Podcast Episode 60: Skeletal Family

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There’s no bones about it, Dr.Sanders and Cameron take a trip to visit the family…The Skeletal Family. Specifically the era of the band with singer Anne Marie Hurst. They were “promised” a lot with these records and they hope their efforts aren’t “futile”. They examine the albums Burning Oil (1984), Futile Combat (1985), and the compilation Eternal (2016).

Timestamps:
6:27 Burning Oil [1984]
18:58 Random Interesting Goth Stuff A.K.A. RIGS
27:54 Futile Combat [1985]
41:12 Eternal:Singles, Albums, Rarities, BBC Sessions, Live, Demos 1982–2015 [2016]

Goth Thrifting – Crows and Sandmen

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It’s strange that this is how I used to spend most of my free time and now I make videos documenting it. Well here’s part 4 and I honestly forgot I saw and bought most of this stuff. This video was interesting to edit because so much of this footage was from late 2019/early 2020 before all the craziness of the world.

My band’s new album:
https://open.spotify.cm/album/5dkFpJ…

Shirts and my band’s merch:
https://drsanders.bandcamp.com/merch

Podcast Episode 59: The Exorcist Series

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On this possession-filled episode, Dr.Sanders and Cameron are visited by three movies that lurk in the shadows. The Exorcist and the two sequels it spawned vary wildly in quality, but just may hold some great surprises for those who decide to venture into their worlds. Can you survive these horrific reviews of The Exorcist (1973), The Exorcist II: Heretic (1977), and The Exorcist III (1990)!? May the power of GothCast compel you!

Timestamps:
2:15 The Exorcist [1973]
31:09 Random Interesting Goth Stuff A.K.A. RIGS
38:58 Exorcist II: The Heretic [1977]
57:09 Exorcist III [1990]

Podcast Episode 58: Misfits – The Graves Era

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Dr.Sanders and Cameron take a look at what the Misfits had going on in the 90’s and early 2000’s. With the addition of singer Michale Graves and a series of new albums, what could possibly go wrong? They look at the albums American Psycho (1997), Evilive II (1998), Famous Monsters (1999), and Cuts from the Crypt (2001). There’s a lot of controversy surrounding this era and the two hope to cover the things most fans are curious about.

Timestamps:
8:33 American Psycho [1997]
34:08 Random Interesting Goth Stuff AKA R.I.G.S.
39:05 Evilive II [1998]
53:01 Famous Monsters [1999]
1:16 Cut’s from the Crypt [2001]

Podcast Episode 57: Misfits – The Danzig Era

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In this fast and frightening episode of GothCast, Dr.Sanders and Cameron take a look at the beginning of Danzig’s career as well as the birth of an entire music genre when they put the Misfits under the microscope. Horror punk may not be strictly goth music, but it’s certainly spooky and loved by many in the scene. They examine the albums Static Age, Evilive, Walk Among Us, and Earth A.D as well as the strange events and legal troubles that plagued the band.

Timestamps:
10:23 Static Age (1979/1996)
27:11 R.I.G.S. Aka Random Interesting Goth Stuff
33:35 Evilive (1982/1987)
44:29 Walk Among Us (1982)
1:05:19 Earth A.D. (1983)

The Addams Family [1991] Movie Review

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We’re finally like halfway through covering this franchise…who knew there was so much Addams? This movie is considered a goth staple at this point that I’m sure is loved by many of you watching. Honestly this look at The Addams Family products has been interesting as I really didn’t know just how much existed before I started this series.

My band’s new album:
https://open.spotify.com/album/5dkFpJXCLRDEuB4urKgWx3?si=x0fohgDVTHGhhHP80Y-SiA

Shirts and my band’s merch:
https://drsanders.bandcamp.com/merch

Podcast Episode 56: Frankenstein [1931, 1957 & 1994]

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Bryan, Dr.Sanders, and guest star Cameron join together the derelict pieces of their scattered opinions to creature a horrific episode focusing on three different adaptations of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This time we have the 1931 Universal classic Frankenstein, the 1957 Hammer Horror masterpiece The Curse of Frankenstein…and that one from the 90’s starring Robert De Niro.

Timestamps:
4:07 Frankenstein [1931]
25:10 Random Interesting Goth Stuff
38:39 The Curse of Frankenstein [1957]
57:16 Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein [1994]

I released a new album! Dr.Sanders – Patch Overlap

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That’s right. My band Dr.Sanders (Yes, I know, I go by Dr.Sanders and my band is called Dr.Sanders. Think of it like how David Bowie had lots of different band members) has just released a new full-length album. It’s not stereotypical goth sounding music, but it does incorporate some of my favorite elements of the genre while blending it with a ton of other stuff. I would say it’s closest to alternative rock, but I’m not necessarily trying to make it align with any particular sound, just what feels right to me. Here’s a little blurb I wrote about the creation of the album.

