All posts by Ghost House Goth Industrial

A monthly DJ night specializing in goth, industrial, darkwave, and other gloomy stompy wonderful music, based in Eugene, Oregon.

Plague in the Ghost House

Dear fellow goths,
Of course most of you probably know this, but the plague has halted everything. We have taken to doing Twitch sets as If you love us, please subscribe to that channel. Although Oregon is, theoretically, opening up again, we take infectious disease very seriously and will personally be cautious.
Stay well, stay dark, live forever ❤ Refugium and PTSD

Our tenth anniversary draws nigh….

The second Saturday of November is our tenth anniversary. DJ PTSD and I have been present for 95% of these nights, and we’ve only missed one together in 10 years- because we were very ill with influenza! That is pretty damn impressive if I say so myself. Brings new meaning to the idea of committing to something unless one is near death.

I am grateful for all that have helped us in this endeavor, through djing, promotion, being part of the excellent bar staff at Old Nick’s and the Green Room and Oak Street Speakeasy, but especially through those who come to dance. You’re the reason we keep it going. You all know what it’s like to talk yourself into getting out of the house and going somewhere only to lose your worries on the dance floor, even if only for a little while- to get it out to the angst in a Bauhaus song or the harshness of stompy industrial. To walk on the edge of normalcy and commit to being an individual, damn the cost and damn the haters. To be kind to others in your community and recognize that they, like yourself, are not lost in the dark.

I thank you from the bottom of a heart that’s never seen light. (It’s in my chest cavity.)

xox DJ Refugium

Goth weekend was brilliant

We may be terrible at keeping a blog, but goddamn we put on good events.

The last shows of The Xploding Boys were a treat and a wonder to witness, Devoured By Flowers were really excellent, and Regal Nonchalant was lovely.

The Dark Arts Market *swoooon* is fantastic. Every one we put on is great. So many lovely and unusual things. Amazing art prints, skulls of wee beasties, coffin bookshelves, tarot readings, watch and thimble jewelry, and many things that smelled delightful. The raffle at the market raised $170 for Planned Parenthood and Greenhill Humane Society!

And the dance party afterward wasn’t so bad either… if we do say so ourselves.

Next up we have October’s Ghost House with DJs Refugium, Marshmallow, and Unit 77! DJ Unit 77 is djing for Nitzer Ebb in San Francisco next week, and then coming up here just for us. That will be on October 12th at 9 PM at Old Nick’s.

And in November we hit our 10 year anniversary. Wow. For some moments in life, there are no words.

The Dark Arts Market is being planned….

And here is a list of vendors:

Switchblade Sisters and Tokio Electro
Meadow Mead Cookies
Cruor Creations: Blood and Resin
Sacred Rebel Grove
Impressions of Decay
Sparrows Art and Decor
Fortunes told by Dandy
Studio Black Avenue
Junkyard Witch
WitchWay Crystal Shoppe
Jasmine and Rover
Bridget Lee Design
Grouchy Mongol Armory
Blossom and Burr
Dearly Beloved Creations
Corner of The Eye
Dr. Scissor’s Cabinet of Curiousity
Zilka Forgewerks

There are a few spots left if you are interested. Please follow this link to register:


When DJ PTSD isn’t defending beautiful people from assholes, he and I plan events for you, and also support beautiful people doing cool things. This is what we are up to in the next few months:

July 18: The Cure at Hyde Park is playing at the Broadway theater, and there still might be tickets. I double dog dare everyone to show up in red lipstick with teased hair. 7 PM

3 PM Dj Refugium vinyl set at CD World– this may be the last of this series, since Skip and his wife are retiring, waaaaahhhhhh….. but also we wish them the very, very best.

9 PM Particle Son and Ghost Motor at Old Nick’s followed by our pal Jozhur djing. I wish I could go to this. However:

9:30 PM Metamorphosis at Spectrum: Queer dark synthy gothy futurepoppy goodness with DJ Static.

July 26 930 PM Refugium is spinning vinyl with John The Revelator at Church Of 80’s. Blairally. You know I’ll get some Sisters in there and you know I’ll dig deep.

August 9th 8 PM DJs Refugium and Static go north to the Lovecraft to support Cummunion’s first anniversary. Much excite!

August 10th 9 PM GHOST HOUSE featuring DJ Skully from Hive (pdx) and DJ Jody Rose from, well, everywhere, joining Ian Dustrial and Refugium.

