Live at Monstercade with Solemn Shapes and Mauve Angeles!
Monstercade, 204 West Acadia Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC
THE TOMB OF NICK CAGE from New Orleans is on tour for their 2nd full length album, CRYPTIDS and CREATURES!Industrial Sequencer Witches SOLEMN SHAPES will be supporting, along with the magical beast, MAUVE ANGELES.The Tomb of Nick CageParanormal Horror Rock meets New Wave. Old world horror for the new world order.www.thetombofnickcage.comSolemn ShapesDarkwave/ElectrohorrorSomewhere between a soundtrack of 80's horror movies & dark dance floor tracks in the dead of night.solemnshapes.bandcamp.comMauve AngelesLo-fi escapism from singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Eric Gilstrap of Spirit System, Telltale & Elevator Actionhttps://mauveangeles.bandcamp.com/releasesDoors at 8, show at 9$7
Live at The Pour House with Solemn Shapes and Eyeball
The Pour House Music Hall, 224 S. Blount St., Raleigh, NC
A night of jamming out to psychedelic rock, horror rock, and dark electronica!EYEBALL is a collective of beings from Raleigh, NC who use guitars, drums, synthesizers, effects, noise, and feedback to conjure up their own brand of psychedelic neo-space rock.Formed in 2015 by drummer Trey McLamb and guitarist Myriam Martian through a mutual interest in art and music, the two began exploring effects-driven music combined with lyrical themes of mysticism, biology, science and astronomy. They were soon joined by bassist Brian Oaksford and keyboardist Aaron Albrecht.They have released two videos directed by Josh Sokal, “Acid War” and the music-film “Inside The Moon” as well the 4-song EP produced by Jeff Eacho titled “Paradox of Eternal Limits”.https://eyeball-band.com/From The Tomb of Nick Cage- We are an engaging and theatrical Horror Rock / New Wave, Metal and Deathrock band from New Orleans! Inspired by the mysterious Tomb of Nicolas Cage that now sits in historic St. Louis #1, we began to wonder if there were secrets behind this mysterious pyramid, and began to speculate on its strange origin. This led us down a path we never expected - filled with conspiracy theories, horror and secret societies as old as time itself. Started by Melissa (Kym Trailz) as a musical scoring project for a local short horror film, the band grew quickly into a fully realized concept.In our short years together, we have begun traveling the convention and dark music festival circuit (The International Cryptozoology Conference 2018, Nola Time Fest, Creepy Fest, Pensacon and Convergence XXII -where we held court over the worlds first live band GOTHIC karaoke- to just name a few.) we have been noticed by media outlets both locally and overseas, performed a secret, elite show and ritual with the almighty Chewbaccus marching krewe and have continued our pursuit of the mysterious Illuminati, hoping to draw them into the public eye with our sonic lures.http://www.thetombofnickcage.com/Solemn Shapes is a North American electronic band based in Charlotte, NC whose music ranges from dark electronica to the industrial and experimental genres. The band performs a live blend of electronic music with synthesizers, samplers and drum machines to create dark distorted beats, vocal/sample effects and warped synth tones which evoke a haunting, psychedelic vibe. Solemn Shapes is currently in the studio finishing tracks for an EP to be released literally any minute.https://solemnshapes.bandcamp.com/
The Tomb of Nick Cage
Every now and then a band with a unique perspective and a fresh take on a scene comes out of our city. Right now, that band is the up-and-coming The Tomb of Nick Cage. After rocking out with the popular ska band Local Skank, lead singer and visionary Melissa Crory wanted to create something edgy, stylish, and fun to watch. With the help of an incredibly solid band who can hold their own easily, they seem poised to become a local favorite. Take my word for it: you want to see this band on stage. If you’re into immediate spooky punk with a 1980s horror film backdrop, these guys (and gal) are for you. I believe they’re going to be energizing crowds for a long time. New Orleans, you’ve been warned! The Tomb of Nick Cage is real, and it’s awesome.
WYAT: What’s your approach or state of mind when you start to write a song? What fuels the flame?
Crory: We love horror movies, conspiracy theories and dark, edgy rock and roll that you can dance to. Sometimes I’ll write a dark keyboard part, loop it, take a movie I like and sit in my room until the inspiration comes. I wrote “Nightbreed” when I woke up from a dream with the melody and refrain in my head.
