FMH & Goth-Ick/Unscene Present
with Mei Ohara
Friday, February 22nd
Doors: 7:00 PM
Tickets: ADV $20 • DOS $25
One of the most enduring acts of the entire Darkwave subculture is the Florida based group The
Crüxshadows. Originally formed in 1992, The Crüxshadows have consistently delivered their positive
message through the portal of synth pop hooks and dark electronics to a massive international fan base of
followers. From their self-released debut, the 1993 album Night Crawls In, right through to the present, The
Crüxshadows have formulated their success out of old fashioned hard work. They have logged an
impressive one thousand plus performances in over thirty countries via their many marathon-like tours.
With the release of the seminal Telemetry of a Fallen Angel (existing in a few incarnations prior to Dancing Ferret Discs’ version in 1997), The Crüxshadows enjoyed their first defining moment courtesy of the infinitely catchy dance floor anthem “Marilyn My Bitterness.” With additional strong releases including The Mystery of the Whisper (1999), Until the Voices Fade (1999) and Paradox Addendum (2000) backed by lengthy tours, The Crüxshadows were able to build a legion of diversified fans consisting of everything from jarheads to gamers to anime & role playing enthusiasts.
While the lineup has indeed changed over the years, one constant has remained the same; Rogue, the vocalist, leader and mastermind of The Crüxshadows has directed his troupe towards an unconventional and lofty goal. “I want to change the world with music, I want people to find hope within themselves. I want them to know that anything is possible if you believe and follow through. I think that music has the power to inspire and move people to do amazing things” he muses. He is not alone in his belief. Their fans seem to believe it too. The bands motto “live love be believe” is everywhere, and many of their supporters will tell you that the lyrics have changed their lives in some way. This isn’t exactly typical for a band most often identified as gothic or dark-wave. The Crüxshadows are not concerned. “Goth isn’t about being a stereotype” the front-man complains, “its about being who you want to be... about not running from yourself or your emotions.” The charismatic singer/songwriter/producer understands an audience and tends to deliver his dramatic croon right in their laps. Nothing they do is exactly new, but how they do it is completely unique. The lyrics are deep and meaningful, the stage show is dynamic and entertaining, and the music is hooky and inspired by pop. But pop it is not. It is a hybrid music that exists in a place just left of everyday, and just right of never-ever.