Under-the-radar “goth” scene thrives in Highlands County

Under-the-radar “goth” scene thrives in Highlands County

From the decadent deviance of The Court of Lazarus at the Madame X club in New York City, to sensory-pinnacle Perversion nightclub in Los Angeles, to the internationally-noted Castle in Ybor City, Tampa, the gothic fashion-music scene flourishes.

But tucked away in the sociological off-centered creases of small town societies, the “goth-industrial” music and style scene flourishes mostly undetected by the masses – and that’s even the case in Highlands County.

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For the layman, “Goth” is a movement that began in England during the early 1980s in the gothic rock scene, which was a divergent, more fashion-minded switch from the disdainful fixation of the late-1970s punk rock movement. Its look and cultural preferences are often influenced from 19th century gothic literature and the classic horror movies.

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The majority of this population, contrary to popular imagery and connotations, are hardworking students, careered professionals, blue-collar workers and self-employed entrepreneurs. But come sundown – or in some cases, sunrise – the workaday world evolves into a sometimes sensuous, sometimes sinister-like camaraderie of normative cohesion.

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