Live Bands

The currently active, darker Pittsburgh bands you’re likely to see performing live shows around town.

Electro Industrial / Industrial Rock

  • 8-Bit Suicide: industrial/dark wave/metal
  • 8Cylinder: long-running IDM/breakcore/8bit/industrial project by David Crimm
  • Allinaline: industrial solo project of Jeremy Creamer
  • Decay on Display: industrial/metal band
  • Espermachine: darkwave/EBM project fronted by James Esper, now located in Pittsburgh
  • Hot Pink Satan: dark electronic featuring Clea Cutthroat and Jeremy Creamer of Allinaline.
  • The Molecule Party: industrial band fronted by Sean Murphy
  • Morpheus Laughing: electronic/industrial project from Derek Pegritz and Arvin Clay
  • Only Flesh: glam/metal/punk/rock/industrial band known for on-stage suspension
  • Red Lokust: EBM/industrial with Jim Semonik from Rein[Forced] and Lee Lauer of Aslan Faction
  • Rein[Forced]: industrial/EBM with Jim Semonik on vox and D.A. Turner on keys
  • Siege 15: industrial/punk/metal band
  • Standard Issue Citizen: electronic/industrial band based in Buffalo and Pittsburgh
  • Terror Firma Sky: solo dark electronic project from DJ TFS
  • Tragic Impulse: solo industrial dance project by Paul Graham
  • Venus in Furs: industrial rock band with both synths and live drums

Dark Ambient / Experimental / Noise

  • Boxed Warning: electronic/experimental/industrial solo project of Chase Dudley
  • Disheveled: experimental electronic music from Greg VanEck (Prometheus Burning)
  • Dreamweapon: dark experimental project by Jason Clinton, formerly of Parvulus Infectus
  • Eyestones: dark ambient instrumental project by Vince Curtis
  • Fuck Telecorps: collaborative noise
  • Macronymphia: noise project formed in 1990 by Joseph Roemer and Rodger Stella
  • Majeure: dark ambient/minimal electronic
  • O Heiðrún: female-fronted, dark ambient project by Shy Kennedy
  • Virul God Complex experimental industrial/IDM project by DJ TFS
  • Za Dharsh: experimental industrial project by Manny Theiner, formed in 1985

Darkwave / Synthpop

Dark Rock / Dark Folk / Shoegaze

  • Carol Blaze: psychedelic/desert/shoegaze/sci-fi rock by A.T. Vish (ex-lowsunday)
  • Chuck Owston: dark folk musician, also performs with bands Gypsy Ribbon or Wolf Rune
  • The Devilz in the Detailz: gothabilly/darkwave four-piece with female vocals
  • The Garden: gothic rock/ethereal wave/shoegaze project formed in 1985. Often known as “Pittsburgh’s first goth band,” they still perform on rare occasions.
  • Patricia Wake: dark folk singer-songwriter with backup vocals
  • Pretty Tombs: alternative / goth / punk four-piece
  • Sound Elevator: dark shoegaze/spacerock with post-punk and trip-hop influences


Recording Projects

Dark music made in Pittsburgh. These projects are currently active but studio-only.

  • Adam Christian: Goth/experimental electronic rock. Has had some live performances beginning in 1997. Released several recordings and had a track on Cleopatra’s Goth Bible.
  • Derek C. F. Pegritz: experimental electronic from Derek of Morpheus Laughing (who also releases music as Nyarlathotep, The Crawling Chaos and PEGRITZ!)
  • Ganymede: IDM project by Jarrod Leda (formerly of Next Level X).
  • Heathen Earth: ’70s industrial-inspired, dark ambient/noise project by Josh Howell
  • Powder French: Formed in 1987, this is Pittsburgh’s longest-running dark-ambient/industrial-experimental artist, Gregg Puchalski.
  • Veniculture: dark ambient solo recording project by Chad Hammitt of Agnes Wired for Sound
  • Violaria: Members of seminal Pittsburgh goth/ethereal band The Garden reformed circa 2005 as this recording project.

For dark Pittsburgh bands that are no longer active or have relocated, see Bands That Were.