NOVEMBER 10th 2015
IDES OF GEMINI: CARTHAGE AND STRANGE FRUIT

Review by: Lady M

Genre: Slavic
Hometown: California
Record Label: Magic Bullet Records

Band Members:
Guitarist J.Bennett
drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson
singer/bassist Sera Timms

IDES OF GEMINI: They are NOT METAL NOR ROCK. They are a whole giant leap off the metal sound planet and lands into a low end gothic and new age sound forest instead. The guitar that is on play is strummed gently, with haunting and ethereal vocals to accompany it. Now I'm Not saying they aren’t good; quite the contrary for their genre they are very good and its a dreamy, slow sound of music you can easily relax to. Think renaissance fair mixed metaphysical/new age meditation music. I do respect for them taking on some very dark topic/lyrical content as exemplified in Strange Fruit. If you enjoy INKUBUS SUKKUBUS you would probably enjoy these guys, they are just a slightly more softer approach. So sit back, light your incense, close your eyes and get swept away in this gentle wave of music.

Ides Of Gemini are not releasing a CD nor a titled recording, just simply labelled as the two individual songs CARTHAGE and STRANGE FRUIT.
 
Side A 'Carthage' is an ethereal, doomy but very spiritual sounding song. Written and recorded during Old World New Wave (Neurot/Sige) sessions.
 
Side B is a sombre cover of “Strange Fruit”. Originally written as a poem by Abel Meeropol in 1937 after seeing a photograph of the 1930 lynching of Tom Shipp and Abe Smith in Marrion, Indiana. Was set to music by Billie Holiday in 1939.  This song has had many famous covers including versions by Nina Simone, Lou Rawls, Annie Lennox, Jeff Buckley, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Diana Ross, Tori Amos, and countless others.

Strange Fruit (original poem by Abel Meeropol)
Southern trees bear strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is the fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees
to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.
 
The vinyl release happens on April 18th, 2015 (Record Store Day). The title goes immediately out-of-print after Record Store Day. Exclusive cover art by Jas Helena rounds out this very eccentric take on a music release.