stopped to pose with people. There were plenty of interesting stalls and although steampunk isn’t really my style, I would definitely attend again as I felt really welcome with other alternative people.

 

My First Goth Club:

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Celebrating with friends: James, Luke, Zack, myself, and Jade.

As my teenage years ended and I turned 20, there was conveniently a goth night called Contagion in one of our local clubs. I attended it with a bunch of friends to celebrate my birthday. This was the first goth club I ever attended and it didn’t disappoint. I was so pleased to finally be able to dance to my type of music and to be surrounded by beautiful like-minded people, who were welcoming and happy to start up a conversation with us. It was a great first experience and something that has persuaded me to attend more goth clubs in the future.

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I’m not the best of dancers but I try haha
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My friend Jade and myself

 

More Travelling:

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Pork Of Cork

I took a cruise with my Mam and Nanna visiting France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Gibraltar and Ireland. I loved visiting new towns and cities and it was fun spending quality time with my family. I made an amazing new friend on the ship, who I still keep in contact with through video calls. If you want to see many places in a short space of time then I recommend taking a cruise. It’s so exciting to wake up to a new destination everyday. By far my favourite place was Ireland, I loved seeing Dublin and Cohb and it’s somewhere I’d love to go back to and explore for longer.

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Me in the caves on Portimao beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Hairstyle:

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I’ve had a few hair changes the past couple of years and I never expected to do this, but I did. I decided to get a full fringe cut in. A lot of people were telling me not to do this as its hard for this hairstyle to suit people. But I can say that I do love the way it looks on me and I’m planning on keep my fringe this way for a while as I continue to try and regrow the rest of my hair long again. I think with all the changes made to my life, it’s nice to see a change in myself too.

So there we have it – some of my favourite moments from 2017!

Of course, I cannot forget all the new friends I have made. For a long time I was feeling lonely and, as cheesy as it may sound, they came into my life and helped to brighten it. I want to thank them for sticking around through my struggles, making me laugh, and helping create new experiences and happy memories throughout this year.

Also, the fact that 2017 was the birth of this new blog! It’s only in is early stages, but I’m loving sharing my opinions and stories with you all and I love the interaction I get from you, so thank you to all the people who read, comment and follow my blog, it means a lot to me.

If you have any experiences from 2017 that you want to share then please leave some comments, I’d love to hear your stories too.

Here’s to 2018, hope it’s a Spooktacular New Year!

 

24 Common Goth Problems

I really enjoyed writing my ‘What Not To Say To Goths’ post, so I thought I would do another humorous list of things goths go through. Here’s my 24 goth problems:

 

  • Getting a tan when you want to look like death himself.

 

  • Not being able to wear fishnet in the sun in case you get tan lines

 

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  • Introducing your music to people and they find it ‘scary’.

 

  • When you have to use touch alone to find a specific t-shirt because everything is in your wardrobe is black.

 

  • When you think its black, but it turns out to be navy.

 

  • Getting mistaken for an emo.

 

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  • Spilling white powder on your black clothes.

 

  • Black lipstick never staying put.

 

  • When your shades of black don’t match.

 

  • When goth becomes a mainstream trend and people who picked on you for dressing this way start wearing it because its cool.

 

  • When people think you are wearing a costume and ask what the occasion is.

 

  • Not knowing where the other goths are hiding at.

 

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  • When people assume you are confident because the way you dress draws attention.

 

  • When you try to have big hair but it just wants to stay flat.

 

  • Trying to DIY your fave band shirt without ruining it.

 

  • Summer being too hot to wear black.

 

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  • Having brown roots until you re-dye your hair.

 

  • People thinking you are morbid for wanting to walk through the graveyard.

 

  • When you buy something colourful and you spend the day having everyone point it out.

 

  • Goth brands being too expensive.

 

  • People looking shocked if you do something nice like holding a door for them.

 

  • Security following you around a store.

 

  • Black dye transferring from your clothes onto your skin.

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  • Feeling bald without your eyeliner.

 

Let me know any others you have below!

What Not To Say To Goths

So I thought I’d do something a bit fun and light-hearted based on the daft comments I receive regularly for being a goth. Over the years I’ve learnt not to take things people say too seriously, usually people don’t mean any harm by it.