WYAT: If you could describe your music in 10 words or less, what would you say?
Crory: Old World Horror for the New World Order.
WYAT: So, you’ve named your band after a real monument here in the city. What does the Tomb of Nick Cage actually look like?
Crory: It kind of looks like a white miniature of the Luxor Hotel in Vegas. It’s totally out of place in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, which is what makes it so amazing. Everything from the spooky inscription of “Omni Ab Uno,” to the sheer size of it, to its location close to the same latitude line as the pyramids near Cairo, Egypt, are on is shrouded in mystery and speculation. I love it.
WYAT: What concepts were most important when thinking of the style and face of the band?
Crory: I wanted to recreate a 1980s type feel. I love post-punk as well as the styles of punk rockers in the 1970s. Vivienne Westwood still inspires me, as does the Visual Kei movement in Japan.
WYAT: If you could play with any living band, who would it be and why?
Crory: Personally, Alice Cooper. I love bands with a stage vision that just like to have fun. I’d like to start playing with other horror punk bands from all over the world. I get a kick out of seeing what their interpretation of the genre is. One common thread they all seem to have is that they are supportive and happy. That seems against type, but how can you be angry when you are having this much fun?
WYAT: I watched your video for “Nightbreed” and a few of the things that stand out to me are the black and green costumes, the static background and the various scenes filmed in the rubble of a home. What went into the making of the music video?
Crory: We wanted to recreate the decayed look of a 1980s film and a post-punk aesthetic without losing our own individual style. Lewis D’Aubin filmed, directed and edited it with a like-minded vision. He “got it” immediately. I wanted to suggest outcast status and solidarity to go with the theme of the song, and keep a smirk on my face at the same time. I don’t think I can ever play anything straight. This project is about fun, engaging our audience and putting on a great show.
WYAT: Where would you like to see The Tomb of Nick Cage in the next two years?
Crory: Japan, Germany, Russia, the Caribbean—anywhere with a beach, a mountain, castles or exotic food. Traveling is my favorite thing to do in the whole world, so I’m going to answer that question literally.
- Landon Murray
Track Listing1) Vampire’s Kiss2) Nightbreed3) Tub Of Blood4) Wickerman
It seems rarely does a week go by that a new horrorpunk band crosses paths with The Deadhouse, and unless you are a completely horrible person with terrible taste in music, this is a damned great thing. One of the newest bands to emerge in the scene is The Tomb Of Nick Cage from New Orleans. In all honesty, I had never actually even heard of this band before they contacted me about taking a look at their debut EP. But as always, the mission statement of The Deadhouse is to help spread the word about bands both new and established, so I was excited to take a look into the band. If you’ve been paying attention then you know that The Tomb Of Nick Cage has already had songs added to Deadhouse Radio so that should immediately point as a sign that you are in for some good tunes.
The band, consisting of lead vocalist/guitarist Melissa Crory, bassist Sean Mooney, guitarists Aaron Maguire and Kevin Guillory and drummer Brian Peschelow (who all provide backing vocals as well) kick things off with Vampire’s Kiss, which serves as a perfect introduction to the band’s sound. It may be just me, but I immediately had a sense of the legendary 45 Grave, as Crory‘s vocal style is certainly reminiscent of Dinah Cancer. This is in no way intended as a shot at the band, as I love me some 45 Grave, and in all honesty, after a few listens to this self-titled EP, I now love me some Tomb Of Nick Cage.
Back to the songs, as I’ve already mentioned Vampire’s Kiss helps usher you into the sound and stylings of the New Orleans based band. Kiss is arguably the most mainstream sounding of the songs, as it would likely be a song you could maybe hear on the radio, well, if radio stations ever played anything good that is. Following up, the band’s first single Nightbreed embraces a more punk-based sound, with the main hook being the title of the song. One thing I particularly like about this EP, is that every song has a completely different feel and sound to it, while also retaining what you could call their “signature sound”.
Tub Of Blood again switches up the sound, going a little more groove based than the previous songs, but still catchy as hell. If you aren’t into it by the time Crory is listing all the body parts she is planning on harvesting from you, then I just don’t know what to tell you. Wrapping things up with Wickerman, the band goes more melodic than any other track on the EP. If you were looking at a track to try and show off to someone who had never heard the band, it’s hard to argue that Wickerman would take that spot. It has a solid groove and as I’ve already mentioned, it’s arguably the most melodic of all of their tracks. To add a funny aside to the review, when the band first sent me the EP, all of the tracks ended up being Wickerman due to a weird computer glitch, so it’s certainly the track I’ve heard the most of by the band.
