Cliff and Ivy, Alaska's only goth band

Cliff and Ivy, Alaska's only goth band

 Anchorage, Alaska, USA
DuoRockGothic

"if the world is going to hell, we need music like this!" Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover #81
C & I are as shadowy, sinister/menacing, heavy and uncategorizable as goth/postpunk trailblazers... Christian Death and The Screamers ... add Play Dead and Killing Joke's industrial fireball... plus some David Bowie "future Legend" like spoken word... Never mind Black Flag, this is creepy crawl!” Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover Magazine #79 January 2017

Biography

Cliff and Ivy are a post-gothic duo living in Alaska. They have a traditional goth/deathrock sound that brings in a new vibe with experimental song writing and arrangement, and the use of spoken word. They use theatrics, poetry and interactive gothic/art/horror props to get the audience involved. Cliff and Ivy have performed live with goth, punk, metal, festival and art/coffee house line-ups. They've done soundtracks for live theater and are working on an original score for an Alaskan horror film.   

They bring a northern pagan vibe to everything they do. Ivy's lower vocal range is unique and capture's audience attention while Cliff uses dissonant emotional guitar to bring the darkness to their sonic art.     

Spirit Room, their latest album, was self released on their label House of Extreme Darkness, Oct 2017. They collaborated with Rikk Agnew (Christian Death, 45 Grave, Adolescents, DI, Gitane Demone Quartet), Gitane Demone (Christian Death, GDQ), Paul Roessler (Screamers, GDQ), Deb Venom (GDQ, Spirit Before a Fall) and Sky Lee Vague (SBAF). Spirit Room recorded at Kitten Robot Studio in Los Angeles, produced and mastered by Paul Roessler.       

They released CXI111, 13 tracks, Oct 2016, their first collaboration (5 songs) with the above legends of the deathrock scene in LA. These were recorded at Kitten Robot Studio in Los Angeles, produced and mastered by Paul Roessler. They worked with Brian Troisi (drums, NJ) for tracks recorded in Alaska.  

They have also recorded and toured with a 6 piece band (east coast and west coast). In 2013-2014, Don Bolles, (The Germs, 45 Grave, Ariel Pink) played drums with them and they recorded an EP-  Springtide of Pure Reason. It was produced by KRAMER (Butthole Surfers, White Zombie, Ween, Urge Overkill, Low) in Connecticut.

Cliff and Ivy have written and performed together for over 20 years. Their background includes playing in the local hardcore punk and goth scenes in NY/NJ, and northern CA.

Cliff and Ivy's inspiration comes from art, punk, hardcore, old school goth and EBM, horror movies, no wave, industrial music, tribal music, current events and unwritten history. Cliff and Ivy have been compared to Dead Can Dance, Killing Joke, Ministry, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, and The Cure.

Cliff and Ivy are currently played on WRSU, WFMU (Irwin Chusid show), WPRB, KRUA, KONR, KXLU Los Angeles, and internet radio, HardtoPortRadio Portland, GRRRevolution UK, WickedSpinsRadio.org UK, StenchRadio.com Austin, TX, Nightbreed Radio, WFKU NYC, Radio Free Joshua Tree, Palm Desert CA, Strawberry Tongue, and on the Mick Mercer Radio Show UK.  







Lyrics

Reincarnation

Written By: Livingston/Thrasher-Livingston

Underground your physical existence
take the plunge for you are newly godless
lethargy, heirarchy
the hunger takes effect
sons of hours weeping flowers
a ritual in red
worm in the wood the virtuous stood in station
left hand will rise reborn from the the skies
reincarnation divides
consend to you
a dollar or two
to close your staring eyes
a talisman of technology forgiven
fortuitous north
the bruises of birth
the blackbird is your guide
burning you down dismember the crown
born again you rise
under the hood
the curious stood in nation
left hand will rise
reborn from the skies
reincarnation divides
left hand will rise
reborn from the skies
reincarnation divides
under the hood the spurious stood in nation
left hand will rise
reborn from the skies
reincarnation divides
worm in the wood the spurious stood in nation
left hand will rise
reborn from the skies
reincarnation divides
left hand will rise
reborn from the skies
reincarnation divides
underground your physical existence
take the plunge for you are newly godless
lethargy, heirarchy
the hunger takes effect
sons of hours weeping flowers
a ritual in red

credits
released August 8, 2016
song and lyrics by Cliff and Ivy
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Paul Roessler at Kitten Robot Studio, Los Angeles
recorded at Kitten Robot Studio and in the House of Extreme Darkness, Anchorage Alaska
CliffMonk - Guitar and bass
Rikk Agnew - lead guitar
Ivy Silence - vocals
Gitane Demone - backup vocals
Paul Roessler - piano
Deb Venom - Synth
Sky Lee Vague - drums

