Astro Vamps
by Astro Vamps
The seminal Deathrock legend that is now spoken of and world renowned as ''Astrovamps'' oddly enough began it's arcane journey in 1989 as ''The Babydolls,'' a well coiffed miniskirt wearing mob who were the precursors and innovators of a then thriving Hollywood Glam/Punk scene which also boasted the likes of ''Stars From Mars'', ''Glamour Punks'', ''Kommunity FK'' and ''December Flowers.'' In December of 1990 an Epiphany of sorts intervened inspiring founding members Daniel Ian Essex (Guitar, Vocals) and Eyajo Joseph (Keyboards, Lyrics) to plumb the depths of their naturally vampiric natures and regroup as "Astrovamps"-a moniker much more adequately suited to their newly realized hymns of the morose, the rotting and the perversely romantic. Whether a proctorial survival tactic or the shedding of flamboyant skin their former incarnation was better left to the ran shackled remnants of a bygone 'era as the newly christened Astrovamps proceeded with relish into a newly mysterious decade. Considering most of the templates which kick started the movement into shape were now relegated to the Deathrock graveyard, such as ''The Batcave'' and ''Zombie Zoo'' (which not ironically inspired the cult favorite "Zombie Dance") a new breed was needed to plunder the crypt's for fresh bones and thus reinvent the 'genre.

Anno 1991 welcomed the release of "Savage Garden" marking a distinctive turn in musical composition from clow'esque charade to full blown netherworld cherubs. And it only got more vicious when the incubus duo initiated Vincent D'priest (Bass) and the madcap miscreant of a decidedly non-human nature Toe Knee from ''Willow Wisp'' on Drums. Their first foray to harvest rancid fruit was 1993's much lauded minor piece, the critically underrated "Blood And Flowers" e.p. which for all of it's lacking in production value was more than compensated for in the songwriting department. Performing consistently sold out shows (Astrovamps played shows with many great bands, through out their history thus far, like... the Phantom Chords, Hell Fire Club, Kommuninty FK, Apoptygma Berzerk, Wednesday 13 and Eva O. Just to name a few.) and in 1993 proudly opened for the last incarnation of legendary death rock icons "Christian Death" before Rozz William's suicide in 1998.

In 1995 Dark Poet Eyajo Joseph released his book of witch grimores in the form of "Where Elfin Children Play" a stunning text of art, verse and philosophy whilst the Gothic Hugh Hefner himself Daniel Ian starred in a number of adult oriented Gonzo spectaculars. That same year and next in their strategic plan of attack was actually a self titled debut that was recorded but never properly promoted or released. The falsely fledgling label ''Keltic Records'' which mercilessly and unapologetically folded left the album to dwell in obscurity. Undaunted, the ever transversing charlatans enlisted the archaic velocity of Corwin (Bass) and thus began a new chapter. One that would come to bare the brunt of labors committed since the band's inception. Among the myriad plethora of approaching recordings first and foremost was "Manifesto" the debut e.p. of a cryonigized corpse thought deceased after a few years of inactivity.

The seminal Deathrock legend that is now spoken of and world renowned as ''Astrovamps'' oddly enough began it's arcane journey in 1989 as ''The Babydolls,'' a well coiffed miniskirt wearing mob who were the precursors and innovators of a then thriving Hollywood Glam/Punk scene which also boasted the likes of ''Stars From Mars'', ''Glamour Punks'', ''Kommunity FK'' and ''December Flowers.'' In December of 1990 an Epiphany of sorts intervened inspiring founding members Daniel Ian Essex (Guitar, Vocals) and Eyajo Joseph (Keyboards, Lyrics) to plumb the depths of their naturally vampiric natures and regroup as "Astrovamps"-a moniker much more adequately suited to their newly realized hymns of the morose, the rotting and the perversely romantic. Whether a proctorial survival tactic or the shedding of flamboyant skin their former incarnation was better left to the ran shackled remnants of a bygone 'era as the newly christened Astrovamps proceeded with relish into a... View more

Track Listing

Track Title
1. I'm Not Human
2. Zombie Dance
3. One In The Same
4. Transylvania
5. Funeral Children
6. Lament Of The Undead
7. Apparition Love
8. Mad World
9. Lord God
10. Magick Faery Dance
11. People In Black
12. Fortune Teller
13. One Million Eyes

More Info

Release Year
1995
Label
keltek Records
Genre
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Band Members / Musicians
Daniel Ian - Vocals / Guitar Eyajo Joseph - Keyboards glass ghost - Lead Guitar Grim De La Noche - Bass Guitar Toe Knee - Drums
Location
Hollywood, CA, USA

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