It was the first decade of the new millennium, and the darkwave, gothic, and industrial communities of Los Angeles were enjoying what was arguably the golden era of their “scene.” The epicenter was Hollywood, where there was at least one dark club every night of the week, with mainstays like Bar Sinister and Malediction Society (and a bit to the south, Das Bunker) holding down the weekends.
It was a celebratory and decadent time: club nights were true events, with dancers, musicians, and artists creating unique and original spectacles. And of course everyone dressed the part; indeed the fashion designers themselves from local purveyors like Shrine and Lip Service were often in attendance (the models from their catalogs, as well).
Into this environment arrived two musicians who called themselves Milton Scott and Pierre Simon Ordinaire; they would a few years later go on to form The Present Moment and labXIV, respectively, to some level of international recognition – but in those days they’d be working out of a dingy studio less than a block from Hollywood and Vine, playing the local club circuit in various bands, and creating an impressive portfolio of dark electronic music – music heard on the stage and the dance floor at Bar Sinister, at performances at Malediction Society, and elsewhere in the Los Angeles scene … but otherwise, outside the City of Angels, virtually unknown … until now. We’ve unearthed a collection of studio recordings, soundtracks, remixes and demos from this era, featuring members of TPM and labXIV with contributions from members of Christian Death, Assemblage 23, and more …
We offer the compilation at no charge, as a gift to the Coredark community. Download now!
We’ve also found some photos, club flyers, and other ephemera from this decadent era, which we’ve collected here.
And to see and hear more of the scene, back in the day, check out this short, underground documentary film from 2009.