Cult gothic rock vocalist Gitane Demone, absent from doing live performances for about two years, is back with a new band, The Crystelles, a mother/daughter project of dark, bluesy and soulful vocal-driven songs.
The Crystelles will perform on Sunday, October 9th, at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $8.
In the early ’80s, Gitane Demone stormed onto the alternative music scene with an incarnation of the band Christian Death, adding her luscious, soulful backing vocal crooning to male lead vocalist Rozz Williams’ ever-sinking lyrical heart.
After recording on a handful of Christian Death albums throughout the 1980s, she embarked on a solo endeavor during the 1990s, collaborating with various guest musicians.
With her solo albums, she explored jazz, blues, electronica and gospel vocal sounds and themes of sexuality, depression, sadomasochism, mysticism, betrayal and love. She is best known for the range and soulfulness of her vocals.
These days she describes a rootsier sound in her new project.
“It’s very black swamp,” says Demone of her musical vision — a vision partially influenced by her travels.
“I stayed with some hicks in my days touring across the U.S.,” she says.
In The Crystelles, Demone sings and plays guitar while her 18-year old daughter Zara Kand plays drums. Previously, Kand had sung some backing vocals on a Christian Death album while she was growing up.
Information, (310) 822-3006.