Vampires Are Never Too Long In The Tooth
90s gothic artist Jerico of the Angels isn’t not undead anymore.
By Tony Sokol
New York City hosted a lively - can you say that when talking about the undead? – underground vampire scene in the 1990s. The Limelight wasn’t a mall. Mother, The Bank and The Bat Cave hosted bands like Empire Hideous, Switchblade Symphony and Rasputina. Strange Universe on the UPN Network named La Commedia del Sangue: Vampyr Theatre the number one strange thing on their “Strange New York” episode in 1996. One of the former actors was actually a slumming musician with a big club following who called himself Jerico DeAngelo but who shared his stash, so it was okay.
Jerico of the Angels is returning to his crypt to throw a kind of single release party at the Iron Garden during its Shamanamystically-themed February 26th gathering. Iron Garden is located 11 minutes outside of Manhattan the borough of New Jersey. Iron Garden was an underground alternative art and music assembly that abound underground in the Ironbound section of Newark for ten years. They recently reassembled. On Friday January 29th, they will celebrate their first anniversary since coming above ground, though still in the basement, at QXT's DOWNSTAIRS on 248 Mulberry Street in Newark. Hesperus of House of The Dreaming will present "The Faces of Initiation" in The Merchants Room.
Jerico Of The Angels will release "Gabrielle," the first single off his upcoming CD Tame the Wind on Jan. 22, 2016.
“In the video that I created myself for my single ‘Gabrielle,’ I was influenced by the idea of Swamp Witches, ‘True Blood,’ ‘Beautiful Creatures,’ Jerico told Smashpipe exclusively. “I cast Arielle Prevot to play the part of Gabrielle, who was an actual girl I was once infatuated with long ago. And I cast Marlon Frando to play a younger version of me.”
The Grammy-nominated songwriter hasn't strayed too far from his horror music past. He released his last album, 2014’s Undead A Go-Go, at a party thrown by the mysterious occult order Temple House Sahjaza, which was the last time he performed live.
“And before that it was 2010 at a Susanne Bartsch party, to promote my new EDM single at the time, "Flow Affair," Jerico said. “Before that it was in the 1990s. So I really have performed very rarely and intend on getting singing out more now.”
Jerico says the Iron Garden performance won’t be a one-time event.
“I'm gonna be a bit more visible and active this year, to build my fan base and brush up on my performance skills,” he said.
The Iron Garden is hosted by Madame X, the Matriarch of House of the Dreaming and the co-founder of Dark Nations. She is also the Chapter Head of New Jersey Bloodlines, a nightkind citizenship organization.
“I see the same beautiful people at the Iron Garden gathering that are exploring themselves and their spirituality through specific subculture scenes and having the guts to express themselves by creatively dressing up,” Jerico said. “It's not just a crowd that want to just show up. They have a reason, a mission to share a moment with each other and even learn about themselves. To evolve.”
The new CD Tame The Wind was made in collaboration with multi-Grammy nominees Michael O'Hara and Denise Rich. Producer and co-writer of the album Michael O'Hara is a 4-time Grammy Awards nomine who produced and wrote records for such artists as Anita Baker, Patti LaBelle, Donna Summer and Cee Cee Peniston. Denise Rich, who co-wrote the bulk of songs on the album, is a 3-time Grammy Award nominee whose songs have been recorded by Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin and Hannah Montana before she transmorgrophied back into Miley Cyrus.
For the album, Jerico hand-selected the 8 tracks on the album from a body of work of demos he co-wrote and performed vocals on that go back as far back as the years 1990-1993.
"It's like I'm finally having a baby that I was pregnant with for 23 years , and I can't tell you how emotional and joyous it is for me to finally make these songs available for people," Jerico said. "It killed me to give myself, heart and soul, to these songs and recordings for three years, signed to a production deal with Denise Rich and Michael O'Hara from 1990 - 1993. My project was destined to be shopped to the major labels, but fate would not weave things that way."
"In keeping with the original concept of my recording artist project from those early 1990 years, My CD cover is made up of photos of me from that time, and I plan on releasing only photos from that time in conjunction with the album."
Published January 21st, 2016
Tony Sokol is a writer, playwright and musician. He writes for Den of Geek, The Chiseler, KpopStarz.com and wrote for Altvariety, Coed.com, Daily Offbeat. Dark Media Press, Wicked Mystic and other magazines. He has had over 20 plays produced in NYC, including Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera "AssassiNation: We Killed JFK." He appeared on the Joan Rivers (TV) Show, Strange Universe and Britain's "The Girlie Show."