“If the world is going to hell we need music like this!”
— Jack Rabid, Big Takeover Magazine #82
“The married couple behind Alaska’s only goth duo Cliff & Ivy enjoy their unique outsider status. They’re also busy as hell, with a record label, a radio show, their own albums, and a busy performance schedule that has taken them all over the U.S. Read our interview with the Anchorage Press”
The Big Takeover #81 December 2017 - "Alaska’s veteran goth rockers aren’t fooling around... they make affinity to the original L.A. death rock scene of 35 years ago plain, again recording there with Screamers/Twisted Roots legend Paul Roessler and inviting Christian Death pioneers Rikk Agnew and Gitane Demone to guest ... (on) apocalyptic post-punk nightmares such as “Fossil Fuel”... If the world’s going to hell, we need albums like this.
... and to hear the same thing only even more savage on stage, including a nasty thrashing of another vintage L.A. classic, The Gun Club’s 1981 Fire of Love opener, “Sex Beat”... (Live in the City of Fallen Angels) sure suggests C&I are a harrowing live attraction, too. ..."
Read an interview with Ivy Silence (March 2017) in Her Corrosion magazine - which focuses on women in goth and post-punk.
CXI111... a great ghoulish album... C & I are as shadowy, sinister/menacing, heavy and uncategorizable as goth/postpunk trailblazers... Christian Death and The Screamers ... add Play Dead and Killing Joke's industrial fireball... plus some David Bowie "future Legend" like spoken word... Never mind Black Flag, this is creepy crawl!”
- Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover Magazine (Jan 01, 2017)
Cliff and Ivy are "one of the more original and intriguing projects in the international goth music scene right now... with guitar that is at once exotic and abrasive, and layered vocals that flit between ritualistic chanting, wailing and spoken word (their) sound occupies it's own unique and surreal space" (http://gothic-rock.com, August 2015)
“Gothic and creepy - that's the only way to describe another unique one song offering from the only Alaskan goths we're aware of... the 1980Cure/1981 Killing Joke Predilections of their New Blood/Old World EP have given way to a witches brew of horror movie post-punk, like a spawn of Choir Invisible and Christian Death in the early Frontier days- with a little Juju Siouxsie's Banshees...”
- Jack Rabid, Big Takeover #78 (Jun 01, 2016)
“Cliff and Ivy's single Earth Spits Fire... From the chilly mad background piano to the prominent tribal drums, and those scary guitar lines like spiders up your neck, Cliff and Ivy spit psycho flames! ”
Jack Rabid, Editor, Big Takeover Magazine Issue 76
“Alaska’s only goth band” was not expected billing, given this Anchorage pair’s darkwave/new wave/punk wave/cold wave predilections on last year’s Springtide of Pure Reason EP (with ex-Germs drummer Don Bolles, and KRAMER production) or 2012’s Equilux. But damned if “In Your Hands (New Blood)” doesn’t summon memories of The Cure’s Pornography. The tribal toms and callous bass are pure “The Hanging Garden”; only Ivy Silence pursues something more hostile in lieu of 1980 Robert Smith- harrowing, huskily talk-narrating like Cruella De Vil gone Madame Defarge, before a chorus of furies/fairies turn her into Lady MacBeth- for whom all the soaps in Arabia wouldn't wash the (new) blood off her hands. Cruelty and fright = strong, modern, danceable goth! (cliffandivy.bandcamp.com)
July 1, 2015
Interview- The music that you two make are deep enough to require listeners to fully immerse themselves into the band’s recording.
....(I) hear some Siouxsie influences here with Dead Can Dance, and that kind of music. Quite soaring music ... indie goth or what to call it, it feels like a really good description of it all.
I really appreciate Ivy's voice that I think has characteristics both Nico / Marianne Faithfull and Siouxsie and Toyah and it is well not bad comparisons.