Suspiria is the name of a Darkwave/gothic rock band from England. Formed in 1993 the line-up consisted of Matthew Carl Lucian and Mark Tansley.
Suspiria were a groundbreaking goth/darkwave band from Nottingham England between 1993-1998. Formed by Matthew Carl Lucian (vocals) and Mark Tansley (guitars/programming), Suspiria marked a decisive break in the UK goth music scene from the Sisters of Mercy influenced guitar rock that had dominated the scene. Drawing on late 1970s techno experimentalists such as Cabaret Voltaire
and Human League
, and the early 80s synthesizer sound of artists such as Depeche Mode
, Suspiria fused crisp electronics with heavily effected guitars to produce a much more dancefloor-orientated sonic backdrop to the melodramatic vocal stylings of frontman Lucian.
The 1994 release of the debut Tragedy E.P. on legendary Nottingham label Nightbreed Recordings
led to widespread international club and radioplay and established Suspiria as one of the most sought after bands in the underground goth scene. This was followed up with the 1995 album The Great and Secret Show which featured a number of tracks that would become major club hits including Night Time and a haunting cover of Depeche Mode's Behind the Wheel.
Suspiria had by this point become one of the leading underground UK goth bands with a series of captivating live performances in the UK and in Europe, and a clever promotional campaign based on the sale of a wide selection of affordable t-shirt designs further broadening their audience base during 1995-1996.
Without question the high point for the band, and in many respects for the UK goth scene in the 1990s, was the second full-length cd Drama. Recorded over the period of nearly a year and at what was then considered great cost for an underground artist, Drama was released in 1997 to widespread acclaim. A number of live festival performances and compilation appearances supported Drama which went on to become the single biggest selling album in Nightbreed's history. The success of the band in Europe finally began to filter through to the United States where the guitar rock sound had persisted much longer. Leading US goth label Cleopatra Records
released a re-mastered combination of the Tragedy E.P. and The Great and Secret Show in 1997 entitled Primitive Attentions, followed in 1998 with the Dancefloor Tragedy: The Best of Suspiria
Internal tensions during the recording of Drama however had begun to take its toll on the band, with Lucian in particular suffering nervous attacks at shows in Paris and London. The band played a final live show at the 1998 Carnival of Souls
festival to a packed out crowd.
Lucian dropped out of music entirely after Suspiria split but appears to have pursued a career in art.
Tansley went on to provide a number of remixes for Cleopatra whilst also forming a new band Intra-Venus
with vocalist Apollos.
Intra-Venus extended the electronic sound of Suspiria that typified the heavily dance infused synthpop and ebm that had come to dominate the dark underground in the early 2000s. After two releases and a smattering of high-profile live performances Intra-Venus broke up in 2003.
As of January 2008 Tansley has recently reworked the club hit Allegedly, Dancefloor Tragedy
with vocals provided by Subterfuge
frontman Clifford Ennis. A re-mastered tenth anniversary edition of Drama was to have been released in 2007 but this has not yet appeared.
Matthew Carl Lucian - Vocals
Mark Tansley - Guitars and programming
- Tragedy E.P. - (Nightbreed, 1993)
- The Great and Secret Show - (Nightbreed, 1995)
- Drama - (Nightbreed, 1997)
- Primitive Attentions - (Cleopatra, 1997)
- Dancefloor Tragedy: The Best of Suspiria - (Cleopatra, 1998)