by Mike Ventarola
By the time you read this you may have
heard something about the sensational band Gossamer from Ohio. These young
artists have single handedly been on top of the gothic charts at Mp3.com for
the last few months. Their two Eps, Sweetest Misery and Memoirs: A
Premonition have been staying within the top ten spot for sales for the
same length of time, usually holding the top two spots. Their web page is at
A major coup for this band came about when they were placed
on the Cleopatra compilation The Unquiet Grave in which their song
Run (remixed by Wayne Hussey of Sisters of Mercy fame) was featured. The
original darker version of this song is featured on the Memoirs EP.
Despite the band being placed within the gothic category,
their sound could be best described as dark pop. They blend a style of gothic
and trip hop on some songs while also utilizing more classical Celtic sounds
for some of their ballads. It is not often that a total marriage of vocals and
instrumentals come together to draw the listener in with the degree that this
band has. The first noticeable thing that stands out is the lead vocalist,
Chris Gray, who has a deep, seductive and masculine sound that would make
anyone swoon. Mr. Gray manages to transform lyrics into realms of subtle
passion and pain. The lyrics themselves are at times wrist slashers and among
some of the more mournful that I have heard in quite some time. A whole new
genre of Erotic Existentialism could actually built around their entire sound.
Despite the stark lyrics, one cannot come away from listening to this music
without feeling they have been totally seduced by the voice from the speaker.
This is truly auditory sex if ever there was such a thing.
The irony is that those who are not gothic music fans have
also been enraptured by these songs. I tested the songs out on many people from
all backgrounds both at work and at home. The age ranges were from the early
twenties to the mid fifties. Amazingly, everyone that heard them really got
into their sound whether their major form of musical preference was rap, hip
hop, techno or heavy metal.
The young talent involved in the band are:
Chris Gray - lead vocals, 12 string guitar, 6 string
baritone bass, programming
Aran Grooms - bass, background vocals,
John McCluskey - keys, background vocals, programming
Michael Manard - guitar, programming
Expect great music to continue to come from these musical
giants. Buy their EPs; you won't be disappointed.
Entertainment, PO Box 3283, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: (614) 481-8794