Category: Hannah Fury


A short collection of scary/creepy songs in time for Halloween.

Sarah June “We Lurk Late”

Hannah Fury “The Vampire Waltz”

Imogen Heap “Rake It In”

Kate Bush “Under Ice”

PJ Harvey “Legs”

A Perfect Circle “Passive” (from the movie Constantine)

Kate Bush “Houdini”

Tool “Sober”

The Birthday Massacre “In The Dark”

The Cure “Lullaby”

Black Sabbath “Black Sabbath”

Hannah Fury “Don’t Be Scared”

Alice Cooper “Steven”

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Rat Wakes Red is the musical vision of James Raftery. The latest incarnation of this vision is a new CD titled “Acres”. The album is a collection of 18 songs featuring James on vocals, guitars, piano, synths, organ, and tin whistle. To further round out the sound James is joined by a supporting cast on bassoon, clarinet, French horn and drums. In addition, on the opening track “Always”, he is joined on vocals by the incomparable Hannah Fury.

Musically “Acres” 18 tracks bring to mind a slow float down a peaceful river surrounded by lush vegetation with textured sounds and sights overhead. It really is a very beautiful piece of work. However, underneath the surface there seems to be something else hiding. Although I have read the lyrics I can’t quite seem to put my finger on it. There is a sense of loss, a sense of betrayal. Some of them may be childhood memories coming to the surface in veiled misty clouds clearing momentarily to show once hidden scars and resentment.

My absolute favorite track on the album is “Always”. The harmonies James creates are lovely and then when Hannah Fury’s vocals come in I just melt. Hannah’s vocals are so beautiful and add an angelic sound to the piece. To me it seems as if Hannah’s vocal part offers a way to escape from whatever has haunted him in the past. This song alone is worth the price of the CD. I keep hearing it over and over in my head and in this case that is a most wonderful occurrence.

Another stand out track is “Come Over”.  James beautifully layers his vocals with a strong lead voice and background harmonies (all his it seems). Voice and piano with  cryptic lyrics that seem to speak of release and finding your own direction in life. Your truth.

“Forestry” is very interesting musically with an almost medieval feel to the music and a sing-song style to the vocals. Lyrics that speak of honor and courage so maybe I am on the right path here. With layers hidden behind the trees “Forestry” is well worth several listens.

All in all this is a great album. This is the first I have heard Rat Wakes Red and even though it was the word of Hannah Fury’s participation that brought me along for the ride, I can truly say that I enjoyed the whole journey.

You can find more about Rat Wakes Red and “Acres” as well as his other releases here….. Rat Wakes Red

In this nice interview Hannah talks about her early years, recording, influences and has the final word on Cuttlefish.
Hannah Interview

Music blogging guru Muruch is celebrating 10 years of music blogging excellence this month. She has done several articles on Hannah Fury and probably without question the best interview with her ever. Congratulations on setting the standard and standing above the crowd and lighting the way for all of these years.  Hannah is referenced several times in the article and by clicking on her name you can see the archive of all of her Hannah posts and the wonderful interview. Best of luck and much success for many years to come!!

“A Decade of Muruch”

While out surfing today I found a site that listed their top 10 vampire songs of all time. In addition to their top ten there was a listing of probably 50 other vampire songs. It was striking that the best vampire song of all time was missing. Before Edward & Bella’s love story in Twilight, and before the dark, swampy saga of True Blood, there was Hannah Fury‘s “The Vampire Waltz”.

Not only is “Vampire Waltz” an amazing and beautiful song but the story behind it is equally so. I will attempt to retell the story from memory. I apologize for any inaccuracies but this is to the best of my recollection. The story was told in one of the interviews with Hannah……

When Hannah was in high school she had no thought of making music. The thought that she was capable of musical creation was just not something that occurred to her.  During this period the song “Vampire Waltz” just “came” to her pretty much in its entirety. Its appearance was something quite moving to Hannah but what was she to do? She played no instrument and so it seemed this vision had no outlet but somehow she knew that it had to find release. So Hannah secretly taught herself to play the piano. The thought is amusing to me…. a young Hannah waiting for everyone to leave the house so she could rush to the piano to teach herself to play.  Years later Hannah’s mom commented on how she doesn’t really understand when Hannah learned to play the piano. Lol I have hid many a thing from my mother but never something so beautiful. The rest is history as they say and we are all so much richer because of it. “The Vampire Waltz” finally finished its vision and mission with the inclusion on Hannah’s “The Thing That Feels” CD which was released in the year 2000 on her own Mellow Traumatic Recordings label. I said the songs journey was finished but I do not really believe that. The song is timeless and I believe there will come a day when it will find a new home in a motion picture. It will have to be a great picture to be worthy of the song.

