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Bella Lune's Fuchsia Discusses the Influence of The Cure, Joy Division, Skinny Puppy, and More

Where we're going, we don't need roads; just a synthesizer, eyeliner, and a touch of androgyny. Welcome to Flashback Friday.

The '80s weren't all bright chords and poppy dance songs.

The emergence of new wave also ushered in the era of the slow, ghoulish drones of goth rock.

Phoenix's resident darkwave band Bella Lune have set out to "recapture the romantic enchantment of the gothic music movement," first laid out by '80s dark-pop mavens like The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Depeche Mode, and Bauhaus.

We caught up with singer Fuchsia in an email interview to talk about some of the bands that have had a lasting impression on her and her band as well as some other current bands that are capturing that same feel-good synthpop feeling.

We caught up with singer Fuchsia in an email interview to talk about some of the bands that have had a lasting impression on her and her band as well as some other current bands that are capturing that same feel-good synthpop feeling.

Fuchsia: We are fans of The Cure, Joy Division, New Order, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, Bauhaus, Love And Rockets, The Smiths, The Church, Skinny Puppy and Madonna.

Up on the Sun: What was it about those bands that you liked and how did they influence you guys musically?

They are all genius in their own unique ways. The Cure especially; their amazing basslines, beautiful and sad guitars, awesome keyboards and Robert Smith's voice and somber lyrics makes them the best band ever. Depeche Mode are pioneers in synthpop and were way ahead of their time. Joy Division and New Order were very creative and prove that you can overcome obstacles to pursue your passion. The Cocteau Twins created timeless bliss. Without Siouxise and the Banshees who knows what The Cure would sound like. Without Bauhaus, we may not have deathrock today. Without Skinny Puppy, who knows where industrial would be?

Do you have any particular '80s songs that are just outright classics for you? How do they resonate with you today?

Some of the songs from the '80s that I consider classics are songs that I can still listen to and enjoy today. Joy Division "Dead Souls" is a timeless song, which we covered recently and can be found on our latest release the Ophelia EP. The Cure's "Fascination Street" and "Lullaby" are both awesome/classic '80s songs. New Order's "Blue Monday" is a great club tune. The Smiths "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" is a beautiful sad song. The Church's "Under The Milkyway" is another great one. Bauhaus' "Double Dare" is awesome as well as Love And Rockets' "So Alive" and Peter Murphy's "Cuts You Up". Depeche Mode "Never Let Me Down Again" is just as relevant today as it was back then. Sisters Of Mercy's "Lucretia My Reflection" is fun to dance to. Skinny Puppy's "Addiction" is an industrial classic along with NIN's "Sin". I could go on forever.

You mentioned some newer bands that you're listening to right now that have an '80s flair?

A few of the newer '80s influenced bands that we are listening to right now include M83, The Naked And Famous, Delphic, The New Division, Bag Raiders, Patterns, The Mary Onettes, The Birthday Massacre, Iamx, Bloc Party, Ask For Joy, and local band, The Captives.

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