The Dirge Carolers

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Since their formation in 1995, The Dirge Carolers have materialized in many incarnations in the New England dark music scene. The current lineup formed in 2007, and is now on the verge of their most ambitious release to date. Pulling from post-punk, goth, steampunk, new romantic, and new wave, their diverse sound appeals to a broad audience.  The band has achieved international and local acclaim.  According to legendary British music journalist Mick Mercer, "there’s an intelligence burrowing deep into their refined Goth sounds."

cantab lounge show

Over the years, the Dirge Carolers have performed at such seminal venues as CBGB, The Rat, Club Babyhead, Club Hell, and the El'N'Gee.  They have shared the stage with Gene Loves Jezebel, Holy Cow, the Dorian James Band, and the Impotent Sea Snakes, and many more.  In 1996, the band performed at the 15 Lillies benefit show, a goodwill offering from the goth scene to family members of the Columbine High School tragedy.  Recently, a Dirge Carolers track was featured in the film "Beyond the Dunwich Horror",  by Richard Griffin of Scorpio Films.

Dirge Carolers

Throughout the bands career, the band has issued several independent releases from the early Fables of Despair to the controversial Tied My Own Tie TodayOrnithronos, released on Triforium Records in 2009, will reach a wider audience. The current lineup includes founder Chris Harnois on vocals and bass, Peter on guitar, and Heather on keyboards, saxophone, and additional bass.  Ornithronos also contains additional guitar contributions from New England goth veteran Dorian James. The CD showcases much new material and a few new approaches to older songs. While it captures the current sound of the band admirably, it explores new directions. From the bluesy cautionary tale dubbed "Hoof," to the batcave-like sounds of "Scars of Love," to the melodic rock of "Want" and the overtly poppy "Dunwich Horror," this ecelectic group of tunes will keep you wondering where the Dirge Carolers will take you next. Check them out in the clubs and party like it's 1899!

The Dirge Carolers

    
    

MEMBERS

Chris Harnois -- Vocals, Bass
Peter -- Guitar
Heather -- Keyboards, Bass, Saxophone

 

SOUNDS LIKE

Peter Murphy / Bauhaus, Joy Division, Christian Death, The Cure, Nick Cave, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Killing Joke, Interpol, Steampunk Henna Puppet Music

INFLUENCES

Bauhaus/Peter Murphy, The Virgin Prunes, Siouxsie and the Banshees / The Creatures, Chameleons UK, Sisters of Mercy, Rasputina, Misfits, Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys, Buzzcocks, Wire, Gene Loves Jezebel, Clan of Xymox, Soft Cell, Tuxedomoon, and local legends Morphine