The music of The Absolution┬« is “a molotov cocktail of industrial strength gothic lounge.” Nick Stewart, long time goth-industrial singer/composer has been writing, producing and performing as The Absolution since the 1990s. He started his musical journey in Virginia, refined it in the clubs of Washington DC and continues to write and occasionally perform in Los Angels, CA

Nick Stewart, center with bassist Bruce Firth, left, performing as the Ripchords at the Branding Iron, Harrisonburg, VA circa 1982.

Nick Stewart started his music career in the McLean, VA garage bands, Unplanned Parenthood and The Aborted. Attending James Madison University in the 1980s, he was the lead singer and bassist for the bands, The RipchordsSynaptic GapM-1No Exit, and Meat Department.

Nick Stewart circa 1982 after a fresh haircut in Harrisonburg, Va
Nick Stewart and Fear of Man in Concert at the ROXY nightclub, circa 1987, Washington DC
Nick Stewart and Fear of Man in Concert at the ROXY nightclub, circa 1987, Washington DC

Nick Stewart, bartending at Cagneys, a new wave dance club on Dupont Circle, late 1980s

In the late 80s, He was the lead singer and lyricist for the Washington, D.C. Gothadelia band, Fear of Man, playing with other local legends, like, Madhouse (later, Strange Boutique), Eubie HayveBruno Loves Danger, and Shock OperaFear of Man was often a headliner at the great D.C. rock clubs: d.c. space, The Roxy and the Bayou, all of which have been redeveloped into something less. After a stylistic split in Fear of Man, Nick formed the Goth Metal band, Trust, and continued to headline rock clubs in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD.

Nick Stewart moved to Hollywood, CA in 1991 and after playing with two short lived bands, Skinny Bodies, and Habeus Corpus, formed “The Absolution” as a solo performance/producing band. The music is published though ASCAP member, Apostate Publishing, a Cooldaddy Media company, and is distributed electronically around the world. Some may suspect that the name, “The Absolution” has religious overtones and while that may not be far from influential, the absolution refered to is a promise to all of the women that have inspired the songs and were told that a song would be “writen for them. Here are the songs and the promise is fulfilled. “Redemption without Salvation”

Nick Stewart singing early versions of songs that would find their way to the album, For the Wicked.
Nick Stewart performing songs from his upcoming album in the San Fernando Valley in the mid 1990s
Well, it’s not really industrial music if there isn’t a electronic percussion drum solo!