The Band

Pronunciation: West En Rah!

::WESTENRA:: emerged out of the shadows of Whitby Abbey in autumn 2019, three lost souls each drawn to the dark mysteries and legends of that most magickal place: Luciferia (vocals), Karl (guitars), and Dominique (bass).  

 

They celebrated the release of their debut single “First Light” with a number of acclaimed high-profile gigs over the November 2019 Goth weekend in Whitby, including the infamous Little Angel pub and the inaugural Goth at The (Whitby) Brewery. An exclusive live performance at the Whitby Rifle Club in December 2019 was followed with the release of the epic second single “The Last Beat of Our Hearts” in February 2020.  

 

Autumn of 2020 saw the band film live performances for a Channel 4 travel show featuring comedian Rosie Jones, and for “Goth City 5: Video Nasty (Internet Bootleg)” online festival.

 

The band’s debut album, “First Light” was released on 4th January 2021.

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Luciferia - Vocals

Equipment: Sennheiser G3 835 wireless mic, Gravity MS431HB Straight Microphone Stand

Favourite WESTENRA song: “Shadow of a Ghost” - it is the song which took the most emotion to write, and to perform, but also allowed me to express how I feel in a way that I never could convey before. It has made me a stronger person.

Favourite bands: Blutengel, Faun, The Trials of Cato, Night Club, Aesthetic Perfection, Combichrist, Lady Gaga, Priest, Within Temptation, Faderhead. My music taste is a very wide and varied mix of Gothic, Electro-Industrial, EBM, Dance Pop and Medieval Folk.

Favourite books: F**k it: Do what you love by John c. Parkin, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins but I don't really read much fiction, give me non-fictional books on personal development and psychology anyday,

Favourite films: The Matrix, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Pitch Perfect, Van Helsing, The Addams Family, Kiki's Delivery Service, Period Dramas, The Mummy (1999-2001).

 

Historical period you would visit in a Time Machine: Victorian, for the fashion and the furniture!

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Karl - Guitars

Equipment: Various Gretsch, Fender, Charvel and Yamaha guitars (so far!). Assorted analogue and digital effects pedals. Session, Blackstar and Marshall amps. Ernie Ball strings. But it's a constantly evolving thing!

Favourite WESTENRA song: Our Cliff Richard cover!

Favourite bands: The Birthday Massacre, Fields of the Nephilim, Bella Morte, Night Club. I tend to listen to lots of tracks by various different bands rather than albums in their entirety and I also listen to and play quite alot of blues, country, rock, american gothic and rockabilly.

Favourite books: I mostly read magazines and non-fiction, history etc. But I'm a big Sherlock Holmes fan - and of the Jeremy Brett TV series. I also liked The Brenda and Effie series by Paul Magrs and Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror and the following series by Chris Priestley. Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson still makes me laugh.

Favourite films: Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Addams Family, Hot Fuzz, The Longest Day, My Neighbour Totoro, Kelly's Heroes, Dispicable Me, The Lost Boys.

Historical period you would visit in a Time Machine: 

Definitely Victorian.

Westenra - Individual Photos - Dominique

Dominique - Bass

Equipment: Ibanez BTB700DX bass; Tech 21 SansAmp VT Bass DI; Zoom B1on multi-effects; Ernie Ball strings.

Favourite WESTENRA song: “The Last Beat of Our Hearts” - it was a song born alone in darkness but transformed with the band into one of eternal hope.

Favourite bands: Fields of The Nephilim; Siouxsie & The Banshees; Dead Can Dance; Rammstein; Cradle of Filth, Sometime The Wolf.

Favourite books: I don’t get much time to read….

Favourite films: Near Dark; Star Wars; Batman (Tim Burton); X-Men.

Historical period you would visit in a Time Machine: Ancient Egypt - so magical and exotic.

The inscription that you would like to have on your tombstone: “She looked like Patricia Morrison and sounded like Tony Pettit” - even though I could never do either LOL

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