Here’s some of the regular comments I receive and my thoughts on them:

“Oh, I went through a Goth phase. You’ll grow out of that.”

It’s not a phase, it’s a way of life. Do not try to tell me what I will or won’t be interested in. Goth is not just for teens, there are plenty of Elder Goths out there!

“When are you going to stop dyeing your hair?”

Also anything along the lines of changing my hair can be annoying. I often get comments like “If you keep dying it then it will fall out…Your natural hair was such a lovely colour…don’t get it cut like that it will look ridiculous.” It’s my hair so I’ll do what I want with it, the way I look has no impact on anyone else. If I decide to shave my head tomorrow then why is it anyone else’s concern? It will grow back, if not I’ll buy a wig…

“Don’t get that pierced/tattooed.”

I find these types of comments usually come from concerned family members. I’m a girl with 7 ear piercings and I’ve been told if I get more piercings then I’m going to ‘overdo it’. In the past I was going to get a septum piercing to which I was told it would look like a ‘bull ring’ in my nose.

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Old photo of me with a fake septum ring

I also have a few tattoo ideas lined up, to which I’ve been told “You’ll look common” or “People won’t want to hire you for a job”. Sometimes they are worried for my safety, and try to talk me out of it by telling me all the possible infections I could get. But usually their reasons are just superficial. But as most goths know, we don’t look like this to please other people. We choose to look like this because it makes us happy.

“Don’t wear that, it looks boyish”

I’m sure goth guys also get the opposite with people telling them they look ‘too feminine’. I’ve personally been told not to wear certain things because they don’t look flattering enough. One time I was told not to wear a pair of my favourite shoes to a family event because they were ‘too boyish’. News flash: I don’t want to look girly! I don’t care about which gender my clothes were ‘meant’ for, I wear them because I love them.

“You’d look so much prettier without all that makeup”

I think this applies to everyone, not just goths in particular. I don’t wear makeup to look pretty. I wear it because I feel it completes my outfit, I like being creative, and most importantly I enjoy wearing it and the way it makes me feel. It also annoys me when people assume you are wearing it to impress someone. Just no! I’m not going to change who I am for other people, so why would I put makeup on for the sake of them? I wear it because once again it’s a thing that makes me happy!

“Are you into BDSM?”

Please, please, please stop asking us this! First of all, I’m not going to answer that. Secondly, a person being goth doesn’t determine whether they are ‘kinky’ in the bedroom or not.

“It’s not Halloween yet”

Well, Ministry would seem to disagree with you there…

This one is just a classic. For some reason people seem to think they are being funny and have thought up a really clever original phrase to say to us. Nope, I’ve heard this one tonnes of times before. If anyone knows when Halloween is then it’s me.

“Who’s funeral is it?”

Yours…

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There was a brilliant quote being spread round the internet: “If you can dress like this without going to a yoga class, I can dress like this without going to a funeral.” That pretty much sums up my thoughts on this comment.

“Are those your real eyes?”

This may sound like common sense, but honestly some people genuinely believe that bright red contact lenses are my normal eye colour…

“You look so scary”

Sometimes I will actually take this as a compliment, makes me feel like I’ve reached full goth potential!

 

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“You look dead”

Well I am a future corpse…

“You should get a tan, you look so pale and sickly”

Believe it or not I don’t want to risk skin cancer or to end up looking like an oompa loompa, so thanks but I think I’ll stick to my ghostly complexion.

“GOTH!”

I’ve never understood why people feel the need to shout this at me. Yes, I know I am a goth, well done for noticing 👏. I don’t take the word as an insult, it was my intention.

“Look its a vampire!”

I wish I was that awesome!

*Insert sarcastic voice* “Where did you get your coat from?”

Questions are fine so long as you are genuinely interested. But otherwise I don’t see the point in asking. This seems to be a thing chavvy teens love to do. Best one I’ve heard yet was: “Where’d you get your bag from? Toys R us?”. Personally I wish Toys R Us sold goth accessories, it’d be a lot easier to shop!

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My coffin bag

“There’s holes in your jeans”

Thanks for pointing that out, I never noticed that when I bought them…

“Do you worship the devil?”

