Today on GothCast, a strange turn of events leads the ever curious Dr.Sanders down a winding and seemingly endless trail of self-discovery which ultimately results in the unboxing of vinyl records that had arrived from an establishment known as Cleopatra Records from a distance incalculable by modern humans. Was this fate? A series of random events?? An utterly insurmountable and deviously difficult task that will leave our hero with a lifetime of mental and physical scars!?? Well…I’m pretty sure it’s at least not that last one.
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  18:58 Random Interesting Goth Stuff A.K.A. RIGS 27:54 Futile Combat  41:12 Eternal:Singles, Albums, Rarities, BBC Sessions, Live, Demos 1982–2015 
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.
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  31:09 Random Interesting Goth Stuff A.K.A. RIGS 38:58 Exorcist II: The Heretic  57:09 Exorcist III 
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  34:08 Random Interesting Goth Stuff AKA R.I.G.S. 39:05 Evilive II  53:01 Famous Monsters  1:16 Cut’s from the Crypt 
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)
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.
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  25:10 Random Interesting Goth Stuff 38:39 The Curse of Frankenstein  57:16 Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 
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: