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Ausgang was a unique band that rose from Birmingham UK in 1983. They began as “Kabuki” with a single called “I Am A Horse”. After a lineup change, they renamed to the outlaw-ish Ausgang, German for “The Way Out”.

Their music is best described as Sex Gang Children meets the Birthday Party. The wild bass thumping, the broken guitar string of a voice, and rattling, twisted guitars with erratic and complicated drums. Their timing method often varied even within single songs, making it hard for daft people to follow, but their stage shows more than made up for it for those who needed something a bit extra. Often tumbling around barefoot and biting each other, their looks were also extreme. They resembled a post apocalyptic band of rovers, shirtless, in black leathers and enormously spiked hair.

Ausgang had a lot to offer. They played with bands like Sex Gang Children, Death Cult, and Gene Loves Jezebel. Three EPs, one 45, and an LP and a fanzine “Stab the Sun” was enough for them, until they changed their name to “Ausgang-A-Go-Go” to rid themselves of their unwanted “Goth” tag. Mellowed down but still fantastic, dwindling record sales for whatever reason prompted them to quit music altogether, though Max (Vocals) would play clarinet for Andi Sex Gang. Ausgang was also featured in Mick Mercer’s “Gothic Rock Book” with a large article and several photos.

In 2004 Ausgang reformed and came back to play their first official gig after 20 years as headliner of the “Under Cover of Darkness Festival” in Münster (Germany). Since that many other gigs followed.


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  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    7 Jun 12:11pm Reply
  • endlessshore

    Anthony Ausgang?

    8 Feb 2:49am Reply
  • RachieBat

    Ugh, the deathrock tag. Sort it out, people!

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Jaina999

    Fucking good. I like to bleed listening to it

    26 Oct 2013 Reply

    Voodness, Greatness, Darkness, Batness, Magic beats, Amazing voice !

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Sirprice

    Check out this SIOUXSIE-BAUHAUS-CURE influenced project DADA DUMDUMS. .

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • slowpulse-girl

    holy fuck 31,000 listeners..I'm surprised but pleasantly happy..the gang deserves this many listeners..but I agree with Reflection_kill and Mr_Hmpft, they are not deathrock they are tribalist avant punk weirdos which at times even ventured into psychedelic territories

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
  • DaddyPobbin

    oh how I love the sound of their drums. one of the strengths of post-punk. Very weird music. Loving Manipulate and their best of has many great tracks as well. [2]

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Mr_Hmpft

    Well, but that's what I've heard^^

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
  • kuchisakeonna

    Mr_Hmpft: I've never heard that deathrock was exclusive to America. Specimen and Alien Sex Fiend I always hear called "deathrock" among many others. It's all in the style of music, not location.

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • TheBlackRaven87

    oh how I love the sound of their drums. one of the strengths of post-punk. Very weird music. Loving Manipulate and their best of has many great tracks as well.

    3 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Violetdusk

    Yes it isn't deathrock....and there is a another reason why...much of the subject matter isn't about death or horror. Compare with Antiworld and Christian Death, for example. It's still great stuff though, great 80's punk wave.

    29 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Mr_Hmpft

    But oh, I forgot to say that these guys are über great! xD "Manipulate" is one of the best albums in this genre =)

    7 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Reflection_kill

    @Mr_Hmpft thanks for the support to me:)

    13 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Mr_Hmpft

    Isn't deathrock because it's british. Deathrock is AMERICAN punk + glam rock + hard rock + gothic punk... :D

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    wicked soundz!

    11 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Reflection_kill

    is not deathrock

    12 Jun 2010 Reply
  • 8GotH8 JOIN !!!!!

    31 May 2010 Reply
  • TheBlackRaven87

    wow, listened to the album "manipulate" for few times already and I'm impressed.

    14 May 2010 Reply
  • Reflection_kill

    "Crawling the Walls" this is the most wildy song of "Ausgang"

    7 Mar 2010 Reply
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