Amerikafka

by The Hiram Key

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about

Formed out of a disliking of what the Goth scene had evolved in to, the Hiram Key set out to cure the genre with music that they themselves wanted to listen to. It was not purely a selfish motive, as part of their masterplan is to show the teeny-marker-pen-goths how to wear their make up properly and, more importantly, how to play REAL instruments. The English Indochine?
Akin to a gothic Travelling Wilburys, the Hiram Key consists of Gary Clarke (ex-Nosferatu), Darren Bottrill (ex Cureheads) Irish Dave(ex-Killing Miranda), Roi Robertson (on loan from his Mechanical Cabaret), and Belle Star (Nosferatu/Killing Miranda). With influences such as Bowie, Placebo, The Cure, Bauhaus, the Psychedelic Furs, Gary Numan, and Joy Division, these chaps have surely drunken from the right cup to then spill out their own brand of goth. With songs such as 'This Train' and 'Solomon's Tears', the Hiram Key display carefully thought out tunes, though far from being contrived and stale, which will keep the listening boogying in their black boots around homes and venues worldwide. In my mind I hear Ian McCulloch impersonating Bowie to a backing of the Cure meets (a more dynamic) Sisters of Mercy.
February 14th this year see them release their 'Horocrux EP', with 4 tracks remixed by Luxury Stranger, the Last Cry, and two special 'old skool goth' names. After a tour in europe with IKON, a performance on german WGT festival, and a tour in the US with Strap In Halo, the debut album „Amerikafka“, which features a track with Lol Tolhurst, is going to be released in autumn this year through ECHOZONE.
The album contains three bonus tracks and a full colour booklet containing the artwork of Chilena artist Jessica Suarez.

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released May 15, 2013

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ECHOZONE is a music label for independent music and covers a wide range of styles between electronic, ambient, gothic, wave to rock and metal influences. The label was founded in 2005 and is a division of BOB-MEDIA company. ECHOZONE offers label management, marketing, promotion, distribution and in combination with BOB-MEDIA's licensing, publishing, booking and video production departments. ... more

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