13 questions to James Tramel (October Burns Black / The Wake)


James Tramel

October Burns Black

The Wake

The Wake on Gothic Rock

What was the very first record you bought?

Rebel Rouser, Duane Eddy. Used, of course!

What is the most expensive record have you bought?

Belfegore, self titled release on Elektra records. It was an ebay out of print find.

What are your 5 very favorite bands ever?

Leonard Cohen, though he is a solo artist but still makes the list; Adam and the Ants; Motorhead; Dion, another solo artist; nearly any artist from the 1950s.

Name 5 bands that have changed your life?

The Wake, for obvious reasons; Killing Joke, New Model Army, TSOM, pre Vision Thing, Leonard Cohen.

Name your 3 favorite Gothic Fests?

Never played a goth fest, nor attended one. But, Whitby, Castle Party, WGT, have all captured my interests.

Name your 3 favorite gigs as a musician and as fan?

First Wake gig at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus; first Wake gig in NYC; Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

Name the most 3 influential albums for you as an artist.

Clan of Xymox, Medusa; The Clash, self titled; The Who, live at Leeds.

Describe yourself with 3 adjectives.

Clever, Innovative, Compassionate.

What is the most overrated gothic band?

No comment.

What is the most underrated gothic band?

No comment.

In which band would you have liked to play live?

Already have, The Wake. Otherwise, Lords of the New Church would have been an ideal fit for me, I believe.

Name 3 new gothic bands that have caught your attention lately?

Sweet Ermengarde, Long Night, Vol Distil.

Gothic Rock or Post Punk and why?

Gothic Rock. Why? Because I am both a fan and participant in the movement. I do not pretend to fully understand what the mindset was during the post punk movement, nor claim to be an expert. Different times and different mindsets existed then, during the Post Punk era, which influenced those for reasons that are different than those in the Gothic Rock era. —–


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