The Vampire Waltz

The light in your eyes beckons to me
It beckons so quietly, but I hear it clearly
You start walking towards me
Taking my breath and fearlessly setting me free
Oh, I feel it being drawn out
The blood flowing steadily into your mouth
This dark night, cruel and cold
You whisper softly, “Honey, you’ll never grow old”
Looking back at the crowd
Back at the party
I step outside and disappear swiftly
Oh, I feel it being drawn out
The pain of life fading, going down south
Lost in the wake of my wedding
And caught here at these old crossroads
I can never leave
I think I’ve been fooled
Why am I not dressed in white?
With eyes full of glory and wine
I’ll be your eternal bride
I’ll be here forever
Here, on this night
Why am I not dressed in white?
I need you near me
I think I’ve been fooled
I need you near me
I think I’ve been fooled
You carry me over the crossroads
And I’m lost on this cold, dark night
Why am I not dressed in white?
I carry a mandrake in my bouquet
And I shiver when it screams
I carry a mandrake in my bouquet
And I shiver when it screams
The light in your eyes is still calling to me
Taking my whole world and setting it spinning
Knowing my weakness, the spark lies in the sand
Taking my hand, you lead me into the dance
Oh, I feel it being drawn out
My soul is rushing right into your mouth
How could you take me away from the party?
I think I’ve been fooled
How could you take me away from the party?
I think I’ve been fooled
I need you near me
I think I’ve been fooled
I carry a mandrake in my bouquet
And I shiver when it screams
I need you near me
I think I’ve been fooled
I carry a mandrake in my bouquet
And I shiver when it screams
With eyes full of lust and light
I’ll be your eternal bride
I’ll be here forever
Here, on this night
Oh, why am I not dressed in white?
Something is not right
Will the light spark?

“The Vampire Waltz” courtesy of mellowtraumatic.com

One of my favorite destinations on the web is MellowTraumatic.Com. This is not just any mere mortal’s website but it is in fact the digital home base of Hannah Fury. The unsuspecting visitor is greeted by an friendly welcome sign with the reassuring words of “Oh yes, you are definitely in the right place“.  Once inside you see quotes from familiar names such as Mick Mercer,  Gothic Beauty, and The Big Takeover. Mick calls her “A parasol-wielding OutKast” and The Big Takeover is quoted as describing Hannah’s latest brew as “beautifully warped music”. Other quotes on the page range from “beautiful, hypnotic” to “spooky and peculiar”. A feeling of unease is likely to overtake you as you read where one victim writer describes their situation, “I’m hopelessly caught in her baroque sugar spun spider web”. Is it safe here? At this point I believe that only the spider knows.

The portals lead to pathways.. some familiar some not so much. News, Lyrics, Reviews, Penny Dreadful, a Boutique, and then a real hidden gem in a doorway titled “Diversions”.  The recording room features an impressive list of free downloads as well as a list of CDs with very nice descriptions of their contents. The list of glowing reviews is also impressive.

The Boutique offers a wide range of tempting treats. Here all of Hannah’s music can be purchased but there are also other magical wares for sale. Hand made jewelry, Hannah t-shirts featuring her Marie Antoinette logo and even very unique and beautiful hand bags. These are all one of a kind items that you will not find at any local mall this side of Hades.

Brushing past the cobwebs and shadows you make your way to the Diversions space. Hannah names a list of Accomplices all of which I suspect my have other worldly connections. There is a set of 10 question posed to Hannah from Morbin Outlook and then a mysterious presence who goes by the name Sennette. Although professing to be over one hundred years old Sennette is still very quick on her feet and pursues her interests which include “ballroom dancing, lace-making and ornithology”. Apparently gin and blackjack are also listed among her hobbies. Her specialty is the giving of advice.  Sennette answers all questions from her vast array of answers she keeps in a jar by the door.

This has just been a very brief overview and hopefully pain free tour of Hannah’s Carnival of fun and horrors. Don’t just take my word for it…. brush away the cobwebs and see for yourself.

Hannah Fury’s Mellow Traumatic

Hannah sings with James Raftery, AKA Rat Wakes Red, on the song “Always” from his new release “Acres”. I have only purchased the single and it is wonderful. Always fantastic to hear Hannah’s voice. I hope to purchase the whole album soon. The samples I heard were very interesting.


Here is a tasty morsel from the magical “Through The Gash” by the incomparable Hannah Fury.
“Girls That Glitter Love The Dark”

My Musical Loves

There are lots and lots of artists that I love but there are two who are beyond compare. Sarah June and Hannah Fury. Sarah’s primary instrument is the guitar and Hannah’s is keyboard/piano. They both have incredible unique styles and voices and are amazing songwriters. More about them both very soon.

Sarah June

Sarah June Recording

The Amazing Hannah Fury