is an evolution
Unsurprisingly, this is one of the primary genres associated with Goths
, along with Industrial
, Dark Wave
and Gothic Metal
and sometimes emo music
(in the case of the more goth influenced ones like AFI
, aiden, and My Chemical Romance
The basic musical features of the genre are having monotone and gloomy vocals, dark subject matter, melodies carried by the bass guitar, the electric guitar being used often as "just another instrument" rather than the dominant instrument, sparse percussion, and (often) use of synthesizers.
As an evolution of Post-Punk
, Goth Rock
's essential features were codified
by the Post-Punk
artists. What differentiates Goth from Post-Punk
is a more theatrical style (and arguably more Glam Rock
influence) and (most of the time) more elaborate songs with more frequent use of electronics. The theatrical style, with its connotations of artificiality, resulted in a situation where most of the bands closely identified with Goth vehemently denied being Goth bands, notably The Cure
and The Sisters Of Mercy
The Trope Namer
was the Manager of the band Joy Division
, when he described their music as 'gothic' to the music press.
Arguably, the Trope Codifier
for the genre is one specific song: "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus
. All the primary elements of Goth Rock
are there: sparse drumming, guitars used for texture rather than being the dominant instrument, the bass guitar carrying the melody, dark lyrics, monotone vocals, and lots of reverb on everything.
See also: Dark Wave
- The Damned - Helped pave the way with a theatrical vampire lead singer and the name of the band itself. Mixed gothic stylings with hard rock and then later became a full-on Goth Rock band themselves)
- The Cramps - Similarly dark and theatrical, but with a distinct 50s kitsch feel)
- The Church
- Joy Division (Trope Namer)
- Killing Joke - started out as abrasive post-punk that started taking a gothic direction on Revelations and became a full-fledged gothic act on Fire Dances, though they moved out of this and towards industrial rock with Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions.
- Echo & the Bunnymen
- The Birthday Party - Although they disliked the term 'gothic', they were very influential on death rock bands, and members formed bands that are definitely gothic-leaning. They're fairly popular in the goth scene, too.
- The Gun Club
- The Smiths
- Adam And The Ants - Adam Ant was a big influence on gothic fashion, and Dirk Wears White Sox, while not a gothic rock album, had a lot of musical elements that gothic acts would later pick up on.
First Wave Goth Rock
Second Wave Goth Rock and Batcave
Third Wave Goth Rock
Contemporary Goth Rock
Goth Americana/Gothabilly (i.e. Goth Rock mixed with Alternative Country)