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Modern Ancient Man album by THE HOLY WOW

by rockroll
August 15, 2019

There’s a popular saying usually attributed to Martin Mull: “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture”. It is especially relevant to writing about good, original, and innovative music, as opposed to a Top 40-like commercial “product”: it is created precisely to express thoughts, ideas and, most importantly, feelings that couldn’t find any other way out in an artistic way accessible to like-minded individuals. Quoting Martin Gore, “Feelings are intense, words are trivial”. But we humans are the creatures of words — we can’t escape using them to communicate with each other, not on this level of existence. So, even though I’m not the best dancer, especially when it comes to architecture, let me try to use the words to describe one of the most interesting new albums I discovered lately — “Modern Ancient Man” by NYC-based HOLY WOW!


Photo by Rostislaf

The band with the above name is the latest project by Dmitry Wild — a musician, a writer and a poet who’s been active in New York and California since the early-2000s. His previous projects include post-punk / garage Table Dreams and Weapons of the Future and indie-dance Wow! Dmitry’s new band, in a sense, is a homage to both his guitar-rock and synthwave electronic roots. While being eclectic by its nature, showing off definitive traces of such different styles as punk, goth, new wave, electro, garage, shoe gaze, alternative and industrial, the album’s sound is very coherent and mature. It not easy to draw parallels, but in some way the album’s muffled distorted beats, pulsating guitar textures and roaring analogue synths remind the listener of “The Downward Spiral” by NIN, where Reznor and Flood went long way combining lo-fi and hi-tech approaches resulting in a very experimental yet one of the most important and commercially successful rock albums of all times. However, if Reznor’s work is a concept piece exploring the darker themes of a person’s self-destruction, Wild’s celebrates life. Like the light of dawn through the dirty scratched windowpane of a subway car, the album provides hope.

THE HOLY WOW at the Cutting Room

Photo by Rostislaf

According to Dmitry, the name “Holy Wow!” symbolizes, correspondingly, the two sides of  his art — spiritual and commercial. There’s nothing wrong about being “commercial” or “pop”, if it translates as “innovative and original yet accessible”. It’s nice to be an uncompromising experimenter, not giving a slightest regard to what mainstream public might think about your creation — that’s what ultimately pushes the boundaries and enables not only the art itself but the very way it’s perceived by the people to progress to the next level. What we’ve been lacking, seemingly, for some fairly long time is the marriage of the two: the last two decades haven’t seen one single artist who’d rise to the top while having managed to stay true to their art.


Dmitry Wild Anna azarov photography

Photo by AnnaAzarov

The time of truly great pop giants is gone, one might argue, but not because there are no talented artists who write the songs that speak to the hearts and souls of many; it’s just that today people don’t necessarily want to be moved by something unfamiliar. The feelings of today’s concert goers are reserved for the long-established super-stars. When someone buys a ticket for a show or presses the PLAY button, they want to know exactly what to expect: same songs, same sound, same old familiar faces on stage — over and over again. Nostalgia has never been such a well-selling commodity-in-demand, or so it seems. As of the new artists — the circumstances have never been as unfavorable for them. And yet…

And yet while there are still bands like HOLY WOW! with their rock-solid songs and innovative approach combining their various influences and taking them to the next level to define the sound of the rock-n-roll of the 21st century — it feels like not all is lost yet. Rock-n-roll has once being a vibrant underground youth subculture possessing enough momentum to change history and, in this or that form, it might still become one again. Thanks for reminding me that, Dmitry Wild & Co!
– Mike D.

Metallica’s Special Tribute in Moscow, cover of Kino’s song, “Peremen”

by Ashley Andersen
Metallica – 2019. © Herring and Herring.

After nearly four decades, Metallica proves that they still enjoy setting the bar high and challenging themselves as musicians. Metallica’s live performances have become legendary. They have never stopped giving back and paying special tribute to their fans all around the world. Metallica demonstrates that they enjoy stepping outside of their comfort zone by performing special covers such as, “Dancing Queen” by Abba in Sweden. “Take on Me” by AHA in Norway, Rammstein’s “Engel” in Berlin and the work of Ivan Mladec in Prague.

 Metallica carried on this tradition by surprising and electrifying their fans in Moscow while performing at Luzhniki Sports Stadium on their WorldWIred Tour.  On July 21st, in the middle of the concert. bassist Robert Trujillo and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett broke into “Gruppa Krovi” (Blood Type) by the revered, beloved and respected Russian musician / songwriter Viktor Tsoi.

Viktor Tsoi © The Calvert Journal.

Viktor Tsoi and his band Kino gained much popularity during the ’80’s. Tsoi’s song “Changes” became anthem of real change. Mikhail Gorbachev adopted the song as an anthem during Perestroika and he would go on to change the face of Russian politics forever.

