New Delain Album Inspired By Goth Hate Crime


Who? I mean, that headline pretty much says it, huh? You didn’t even know that goths were attacked because of their gothiness, did you? Me neither. I knew about “Ginger Abuse,” but goth hate crimes? That just sounds so depressing.

So, this band Delain spent most of last summer with producer Jacob Hellner in his Stockholm, Sweden studio, taking two months to collectively fine-tune the material for their forthcoming album, We Are The Others.

“Never before have we gone as much into detail in writing the songs,” claims busty Delain singer Charlotte Wessels.

According to a press release, the song titles on the new record “may sound mysterious and conspiratorial, but there is a very serious background: The lyrics to the title track were inspired by the hate crime against a British girl named Sophie Lancaster in 2007. She and her boyfriend were beaten comatose by a gang of youths, because of their goth looks, and Sophie later died from her injuries. This tragedy sent shockwaves throughout the world.”

I don’t remember that happening. Where was I? And by the way, that is fucked up. Sad beyond belief. But here’s the thing: I’m a reporter. For years, I have written stories about the shit that happens in this world. Death, shootings, suicides, car crashes, plane wrecks…I’m sort of immune to this shit, and take it all as part of life on this planet.

“Sophie’s story hit close to home for us, being part of a subculture ourselves but it’s in no way an individual case; people are discriminated against — all the time, to the point of violence — based on their cultural or ethnic background everywhere,” the singer chick says.

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