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The Gothsicles is an American industrial and electronic body music (EBM) band based out of Chicago, Illinois. The group was formed in Wisconsin in 2003 by Brian "darkNES" Graupner, who handles vocals and synthesizers, and is the sole consistent member. The band has a rotating lineup of live musicians, including Matt Fanale of Caustic, Matt Slegel of Angelspit, and Micah Skaritka of Cruciform Injection. The band released its first LP, NESferatu, in 2006. Following albums included Sega Lugosi's Dead (2009), Industrialites & Magic (2011), and Squid Icarus, which was released on December 15, 2014. According to COMA Music Magazine, "The Gothsicles are one of the forerunners in Industrial Music for the Nerdy Masses."
Known for "spastic" and energetic live performances, they have performed at major festivals such as Infest, Kinetik Festival, Resistanz, C.O.M.A., Reverence Festival, Eccentrik Festival, and Blacksun Festival. The band has had songs remixed by artists such as Boole, and side projects include Dinosaur Tank, Gothsticulate with Caustic and Modulate, False Edge with Death of Self, and Khionik, a version of The Gothsicles that releases party music. Graupner has also formed The Causticles, a collaboration with Caustic, and Hardcore Pong with Angelspit.