Proving that not everyone embraces rainbows and unicorns, today's Four on the Floor features four groups who embrace the darker side of the musical spectrum. If you have a soft spot for fog machines and strobe lights, it's likely that you will find something that speaks to you in the artists below.
A chaotic blend of tribal post-punk, electronics and noise, fronted by siren-singer Lynette Cerezo, Los Angeles-based Bestial Mouths could easily be the soundtrack to your worst nightmare.
RIYL: Siouxsie & the Banshees, Swans, Throbbing Gristle
Austin's gothic-leaning Troller pits noise against melody with an arsenal of blown out drum machines, grinding synths, and broodingly ethereal female vocals. They return to SXSW for our first ever Holodeck Records showcase.
RIYL: Faith/Seventeen Seconds-era Cure, Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins
Italy's Tying Tiffany is a bit of a chameleon, touching on everything from electro-pop to post-punk to industrial and darkwave from song to song. She returns to SXSW this year with her new full-length, Drop, which is to be released on February 28th.
RIYL: Adult., Clan of Xymox, Crystal Castles
German alt-goth rock band Mono Inc. has been around for over a decade, carving their own corner into the European goth-rock scene that falls somewhere between the Neue Deutsche Härte movement and commercial alternative rock.
RIYL: Project Pitchfork, Rammstein, Sisters of Mercy
Keep up with the list of showcasing artists here.
Bestial Mouths photo courtesy of the artist
Troller photo courtesy of the artist
Tying Tiffany photo courtesy of the artist
Mono Inc. photo by Sebastian Schmidt