This is unfortunately a stereotype that comes with being a goth. I’ve had people genuinely ask me if goth is a satanic thing out of pure curiosity. Just to clarify, not all goths are Satan worshippers! Goths can be any religion, just like anyone else.

“Do you cut yourself?”

Hold your horses! Firstly, you should never ask something this personal to anyone, mental health is no joke! Secondly, the stereotype that all goths are depressed is so wrong. We don’t dress in black and listen to this sort of music because we are all mopey. Honestly, if I were to stop being goth I’d be even more miserable, expressing myself in this way makes me happy.

“You have terrible music taste”

I could say the same to you. Everyone has their own taste, just because we don’t listen to mainstream tunes on the radio doesn’t mean my music is any less enjoyable than yours.

I hope you enjoyed these and maybe got a laugh out of some of my experiences. If you have any others, please share them in the comments!

 

 

Music Recommendation: I Don’t Know How But They Found Me

I’m always so excited when I find a new band I love and desperate to share my enjoyment of their music with other people.

So when a new song, ‘Choke’ by I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, appeared in my recommended on YouTube, I was more than willing to give it a listen.

The thumbnail stood out to me, as it had what looked like a skull but the artwork reminded me of that on Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ album cover – two things which strongly appealed to my gothic nature.

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Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

The band itself is an indie rock duo composed of vocalist and bassist Dallon Weekes, formerly of The Brobecks and Panic! At the Disco (another band which I love!). Also, drummer Ryan Seaman, formerly of Falling in Reverse.

The band name I Don’t Know How But They Found Me is a line taken from the 1985 sci-fi film Back To The Future, and so the release date (26th October) of this song is a direct reference to the film as it is the date Doc Brown and Marty McFly intended to travel to in 2010.

This is the second single in a project inspired by a series of 1980-90’s talent shows that Weekes discovered.

Weekes said that ‘Choke’ was written to describe how disenchanted he had become in Los Angeles. He said that he loved the place, but the culture was hard to navigate as he didn’t fit in so it never felt like home.

Listen to the singe here:

Mercury Introduces New Band: SVNGALI

I caught up with Mercury, one of the members of this exciting new group, SVNGALI to find out a little bit more about them and their music…

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They are a three piece experimental English band with members: Mercury as the guitarist, keyboardist, as well as working on the production and recording. Singer, rapper, and bassist Matty. Also, art director and drummer Maz.

SVNGALI started out as a two piece band in 2015, under the name ‘Svengali’ before disbanding in 2016 leaving Mercury as a solo artist. In 2017, Mercury recruited Maz as an art manager, and later asked Matty to record and guest vocals, but both ended up becoming full time members.

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SVNGALI’s Logo

How did you come up with your band name?

“SVNGALI is a stylised version of ‘Svengali’ which is a character from the novel ‘Trilby’, who controls musicians to give them talent in return for essentially their souls.”

What made you want to start making music?

“I’ve been wanting to make music since I was about 13. I’ve been in and out of bands my entire life, but I’ve never really clicked with any of the members the way I do with these guys.

“The exact moment I knew what I wanted to do was in 2010 when I saw the music video for Slipknot’s ‘Psychosocial’ and I discovered metal music for the first time. The other members had a more casual interest in becoming musicians.

“We started talking about forming a and when I heard Matty talking about how he wanted to start buying equipment and I offered him usage of my home studio. After that we just kept working together.”

Are there any musicians that are your icons or influenced your music?

“The current album is heavily inspired by ‘Hollywood Undead’, ‘Blackbear’, but we also have a single coming out that draws heavy inspiration from ‘Gojira’ and ‘Slipknot’. We have a very wide range of influences from indie, to hip hop, to heavy metal and we want to put all of that across in our music.”

How would you describe your music?

“Well :mainframeghost: which is our first EP is a concept album about a God who is trying to invent life, but when they actually succeed humanity stops believing in them. The God had to decide whether to destroy them or let it happen.

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Is there anything you do to help rejuvenate your creativity?

“I’m in film school and have produced an award winning documentary. Matty acts and makes films too, and Maz is a photographer who prints and sells her work. We also all really enjoy video games and me and Matty both skate. We tend to spend our time together going on ‘adventures’, watching Netflix, listening to music and going to gigs.”

Is there anywhere you would have performed or would like to perform?

