Tag Archives: folk noir

I recently remixed and remastered ‘Scary Poppins’ and I decided to make the new versions available as a reissue. It will also include a previously unavailable alternate version of ‘Scapegoat’. All the tracks are available as free downloads (at 320 kbps) on Soundcloud.


When I tell people I’m a songwriter they invariably ask “what style of music do you play?”. As I answer this question so regularly and I only have quite elusive and somewhat contradictory labels to reference (such as psychedelic folk noir, post-rock, neoclassical and darkwave), I decided to pose the genre classification question to my fans. So far, genres submitted to describe my music include:
1. Apocalyptic Folk
2. Aquarian Rock
3. Brainmelt Fusion
4. Neofolk
5. Ectoplasmic Resonance
6. Glum Rock
7. Minorchordial Seashine Wave

I’m quite impressed with the effort people have gone to with these suggestions.

Another description of my music was posted online courtesy of IndieGuild: “Far from the mainstream, “The Mad Pride” gives his take on life in experimental, acoustic neofolk style”.

I found a definition online which seemed to encompass Apocalyptic Folk, Neofolk and Folk Noir:
“Apocalyptic folk (Neo folk, Uber folk, Folk noir ) is a term and phrase employed to describe a genre of folk-music which deals with dark themes of decay, decline, and/or destruction of Western civilizations foundations. This genre of music often, but not always has a underlying social philosophy. Other terms for Apocalyptic-Folk that have been applied to this genre of music are Folk-Noir, Uber-folk, and Neo-Folk.”

I thought I’d post another of my songs for which Estelle has made a video. Technically her YouTube channel is under the name EstelleTheBelle. This is my song Pillar Of Salt. It may appeal to those looking for some anti-folk or folk noir with elements of circus or carnival music.

A while back I was asked what my song ‘Fade Away’ was about. I summarised it as best I could like this:

“Fade Away is about trying to help people who, after being hurt, have reacted by hurting others. The tendency for certain minorities to be demonised for societies problems is also a theme in the song. Above all I wanted to convey that those who love the most live the most.”

‘The Mad Pride’ is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Rowan Galagher. Having been compared to Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Radiohead and Leonard Cohen, all attempts to pigeon-hole his music within a genre-based paradigm of stylistic reductionism have failed.

During 2009 and 2010 Rowan released 3 original albums in which he moved seamlessly from avant-garde psych-folk experimentation to neoclassical soundscapes and beyond. His DIY ethic has motivated him to play the majority of the instruments himself and record them alone in his Wollongong based apartment.

With an uncompromising commitment to emotional authenticity and a wider goal of positive social change, Rowan is driven to make honest and progressive music. He is constantly pushing the boundaries of conventional genres and seeks to forge a new platform in the contemporary musical landscape. It would appear that he is succeeding at this as, aside from the aforementioned artists, Rowan’s music has also been compared to Jacques Brel, Mr Bungle, Danny Elfman, Jeff Martin, Muse, Grizzly Bear, Midlake and David Sylvian.

‘The Mad Pride’ is a reference to the mass movement known as ‘Mad Pride’. “Mad Pride activists seek to re-educate the general public on such subjects as the causes of mental disorders, the experiences of those using the mental health system, and the global suicide pandemic.”