[dropcap]There[/dropcap] must be some sort of time vortex located somewhere in the vicinity of Helsinki, as I can’t say I know a single person from Finland who doesn’t fit the classification of a good ol’ fashion Deathrocker.
This is definitely evident in Finland’s premiere Deathrock band, Masquerade, which began 3 years ago in late 2012 and was founded by the strikingly oldschool vocalist Suzi Sabotage, whose appearance at one point resembled Siouxsie Sioux during the “Kiss in the Dreamhouse” era of The Banshees.
The music of Masquerade, while matching the aesthetic, leans more towards the Banshee’s first two records, “The Scream”, and “Join Hands”, while also resembling many female fronted UK Positive-Punk acts such as Brigandage, Look Back in Anger, Blood and Roses, and Rubella Ballet.
Besides the obvious choices of Nina Hagen, and Siouxsie, who are your favorite Deathrock, Batcave, Positive Punk, or Oldschool Gothic artists?
Suzi: Skeletal Family, The Danse Society (the original one with male vocals), Sleeping Children, Siekiera, X-Mal Deutschland, Geisha (Finnish female trio), to mention a few.
I hear you are now married, and your husband Jacques nows plays bass in Masquerade. How did you two meet, and when did he join the band? Jacques, I understand you were in Sleeping Children?
Suzi: We met online setting up a gig to Paris. I was introduced to him by our lovely friend Elvira Iskra. Jacques became part of our band earlier this year as a result of our wild idea, then I became convinced by his talent and skill. It seems so natural now to have him in the band that I wonder how we ever functioned without!
Jacques: Yeah, I created Sleeping Children in the beginning of 2003 when I was living in Paris. It wasn’t a bad band, but I think Masquerade is better.
Are there a lot of people into Deathrock in Finland currently? I would imagine a few, as I kept running into Finnish people at Gothic Pogo Festival.
Suzi: I usually tend to hang out in hardcore punk parties or isolated from the outside world, but I guess there is one or two deathrockers left and of course vast quantities of cyber and mainstream goth shit. Me and Jacques—we are mostly alone or with random people since we hate cliques
Speaking of Los Angeles, I’ve heard you will be touring the Western US soon?
Suzi: Yes, we are conjuring up a tour in the west coast from on 21st August. Any suggestions and offers from gig organizers are highly appreciated, since we don’t have the tour completely figured out yet.
Do you have any new material in the works, EP, LP, video, or debuting new songs live?
Jacques: We have tons of project actually, including composing songs for our first full-length album, that we hope to record this fall or winter. We are also composing many new songs for Virgin in Veil, another band consisting of all Masquerade members.
Suzi: The upcoming release is in progress, yes, and I have a solid vision of it, the sound and the artwork. It’s going to be diverse, yet classic. Both Masquerade and Virgin in Veil are also actively searching for collaboration with different record labels, who could distribute our music even more voraciously throughout the world.
Not many bands I know have made television appearances, but Masquerade have appeared several times on Finnish Television. How did these spots come about?
And an appearance on Tähdet, Tähdet (The stars, the stars), a Finnish talent competition show.
Masquerade Bandcamp page here.
Masquerade Facebook here.
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