“We haven’t started plying gigs yet, but my absolute dream would be to play at Download Festival with a set made of some of our heavier songs. We’d also love to play alongside some of the acts that have inspired us – opening for them or being on the same stage at a festival is the dream.”

Which of your songs are your favourite or you would recommend people listen to first?

“Pry ft Hungry Lights is going to be a fan favourite, we can already tell. And idontwant2bhere is our current favourite off the album.”

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What are your greatest challenges?

“Challenges have really been getting around the fact that I’ve moved away from Middlesbrough. I’m the one with the studio, so I’ve been producing all the songs, but it’s been a problem when it comes to writing and recording vocals. We’ve had a few technical difficulties…such as my computer screen blowing up while I was trying to record – it was terrifying!”

What are your plans for the future?

“We have plans to release an EP in February 2018, a music video in March, a second EP later in the same year and a cover at some point.

“In the long run we intend to release many full length albums, play gigs, and release merchandise. We really just want to grow our fanbase to the point that we are able to do this full time.”

Where can people gain access to your music?

“When the EP comes out, it will initially be on Bandcamp and after a few weeks it’ll be available on YouTube, iTunes and Spotify – all the usual places to go for music.”

Is there anything else you would like people to know about your band?

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“Well Matty will definitely want me to plug his Twitter page, it’s ‘@MattyTehKid.

“Also, would like to credit the main people that have helped me a lot, Hungry Lights (Justin Bonitz) and Miracle of Sound (Gavin Dunne), who are both established musicians who have been gicing me little bits of advice and generally supported me.

“Also, I’m doing a few remixes for other bands, which all revenue from will go to a currently undecided charity.”

 

 

 

You can follow SVNGALI on Facebook and Instagram.

You can listen to the instrumentals of ‘Parable’ and ‘idontwant2bhere’ from SVNGALI’s upcoming debut EP :mainframeghost: HERE.

 

Halloween Makeup Haul – First Impressions

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A whole bunch of MUA and Revolution makeup I got in October

So I was intending to save up my student loan and not go on a spending spree, but with the Halloween period being the best time to buy all-things goth, I couldn’t help myself.

I figured why not treat myself – my excuse being that October is ‘Gothmas’.

Every year I get so excited by the vast array of creepy and dark decor, make-up, clothing and jewellery all round the shops.

Honestly this year I was a little disappointed, as I didn’t see many items of clothing around, I at least expected a couple of Primark t-shirts, alas there were none.

I did, however, manage bag myself a couple of pieces of jewellery which I will happily show off in another post.

I think the most interesting Halloween items this year were TK Maxx’s home decor. But with me not being a home owner yet, there was little I could purchase. But I did get some great inspiration for when I do get my own place in future, for now I’ve just stuck to getting a few candles for my bedroom.

As you can imagine, I get pretty excited whenever I find the Halloween section in a store.

So I went in Superdrug, after purchasing ‘MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer – Panache’, only intending to buy another one of these matte liquid lipsticks, but in the shade ‘Splash’.

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MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers (in shades Panache and Splash) – £3 each

However I came out with 6 other make-up products.

I was freaking out when I found a Halloween make-up section and had to persuade myself to only buy a few of the items and not the whole lot.

So without further ado, here are the products I bought and my first impression:

MUA Luxe Velvet Matte Metallic Lip Lacquer – £3

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I bought these liquid lipsticks in three different shades to try out: Purple, Green and Black. I loved the way they were shimmery and glittery in the light. They aren’t your everyday wearable colours, but I wanted something bold that I could get creative with. I did try these on my lips to test them out, but not for a prolonged period. I found that the green one was particularly more drying the the others on the lip. So far all the liquid lipsticks I have tried (not just this brand) seem uncomfortable for me. It might just be because I tend to be more of a lip-balm kind of girl, so I hate that dried up feeling. It’s going to have to be something where I test out other brands to see if I find one comfortable enough.

Obviously these are cheaper drug store brands, so I wasn’t expecting anything amazing. I was very impressed with the colours, however I found the metallic colours crumble away more on the inside of the lip than the plain matte ones I had previously tried. However, when it comes to washing them off, I used a baby-wipe and found that previously the matte versions of Panache and Splash wiped off pretty easily, whereas the metallic shades take a lot more scrubbing.

