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PRESS RELEASE: Queer electro-pop for Valentine's Day

Submitted by vostoklake on Tue, 01/22/2019 - 17:22

Auckland lesbian electropop duo VOSTOK LAKE will be performing a special Valentine's Day set at the Dog's Bollix, just off K' Road in Auckland.

VOSTOK LAKE is Tricia Hall (vocals) and Daphne Lawless (keyboards) - a married couple as well as a musical duo - who have been bringing their combination of synth-pop, progressive rock, performance poetry and queer cabaret to Auckland audiences since 2018.


Submitted by vostoklake on Sat, 03/12/2016 - 15:46

When David Bowie left us a couple of months ago, a lot of people talked about – quite apart from what his music meant to so many people – what his image, his personality, his presence meant for those of us who were growing up queer and/or gender-queer back before all the cool kids were doing it.

Keith Emerson was that, for keyboardists.

OH what a terrible dream!

Submitted by vostoklake on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:16

So I’m playing some gig in a dingy basement at 3am, and who should be in the audience but one of my greatest influences as a lyricist and performer, Andrew Eldritch from the Sisters of Mercy. So we go for a drink afterwards and he says he’s impressed by what I’ve done and he wants me to play a “live-in-the-studio” demo gig for some bigwigs in the music industry he knows, at his private studio. But on the day my equipment doesn’t work properly, my voice is shot and everyone walks out halfway through, and Eldritch tells me how disappointed he is in me.

VL Manifesto #2: When Machines Rock

Submitted by vostoklake on Wed, 11/07/2012 - 16:21

Q.  Jesus you really do like your synth-pop 80s music…

Well, yes. And I love my 70’s prog-rock as well. The two most Critically Incorrect music genres of them all! Let me be more precise – I love Sigue Sigue Sputnik, and – prepare to vomit – I think Emerson Lake and Palmer did some good work in their early years.

CONFUSED? Then let me explain the connection in greater detail…

Where. Do we go. From here?

Submitted by vostoklake on Wed, 09/12/2012 - 16:24

So. It’s my sad duty to mention that the Auckland Electric Salon has gone into indefinite recess. Great apologies to all our fans, supporters, and insane participants. The decision is due to a mix of (a) organiser burnout; (b) steadily declining interest from both performers and audience.

Scarlett Lashes / Vostok Lake South Island Tour 2011 thoughts

Submitted by vostoklake on Mon, 02/07/2011 - 16:38

One of the more disturbing things about the Rampage of the South was the number of audients who felt the need to ask me “are you a man or a woman”? When you’re standing there in a bustier, short pants, fishnets and thigh-high boots and some people are not quite picking up the gender signals, it does make you a little worried about your self-declared femininity. I tried a number of responses to this:

– “well, I’m certainly more of a man than you are.”
– “which would you prefer?”
– “buy a CD and I’ll tell you”
– “I’ll show you mine if you’ll show me yours”.