Death Pop are a band formed in Slough, Berkshire, UK in 1982. A five piece: vocals, guitar, bass, drums and saxophone, they play dark swamp punk 'n' roll, and are now in their 29th year.
Released recordings include 7" single 'Roger's Gone Mad' 1983
and 'The Siege of Sebastopol' their 2011 album.
Death Pop the band coined the term 'Death Pop' first in 1982. This is documented in the UK media.
First coined by Orgy bassist Paige Haley to describe the music of his band, Death Pop has grown to expand and describe a number of bands over the last decade.
Also written Deathpop or DeathPop, Death Pop is a loose subgenre of synth rock (commonly confused with industrial rock- due to the dark tone and heavy distortion of Death Pop).
Death Pop's basis is quite similar to its mother genre. Death Pop combines elements of New Wave, Glam Rock/Metal, Gothic Rock, New Romantic, and Alternative Rock.
Many Death Pop artists can be identified by their visual appearance, combining elements of Cyber-culture with Glam and New Romantic fashion. Orgy is a great example of this. Death Pop's vocal range is quite varied and usually ranges from Baritone to Countertenor amongst many artists and even within one band, again Orgy is a great example of this. Many of the vocals can also include a slight "grunting" or guttural sound (similar to the singing style of Marilyn Manson) Orgy and Zeromancer both heavily incorporating this.
The First Wave of Death Pop (1997-2001)
Orgy marks the official beginning of the "Death Pop" subgenre. Music in this era is very driven by the previous "Boyband Pop" era as well as the "modern" Industrial Rock era (marked by bands such as Nine Inch Nails and Razed in Black). The music is generally mellow but quite powerful. Orgy is the first Death Pop band but this era included bands such as Deadsy and Zeromancer that followed the Death Pop formula (Deadsy, ...