At your feet, on my knees, you are my religion

Washington, DC darkwave band VOSH announces their first single “Pray,” off their forthcoming album “Vessel” via Trash Casual. Led by Chris Moore (Repulsion, Coke Bust, The Rememberables), and Josephine Olivia (Blacksage), VOSH namechecks Bauhaus, early Ministry, Sisters of Mercy, Zounds, and Killing Joke as influences.

Vocalist, lyricist, and front person Josephine Olivia is the musical centerpiece for VOSH, mixing the dreamy and ethereal approach of Hope Sandoval or Alison Shaw (Cranes), the versatility of David Bowie, and the commanding power of Siouxsie, Diamanda Galas, and Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance). Olivia’s vocal sails above it all, presenting haunting melody after haunting melody in a dramatic and forceful manner that nods to voices from goth, dream pop, indie, and elements of traditional pop music.

Like Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus”, the minimalist lyrics liken a romantic relationship to a euphoric religious experience, but the ominous dark guitar and Olivia’s eerie female vocals, which bring to mind 45 Grave, bring a sense of darkness and danger to this leap of faith.

Watch below and be transmuted:

VOSH’s 12-track debut album “Vessel” bursts with explosive energy, juxtaposing an icy goth cool with red hot drama.  Recorded at Moore/Olivia’s shared home, Moore looped in longtime collaborator/producer/engineer Kevin Bernstein from Developing Nations in Baltimore for assistance on the mix, with mastering done by Magnus Lindberg (Tribulation, Russian Circles, Lucifer, Hellacopters, Frida Hyvönen).

You can pre-order the vinyl version from the Bandcamp link here, and stream the album here.

Catch VOSH on tour:

  • 2/14 @ Songbyrd (Washington DC) w/ Ilsa
  • 3/4 @ Velvet Underground (Toronto ON) w/ Clan Of Xymox, The Bellweather Syndicate
  • 3/5 @ SAT (Montreal QC) w/ Clan Of Xymox, The Bellweather Syndicate
  • 3/7 @ Crystal Ballroom / Sommerville Theater (Boston MA) w/ Clan Of Xymox, The Bellweather Syndicate
  • 3/8 @ Johnny Brenda’s (Philadelphia PA) w/ Clan Of Xymox, The Bellweather Syndicate
  • 3/10 @ Brooklyn Monarch (Brooklyn NY) w/ Clan Of Xymox, The Bellweather Syndicate
  • 3/11 @ Soundstage (Baltimore MD) w/ Clan Of Xymox, The Bellweather Syndicate
  • 4/1 @ The Runaway (Washington DC)

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