Even a lot of
experienced people have made this mistake but I’d like to make the point that
Deathrock is NOT a sub-genre of Goth (or at least it hasn’t always been) and it most certainly is not an interchangeable name of Goth Rock.
Deathrock and many Deathrockers would suggest that they were a completely
separate movement up until a point where a majority of subcultures joined in
As you may already
know though it is debated heavily (remembering that debating Goth Rock is not the
point of this article) Goth rock progressed from Post-Punk which progressed from Punk in the late seventies in the UK. Such Post-Punk bands include Sioxsious and the
Banshees, The Damned and Bauhaus.
developed from Goth-Rock or Post-Punk but instead developed parallel to it. It developed from the late seventies Punk movement into such
bands as Kommunity FK, Christian Death and 45 Grave “known for prominent bass lines, eerie guitar, and dissonant vocals(1)” . While Post-Punk progressed majorly in the UK, Deathrock developed in the
US. Primarily in the LA scene.
It was only later (a
major example being The Batcave Club) that the two genres combined in events. That’s for obvious reasons as Goth, Deathrock and to some extent
Post-Punk (which includes a plethora of genres) didn’t hold a broad enough
audience on their own to bring in enough money for said clubs to profit. It’s
only natural that they combine like genre’s for broader audiences. Not to mention that these genre’s eventually started to take inspiration from each other as all musicians do.
Though there is a very large debate that just seems to go back and forth on whether Deathrock was inspired by Goth-Rock and actually started in the early eighties rather than late seventies. I don’t think it really matters. The point is that at one time they were separate genre’s and all genre’s are inspired by other genre’s which doesn’t necessarily mean that they are a brand from that genre. But don’t take my word for it and read up on the controversy. I always suggest making your own opinion on the matter and would love to hear it.
A Brief History of Deathrock – Part 1
Part 2 – Part 3.
And interesting article on the cross over between Horror Punk, Death Rock and Goth Rock (check the comments! Here.
Then there’s the always exciting Wikipedia here.
For an example of the annoying arguments on the topic view here. It’s the Wikipedia ‘Talk Page’ archive on the topic where the contributors of the page, well, argue about it.
For the record this was only in discussion of the stylistic music associated with each movement rather than the other contributing factors such as fashion and their interchangeable and/or modern development.