Exclusive: Hotgothic – ‘Cockfight’

London live scene stalwarts Hotgothic have announced their self-titled debut album, a punchy, retrocentric synth infused slice of 80’s LA lounge-pop meets political proto-punk. New video ‘Cockfight’ is a perfect […]

London live scene stalwarts Hotgothic have announced their self-titled debut album, a punchy, retrocentric synth infused slice of 80’s LA lounge-pop meets political proto-punk.

New video ‘Cockfight’ is a perfect example of their skeezy synth-pop sleaze and anthemic glam.

Gang-leader Malibu Stacy has taken his project with him across the world as something that resembles more of an art collective than a band. Malibu, influenced by the likes of Suicide and GG Allen, took his machine beat punk rock from hometown New Zealand to Finland where he and his drum machine, Professor Tsunami (a pastiche pet name inspired by goth rock legends The Sisters Of Mercy), gained a reputation for scuzzy dance beats, anthemic punk songwriting and raucous live performances.

After relocating to London, Malibu recruited likeminded soul, and bass extraordinaire, Dr Jacket and the duo quickly became something of an underground cult sensation, showcasing a frankly unrivalled energetic live persona across London’s dirtier dive bar venues. They amounted an impressive back catalogue of single releases, gig partners and shows including various house parties, art galleries, charity events plus a year’s residence as the house band at Stoke Newington’s Conservative Party club night, a night named ironically after their fiercely left-wing ideals.

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