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The Birthday Massacre is a Canadian gothic/alternative/synthrock band, formed in 1999, in London, Ontario, and currently based in Toronto, Ontario. They are Chibi (vocals), Falcore (lead guitar), Rainbow (rhythm guitar), Owen (synthesizers), Nate Manor (bass), and Rhim (drums). TBM sounds like a female-fronted version of The Cure but with crunchier guitar riffs, less moping, and more of an industrial/dark wave influence.

Girls, guns or zombies? Canadian Goth girls, synthesizers and guitars!

Selected discography:

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Nothing and Nowhere (2002). Metropolis. 9 tracks. Choice cuts: “Under the Stairs”, “Happy Birthday”, “Horror Show”. Other good cuts: “The Dream”, “To Die For”, “Video Kid”. The rest: “Promise Me”, “Over”, “Broken”.

Note: “Happy Birthday”, “Horror Show”, “Video Kid”, and “The Dream” were re-recorded for Violet (2004), while “To Die For” was re-recorded later for Walking with Strangers (2007).

Violet (2004). Metropolis. 13 tracks. Choice cuts: “Lovers End”, “Happy Birthday”, “Horror Show”. Other good cuts: “The Dream”, “Video Kid”, “Video Kid”, “Holiday”, “Nevermind”“Blue”. The rest: “Prologue”, “Violet”, “Red”, “Play Dead”, “Black”.

Walking with Strangers (2007). Metropolis. 12 tracks. Choice cuts: “Kill the Lights”, “Goodnight”, “To Die For”, “Movie”, “Unfamiliar”, “Falling Down”. Other good cuts: “Looking Glass”, “Red Stars”, “Remember Me”, “Walking with Stangers”. The rest: “Science”, “Weekend”.

Looking Glass (2008). Metropolis. EP. 8 tracks. Choice cuts: “Nowhere”, “I Think We’re Alone”. Other good cuts: “Shiver”.

Note: “I Think We’re Alone” is a cover of the 1967 hit by Tommy James & the Shondells which was also a #1 hit in 1987 for teen sensation Tiffany.

Show and Tell (2009). Metropolis. Live album. 16 tracks.

Pins and Needles (2010). Metropolis. 11 tracks. Choice cuts: “In the Dark”, “Two Hearts”, “Pins and Needles”. Other good cuts: “Pale”, “Midnight”, “Always”, “Secret”, “Sideways”. The rest: “Control”, “Shallow Grave”, “Sleepwalking”.

Imaginary Monsters (2011). Metropolis. EP. 8 tracks. Choice cuts: “Forever”, “Left Behind”. Other good cuts: “Burn Away”.

Hide and Seek (2012). Metropolis. 10 tracks. Choice cuts: “Leaving Tonight”, “In This Moment”, “Down”, “Cover My Eyes”. Other good cuts: “One Promise”, “Need”, “The Long Way Home”. The rest: “Play With Fire”, “Calling”, “Alibis”.

“Night Shift” (2012). A John Carpenter-esque instrumental track released through Rue Morgue to promote Hide and Seek (2012).

Superstition (2014). Metropolis. Funded thru PledgeMusic. 10 tracks. Choice cuts: “Beyond”, “Divide”, “Diaries”. Other good cuts: “Superstition”, “Rain”, “The Other Side”. The rest: “Destroyer”, “Surrender”, “Oceania”, “Trinity”.

Selected videos:

My thoughts… The Birthday Massacre is one of my favorite Canadian rock bands, with Hunter Valentine and Die Mannequin. They have a very unique sound that combines synthesizers [which I don’t typically like] with crunchy guitars [which I love]. Walking with Strangers (2007) is my favorite album, while “Kill the Lights”, “Goodnight” and “To Die For”, from that album, are three of TBM‘s best tracks. However, “Leaving Tonight”, from Hide and Seek (2012), is a great track, too. It was inspired by the unsolved 1984 rape and murder of 9-year-old Christine Jessop. The lyrics are harrowing – if you have children.

Read my original posts on RCR (here) and MHE (here).

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