Album Review: 1919 – “Futurecide”
As is well known, there was quite a substantial goth scene around the Bradford-Leeds area in the early 80s. While the Sisters of Mercy, the Cult and, later, the Mission are the best known exports from the area, there were a whole legion of others who rose up around this time but never quite made the jump up to the big leagues.
Bradford’s 1919 are one such band – forming around the start of the 80s, they put out a number of singles and a solitary album on various labels, but imploded in the middle of the decade. You can’t keep a good goth band down though and the group reformed around a decade ago under the leadership of original guitarist Mark Tighe. With some well received gigs and a few EPs under their belt, they commenced work on Futurecide, their third album, a few years ago but the project was derailed by Tighe’s sudden diagnosis with cancer which tragically claimed his life in 2017. Upon his wishes, the band are continuing, and so 2019 finally sees Futurecide given a public release.
And it’s not a bad effort. The key thing is that there’s an urgency to this album which sets it apart from a lot of the goth-by-numbers field. Opener Anxiety roars out of the traps like a speeded up version of the Mission’s Deliverance, while Isolation could be Bauhaus in one of their nervier post-punk moments (certainly new vocalist Rio Goldhammer’s vocals bear a passing resemblance to Peter Murphy’s).
They keep the high standards up throughout the album – the creeping Dali Alarma and the Sisters-style Speak Now are suitably atmospheric while the sky-surfing guitar on Aurora is a good tribute to Tighe’s ability. Treading a fine line between sinister goth and nervy post-punk, Futurecide is a good example of both genres and comes highly recommended to fans of either side of that particular coin.
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from "Futurecide" but colour me impressed - this is a good sinister atmospheric album which treads the line between goth and post-punk well and has enough variety to keep you interested throughout. It serves as a good eulogy for Mark Tighe and proves that 1919 have got plenty left in the tank going forward.