In Your Hands

Written By: Livingston/Thrasher-Livingston

In Your Hands

Hold your head in your hands!

Part 1-instrumental intro-

There you sit, in a putrefied reality
While a world swirls around, wrapped in wires
The green vine is humming all substance is music
While the enigma lives forever

Part 2 INSTRUMENTAL
Hey ya-ya ya etc vocals

CHORUS
Hold your head in your hands
Under a mountain of sand (hey ya ya ya)
Hold your head in your hands (heyyaya)
Under a mountain of sand (eeeeeeya)

PART 1
Your face is like a wheel
Perpetual motion, a spirit revealed
Stolen gold- run into the sunshine
Dominate all possibilities
An Arrogant Fashion, a fusion of fury- one of three glorious enigmas (hey)
Soft and Heavy- a sensual fall
A half-face now has fallen from the wall

Part 2 INSTRUMENTAL
Hey Hey- Cha- Shhhhhh-lolololoooo- Shhhh

PART 1- (play quiet but dramatic)
The second head is the soul, discovered in exploration of unknown islands. A sensualist nature, devoid of drawing, simple, hand spreading color, saturated, touching. Devouring cruelty, pulling brains out with a tiny fork. The second head is the soul, a double genius, perennial, illuminated, devouring armor and exoskeleton

Part 2 INSTRUMENTAL
Heeyyyyyy- etc

CHORUS
Hold your head in your hands (eeyayaya)
Under a mountain of sand (hey-ya ya ya)
Hold your head in your hands (heyyayayayayay)
Under a mountain of sand (yeeeeey)

---note- Play less and drop out until only piano

(Oooooooloolooloolooloo…….)
Hold your head in your hands
Under a mountain of sand
(hey-hey- heyyyy)
Hold you head in your hand
(Hey lelelelalalala………..)
Under a mountain of sand

(heyye- ahahahaha ahhahah



Discography

SPIRIT ROOM full length album release date Oct 3, 2017

American Post-Gothic You Should Know Compilation, Post-Punk Records December 2017

Seven Veils in Transylvania Compilation, Do What Thou Wilt Records, September 2017

Cliff and Ivy LIVE in the City of Lost Angels, live album, released July 2017

La Danse Macabre #2, At Sea Compilation, At Sea Records June 2017

33 Goth Bands You Should Know Compilation, Post-Punk Records Oskar Terramortis Volume 4 October 2016

CXI111 full length album released Oct 11 2016

Reincarnation, single released Aug 8, 2016 from album CXI 111 out Oct 11, 2016

Begin Again, gothic holiday single, released December 2015  

Earth Spits Fire/Antitoxin Single release, October 2015 (from Blackflower Breakdown LP scheduled for June 2016)

Music From MacBeth 17 Track original soundtrack to Shakespeare's Macbeth as performed at Cyrano's Theater, directed by David Edgecombe, May 2015 

New Blood Old World 5 Track EP produced by Peter Ratner, House of Extreme Darkness, April 2015 

Included in For the Bats Volumes 1, 2, and 3 International Goth Compilation, benefit for Bat rescue organizations worldwide www.forthebats.bandcamp.com   

Springtide of Pure Reason, 5 track EP produced by KRAMER, House of Extreme Darkness April 2014

Equilux, 12 tracks on All Ears Music(label for digital release)




Set List

CLIFF AND IVY SET LIST

Fossil Fuel

Reincarnation

Secret To Tell 

Dogs of Fate

Progression of Desire 

Pendulum

The Ritual 

Combustion 

The Jagged Edge

Sex Beat (Cover)

Monkshood Bloodshed

Blackflower Breakdown

Pissing in A River (Cover)