Blush

Blush

Issue #1

Draculina Publishing

-im [[blush]]

I’m not generally a big fan of glam or metal, but if it’s Japanese glam and metal mixed with punk, then I’m there. Blush is a new magazine devoted to the small fringe of Japanese punk, metal, goth, and glam bands. Granted, I’ve heard of very few of the bands featured, but I enjoyed the magazine due to the writing, which leans toward the fannish, but isn’t obnoxious about it, and some really nice photography. I’m not sure if the photos are done by Blush or provided by the bands (the latter, I suspect), but it still makes for a nice looking book. Girls (or are they boys? Gender bending androgyny seems to be a running theme, and frankly it gets hard to tell the boys from the girls) with bandaged faces and bands dressed in leather, vinyl, and Nazi attire fill the pages of band profiles, interviews, CD reviews, and demo reviews. Bands like Shulla, Marry+An+Blood, and other Visual Kei bands put Poison, Nine Inch Nails, and Marilyn Manson to shame in the theatricality department, or at least in the hair and make-up department. Blush is a great primer to these bands and even has an introduction to Visual Kei. I would love to see future issues spread out from such a heavy dose of glam to also cover more straight punk bands.

Draculina Publishing, PO Box 587, Glen Carbon, IL 62034

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    So It Is (Legacy). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017
    From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017

    For the twelfth year, the South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) in Los Angeles showcased an impressive lineup of new features and shorts. Lily and Generoso Fierro provide a festival wrap up and their picks for the films that you cannot miss.

  • Justin Townes Earle
    Justin Townes Earle

    Kids In The Street (New West Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Christian Scott
    Christian Scott

    Rebel Ruler (Ropeadope / Stretch Music). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Temples
    Temples

    Supporting their just-released sophomore record, UK synth-pop poster boys, Temples, attracted an SRO crowd to one of Orlando’s premier nightspots.

  • Kivanç Sezer
    Kivanç Sezer

    Turkish director Kivanç Sezer’s powerful debut feature, My Father’s Wings, puts the spotlight on the workplace safety crisis that is currently taking place in his homeland. Lily and Generoso Fierro spoke with Sezer at SEEFest 2017 about his film and his need to draw attention to this issue.

  • Rat Film
    Rat Film

    Baltimore. Rats. A match made in Maryland.

  • Bishop Briggs
    Bishop Briggs

    Bishop Briggs brings a stacked bill of up and comers to Orlando for a sold-out party at The Social. Jen Cray joins in the fun.

  • Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
    Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

    There’s more than black music influencing the evolution of Rock and Roll. Native American rhymes and ideas are every bit as significant, once you know to look for them.

  • Keith Morris
    Keith Morris

    Ink 19 slings a few questions to the punk rock pioneer Keith Morris on Trump, Calexit and looking back.

From the Archives