…shouting about gay shit, BELTED SWEATER Health Goth
by Walter Price
I guess people of a certain age would remember the after-hours clubs of the 1980s/early 1990s where the goth and industrial scenes flourished in their own city-by-city twisty vibes. Spider hands flailed in cloves and smoke machine-induced hazes as the dancefloor pulsed with tracks from Killing Joke, The Sisters of Mercy, The Mission (UK), Skinny Puppy, and the like. Rejoice, my dear eyeliner enthusiast, Belted Sweater (Christopher Patrick Gregory) seems to relish in those hallowed times as well and has dropped a three-track Queercore EP called ‘Health Goth’ that’ll bring back all those faded memories.
Belted Sweater adds his raw energy and his noisy production powers to tracks by Killing Joke, Sisters of Mercy, and The Rapture. And he’s woven in some serious emotional weightiness to some already well-loved songs that will certainly pleasantly surprise all who take this set for a spin.
Not to mention that beatsman Gregory now has one of my favorite quotes from a press release, possibly ever, “Being a drummer, the idea was to have the drums be the lead, but have synths and shouting about gay shit. That’s kind of my wheelhouse.” Mission accomplished…
Dust off your Docs, pull on your fishnets, and stream ‘Health Goth’ in full, here at the GTC.
BELTED SWEATER Health Goth
Artist photo, album artwork, and quotes courtesy of Public Display PR
“Dominion” by The Sisters of Mercy
“Requiem” by Killing Joke
“House of Jealous Lovers” by The Rapture
Performed/reimagined by Belted Sweater
“…Gregory is inverting the prototypical noise-band lineup; he’s alone onstage, playing sweaty drums along to his backing tracks, shouting from behind the kit. Even in his cover songs, there’s anger to be found here – mounting concern for the LGBTQ community underridden by frustration toward those in privilege who fail to understand the struggles involved.” – bio