I’m pretty happy with these colours however, I don’t think these are something I will be wearing regularly on my lips. My plan for these is to do some more creative artsy eye looks with them, because they only tend to crumble on the lips. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you should check out Drac Maken’s YouTube channel. She regularly uses liquid lipsticks for her eye art pieces and they always turn out amazing.

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Liquid Lipstick swatches: First 3 from the Metallic range, last two are from the matte range in colours Splash and Panache

MUA Shimmer Highlight Powder (Aqua Shine) – £3:

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I already own two MUA highlighters and I’ve been pretty impressed with their quality for the price, so I thought I’d get a new one. This time I went for this really bold metallic blue colour. Again, this is not something wearable for everyday, but will definitely come in handy for some more creative looks or even as an eye-shadow.  It has a good pigment and definitely highlights as the shimmer to this really stands out. Their highlighters are definitely something I would recommend if you are looking for some good quality, but cheap drugstore brands.

Revolution Ghost Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter – £3:

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This has got to be my favourite make-up purchases. I love everything about this product! First of all, the skull print within the powder got me so excited – it’s so cute I almost didn’t want to touch it in case I ruined it. At first glance it looks like a white base with gold tint to it. However, when applied to the cheeks and viewed in the light you can see these stunning pink shimmers. It’s the perfect glow for any ghoul! The pigment has just the right balance, not too pale that you have to apply loads and not too strong that you look like an instant ball of light. I have been using this as my everyday highlighter since and I’m still really impressed with it.

Revolution Ghost Sculpt – £2:

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This is a product I got super excited about when I first saw it. I’m already really pale in complexion, so I find that when I buy contour palettes they always look too orange-toned for my skin and don’t look right. I took to trying to use black eye-shadows to create a light grey contour, however this was never easy when the eye-shadow palettes were so small and highly pigmented. So when I found this I knew I had to try it out.

When it comes to the white-powder side I wasn’t that impressed. I was hoping it would work well as a highlight or at least make my face more ghostly white, however, I found it just blends into my natural skin tone (granted this could be because I’m already as white as a sheet!). However, if you are looking for a good translucent powder this would be it.

When it came to the black-powder side, I applied it way too heavy! This product has some strong pigment, so I’d say use it carefully otherwise the contour can end up looking way too dark. Obviously this was intended for dramatic Halloween looks. I’m pretty happy with this product and again I use this as my everyday contour, it’s just something I find I have to be very careful over how much product is on the brush and do a lot of blending to make it look natural. I will be continuing to use this though and would buy it again. If you was those heavily contoured cheekbones, this will definitely do the trick.

So that’s all the makeup I got in October. I hope everyone had an awesome Halloween, let me know what you did to celebrate or any of your spooky finds in the comments.

 

7 Movies You Should Watch on Halloween

Grab the popcorn, dim the lights, get dressed up in your spookiest costume and get ready to watch some of the best films suited for Halloween.

I have compiled a list of some of my favourite movies suitable for Halloween, excluding horrors because they are too obvious and there are so many I think they need a list of their own.

I have chosen a range of genres, some animated, a little bit of romance, and some comedic films that are a must see.

Here are my top choices – if there’s something you love watching at Halloween let me know in the comments.

#1 The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington is beloved and admired by all the townsfolk, in Halloweentown. However, he gets bored of his annual job of frightening people once every year. He goes on an adventure and finds himself in Christmastown. He is amazed by how different their celebrations are and decides to take the lead and influence the rest of his town to join him in making their own Christmas. Unfortunately, with the town being full of ghosts and ghouls, this won’t be any ordinary Christmas and things go horribly wrong.

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Why you should watch it: This Tim Burton film may have ‘Christmas’ in the title, but I reckon it is perfect for Halloween. It is an animated dark fantasy film, and also features some of the best Halloween music there is, such as ‘This Is Halloween’. (If you think that’s awesome, you should check out Marilyn Manson’s cover of it!) The film features all sorts of monsters, so it is definitely suitable for this spooky season.  They also don’t hold back on the macabre and violence, given that the main character is dead, other characters body parts falling off, and the whole town is gloomy and creepy, I think this film is perfect for lovers of the darker side of life – even if it isn’t a full blown horror movie.

