The Prime: Alt Through the Ages

December 26th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Genre: Alternative

Subgenre: Goth

RIYL: Siouxsie and the Banshees, The CureLondon After Midnight

Goth music arose in the late 1970s as a subgenre of post-punk. It was heavily influenced by bands like Joy Division and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Goth music is characterized by its dark and introspective lyrics, brooding atmospheres, and a mix of rock, punk, and electronic elements. The genre gained popularity in the 1980s, with bands like The Cure making significant contributions to its development.

In the 1990s, goth music continued to evolve, with several subgenres and offshoots emerging. The influence of industrial music became more prominent, leading to the rise of gothic industrial bands like Marilyn Manson. The ’90s also saw the emergence of gothic rock bands like Cradle of Filth, who added elements of metal to the genre. The goth subculture expanded globally, with new scenes developing in other countries.

In modern times, goth music continues to thrive, although its mainstream popularity has decreased. Many classic goth bands are still active and have a devoted fanbase, while new artists emerge and push the boundaries of the genre. Contemporary goth music often blends traditional goth elements with other genres, such as shoegaze, post-punk revival, and darkwave. The internet has played a vital role in connecting goth communities worldwide and providing a platform for independent goth artists to share their music. Goth music remains a distinctive subculture with a loyal following.

Want to get more into Goth? Check out some suggestions below!

Sisters of Mercy “Lucretia My Reflection”

Bauhaus“She’s in Parties”

The Cure“A Strange Day”

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