Monday, July 28, 2014

Is Normal a Subculture?

Today I learned of a new, and what I think is a bizarre fashion trend called Normcore. It apparently has been around since winter of 2013 but I just heard about it today. So what is it exactly?

Normcore is dressing as blandly and unnoticeable as possible. It is considered unisex and involves wearing plain t shirts, sweaters, jeans and sweat pants. Think colours of grey, and beige.  It is considered anti fashion, and is about blending in as much as possible and avoiding any individuality in clothing. It is the new hipster. The wearers are so hip they have rejected fashion entirely.  One fashion blogger called it "exhaustingly plain". They avoid any kind of adornment, even ties. Oddly even though they have purported to reject fashion, many wear t shirts with a brand name emblazoned on it like Abercrombie.

Besides clothes, it also ascribes to a philosophy of blending in.Whatever people around are doing, you should too, and it is okay to go to a rodeo and dress like a cowboy, then go to a football game in a jersey, but have no real interest in either. As long as you blend in, and do not stand out. I think this fashion and philosophy is silly and anti individuality, which is disturbing to me. There is something to be said about not judging people by the clothes they wear, but this goes into mindless sheep territory.

I'm not really sure what the difference is between normcore and "normal" people who dress like this anyway? Other than the fact that those who describe their style as normcore are trying to make bland cool. Maybe I'm missing something? Or is it an attempt to make normal a subculture?

I also wondered what would happen if someone blended goth and norm core? After all hipster goth is it's own thing (nu goth). I propose "NormGoth". It would be plain black skirts and t shirts, with plain tights and black flats. A plain black collar would be the only adornment, and long unstyled black hair with no other colours. Lol.

What are your thoughts on this trend? 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ms Lou the Rockstar (Sort Of) ;)

Last week I played my first show on stage in years - guitar that is. I have played guitar since I was about 17, and have been in a couple of bands during my twenties and early thirties. The first was called Exalted and we were a gothic metal band. We were together for about 4 years and played the local bars that featured live independent bands. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lit from the experience. I'll never forget my first live show, where we played after a very raucus punk band called "The Horribles". The crowd mix was not good - hardcore punks and more mellow goths. Some of the punks tried to start a fight, and a couple spent the whole show yelling at two of the guys in our band, trying to start a fight. Luckily this never happened, and I have a good story to tell about my first show.
The second band was a punk band called Plunger, and I was in that one for two years. Punk isn't really my style, but it was still fun to play.
Now me and a former band mate from Exalted are forming a new band, and I'm really excited about it. He has another musical industrial project called Groit, and needed a guitarist, so invited me to play. It was great getting my feet wet again. I made a little vlog about the event. :)

Is there something you haven't done in a while that you would like to do again?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Advice from Ms Lou

If you don't know I do have a Youtube channel. I was meaning to post my vlogs on the blog as well, but I haven't been very faithful in doing that. I intend to change that by posting my youtube posts regularly.
This week I posted two videos. One was a viewer request. She is a high school student and asked about what to do as a boy was saying sexually harrassing things to her. While this isn't particular to goth, it is something I think is important to talk about.

The second video is some general advice about what to do if your parents disapprove of you being goth. Both these videos are aimed at the 18 and under set, but I think they can still apply if you are an adult and have a difficult relationship with your parents.

Do you have any additional advice for these situations?