The Sisters of No Mercy
I'm afraid that I have some unhappy news which I also find
confusing and disturbing.
Andrew Eldrich has cancelled The New Creatures, Sunshine
Blind and Switchblade Symphony from the opening slots for the show in Philly on
the 28th. The reason? In Andrew's words, "They look too Gothic..."
Andrew Eldrich himself picked all of the opening bands based
on their music and only a few days ago decided to click on our web pages and
based on how the pages and the photos of the bands looked decided that we are
all "too Gothic" to share the same stage with him.
Andrew also stated, "I hate g*th and g*ths, and anything to
do with the scene." (That's right, he won't even spell out the word!)
Patrick Rodgers from Dancing Ferret Concerts has tried
everything in his power to reinstate the 3 bands in the opening slots, but to
no avail, as he is met with "I don't care" and "it's not my problem" from
Yes, Patrick has told him that we are all fans of his music,
that we all saw this as a huge break for our careers.
When Patrick asked Eldrich how they might compensate the 3
opening bands for this loss of business his exact response was, "Put their
heads on fucking pikes in front of the venue!" This is a direct quote.
Just so you know, AE considers Sisters of Mercy an
"Industrial-Alternative" act and wants to "distance himself" from a scene that
he claims to have nothing to do with!
How does this make you feel? I know that I would love to
open his eyes to the fact that we are in charge of our careers as well and
don't want to stand for someone telling us what we are or are not.
We would also like to play the show despite all this because
I consider what Andrew has done as damaging to the careers and reputations of
the 3 bands involved, and this is how he could make it right. I would also like
Andrew Eldrich to know that he is essentially "shooting himself in the foot"
with comments and actions such as these. To try to turn you back on your
supporters, to tell thousands of your fans that they are wrong, to bite the
hand that feeds you, all in the name of expanding your potential earning base
is mean spirited and wrong. It is nothing more than a power trip move from
someone who is actually hurting himself and others with this insane
Is this "sour grapes" on my part because I got burned from
the show? No, that part was heartbreaking. This is about me and you taking a
stand against a (past) musical hero who hates all of us.
Do you realize that it was the opening bands and their
labels who paid for all of the newspaper advertising that you've seen, a
stipulation of being an opener? And only after all the advertising has ran, AE
cancels the bands! Does this sound ethical? Will you stand for this? Will you
support this kind of person? I will not.
Do you have something to say about all of this? If so,
please e-mail Patrick Rodgers at Dancing Ferret Concerts as he has assured me
that he will forward all comments to Andrew Eldrich via e-mail. He is at:
Patrick@ferret.com. Support our bands and our scene! Speak up for them and
speak up for yourself!
Mark S. Walsh
The New Creatures
Editor's Note: The staff and affiliates of Inferno
Publishing have decided against attending Dark Harvest in Philladelphia this
year for the reason outlined above. We are outraged at the treatment of up and
coming talent whose future depend on events like Dark Harvest and the blatant
backstabbing he has done to the gothic scene by his statements.