#2 Hocus Pocus

After moving to Salem, Max Dennison has to take his little sister Dani out trick or treating. He comes across his school crush, Allison, and tries to impress her by taking her to the abandoned witches house. He dismisses Allison’s superstitions and lights the black candle, returning the three witches back to life. They have till sunrise to stop the witches from stealing children’s souls or else the witches will return for good and become immortal.

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Photo from http://disney.co.uk/

Why you should watch it: I mentioned this film in my previous post about Halloween costumes and I will probably continue to mention this film over and over, because I just can’t get enough of it. This is a Disney film I used to watch and love as a child and I still think it it brilliant to this day. It is full of hilarious silly moments, but also contains some heartfelt scenes dotted throughout. The film also features two stunning musical numbers from the witches. I think this film is so fun I would watch it any time of the year, not just Halloween.

 

 

#3 Monster House

This is a comedic animated film about three friends who are aware that their neighbouring house is actually alive and wants to kill them. Of course no adults believe them, and with Halloween approaching they must find a way to stop it before any trick-or-treaters come to a ghastly end.

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Why you should watch it: Monster House features memorable voices that fit the characters perfectly. The animations have so much personality you feel like you may as well be watching real people. The film also has a clever story line and the characters are all relatable and funny.

#4 The Craft

When Sarah transfers to a new school, she finds she isn’t the only one with supernatural abilities. Three other classmates happen to be looking for a fourth witch to help them with their rituals. When minor spells get out of hand the three witches start to go power-mad and turn on Sarah so she must find a way to stop them.

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Why you should watch it: Even if you haven’t seen the film, it’s more than likely that you’ve come across one of the main characters Nancy Downs and the quote “We are the weirdos, mister” somewhere on your travels across Tumblr. Nancy is one of those ‘goth-goal’ type characters. Other than how much this character appeals to me, its also got a pretty great story line, and has some accurate references to Wiccan practices.

#5 Zombieland

After a virus turns most of the world into zombies, cowardly Columbus is forced to join up with zombie slayer Tallahassee in order to survive the apocalypse. As Tallahassee is on a mission to find the last Twinkie on Earth, they come across two girls who have some unorthodox ways of surviving. At first they are reluctant to join forces, but the four survivors create an unlikely alliance to attempt to survive as they make their way to a rumoured safe-haven in Los Angeles.

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Why you should watch it: This film plays well with the humour, based around Columbus’s emotional frigidity and fear of social contact. These disabilities which would have held him back in normal society are now exactly what is needed to stay alive. A very ridiculous film which is also a treat.

 

#6 Warm Bodies

An unusual zombie, named R, is out hunting for his next brain when he sees a living woman, Julie, and rescues her. Julie sees R is not like the other zombies and they start to form a bond. R starts to become more and more human bringing hope for a change to the lifeless world they know.

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Why you should watch it: This film appeals to me in so many ways. For one, I have a slight obsession with zombies. Two, its got a love story to it and I can’t help being a little soppy and enjoying a romance film. Three, the main character is played by the Nicholas Hoult, and not going to lie…he looks pretty hot as a zombie! Also, I totally recommend reading the book at some point as the story line differs slightly and I found the comedy stands out a lot more in the book.

 

 

 

 

 

#7 The Sixth Sense

The child, Cole Sear, is haunted by a dark secret – he can see ghosts. He is frightened by the visits from the dead who have unresolved problems. He tells his psychologist, Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) that he can ‘see dead people’. Dr Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole’s supernatural abilities, but in the process he learns something far worse.

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Why you should watch it: Of course I had to include a film with ghosts in this list as I adore anything supernatural and this is one you must see! This movie is definitely one of my all time favourites. Even if you already know the shocking twist at the end, it is still worth a watch. It also has some brilliant acting and watching the bond between Cole and Dr Crowe develop is very sweet to watch.

 

 

 

5 Spooky Film and TV Inspired BFF Halloween Costumes

‘Everyday is Halloween, isn’t it? For some of us…’ I would definitely agree with Tim Burton on this one. So when you are already spooky all year round it can be a difficult choice to decide what costume to dress in that differs from anything you wear normally.

