David J on vampires: “What do you expect from an old Goth?”
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David J, former bassist for Brit goth-rock bands Bauhaus and Love and Rockets, isn’t straying far from his goth roots.

On Saturday, January 22, the North County denizen will appear at North Park venue Bar Pink to unveil his latest release, a dark, vampire-inspired seven-inch, featuring the songs “Tidal Wave of Blood” and “Blood Sucker Blues.”

J worked on the seven-inch alongside Shok, a former member of Thrill Kill Kult. The inspiration behind the record came from a side project that J and Shok had collaborated on with former Concrete Blonde singer-bassist Johnette Napolitano.

“Shok and I had previously been working with Johnette Napolitano on other vampire-themed music that we’ll be releasing later this year. We just kept running with the vampire theme,” writes J in a January 3 email.

Until the record-release party at Bar Pink, J awaits a January 15 deadline to raise the $5000 needed to record Not Long for This World, a goth-inspired concept album.

J hopes to fund the project on kickstarter.com, a website where fans can donate directly for creative projects.

“Like most artists, I no longer have a record label that is capable of advancing funds,” adds J. “This is really the only way to go now that the industry is in such a decimated state. It harks back to the old days of artist patronage and also the true spirit of the whole DIY punk ethic.”

The idea for the upcoming full-length, if funds are obtained, isn’t much of a departure from J’s gothic background. “Over the years I had been writing songs about mortality. It dawned on me that I had a sort of ‘accidental concept album’ on my hands. What do you expect from an old goth?”

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