Dallas, TX, Trees, 09/25/2012
As staples and pioneers of the industrial scene continue to wither and fade, one household name in the industry remains ever present. They call themselves My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and for 25 years, they have been the face of sexy, evil, and mind-possessing music. Sept. 25, TKK landed in Dallas, Texas at Trees in Deep Ellum on the Back from Beyond 25th anniversary tour to shake their asses and prove that that they’re unstoppable. For those who are unfamiliar, Deep Ellum has been the concert district of Dallas for decades. The venue Trees is a hallmark of Dallas music culture and continues to bring some of the best acts of all genres to North Texas. With all the right elements for a concert in place, TKK played an 80 minute set to an enthusiastic crowd composed of classic TKK fans and new Kult followers.
The event began with the Dallas native industrial metal act The Razorblade Dolls, who has gained quite a following over the last few years and most of the band’s faithful showed up to support. The Razorblade Dolls play music that is loud, rough, and murderous. It was the Dolls’ first show in a few years that utilized a keyboardist, and despite some technical difficulties with that, the band orchestrated a hard pounding 30 minute set, playing a few old fan favorites but mainly focused on the newer material due out later this year. Highlights included “The Damn Thing” and fan favorite “The Wrists.”
Next up was Left Spine Down. Although the Vancouver iPunks’ energy was through the roof, the music was subpar in this writer’s opinion, sounding like Mindless Self Indulgence with hints of Green Day mixed in – it wasn’t pleasant. It would seem as if many of the audience members were unfamiliar with LSD (the band, not the drug) as it was the band’s first appearance in North Texas since playing with the Revolting Cocks in Ft. Worth in 2007. The audience tried to get into the music but, the longer LSD played the less the crowd remained enthusiastic. Personally, LSD’s style of music didn’t mesh with that of what TKK fans might usually enjoy. It was an unfortunate performance at best.
Finally, the self-proclaimed “most dangerous Kult in America” took the stage, opening with “TV Sista,” “Daisy Chain 4 Satan,” and “Bad Life.” It was a semi-romantic opening that got the hips swaying just a bit. The version of “DC4S” that the Kult played was a remixed version, not as intense as the original; it was enjoyable, but this writer would have preferred the original. The show picked up momentum during “Rivers of Blood, Years of Darkness,” and from that point forward, it was mayhem, moshpits, and sinister screaming from the audience. Groovie Mann, Buzz McCoy, and company unleashed hit after hit including “Sex on Wheelz,” “The Days of Swine and Roses,” and “Sexy Sucker.” Sprinkled in to the set were funky tracks like “Cadillac Square,” and “Apollo 69.”
One of the main highlights of the night was the infusion of more Bomb Gang Girlz material. TKK played “Sez Who” off the BGG’s first album A Taste 4 Trouble, and it went way better than expected. It was curious to see how the crowd would react to new and relatively different material, but the response was overwhelmingly positive and rightfully so because “Sez Who” is a fantastically sexy and groovy song. Since the vocals were dominated primarily by Beki Colada of the BBGs, it gave Groovie the opportunity to bust some moves and dance like the devil was inside him – something few have seen in years.
TKK closed the set with “After the Flesh,” the version that was included on The Crow soundtrack, which sent the audience into a moshing frenzy. After about a five minute interlude, TKK returned to the stage to perform nearly 20 minutes of encore material. The show officially wrapped up with “Kooler than Jesus” and “A Girl Doesn’t Get Killed by a Make Believe Lover… ‘Cuz It’s Hot.” Sometimes, bands get worn out and bored after 25 years, but TKK has proven that the experience they’ve garnered has only made them a stronger and a better rounded act. They have not slowed down a step. If their shows continue to be this excellent and get crowds to move the way they do, their retirement will always be premature.
Grant V. Ziegler (GVZ)