Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Goth bands with female vocalists

I had an e-mail from Emily Marie, who said, "Could you maybe make a post sometime about specifically female Goth singers and bands? I'm kinda looking for new music to listen to from artists other than Amanda Palmer and (eep!) Emilie Autumn, and I love a good female voice."

Let's start with the classics! I've linked to some videos on YouTube for some of the bands I particularly enjoy and would recommend, so if you have a bit of free time, get clicking. :-)

OK, so those are fairly obvious. I also highly recommend the following bands:
Sue Hutton, Rhea's Obsession
The following bands may not, strictly speaking, be considered 'Goth', depending on how purist your outlook is, but they are generally associated with the 'dark alternative' scenes (like the artists Emily Marie mentioned in her e-mail), ranging from Industrial and electronic, to darkwave, to alternative rock to dark cabaret.
  • Unter Null
  • The Birthday Massacre
  • I:Scintilla
  • Rasputina
  • L'Ame Immortelle
  • The Divine Madness
  • TyLean
  • Hannah Fury
  • Ayria
  • Chiasm
  • Purple Fog Side
  • Angelspit (male and female vocals)
  • Ego Likeness
  • Lahannya
  • Sarah June
  • Zola Jesus
  • Esben and the Witch
  • Darling Violetta (responsible for the Angel theme tune, just FYI)
  • Jakalope
  • Collide
  • Rhea's Obsession
  • Leandra
This is by no means a complete list, just something for you to get your teeth into for a while. Readers, which female-fronted bands would you recommend to Emily Marie?


SaryWalrus said...

I'm so glad you included Lydia Lunch, she is absolutely one of my idols.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Mechanical Moth? I would especially recommend the songs 'Dead Roses' and 'Cathedral', they are beautiful.

Claire said...

Nice post. I also like This Ascension, The Shroud, This Mortal Coil, All My Faith Lost.., Miranda Sex Garden, Persephone, Mors Syphilitica, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, The Shroud, and Katzenjammer Kabarett.

Schadenfreude said...

I would also suggest Lacuna Coil and my current favorite, Coven. So, awesome thing about Coven- they were doing black metal before metal was even a thing. They released their first album ("Witchcraft destroys minds and devours souls", which is quite a mouthful) in 1969. The singer, Jinx Dawson, is like a Satanic Janis Joplin, and while the music certainly isn't goth (since that wasn't a thing yet), it is equal parts campy, occult, and wickedly groovy. Also, she invented the metal horns hand-gesture. /music trivia

Alexandriaweb said...

Not strictly goth, more like "music goths like" and they have played a lot of goth gigs but my suggestion is Dyonisis, Nel's voice is just amazing :)

Under_The_Stairs said...

Gitane DeMone
Asphyxia(the dark electro one)
Strange Boutique
dark orange
Deadly Nightshade Botanical Society
Guilty Strangers
This list includes goth music and "dark alternative".(dark cabaret,steam punk,dark electro,etc)

Anonymous said...

Not to be contradictory, but Anna Varney(Sopor Aeternus) is a male, and I wouldn't exactly call Lydia Lunch goth. While we're on the topic, though, you could also include Diamanda Galas.

kakuidori said...

thank you for that post! i really have only a few bands with female vocalists that i like, maybe i can find some new in your list...

there is a band called nun (album sunlight, they seem to be some electro, pop, alternative, whatsoever but maybe you like it?)

faoladh said...

Not bothering to check and see if these fit into a narrow definition of "goth" (I like music, and define the dark things I like as "gothy", usually), and trying to avoid things already mentioned:

Faith & Disease
Fear of Dolls
Curiosity (the one in Chicago, not the one in Belgium)
The Creatures (OK, so this is Siouxsie under another name. I like Siouxsie.)
Jill Tracy
Kokusyoku Sumire
Love Spirals Downwards

And, for a couple of things that really are not by any stretch goth, but which are nonetheless very goth-friendly:

Portishead (I have one friend who calls them "stealth goth")
Fever Ray

faoladh said...

