Savage Goth (zyng010)

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    We are VERY excited & proud to introduce to you the debut release of SAVAGE GOTH who has exclusively signed with ZyNg tapes.

    Savage Goth is the solo project of Matthew Kenworthy. It started as an anonymous online alias in December 2014 for posting home recordings online.

    The project is Inspired by the intimate lofi recordings of Daniel Johnston and Tinged with themes from Walpole-esq Gothic romanticism and tongue-in-cheek B-movie horror, set against a backdrop of post-industrial Northern England.

    Over 2014 he played a string of well received solo shows around Greater Manchester. The SAVAGE GOTH EP was self recorded in his girlfriends conservatory over August. He is now putting a full live band together to showcase the EP, starting on December 5th at the suitably named Cemetery Hotel in his Rochdale hometown.

    This release is a 'double A side' produced on a c40 ferro teal shelled tape with the EP on both sides. Dubbed in real-time on pro Tascam decks. Black on-body print and enclosed in a matching teal case.

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ZyNg Tapes has just released the 5-track self-titled EP by Savage Goth. As usual with this label, the release is a complete work of art, this time issued as a turquoise cassette with on-body printing, matching turquoise case and full colour artwork, limited to just 50 copies. The band's name seems to be deliberately ironic - there is nothing savage about their music, and nothing particularly gothic, unless you're from the school of thought that sees dreampop as falling under the goth umbrella rather than the indie umbrella. Their style is influenced by classic indiepop and dreampop, whilst adding much to their sound that is new and creative. Ghosts is beautifully atmospheric dreampop, with lashings of cathedral-esque reverb, but presented in an updated form with the addition of electronic beats and synths. Manchester Tombstone Surfer Cult is in the best 80s-style DIY indiepop tradition. Lurker is brilliant jangly indiepop with ethereal undercurrents. Bloody Hell Fire is classic songwriting with a touch of laid-back US-style folk-rock, augmented by dreampop-style atmospherics. Revival is a multifaceted track putting an inventive spin on indiepop and dreampop. This is an absolutely fantastic tape; out of ZyNg's recent releases, this is the one that's most in keeping with my usual tastes, and I hope there will be more to follow in this vein from ZyNg in future. The tape has created quite a buzz already, and at the time of writing, only 5 physical copies remain, though a download version is also available for those who prefer that format.

Kim Harten
Bliss/Aquamarine
www.blissaquamarine.net/zyngtapes29.html


In Savage Goth there’s Matthew Kenworthy, the dream-pop surf-gaze solo project from Manchester- please don’t mistake him for a heavy metal band. He’s set to release his self-titled, homemade album on the 4th of December, but two tracks are available to you right now. Manchester Tombstone Surfer Cult is the first, a beautiful ode to a Beach Fossils song. You notice the individual layers of sound, soft bass alongside the jangly, surfy guitar. And there’s a subtlety in it, the way the colours blend together, not too gaudy, not too bright. The vocals (it doesn’t matter that the lyrics are hard to distinguish) create a heartfelt harmony, in reply to the instruments.

Drum machines fade into Lurker. Toning things down a notch, warm synths, 80s gothic drone and same jangly guitar. It’s indefinitely pretty as it tenses at the chorus, a faint nod to a Mac DeMarco riff. Both songs are easy listens, gently joyful with plenty of emotional surge for when you’re feeling a bit romantic on the train ride home.


I’m pretty excited about Savage Goth, not only is it a cool name it’s possibly one of the best lo-fi releases to close off 2015. You can get your copy on limited edition cassette (only 50 copies worldwide from ZyNg Tapes) or on Bandcamp.

Poppy Allan
Pond Music
pondmusicblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/new-music-savage-goth-to-release-self.html

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released December 4, 2015

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Track Name: Ghosts
Night walker, glide on old cobblestones
Soft talker, spinning yarn to the ghosts

Crumbling Mills and Chimney's, blocking out sunlight
Moving slowly backwards
Through Ghoulish Dust filled halls

Night walker, over liberty capped moors
Truth stalker, Ego death, take them all

In the basin's misty
Seven Sisters tall
The past has glory's wistful
I'm here to mourn the fall
Crumbling mills and chimney's, blocking out sunlight
Track Name: Manchester Tombstone Surfer Cult
Summer is over
We don't live by the sea
We work in Cubicles
and stain our teeth with tea

You called me out
You dragged me out
To a tombstone that shares my name
We lay our backs.
Lay our backs
On the cold stone caressed by the rain

Freezing and seething
The loners life for me
We light red candles
and share our songs beneath the trees

You called me out
You dragged me out
To a tombstone that shares my name
We lay our backs.
Lay our backs
On the cold stone caressed by the rain
Track Name: Lurker
Take our pale skin for a walk
In the beautiful English countryside
Through overgrown, ruined churches
In the beautiful English Summertime

You're just like me
We like to have a good time
We are unique
The same as everybody else

Figure me out, Figure me in
Love and Sin
Out. Lost for hours
Blow smoke to the flowers
And water the streams

You're just like me
We like to have a good time
We are unique
The same as everybody else
Track Name: Bloody Hell Fire
Sat in Bloody Hell Fire
I can't bear to move it at all
Better the demons you know
I live with the demon I am

People I know cross the street,
and I look at my feet
Missed opportunity
Wasted it, man i'm beat

Party in the land of the dead
Heinous man
Travelling fool
Idiot love
false glory

Living besotted by rage
Out when the nights turn to days
Spilling my guts on the page
working for minimum wage

One foot on and off the lines
Never get anywhere on time
Ladders bottom rungs removed
Curse my attitude

Party in the land of the dead
Heinous man
Travelling fool
Idiot love
false glory
Track Name: Revival
This is our one chance
I want to live with you
I want to live

It's true that in spite of what i said
I'm still longing for you