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    There s also a review of the new CD in the City Paper: http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A20287 Crazier things have happened. Opening
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      There's also a review of the new CD in the City Paper:


      Crazier things have happened.

      Opening the show tomorrow is Cincinnati's own 7 Speed Vortex.

      >From: "Carl Z." <zimm28@...>
      >Reply-To: fearnwhiskey@yahoogroups.com
      >To: fearnwhiskey@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [fearnwhiskey] Clip: The Gothees make the Post-Gazette
      >Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 07:59:34 -0500
      >And you owe it to yourself to click the link and see the cartoon of
      >the band. The second member looks uncannily like the Mockster.
      >Concert Preview: The Gothees are the cartoon band for bubblegoth
      >Thursday, December 07, 2006
      >By Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
      >"What if the Velvet Underground covered 'Sugar Sugar' "?
      >With that one-liner, Waldo P. Emerson Jones III had the concept for a
      >rock 'n' roll band. Of course, it was supposed to be a band that would
      >only last for one gig -- in December of 2002.
      >Four years later, The Gothees are looking less like a joke and more
      >like a real entity. They've emerged from two years of hard knocks in
      >the studios with a debut CD to be released on Starfish, a small label
      >out of Cincinnati. It comes out in February, but will be previewed
      >Saturday at the Brillobox with a CD release party featuring special
      >edition packaging.
      >The Gothees could very well be the founders and keepers of the musical
      >genre known as "bubblegoth." If you google the term, you get
      >Bubblegoth Barbie, the page of some illustrator and then the
      >Pittsburgh band.
      >Jones, a local artist, came up with the idea in the fall of 2002.
      >"Growing up I was a big fan of television bands like the Monkees and
      >the Archies and all the Hanna Barbera cartoons that had cartoon bands,
      >like 'Scooby Doo' and 'Josie and the Pussycats.' That was my exposure
      >to pop music. I thought, how cool would it be to put together a band
      >for a one-off show and cover some of these '60s pop songs, and do it
      >in a way that had a gothic twinge?"
      >Jones certainly had the voice for it, sounding like a cross between
      >Ian Curtis of Joy Division and Peter Murphy of Bauhaus. And, he had a
      >theremin, the essential instrument of camp horror.
      >He passed around some fliers indicating the formation of this
      >bubblegoth band, and starting to pique some interest. When people
      >called to inquire who was in his band, he told them the truth: "No
      >"A friend of mine said, 'You're starting a band, do you need a guitar
      >player?' I said, 'Yeah, do you play guitar?' And he said, 'No, but I'm
      >buying one' and I said 'OK, you're the guitar player.' That was the
      >first recruit: Sir Lee Gothee."
      >With the addition of Crimson Bobbee Gothee, Toothless Rufus Gothee,
      >Dan Fogel Gothee, H.P. Gothee and Mickee Gothee (who played clarinet
      >and xylophone), they ventured into the Warsaw in Polish Hill.
      >"We went in thinking it's going to be our one-off show, and we'd all
      >have a good laugh, but the audience really enjoyed it to the point
      >where when we came off the stage, people were saying, 'When are you
      >playing again?' and other people said, 'Do you want to play with us?'
      >-- and we haven't stopped."
      >The Gothees have been darkening nightclubs, parties and horror
      >conventions ever since, and have released two live CDs from radio
      >sessions at WRCT. By Jones' count, there have been nine different
      >incarnations of the Gothees in four years. One member, Dan Fogel
      >Gothee, quit when the band started to introduce original songs,
      >because, says Jones, "He just felt like that wasn't what the Gothees
      >were about."
      >Two years ago, the Gothees decided it was time for a proper studio
      >release, never imagining it could possibly take two years. The odyssey
      >began with a home-studio attempt that was aborted. Then they booked a
      >friend's studio for an eight-hour session which went exceptionally
      >well until the bass player tripped over a cord and erased the entire
      >After another session, they came out with a master disc that ended up
      >being corrupt. Throw in band members coming and going, hard-to-reach
      >producers, full-time jobs and a stolen car, and Jones was convinced
      >that the whole project was cursed.
      >But now it's done and "Meet the Gothees" is a bubblegoth good time.
      >The centerpiece is that diabolical version of "Sugar Sugar," so steamy
      >it almost warrants a warning label. There are five originals including
      >the tone-setting, "Some Irony Required," and a gothabilly track called
      >"Country Pop Song." "Falco" merges Donovan's "There is a Mountain"
      >with a narrative about the death of Falco. The most brilliant stroke
      >might be a cover of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" that seamlessly evolves
      >into "Love Will Keep Us Together," pulling off the death-defying feat
      >of marrying Joy Division and Captain and Tennille (good thing Curtis
      >isn't alive to hear that).
      >That sense of humor is exactly why goths don't like the Gothees.
      >"We don't take ourselves seriously," Jones says. "We're not goths. So,
      >we don't have a lot of goth fans."
      >But that leaves a pretty big segment of the listening public who might
      >find something to like about the Gothees and their debut, "Meet the
      >As Jones sees it, what they have here is "basically the soundtrack for
      >a children's show that doesn't really exist."
      >'The Gothees'
      >With: Vortex 7 (from Cincinnati).
      >Where: Brillobox, Bloomfield.
      >When: 9 p.m. Saturday
      >Tickets: $5.

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