Atlanta, GA, The Shelter, 08/28/12
The Shelter is one of the premiere spots in Atlanta for all things goth, industrial, electronic, and more. The venue is typically alive with activity, but August 28 sported one of the larger crowds the venue has seen thanks to the arrival of electronic/synthpop sensations Covenant, touring with electro-pop act The Break Up. Covenant last toured the U.S. in full in 2006, and the crowd was well overdue for the band’s return. The Break Up and Covenant are an interesting matchup as their sounds differ from each other greatly, but it gave something for everyone that night.
Towson, MD, The Recher, 10/20/2012
The music industry can be a cruel business, especially with regards to more underground genres, whereby the pressures of maintaining a creative outlook and a productive if not prolific outflow of material that is both artistically satisfying and appealing on a wider scale can lead to the most destructive consequences. To last even a single decade is no small task, so credit must be given to any band or artist that perseveres over the course of 25 years. With the Back from Beyond tour, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult celebrates the last quarter of a century with a grand display of all that the band has been about: evil sex, horrific sleaze, and having one hell of a good time! The musical equivalent of an F-grade grindhouse flick, TKK has made no apologies for the tumultuous path it has paved, having gone through more than their share of addictions and lineup changes, all the while treading the fine line between decadent art and bad taste. As Towson’s Recher Theatre has been a staple of the Baltimore area for quite some time, TKK brought a powerhouse of a show to a bevy of adoring fans.
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.
London, United Kingdom, Underworld, 28/09/2012
Camden in London is where even on the sunniest day you could stroll down the High Street sporting your entire haunting, industrial panoply and still easily fade into the crowd. It’s where artsy meets the edgy and where, frankly, none of those terms apply. On the last Friday of September, it was here where this humble writer awaited for the return of British industrial rock heavy hitters Sulpher who since the 2001 debut album Spray remained strangely silent. The entire night, headlined by the Rob Holliday lead quartet turned out to be unforgettable genre debauchery with each subsequent act ratcheting the excitement and expectations.
Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore, 06/12/2012
Rarely does one find such a diverse crowd as the one in downtown Silver Spring’s the Fillmore on the night of June 12, 2012; packed with a variety of goths, hipsters, and rockers from all walks of life. Few bands have managed to attract such a wide range of fans from such divergent styles as The Cult, from the band’s early flirtations with psychedelic goth rock to the later exploration of purebred rock & roll and proto-metal. On this stop during the Choice of Weapon tour, the veterans of post-punk/hard rock saw fit to prove their mettle, sharing the stage with The Icarus Line and Against Me!.
London, United Kingdom, Elektrowerkz, 09/15/2012
Imagine a venue tucked into the heart of London but conveniently hidden from the eyes of the unaware; the sort of place to which you wouldn’t stumble in unknowingly with derelict labyrinthine staircases that feel strangely cozy once they are filled with industrial boom. The venue is the cult Electrowerkz that for years now has been a Mecca for London’s goth/industrial/metal crowd and although vague dress codes, word of mouth invitations, and memberships are no more, there still is a flavor of fanciful mystery about Electrowerkz and frankly, all the better given its never changing underground spirit. It was here where Angelspit closed the European leg of the 2012 Wall Street Massacre tour and with the support of Uberbyte, Angelbomb, Die Kur, and Nessus Red, it was a very special night indeed.