Anthony Koros invites you to make up your own name and dance your heart out at Eclipse. Credit: Shadow Darkwell Studios
Sometimes when a mundane, day-to-day routine has got you feeling down, you’ve just got to squeeze yourself into a black latex S&M outfit and dance like no one’s watching, even though several people probably are. Last month, Eclipse joined the ranks of Boston’s goth dance parties, and already went from monthly to bi-monthly Fridays at Arc Nightclub, near Yawkey Station. Promoter Anthony Koros — who describes Eclipse as “the only place you’ll hear a mashup of Lady Gaga and Rammstein” — gave us the scoop.
Some goth nights stick around foreeeever. Others fizzle out in six months. How do you plan on making Eclipse one of the first kind?
It’s very important not to get complacent. Too many people get a little bit of success with getting people to come out to their night, and say, “Well, my work is done.” They don’t realize that you have to keep pushing. Having a packed dance floor — that’s really important. There’s a balance between playing songs everyone knows and will dance to, and introducing new music [to avoid] letting your scene stagnate.
Right. Nobody needs to hear “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails again.
Hey, that’s a sexy song. I always enjoy that one.
What the hell happened to Marilyn Manson?
He was a product of the times. He’ll come back. He got big with that commercial industrial wave of the ‘90s and ‘00s. It was right around that time that [mythic Central Square goth club] Manray hit its peak. It was at capacity almost every night, with lines going down the street. I don’t see any reason why that can’t happen again.
Your official photographer is named Shadow Darkwell. Wouldn’t the world be a more magical place if everyone could pick their own names?
Definitely, you’d have a lot more interesting names. I think some people chose a name for themselves, and it just fits them. Other people pick an alias or alter ego, and you’re kind of scratching your head, thinking, “Eh, I don’t know if this suits you.” But it’s all good.