Comic 416 - 20 April 2017 - Irina Vãduva, aka 'Stregoica'

20th Apr 2017, 3:27 PM in SarahSophia/ProfEtheric
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20 April 2017 - Irina Vãduva, aka 'Stregoica'
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20th Apr 2017, 3:27 PM
ProfEtheric
(Continuing the story from yesterday)

A number of people auditioned for spots in Cryptkeeper, but Jeff and Brian whittled the applicants down to three: a drummer (Alexis St. John), a singer (Jerry Winter), and a lead guitarist (Irina Vãduva).

Originally, the brothers were not going to have another guitarist, but Irina, a Romanian national in the United States on a student visa, showed up and presented the case why they needed her.

Irina is a classically trained guitarist, and brought to the band both her enormous skill and a unique sound (her solos drew on a wide variety of sources for inspiration, but often reinterpreted Romanian folk music).

She took the stage name Stregoica (meaning "witch") for the entire time she was with the band.

With its lineup complete, Cryptkeeper built up a loyal following over the course of a few years, eventually making their way to world tours and even a video on MTV.

Cryptkeeper were legends in Autumn Bay, a local band that made it.

Following the release of their second album, Grave Matters (their first was self-titled), they were ready to embark on their biggest tour yet. Their star was definitely rising...

...until tragedy struck. We'll get to that tomorrow.

Shown here is Irina playing at Inferno, a night club in Angelia, Autumn Bay's red-light district, early in the band's career.

Comments:

20th Apr 2017, 5:10 PM
merlinnia
Nice boots! Also I like how you did the stage lighting :)
20th Apr 2017, 6:16 PM
ProfEtheric
Thank you VERY much! :)
20th Apr 2017, 6:48 PM
Microraptor
Curious in which direction this story will go...
20th Apr 2017, 7:10 PM
ProfEtheric
There are three more entries... :)
20th Apr 2017, 9:10 PM
Chippewa Ghost
Nice Strat, and nice story. That would be a unique sound, bringing in a folk influence to teh shrëdmëtal.
20th Apr 2017, 9:31 PM
ProfEtheric
Thanks! And, ooooohhh my bad. Cryptkeeper's sound was more post-punkish, slightly death-rock, with prog tendencies.

For ideas, see Joy Division, The Gun Club, Grave 45, the Misfits, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Gang of Four, Mission of Burma and then mix them up and apply Romanian folk music but distorted to it.
20th Apr 2017, 9:39 PM
Chippewa Ghost
Prof, do you honestly think that I've ever heard of any of these "bands"? I was born in like 1920.
20th Apr 2017, 9:44 PM
ProfEtheric
If only there was a way to look into them if one was so inclined... *cough YouTube cough*

I simply listed them in case one were interested.

FYSA, post-punk is basically the proto- form of New Wave, so responsible for most of the music of the '80s. :)