Almost by accident, (the song “Changes” was originally about personal change.) Tsoi became a cult hero and revolutionary figure. Like Marc Boland from T-Rex, Tsoi’s career was cut short when he was killed in a car accident in 1991. Metallica’s cover proves that Tsoi’s music still resonates and lives strong in the hearts and minds of the Russian people.

This was no easy feat for vocalist Trujillo to accomplish. He had to first translate the words into Latin and then break it down phonetically. But the reaction of the crowd shows that they appreciated the effort that Metallica made for a show that will never be forgotten by the Russian fans in Moscow.

Metallica lice atLuzhniki Sports Stadium in Moscow, Russia, 2019.

History of Peter Murphy and 11 Nights at (Le) Poisson Rouge – NYC

by Ashley Andersen
Peter Murphy - Bauhaus

Peter Murphy, iconic lead singer, with an incredibly distinctive voice, is an original member of the band Bauhaus. These highly inventive and inspiring “rock and rollers” were some of the pioneers, who created a whole new genre of music, Gothic Rock

The Early Years...

Bauhaus formed  in 1978. The four young men all hailed from Northampton, England. Originally, the band’s name was Bauhaus 1919, giving a nod to when the famous German Bauhaus Art Movement was created. The group ultimately decided to drop 1919 from their band name. However, they kept the font of their band’s name exactly like on building of the art college in Dessau, Germany that the whole band admired so much… 

Peter Murphy, had never sang or written lyrics prior to joining Bauhaus. It was Daniel Ash, who would convince Murphy to become the group’s lead singer and write words to their songs. Ash thought Peter Murphy had exactly the right look for the band. Murphy gave it a shot… The rest as the saying goes in this particular case, is “rock – n – roll history…”

A picture of Bauhaus taken by the British Guardian Newspaper in 1979. The title of the article was called: Bauhaus Invent Goth, which Peter Murphy personally hated. The look on Murphy’s face makes that obvious…
From left to right: Daniel Ash: Guitarist, Kevin Haskins: Drums, Peter Murphy: Lead Vocals, David J.: Bass Guitar.

Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins, David J. and Peter Murphy entered Beck Recording Studios for the first time as a band. They recorded their legendary song “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” along with five other tracks to use as their first demo tape.

Kevin Haskins played a wonderful, hypnotic, bossa – nova style drum beat, while Daniel Ash added very experimental guitar riffs and sounds. Bauhaus bassist David J., who’s last name also happens to be Haskins is the older brother of Kevin Haskins. David J. played a very heavy, gloomy, distorted bass line, which was perfect for the song!

Bela Lugosi’s Dead was over nine minutes long. Something in the late 1970’s that was usually very problematic for most radio stations and music labels at that time. The movie Bohemian Rhapsody is a perfect example of why radio stations and music labels had such an aversion to extremely long songs during this era. Small Wonder Records released Bela Lugosi’s Dead as a single in 1979. 

The song received favorable reviews and it was played often on BBC Radio 1Bela Lugosi’s Dead also remained on the British Independent Music Charts for two consecutive years. Popular D.J. John Peel played the song on his nighttime BBC Radio 1 show frequently. No one had heard anything like Bela Lugosi’s Dead prior to 1979… 

The song would go on to be featured as a video during the opening sequence of the cult classic movie, The Hunger. The film was made in 1983 and starred David Bowie, along with beauties, Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon. The film was directed by Tony Scott. If you have not seen this film, I highly recommend it. It is truly remarkable… It should be noted that Peter Murphy and Bauhaus were highly inspired by the late, incredible musician / songwriter David Bowie and his alter ego Ziggy Stardust

As a result of the song and its popularity,  4AD Records signed Bauhaus immediately in 1980. 4AD released Bauhaus first studio recorded album “In The Flat Field” on November 3, 1980. Bauhaus’ popularity became so great that The 4AD Music Label was no longer able to represent them effectively. They signed them on to their sister music label, Beggar’s Banquet. Beggars Banquet would go on to represent the amazing Goth, electronica music pioneer, Gary Numan. They would also go on to represent the band The Cult.

Bauhaus - The Beggar's Banquet Years...

The first Bauhaus studio album on Beggars Banquet was “Mask,” released in October of 1981. This album was quickly followed by The Sky’s Gone Out, which was released on October, 19, 1982. (This album by Bauhaus is yours truly’s personal favorite!) 

Bauhaus fourth album during the 1980’s was Burning From The Inside, recorded in 1983. Peter Murphy was extremely ill during the recording of this particular album. As a result, Daniel Ash had to sing many of the songs on the album. By the time the album was officially released, Bauhaus had broken up as a band… In 2008, Bauhaus released their final album number five, Go Away White.It was the first time Bauhaus as a band had introduced new material since 1983.Ironically, Bauhaus (a very unique sounding band) experienced huge success by doing covers. Bauhaus covered “Ziggy Stardust,” written by David Bowie on his concept album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars released on June 6, 1972. Bauhaus would release their version of Ziggy Stardust a decade later in 1982 on their album The Sky’s Gone Out.

