The Crüxshadows /ˈkruːʃædoʊz/ is an American darkwave band from Tallahassee, Florida, United States. Their sound is made up of a combination of male vocals, electric violin, guitar, and synth. Centered on vocalist and songwriter Rogue, The Crüxshadows blend 1980s inspired synthpop and modern rock with introspective lyrics. The band has enjoyed global popularity, releasing CDs worldwide and touring extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. For much of the band's career, they were available through Dancing Ferret Discs, an independent label based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2009, the band formed their own label imprint, Wishfire Records for the release of future Crüxshadows recordings. In 2012 Wishfire Records gained control of their back catalog, and began re-issuing many of their older titles as well. Lyrically, much of The Crüxshadows' subject matter are drawn from mythology, religion, history, and dreams. Often referred to with the abbreviation CXS, their motto is "Live Love Be Believe".