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November 12, 2009

Goth fans can club in Salem

Local fans of goth and industrial music don't have to trek to Boston to hear DJs mix music from such bands as Depeche Mode, Bauhaus and Marilyn Manson; they can attend Darq, a club night held at Bangkok Paradise restaurant in Salem every second and fourth Saturday.

The next Darq will take place this Saturday and will feature DJ Shivar of Boston and DJ Zombi of Peabody, according to Darq's producer, Matt Richard of Salem, aka Vudu DJ.

"I rejuvenated the goth scene in Salem," said Richard, who started Darq at the Bangkok around 18 months ago. "There really wasn't a ... scene; there were people who liked the music but didn't have any place to go locally."

At Darq, proponents of the gothic rock scene — derived from the punk and synthesizer-driven music of the late 1970s and early '80s — can hear a rotating cast of visiting DJs, said Richard, who also performs.

Richard continued, "many goth artists have been heard in sound track scores, such as 'The Matrix' and 'The Crow,' which popularized the goth/industrial style of fashion, club life and music."

CD decks are the primary equipment for DJs, he said, but some use laptop computers.

Darq is "a hobby, a labor of love," Richard said. "It hasn't exactly turned a profit. The money earned goes right back into promotion, talent and ... merchandise."

Richard has made a point to create an event free of gawkers, who might have issues with the goth fashion style, which can include heavy makeup, piercings and a dark style of dress. There is a strict dress code that encourages creative attire or an all-black minimum.

Richard also produces regular live performances at the Bangkok. His next will feature Voltaire, a gothic folk artist, on Dec. 12. Also, he has plans for a Darq Weekend in Salem in spring 2010.

For more information, visit www.darqsalem.com.

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Staff writer Larry Claflin Jr. writes his "Music Notes" column regularly. Contact him at lclaflin@salemnews.com or 978-338-2681.

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