 It was released as a single a went straight to #4 on the U.K. music charts. It also got Bauhaus on to the popular British “Top of The Pops.” It would become Bauhaus’ most successful song ever on the U.K’s music charts.

 Bauhaus also covered “Telegram Sam” It can be found on the Bauhaus album “In The Flat Field.” The song was written by the late Marc Bolan former leader of influential band T – Rex. The Bauhaus cover made it to number 69 on the U.K. music charts.

Peter Murphy has released over ten solo albums throughout the course of his extraordinary career. In 1984, Murphy created a band Dalis Car, with friend and amazing bassist Mick Karn. You may remember Karn as bassist for the popular 1980’s underground band Japan

In this group Karn played bass, keyboards and saxophone. Peter Murphy was lead vocalist and Paul Vincent Lawford was in charge of all rhythmic arrangements for the band. The band released one album, The Waking Hour.

The album came in $30,000 over the $60,000 (U.S. dollars) that Beggar’s Banquet had given them to create the album. “The Waking Hour” was considered to be a commercial failure. Apparently, Murphy and Karn had a hard time working together, while recording in the studio. Karn had this to say during an interview, when he was asked about why the album had flopped,

“It was a particularly difficult project. We were two very different people…”

The Ruby Celebration Tour...

In 2018, Peter Murphy went on the Ruby Celebration Tour with former bandmate, bassist and Co – founder of Bauhaus David J. 

This tour was commemorating forty years of Bauhaus and their incredible music. Murphy and J. on this tour played the amazing Bauhaus album “In The Flat Field,” in its entirety every single night during the Ruby Celebration Tour. The tour began in the U.K, went on to Europe and Oceania… 

Peter Murphy and David J. played an exhausting ninety three shows while on this tour. During this tour millions of Bauhaus fans were stunned when it was discovered that Murphy had been thrown out of his own show in Stockholm, Sweden. Apparently Murphy was infuriated with the sound technician during this particular performance… 

“The world famous goth rock star Peter Murphy, 61, was thrown out by organizers from his concert at Nalen in Stockholm on Wednesday night. The rejection was preceded by Murphy throwing bottles from the stage that injured a concert visitor in the face. When Murphy was thrown out, he ended up fighting with guards…”

 Swedish newspaper ~ Dagens Nyheter (Translated into English)

Murphy earned a well deserved rest and hiatus after the Ruby Celebration Tour. He recuperated in Instanbul, Turkey. Murphy has called Turkey his home since 1992. It is also the birthplace of his wife, Beyhan Murphy. She is the head choreographer of the Turkish National Modern Dance Group. The couple have been married since 1982. Murphy considers himself to be a Sufi, Muslim. The singer has some very exciting news to share with fans all around the world and particularly those, who reside in New York City!   

Peter Murphy Residancy at (Le) Poisson Rouge - NYC

Peter Murphy will be giving concert performances from August 2 – 18 at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City! He will be performing his solo albums in their entirety!

Aug. 2nd: Should the World Fall Apart

Aug 3rd: Love Hysteria

Aug 5th: Deep

Aug 8th: Holy Smoke

Aug 9th: Cascade

 Aug 10th: Dust

Aug 12th: Ninth

Aug 13th: Lion

Aug: 15th Greatest Hits

Aug 16th: Mr. Moonlight (Bauhaus Songs)

Aug 18th: Tribute to David Bowie

Buy tickets, see these shows and remember the cause that you are supporting! By performing these shows Peter Murphy is reminding generations of fans both young and old about the legacy of Goth Rock. How this music is still loved and inspires millions fans, bands and musicians today. A legacy that started with Bauhaus and that Murphy is carrying on as a solo artist, singer, musician and songwriter.

Album Review: Modern Ancient Man by HOLY WOW

by Ashley Andersen
May 23, 2019

Album Review: Modern Ancient Man by the band Holy Wow never stops  weaving you through a wondrous combination of ’60’s sounding surf riffs and dark, eerie Electro Goth flavored Rock. Dmitry Wild is the brainchild behind Holy Wow. Wild commented on his achievement in recording this album, “it’s my first conscious effort to record everything myself using Logic. I recorded and produced the whole thing.” Gary French recorded bass on the song “Nebulas” and Peter Breed recorded  keys on “Dreamland,” Nebulas,” “Have Fun,” and “Remember.” Wild calls upon French, Breed and drummer for live shows as needed.

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“The Dirt” – The Mötley Crüe Story on Film

by Ashley Andersen
March 26, 2019
The dirt Motley Crue Poster

In 2017, Netflix bought the rights to the rock-n-roll biopic “The Dirt,” directed by Jeff Tremaine and the screen play written by Rich Wilkes. The movie is based on the collaborative book, The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx, who became forever known as Motley Crue.

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