The Tomb Of Nick Cage have come barreling out of New Orleans with a sound that is different from most bands in the genre right now, and if nothing else, deserve respect for sticking to their guns with the sound. The fact that it all works just adds to the greatness they are throwing out there, and I definitely recommend giving them a shot if you’re looking for something a little different, but also is distinctly horrorpunk.
You can grab your copy of the self-titled EP at the band’s Official Store Page and be sure to give the band a Like on their Official Facebook Page!”
- Mr. Gore
Tomb Of Nick Cage is kinda doin’ their own thing, meshing horror, punk, goth and metal and having a good friggin’ time while doing it. They’re playing Creepy Fest on Sunday, July 17 th at Circle Bar. Here is an interview with vocalist Melissa Crory-Mooney.
Interview by Bobby Bergeron.
Who's in the band?
Our lineup consists of Sean Mooney on Bass, Aaron Maguire and Taylor Suarez on guitar, Edward Joubert on drums and me on vocals and some studio keys and guitars.
Give a little history on the band.
I started the band as an emergency. I got asked to compose a song for the 48-hour film festival, so I wrote, recorded, mixed, mastered and sent off “Tub of Blood” in four hours flat. I had such a good time with Sean and Lewis of COG Secret Lab that it kind of kept going as a recording project. It never was meant to go live, but with the help of Aaron Maguire of Converts and Kevin and Brian of House of Goats it just kind of happened in March 2015.
How would you describe your music? We combine elements of metal, punk, new wave and deathrock, drawing inspiration from horror film and conspiracy. We summarize it as “Old world horror for the new world order.”
What recordings do you currently have available? We have a four song EP recorded by Sean, Lewis D’Aubin (our producer and honorary 6th member) and I as an early experimental work, as well as a compilation with horror punks Jason and The Kreugers entitled “Under The Wolf Moon” that is an homage to The Howling franchise, and we have officially released a cover of The Ramones’ “Pet Sematary” as a single.
Any releases planned for the near future? Yes! We are well on our way to completing our first full length album entitled “The Pharaoh of New Orleans” due out this fall!
What do you think of the New Orleans underground music scene? I think this is the most robust and energetic the scene has been since the mid 90s. It’s exciting for me because the insulated and counter- productive cliques I’ve seen in the past have kind of eroded, leaving behind a more creative and fertile ground for collaboration, experimentation and scene loyalty. I see bands really working with each other to create something artistically cool. We are digging on a wide range of bands right now like veterans such as The Pests, The NoShows, Hairy Lamb, Axes of Evil, Jak Locke, Death Church and A Hanging (for providing our thrash fix!) as well as up and coming bands like as Rick Flavored Arsenal, Angry 88 and Green Gasoline. We love playing at Siberia, Hi Ho and the “lighthouse of mid-city” – Banks Street Bar. One of my favorite supportive hangout spots is local art and music champions, Bar Redux.
Any plans to tour?
We are working on playing more conventions and festivals in the sci- fi and horror genre. Everyone is always really receptive to our performance antics and are so much fun. They love our audience - interactive style.
What was the first underground punk/metal/whatever show you attended? The show that sticks out in my mind was Second Hand. I had seen a few hair rock acts at VFW halls but when I stumbled on to my first real punk show and saw them do a cover of (what I think) was The Misfits’ “Where Eagles Dare” I was reborn. I wanted to know what I was hearing. I thought to myself, “THIS. THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO!” Sean’s first live show ever was Vomitory at The Abstract Bookshop and Café, which immediately turned him on to the underground New Orleans scene.
What have you been listening to lately?
My new favorite is Skull Fist. Edward has been instrumental in turning us on to some great metal that we hadn’t previously heard. I am also loving the new Iggy Pop album and Jak Locke’s massive body of amazing work.
Any final comments/suggestions/ recipes/remedies/etc.? Always wear your tinfoil hat, keep an open mind, and disregard criticism of your art because it’s probably just the negative influence of the alien overlords. And most of all -support your scene. Hell, support someone else’s scene! Just get out there and immerse yourself in art.