There are so many costume ideas sometimes I don’t know where to begin. Should you dress as a vampire? Love zombies? Or just cut two holes in a sheet and be a ghost?

If you want to get your best friend involved in your costume, there can be even more creative choices.

Couples costumes can be cringe-worthy, but choosing spooky Halloween costumes with your best friend to creep everyone out can be a lot of fun. You could even get a whole group of friends involved.

So I have compiled a list of my favourite Halloween costumes inspired by spooky movies and television programmes.

#1 Sweeney and Mrs Lovett:

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Sweeney Todd the demon barber and Mrs Lovett, his pie-making accomplice of Fleet Street make a fearsome pair. Sweeney Todd is know for slitting the throats of his customers. With his signature white-streak in his hair, gaunt complexion, blood stained shirt and cut-throat razors, Sweeney Todd makes for a great Halloween costume. It is arguable that Mrs Lovett is even more deranged, driving Sweeney Todd to madness by lying to him about his wife’s death and coming up with the plan to hide their victims in her pies. Mrs Lovett’s clothing features Victorian Dress, curled hair, and could also be seen carrying a rolling pin or pies. Pair these two costumes together to create your own serial killing duo.

 

 

#2 Beetlejuice and Lydia Deetz:

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It is one of my favourite Tim Burton movies so I had to include this pair on my list. Betelguese (pronounced Beetlejuice) is the crude ‘bio-exorcist’ ghost that wreaks havoc when he promises to rid the original deceased tenants, The Maitlands, of their homes new living residents. He has an iconic look with his crazy hair and striped suit. Lydia Deetz is every goth-girls goals. Lydia is ‘strange and unusual’ and loves anything pertaining to the supernatural. She is shown having jet black hair with parted bangs, a large hat, dressing all in black and carrying a camera. I think these make a fun pair and have such distinctive personalities that they would make brilliant characters if you wanted to add a little acting to your Halloween night.

 

 

 

 

 

#3 The Sanderson Sisters:

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I love watching this film, Hocus Pocus, every Halloween. These three witches make such great comedic spooky characters. When I was a child I wanted to grow up to be Sarah, portrayed as the most beautiful, with a sadistic sense of humour and kind of an airhead. She is a fun, lovable character who uses her singing voice to lure children back to their home. She is shown having long blonde wavy hair, wearing a tight fitted dress with lace sleeves, and when outside wears a purple cloak. Winifred is the main antagonist, who sold her soul to Satan, she is highly dramatic and vain. She keeps her other two sisters in line and uses them both to help her gain the souls of children, so she can stay young forever. Her most striking feature is her fiery red hair in a curled bouffant style. She wears a green dress, is eyebrow-less, has claw like fingers, and wears uniquely shaped red lipstick. Mary Sanderson is the third of the sisters, and is always trying her best to please Winifred. Mary is not the most cunning or intelligent, but she has a powerful sense of smell that she uses to help track down the children. Mary has dark hair twisted into a distinctive shape to look like a witches hat, wears red robes, has a mole on the side of her nose and has a habit of biting her lip. These three would make a great Halloween costume if you have two other friends you know would love to dress as these witches.

 

#4 Joker and Harley Quinn:

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This one has gained some popularity since the Suicide Squad movie was released. However, I still always wanted to dress up as Harley Quinn at Halloween, so why not partner the costume with The Joker? Harley Quinn has appeared differently across films, television series, comics and games, so you could also take inspiration from elsewhere and put your own spin on it. She is most known for her red and black outfit and gag-themed weaponry. The Joker can also look pretty terrifying with his white makeup, huge red smile, green hair and purple suit.

 

 

 

 

#5 Doctor Who and Monsters:

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My final choice for this comes from my favourite time traveller, The Doctor. This Halloween costume could have so much choice with twelve ‘official’ doctors to choose from, and also a range of villains and monsters. This offers endless possible costumes for groups of friends. There are even many Tardis outfits online if you want to dress as the time machine herself. One of my favourite monsters is the Weeping Angels, it would definitely have all eyes on you…they just got to make sure they ‘don’t blink’.

Hope this helped with some inspiration for Halloween. If you try out any of these looks please share them to our Facebook page, I’d love to see what you guys come up with.

 

 

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