We always forget one, don't we?

Bat For Lashes.

Alex said...

Xmal Deutschland they were called the German siouxsie and the banshees

Davina said...

Fangs on fur :)

Cupcake.on.Crack said...


I love Patricia Day, and how dysfunctional her voice is with a slapping bass and rockabilly/ psychobilly sound in the back. It is so cool, not exactly goth. But whose counting.

Nightwind said...

I hadn't heard of Autumn before but I must say that they were very good. Thanks for the post Amy. It's always fun to expand musical horizons.

Goth Mary Poppins said...

Haha, I accidentally found a psychobillyband, The Hellfreaks, and I've realised, that I understand what she sings despite her accent. Guess what, she is hungarian, too!

I like the looks, but I'm not sure about the music.


Under_The_Stairs said...

Oh,I forgot about Zadera and New Days Delay.!(deathrock,goth rock)

Cupcake.on.Crack said...

Ooh and I almost forgot


Not goth, but very good too.

Cupcake.on.Crack said...

Uggh! I keep remembering others after the fact.

45 Grave.

Cupcake.on.Crack said...

Mad Marge and The Stonecutters. I swear this will be my last add on... Fingers crossed.

Cupcake.on.Crack said...

... Jack Off Jill.

You'll either like it or hate.

Anonymous said...

How about Nico's 80's stuff,and Patricia Morrison?
Sorry, I cant work out how to put my name in!

Anonymous said...

Actually, 45 Grave/Penis Flytrap are more deathrock or punk. I wouldn't classify them anywhere near goth.

ultimategothguide said...

Anonymous - I knew someone would mention Anna-Varney! I don't want to get into a gender debate as I'm not informed enough on such things, but I will note that she uses female pronouns to refer to herself. And, well:

Anonymous said...

I didn't intend for a gender debate, but I wasn't sure if the person wantied bands with female vocals because of a certain sound (for lack of a better word), and I didn't want someone to check them out and be put off by a clearly masculine voice.

By the way, I love Sopor Aeternus (on my all time Top Five List), and I apologize for any offense you may have taken.

Cupcake.on.Crack said...

@ Anonymous

I know that but 45 Grave and
Penis Flytrap are still still good, very good. And they are female fronted. All the bands I have mentioned...are not goth, but they are female fronted and may come of interest to someone. Hopefully.


Dalestair Kidd said...

I don't know if you can consider them a "Goth Band" but there's always Betty Curse. While no official CD was released (as far as I know) you can still find the music online.

Dalestair Kidd said...

This links my fave Betty Curse song, and the first one I ever heard. :)

May said...


Strictly speaking more rockabilly, but cool nevertheless.

Bane said...

Tapping the Vein (variously described as gothic rock, gothic metal, industrial, dark rock)
"The Damage"

Atharil said...

Two Witches actually has a male singer, with female vocals present only in few songs. A fairly good female-lead goth band from Finland is Silene. They are just working on releasing their first studio album´in spring 2012.

ultimategothguide said...

Anonymous - certainly no offence taken! You make a good point. :-)

Darling Violetta said...

Here's some female fronted bands. In the same vein as Faoladh I'm not going to get into nitpicking on whether they're "goth or not" (since that is both unhelpful and annoying). But, they all fit within a certain aesthetic that Emily may enjoy. :)

Click on the names of each band to hear some of their music.

- Scarlet's Remains
- Cocteau Twins
- Queen Adreena & Daisy Chainsaw
- Bella Lune & Dreamgaze
- Cindergarden
- Hannah Fury
- Faith and the Muse
- Collide
- Cranes
- Ego Likeness
- Hate in the Box
- Humanwine

faoladh said...

Holy carp! How did I forget Cocteau Twins? But thinking of Scottish bands also reminds me: Strawberry Switchblade.