September 13th and 14th EMERALD GOTHIC WEEKEND returns with The Exploding Boys and Devoured By Flowers, for starters, another band TBA. Dark Arts Market on Saturday the 14th and classic Ghost House with DJ Non later that night. More details to come.

That’s the news from here–
Cheers ❤ Refugium

why dress codes exist at goth clubs

Last night for the first time in a long time there was someone who didn’t belong at our night. not because of any inherent quality but because of their behavior. Aggression towards one of our beautiful patrons, dancing in what looked liked a mocking fashion, mimicking people and generally being a total ass.

This person would have failed dress code, if we had one. We’ve never needed to have one. But I have been to many goth clubs that do have a rule against blue jeans or baseball caps. I hate, really hate, the idea of stereotyping anyone just because they dress any particular way- because guess what? that happens to goths ALL THE DAMN TIME and I don’t want to sink to that level. In addition, it wouldn’t keep people safe from those who know they can gain access just by wearing black. Someone intent on real harm to our community could be a bigot in dark clothing and still start shit.

Sad but true is the fact that many of us grew up being harassed by “jocks” and “preps” and although it sounds like John Hughes made it up I’m willing to bet that goth harassment is still happening every day in every high school.

If the answer to everyone feeling safer is to set a filter at the door, I would actually consider it.

Spring Ghost House events

We are very excited with the lineups for the next few months! This night just keeps getting more amazing.

March 9th (so soon!) is our annual Dark Alice party. Costumes are expected! There will be a prize for best costume at midnight. Our backdrop this year is live play of the video game Alice: The Madness Continues, and you get to play it! This is the sequel to the infamous American McGee’s Alice, in which Wonderland gets gothier and more murderous. Come guide Alice through Wonderland as she defends herself from her nightmares and hallucinations. Of course, there will also be exquisite dark music across all associated genres spun by DJs Refugium, Non, Perfidia and Spidersound, so make sure you can dance in your costume! $4 cover.

April 5th at the Wandering Goat: This is an exceptionally cool show which everyone should attend. Deathrock/ new goth band Altar De Fey from San Francisco are playing at the Goat in support of their new album- give it a listen here. . Their last album was in multiple top tens of the genre in the year it came out, and you’ve heard it at Ghost House more than once! Vueltas from Portland are also playing, and this is the live debut of PalePrey, a new original deathrock band from Eugene. We didn’t organize this one, but you know we will be there and so should you! ALL AGES, bring the babybats!

April 13th, Ghost House goes live to present you with two bands who happen to be traveling through. At 9 is Vio\ator from San Francisco: I’m rather at a loss to describe this project but I like it immensely. Have a listen. Following this, we are super excited to have new goth band Rosegarden Funeral Party back from Dallas, TX! They are stunners, with frontwoman Leah Lane bringing her fantastic vocal style on all original music (here’s a video). You will kick yourself for missing them, so come early for the live music. After the bands will be classic Ghost House sets to finish the night, from DJs John The Revelator, Abulikah, and Refugium

Details are still being worked out for the Eugene Gothic Weekender, but here’s what we have planned so far: Friday May 10th will be a great live show featuring Adrian H and the Wounds and Sex Park, both from Portland. Opening lineup is tentatively PalePrey and The Bitter Ends. I would travel to Portland for this lineup, but you don’t need to! The next day we have the spring Dark Arts Market with all kinds of vendors- and if you are interested in vending, it’s not too late, send a message to djrefugium at g mail expressing your interest. Saturday night May 11th will be a full night of Ghost House with DJ Owen from San Francisco, joined by PTSD and Refugium, finishing out the weekend with his always-amazing sets. More info here as we have it, and on facebook.

Keep the dark faith! We love your made-up faces. ❤ Refugium

Eugene Gothic Weekend, Fall Edition

On September 7th and 8th, Eugene Gothic Weekend will return with a full lineup of bands and a Dark Arts Market! Save the date. More details to come, but the band lineup is exciting:

Headliners are Devoured By Flowers, freshly back from a west coast tour.
Here is a video and here is their Bandcamp. Their latest full album, Moonscape Hotel, is reminiscent of The Cocteau Twins and Echo and the Bunnymen, and they are very, very good live.

Next up is the local dark tribal group Black Magdalene, always beautiful and dramatic. They will just have performed at Faerieworlds and are in the process of writing a new album, out soon.

Finally, a recent collaboration found at the Lovecraft in Portland- Loverload are a duo performing what could best be described as dark synth shoegaze.

Ghost House will take place Friday September 7th!

Dark Arts Market will be on Saturday September 8th and will feature many wonderful vendors.