Ikon - Necromancy Radio

This week on Necromancy Radio, I spoke with Chris McCarter from the Australian gothic rock band, Ikon. Ikon were formed in 1988 as current vocalist Chris and bass guitarist Dino attended the same school, which is where they met almost 30 years ago. They both loved post punk music, were fans of Joy Division, The Smiths and The Cure. This formed the basis of their friendship, love of collecting records and eventually forming a band. Their first vocalist was Michael Corrodus who approached the two and said that he could sing, having already featured in a school musical production. So in a way, these three imaginary boys started their journey knowing what music they all loved, playing and technically paving their way to form what was then known as the band Death in the Dark which was later changed to what we know now as Ikon.

I talked to Chris about his musical family, inspiration, song writing and the art of performing. Ikon have been through a few member changes, produced 7 studio albums, toured the world and played numerous times at festivals such as Wave-Gotik-Treffen and M’era Luna. They have supported acts over the years like Sisters of Mercy, London After Midnight, Marc Almond and HIM. Chris also works outside of Ikon for other artists like Death in June and Peter Hook. It was an honour to speak with him as such and icon for Australian gothic rock music here at Necromancy Radio.

Ikon are celebrating their 25th year as a band and have released a special double disc CD titled Like Sounds Through The Hourglass – 1991-2016 and have just returned from a few shows in New Zealand. If you would like to hear the album which features 37 tracks, some of which have been remastered, you can purchase from Heartland Records in Melbourne, or visit their website for full discography and upcoming news.

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I have been a part of the goth subculture since I was 16. I am the owner and creator of The Requiem Podcast which has been around since early 2008 and also podcast award nominee Cemetery Confessions. I am also known as DJ Count. I am married, and a father to a beautiful baby bat named Link.

Bat Nouveau - Necromancy Radio

SoundCloud is where I first discovered Bat Nouveau. It’s the place where you can discover new music made by unknown artists as well as float in a pool of successful acts that only like to do things their way. By searching for gothic rock, I was able to discover a band that’s been around for almost 10 years and have invested in a few of their vinyl. If you like the traditional chorus sounds of The Cure and primal screams of early Bauhaus, this band is for you.

I have been listening to their music since around 2010. Formed on the Gold Cost, New Zealand born lead singer Todd Manion formed the band with guitarist Alex Palmer. The two met on MySpace as an online collaboration and initially formed the band under the name of 13 bats. I spoke with Todd Manion about local bands, his earliest influences, crowd petitions that put them on the map to support acts like Peter Murphy and then to follow on, Gary Numan. Although Todd has moved to Melbourne in the last 2 years, the duo are experiencing a long distance relationship, I am assured there is new music on the horizon despite this indefinite hiatus.

It’s nice to actually talk to the one of the makers of the music you enjoy so much. It was a great conversation and I hope you enjoy this interview and get into discovering their music. You can purchase recordings on Bandcamp and follow them in the social media links below.

Todd Manion is currently working on a new project called ‘Tortures” with 2017 on the horizon.

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The Count

I have been a part of the goth subculture since I was 16. I am the owner and creator of The Requiem Podcast which has been around since early 2008 and also podcast award nominee Cemetery Confessions. I am also known as DJ Count. I am married, and a father to a beautiful baby bat named Link.