Check out Tomb Of Nick Cage at: thetombofnickcage.bandcamp.com or facebook.com/thetombofnickcage
- Bobby Bergeron
TOMB OF NICK CAGE-VAMPIRE´S KISS(MINI-CD)
Musikaliskt inte något som är lätt att beskriva precis. Det är en tjej på sång och musikaliskt ligger de någonstans mellan punk, psychobilly och indiemusik men som sagt är det väldigt svårt att beskriva detta på rätt sätt för det låter inte som något annat band jag hört innan. Jag gillar Melissas lite desperata röst för den passar bra in till den lite nerviga musiken som gruppen ackompanjerar hennes röst med. Men punkigt är det i alla fall och det är jag glad för och jag är också glad att jag har fått ta del av deras lite udda musik som faktiskt är musik som gör mig glad. 25/5-2015
TOMB OF NICK CAGE-VAMPIRE´S KISS(MINI-CD)
Musical not something easy to describe exactly. It's a girl on vocals and musical is the somewhere between punk, psychobilly and indie music but as I said it is very difficult to describe this in the right way it does not sound like any other band I've heard before. I like Melissa's bit frantic voice of the good fit to the little nervy music group accompanying her voice with. But punk is it anyway and I'm glad and I'm also glad that I have been informed of their little odd music that actually is music that makes me happy. 25/5-2015”
- Peter Thorsson
“THE TOMB OF NICK CAGETHE PHARAOH OF NEW ORLEANS(SELF-RELEASED)First off, I have to say that it’s about time someone used their band to publicize Nick Cage’s wacky death pyramid, awaiting him at Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1. Secondly, it’s also about time I ran into a local band aspiring to such a perfect synthesis of dark/goth/horror themes. Tomb of Nick Cage conserves the goth mainstream’s standards, recalling Skeletal Family and Xmal Deutschland, as well as Alice Cooper, the various vehicles of Glenn Danzig and ‘80s Ramones. Pulling ToNiC’s work even further toward the latter is their upfront dedication to the motifs of horror B-movies. This theme pervades Pharaoh of New Orleans and is immediately manifest in song titles such as “Tub of Blood,” “Nightbreed,” and “Wickerman.” Most tracks on the album are bar scene-friendly hard rock that avail listeners to singalongs and dancing, ranging from sullen head bobs to hair-whipping headbanging. That said, Pharaoh really does play more to a bar crowd; goth purists will likely find its playful spookiness less deathrock and more shock rock. One track that comes close to bridging the gap is the curveball closing track “R’lyeh,” a pretty conventional goth/new wave dance track. Tomb of Nick Cage may not be pushing beyond the limits of goth’s ‘80s heyday, but they have quite deftly mined that period for a most accessible and—most importantly—fun pastiche. —Ben Miotke
- Ben Miotke
The Tomb Of Nick Cage, “The Pharaoh Of New Orleans” (Independent)
In a city known for its meticulously preserved examples of classic architecture, the tomb of Nicolas Cage sticks out like a bizarre angry sore thumb in the middle of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1; a modernist pyramid erected by the still alive and kicking Hollywood actor and purposely positioned close to Marie Laveau’s grave, supposedly in order to bring him luck in his acting career, and also, one supposes, immortality.
It’s a good jumping-off point for goth-rock outfit The Tomb of Nick Cage, who despite the handle don’t construct any major multi-universe Coheed and Cambria–like interlocking conspiracy theory about Cage’s edifice. But they do utilize the silliness of the whole thing for their own post-punk irony, and while there are songs called “Wickerman” and “Vampire’s Kiss,” Tomb of Nick Cage basically embrace everything both cult and occult about Hollywood, celebrating the movie universes constructed by cosmic horror classics like Nightbreed, Aliens and They Live.
Lead singer Kym Trailz cannily synthesizes every “rock chick” who’s ever worn black fishnets—a yawp that stretches from Exene Cervenka to Debora Iyall to Johnette Napolitano to Donita Sparks—but what really sets these guys apart are the groove metal pedigrees of guitarists Aaron Maguire (from Convert) and Taylor Suarez. When they slow things down, the darkness gets heavy and vice versa, a nice touch of NOLA metal that puts real bite in the kitsch. Plus it allows them to freely quote Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor.
- Robert Fontenot