Patch Overlap is the first Dr.Sanders album in 6 years. We started working on many of the songs in 2015, but I (Donny) began suffering from a very serious illness related to infected tissue. Robert Gaar, Chase Hawkins and myself recorded the rhythm tracks together and began fleshing out the songs until I became too ill to play. It was a horrible experience and I became incredibly depressed as my physical state made it almost impossible to hold a guitar for extended periods of time. I spent so much time in hospitals until I underwent a surgery in 2017 and finally began to feel like myself again in 2018.

After essentially learning to play guitar again, I jammed with some musicians in late 2019 and after some difficulties I decided to revisit some of the older material we had started and complete my vision for Patch Overlap. I wanted to push myself really hard as a songwriter and spent a large amount of time working on melodies. I’ve worked with Robert and Chase many times over the last decade and they always make every song that much better. When the three of us play together it just seems to click and we always make material that I feel very passionate about.

The album really evolved from the three of us just jamming together. I usually brought an idea or a guitar riff and we would just play until we found the right groove for the rhythm. If we needed an additional part for a bridge or chorus then Robert would almost immediately pull the perfect piece out of thin air which is exactly what he did when we recorded Blush Response. The best thing about recording these songs was that I think we really captured the feeling of our jam sessions. We chose the takes that felt right rather than if they were technically perfect, but felt stiff. Chase really seemed to just capture the mood I wanted in just a few takes and songs like “Blue Anatomy” and “Flamingo” captured exactly what I wanted out of each track. We really bond over the heavier side of music so we started adding faster songs like “Invader” and “The Hunger” along with heavier parts to “Grey Matter Trial” and “Feldspar”.

I saw the previous album Blush Response as a test to see if I could write delicate material and something a little more experimental. Lyrically it dealt with my insecurities and my health that I was beginning to struggle with (to me it almost feels like a diary of that time period). Patch Overlap really came out of the frustration dealing with illness and with the three of us working together pushed it into a very aggressive place. The lyrics deal with a lot of the feelings I experienced while I was sick and many of the regrets I have from that time in my life. There are definitely some sections dedicated to a few less-than-pleasant people I interacted with in the last few years. I tend to interpret my experiences in a somewhat surreal way, but every lyric is always relaying my own life in some way.

If you’re interested in purchasing some band merchandise which includes an audio cassette release then you can find them here:

https://drsanders.bandcamp.com/album/patch-overlap-2

I’m in the Goths For Sophie Calendar 2021

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Some of you may know that I’ve been asked to be apart of the Goths For Sophie Calendar for the year 2021. If you’re unfamiliar with the story of Sophie Lancaster then I have included some info from the official Goths for Sophie website:

“On 11 August 2007, Sophie Lancaster and her partner were attacked by a gang of teenagers in a park in Lancashire, England. Instead of fleeing, Sophie went to her partners aid. The couple were kicked, stamped on and left unconscious for nothing more than looking different. Sophie later died from her injuries. If anything positive is to come from her death, Sophie’s family and friends would like it to be you.

If you want to read more information about The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, please visit their official website

It is such a tragedy and such an insanely pointless thing to have happened. I’m glad that this cause exists so we can share this story. At the moment it seems our world is so full of heartache and is struggling to show it’s beauty to us. I don’t think I will ever be able to fully comprehend how someone can commit an act so heinous. Hopefully causes like this can remind us that even though very dark and tragic things happen, we can at least use the time we have now to bring awareness to this situation and prevent future events from occurring while sharing the memory of Sophie for years to come.

Get the 2021 Calendar for yourself and support a great cause

https://www.pozible.com/project/goths-for-sophie-2021-calendar

Want to check out some of the other great creators who are featured in the calendar with me?

Goths For Sophie Instagram        DeathMetalLullaby

Exquisite Corpse       Small and Grumpy        Tall and Grumpy

Tibby Sioux       Kimmy Von Hell       Sanniz

Jazmine Nervoza       Pyramid Goth       Robert Earp       Wir Kellerkinder

 

David Bowie ⚡ Ziggy Stardust ⚡ Hair Tutorial [Video]

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Like I said in the video, this was filmed last year in November, but I just now edited it together. I’m usually have a number of videos on the backburner and this ended up being one of them. It’s almost surreal now because as of writing this we’re in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and the idea of even going to a party seems totally insane at this moment.

After this video I dyed my hair purple and then blue before I cut it short. That costume must be somewhere in my apartment.