By Margaret Adams
Darkwave gothic rock band, The Neuro Farm, has released their third album, Vampyre.
The term “vampyrism” refers to a curse that was believed around biblical times. The album’s story tells of a woman who is persuaded to join a vampyric cult with the promise of immortality. Because of the building sense of disillusion, the woman builds her own following. She eventually rejects her maker. She leaves her mortal husband with the rest of humanity, slays her maker in the “midnight massacre,” and declares herself queen.
The album itself utilizes driving guitar, as well as rhythmic sounds that repeat throughout. “Mortal” is a standout track on the album, showcasing hauntingly beautiful guitar riffs and strings, melancholy choral harmonies, and The Neuro Farm’s distinct ability to create an immersive atmosphere with their music. A bewitching and hauntingly beautiful experience, Vampyre illustrates The Neuro Farms’ unique talent.
The Neuro Farm members include Brian Wolff (guitar, vocals), Rebekah Feng (violin, vocals), DreamrD (drums), and Tim Phillips (synth). Live shows include bassist Evan O’Neal.
The D.C.-based band has been nominated for the Best Rock Group by the Washington, D.C. Wammie Awards, and can be heard on many radio stations like WOWD-LP 94.3FM (Washington, D.C.), WMUC 88.1FM (Washington, D.C.), WRIR 97.3FM (Richmond), Subculture Shock (online radio show), and Asalto Mata Radio Rock radio station (Spain).
Fans of The Zombies, Joy Division, Radiohead, and Nine Inch Nails will enjoy this album.
Margaret Adams is a Psychology major and Rhetoric and Writing minor at The Catholic University of America from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to her work with Alchemical, she writes for CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, and has recently been named Quill Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking at pictures of her dog, Bella.
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.