Fredricksburg, VA upstarts Widow Rings have a unique take on modern goth music; straying away from the recent popularization of “darkwave” and shoegaze-centric tunes and leaning fully into a style pulled from bands like The Chameleons, The Church, Sisters of Mercy and The Mission UK. Their latest single is called “A Little Forever” and reminds us of something that would have turned up on a Factory Records compilation if they were still doing those in 2020 (woulda been cool, right?) – it’s mix of retro synth sounds and modern punk leaning differentiate it from the sometimes overly “sexy” goth music dominating the scene today, and positions them alongside peers like Vision Video, 7candystars and Molchat Doma. Check out the song and get inside the goth stylings of Caleb DiLoreto below!
“Widow Rings has always been kind of a two headed beast, half leaning into a more synthesizer focused sound while also half leaning into a driving, guitar based feel because of our prior background in hardcore and punk.” says guitarist and ringleader Caleb DiLoreto. “We’ve only really been a band for just around two years, and the process is always ongoing. With our new song ‘A Little Forever’, I feel like we are finally managing to meld those two different directions. The synthesizers really drive everything at its core, while the guitars interweave as a separate texture on top to give it some more life. As we finished tracking the EP we’ll be releasing, we all knew right away this one would have to be the song that serves as a way for people to really understand what we’re about.”
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