Monday, December 12, 2011
Get Into: Musta Paraati
Sick Finnish deathrock from the early 80s that really sounds like nothing else from the time. I mean, it definitely sounds like The Killing Joke, but Musta Paraati did a fantastic job of borrowing their basic musical forms while injecting them with a completely different songwriting sensibility. And it was pretty damn prescient--in less than a decade a lot of "industrial rock" bands would basically sound like this, minus all the things that make this so good. Seeing as I am now singing in a goth band I'll probably be using words like "deathrock" more and more around here, so I should explain. It was originally used by the brilliant L.A. band Christian Death to distinguish their more "rocking" occult punk from the cold, angular post-punk of English bands like Siouxsie and The Banshees and Bauhaus, but the word quickly became interchangeable with "goth," and then--even more quickly--ceased to be fashionable once goth became a commercially viable subculture. Nowadays, the "deathrock" tag just refers to aggressive, overtly punk goth. Anyway, Musta Paraati are amazing and I've been listening to them a lot lately, trying to figure out how to rip them off.