I am going to
talk to you about what in my opinion, and I
think for so many of you, it is and has been
the diamond tip of the whole goth and death
rock movement on the global scene.
talking about William Faith, in fact. Its
presence is fundamental into milestones as
they were Christian Death and Shadow Project,
as well as his militancy in masterpieces of
Mephisto Waltz. His presence is equally
significant in Sex Gang Children, real sacred
monsters, his role as guest is equally
important in the albums of the iconic the
Eternal Afflict and Catastrophe Ballet. The
discography with the majestic Faith and the
Muse was rich but let's not forget the
splendors of the beginning with Wreckage.
Until today he reaches the ranks of the
glorious March Violets anb to delight our
palates with his "new"
project the Bellwether Syndicate, assisted by
the beautiful and talented one as well as a
very kind wife Sarah Rose, with whom they
landed in Italy for a date at Ziggy club in
Turin, followed lastly, by surprise by another
italian date at Ekidna in Carpi.
reasons, I purposely omitted to include other
no less important projects of our very busy
William, it would take a special to mention
them all, not last the mixing of the brand new
Corpus Delicti single "Chaos!
will find the entire interview I did to
William Faith and to his wife Sarah Rose
focused on the Bellwether Syndicate latest
album “Vestige and Vigil".
and see you soon.
need of presentations for an artist like you
and for your projects and apperances like an
honour member in other renowned bands, can you
explain to us the production under "Vestige
and Vigil" album and the meaning behind the
album title itself?
When we were
working on the album, the songs evolved of the
course of the pandemic, and seemed to fall
into one of two categories: Vestige — a
celebration of what remains, and Vigil —
holding space and looking at what’s been lost.
The fact that we released this on vinyl also
added to this, as we were having to think in
album sides for the first time in several
decades, so that also informed the process.
And what is the meaning behind "the
Bellwether Syndicate” monicker ?
William: The name is
meant to suggest a sort of “rock and roll
mafia” concept. Bellwether, meaning someone
who can forecast trends and changes that are
coming, and Syndicate, as in a collective
organization. When put together, that
describes us pretty well, I feel.
In "Vestige” intro, is the master,
your guitar and our memories go to your past
presences in Mephisto waltz and your works
with Faith and the Muse...
very much calls back to some of my earlier
work, and I felt good about expressing that
here. It felt right, and I think it was the
right idea to open the album.
Enthralling the song "Beacons" but
what's the real message behind it, something
or someone adrift, missing... lose yourself ?
William: “Beacons” is
simply a love song to our fans — our family.
Every show is like a dark sea, and it’s was to
lose yourself, but they are the beacons who
guide us, and bring us safely home, every
and a goth guitar presents “Noir thing", talks
about a lifestyle rooted over the years ? A
your particular lifestyle?
William: “Noir Thing”
is playing on the syndicate idea, and inviting
people to join our way of life; our family.
and proclamation of revolt is "We all Rise"
speaking to us something about it and the
“We All Rise”
is about finding the courage to stand up and
fight back, but not losing yourself in the
process — always staying connected to who you
are, and keeping the divine spark burning. The
video was an opportunity to pull our friends
and fans into the narrative, and demonstrate
strength in numbers.
Also in "Republik" it seems to heard
other proclamation for a maladjusted world for
each individual, or am I wrong?
“Republik” is a commentary on social media and
the isolated and binary world we’ve made for
ourselves. Everything is black or white —
we’ve lost all shades of grey, and we’ve lost
the ability to talk to one another. It’s a
tragedy that we’re living in real time.
"Clarion" sung by Sarah, it
be like a chant of liberty, interpretable,
after two long pandemic years and all the
resulting consequences, tell us something
The song is about a few personal experiences
but yes, also means to speak to the larger
collective trauma of our world experiencing
the isolation & other effects of the pandemic-
but it is a call out to learn from and move
past the negative experiences of then (and
life in general) and an encouragement to lift
each other up, celebrate growth and
acknowledge the triumph of ourselves and our
In "Vigil" you say "the year take all,
I remember the fragrance that pulls me like
the tide to what's been lost" but what's been
lost, for you, in these years? What do those
ticking hands that tick non-stop mean to you?
about losing someone while they’re still alive
; the horrible feeling when someone is in the
grips of addiction, and it’s so bad that
you’ve already buried them in your mind. You
continue to hope for the best, but you expect
A denunciation against youth violence
and disdain for any type of war can both be
interpreted into "Wetworks"...
“Wetworks” is a reaction to gun culture and
gun violence here in the U.S. — it’s a
commentary on how guns are seen as manly and
macho, and the fetishization of guns, with
little to no regard to the violence, death and
loss that results from their proliferation and
"Golden Age" it seems a sort of
dedication, what do you mean with the phrase,
"save your tomorrows from yesterday, steal
every second and all it brings my friend"?
Very beautiful song for two voices.
“Golden Age” is
about the dangers of getting lost in
nostalgia; about sacrificing tomorrow for
yesterday. It’s a trap that people fall into
as they get older; they stop listening to new
music, they stop going out, they stop engaging
in anything unfamiliar, stop talking to
younger people and instead, they look for what
they know and remember from their youth. This
is so sad to see, and it’s increasingly common
— so this is a warning that people need to
hear. Sarah and | talk about this a lot, as we
see it often, so it made sense to do it as a
Resentment, regret, what it feeds the lyrics
of the song "And if We Miss The Night"?
you have any regrets in your life? If you can
tell us about it...
I also congratulate you
on all the lyrics and many compliments for
your voice a happy revelation already heard
in the past on old works with Faith and the
“And If We Miss
the Night” is about a person trapped in a
moment that they can’t move past, in this
case, it's someone who feels they had an unmet
moment with destiny, and they can't get over
it. It's tragic and, in this instance about
someone I knew.
"Voltairine" who is it dedicated to? I have
doubts about it and I won't comment.
is about Voltairine De Cleyre, an american
anarchist from the late 19th/early 20th
century who I have great admiration for.
conjured an image of her in my mind, and it
seemed fitting to make to connection.
10...12 dates in Europe, I honestly
lost track of it. Summing up, what are your
impressions about it? Your next projects? If
The European tour was an absolute joy, and
long overdue in my opinion. It was great to
get back to so many of these great cities and
finally get to connect with Bellwether family
all over the continent. It was amazing. The
next thing is more touring, but I can’t
talk about that yet...
A memory of Rozz?
A memory of Rozz... I guess one would be when
we were recording Christian Death material,
and I was playing what would become the Faith
and the Muse song “Annabell” on acoustic
guitar outside during a break... he heard it
and came over to me and said “can you do
something like that on “The Angels”? I think
that would go perfect on that song". It didn’t
quite fit in the end, but I created a simpler
part that worked with the song, and that was