13 Questions to Mark Allen (Ex-Voto, BloodPenny, Hyena Motorcade and Former Humans)

What was the very first record you bought?

Hard to remember that far back but I believe it was Deep Purple’s Machine Head

What is the most expensive record have you bought?

I think that would have been an import back in the 80s from either James Ray & The Performance or The Sisterhood

Who are your 5 very favourite artists ever?

Psychedelic Furs, Sisters of Mercy, Mission UK, Chameleons, Modern English

Name 5 bands that have changed your life?

Psychedelic Furs, Sisters of Mercy, Mission UK, Interpol, Christian Death

Name your 3 favourite Gothic Fests?

Eternal Death Wake Festival, Drop Dead Festival, Wake The Dead Festival

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

As a musician: Opening for Peter Murphy (w/ BloodPenny), Opening for Modern English (w/ Hyena Motorcade) and opening for ABC (w/ Former Humans). As a fan: Psychedelic Furs in 1984, Sisters of Mercy in 1985 and March Violets/Flesh for Lulu in 1986.

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

Sisters of Mercy’s “First and Last and Always”, Chameleons “Script of the Bridge” and Psychedelic Furs “Forever Now”.

Describe yourself with 3 adjectives?

I dress interestingly, I have great bones and I think my legs are quite brilliant.

What is the most overrated gothic band?

The Bolshoi

What is the most underrated gothic band?

Any of my bands…haha

In which band would you have liked to play live?

Sisters of Mercy circa 1984-1985

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

Astari Nite, White Lies (if you can call them Gothic) and a band called FEHM that sound quite a bit like Chameleons…

Gothic Rock or Post Punk and why?

I wouldn’t be the musician I am today or the person I am today without both influences. They go together hand in hand quite nicely. Post Punk bands like Wire, Modern English, Gang of Four, Magazine, etc set the scene for Gothic rock’s ascendency afterwards and the reality of the situation is that gothic IS post punk and vice-versa…..it’s the same. There is no difference between gothic and post punk besides the words that define them….


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