And for some reason, I also forgot to mention Mazzy Star.

Emily M said...

Thanks Amy and everyone! I am so gonna check out all of these..

Louise said...

^ A Queenadreena rec... *.* ((sends that person cybercake))

Re: The Anna-Varney debate... I don't find her voice especially masculine, and her biological sex doesn't make her any less a woman if that's how she identifies, so I don't see why anybody would be put off (especially not somebody who places Amanda Palmer's wonderful but not exactly dulcet tones amongst their favourites). Even if Anna's vocals aren't quite what the requester was after, her music is well worth a listen and recommending it won't do any harm. :)

Seconding Faith and the Muse. I'm always surprised by how underrated they seem to be.

Definitely seconding Fever Ray. Goth? No. Goth friendly? Very. Worth a try? Absolutely yes, I can almost guarantee you won't regret it.

**may or may not be completely obsessed with Karin Dreijer's voice**

I'll throw the Scary Bitches out there, for any fans of camp over the top horror punk. Also, Yousei Teikoku. I'm not sure if they technically count as Goth, but they're definitely Goth influenced and will probably appeal to at least somebody here XD

faoladh said...

A couple more I thought of (again, may or may not be goth, but are definitely goth-friendly): Émilie Simon and Unto Ashes

Minakitty (Mary) said...

This covers a lot of the artists mentioned, but try to get a hold of the Heavenly Voices compilations on the now-defunct Hyperium label (try Discogs). These are great introductions to a lot of the ethereal music coming out of Europe in the 90s.

Diamanda is just...incomparable! :)

Anonymous said...

The Moulettes is another good band. They're all females and they're centered in the UK.

faoladh said...

What about An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump?

InfiltratorN7 said...

I'm not sure if Emily is wanting any goth bands with female lead vocals or specific types so I'll just throw two of my favourites out there: Zeitgeist Zero and Zombina and the Skeletones.

Not goth but have performed at goth nights: Schmoof. They're some kind of electropop or something. Fun to listen to.

Anonymous said...

I have a major preference for bands with female vocalists, so I'd like to say... thank you for posting this! I know a number of the bands listed, but some I'm not so familiar with - so I'll definitely check them out. x

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I also have to suggest Die Laughing.

Rose said...

I've seen a lot of comments suggesting bands that "aren't goth, but they're good all the same". I'm just wondering - and this is coming from someone who very much enjoys the style but knows little about goth music - what IS "goth"? Like, technically and officially? I just want some examples of real goth bands, and what differentiates them from the other bands you've all mentioned?

Stefan said...

Found this blog post while Googling for Scottish goth rock bands (which I found exactly none of). But I see Die Laughing has already been mentioned, but I'd like to give a nod to Dead Souls Rising, The Shadow Dance (they released, as far as I'm able to tell, only a single EP bacjk in the mid/late 90s and then promptly vanished into the air), Solemn Novena (who sadly broke up a few years ago) and The River Knows.

A few that aren't gothic rock per se, but still fall somewhat under the goth tag:
Miss FD (formerly known as Frightdoll), Tristesse de la Lune, Alice in Videoland (they're electroclash/electropunk so they'd sort of fall under cybergoth, I guess), Helalyn Flowers and Lesbian Bed Death.

Anonymous said...

There is a very thorough playlist on Youtube with well over 200 female fronted Goth or Goth-ish bands:

Happy hunting.

samara said...

Sam -
Everyone has their own idea of "Goth music". So I'm just gonna toss in good bands that are my favorites. Not stating whether goth or not but very nice songs

Voodoo Church
Lazy Lane
Hungry Lucy
Zombie Girl
Porcelain and the Tramps
Snake River Conspiracy
I saw someone put Jack Off Jill already singer formed her own project band. called Scarling

samara said...

Voodoo Church
Lazy Lane
Zombie Girl
Hungry Lucy
Snake River Conspiracy
Porcelain and the Tramps

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