New York City/Brooklyn, NY, Europa, 12/07/2012
There comes a time in any artist’s career when the genre he or she helped to create evolves or mutates to such a degree that a scene is spawned, having little if anything to do with the mentality that set it into motion; by this point, said artist will usually eschew any notions of adhering to the scene, favoring the purely artistic route of simply following his or her own original path. Such can be said of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, the enigmatic philosopher/poet/performance artist whose voice and words have become the stuff of legend with such proto-industrial luminaries as Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV. With a bevy of like-minded musical miscreants in the latter entity, P-Orridge has managed to defy not only established categories, but managed to establish a few new ones… only to defy those and settle into the oh-so-dreaded niche of the highly respected yet painfully misunderstood genius, appreciated because of/in spite of the idiosyncrasy. [..]
Houston, TX, Reliant Arena, 10/30/2012
The Twins of Evil Tour featuring Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie should have been called the “10 Years Too Late” tour. Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas played host to the widely anticipated tour and that particular October 30 show was the fastest sell out of all the Twins of Evil stops. Hype and anticipation aside, the show didn’t deliver.
Dallas, TX, The Church, 12/02/2012
The Holy bile known as Angelspit has been the voice of an industrial revolution since the band’s inception in 2004. In the past, they’ve shared the stage with acts such as Nitzer Ebb and KMFDM, but now, they’ve headlined their own gigs on the Wall Street Massacre Tour, bringing along MyParasites and Cyanotic with them. This oddly warm December night got even hotter when the electro madness began.
Atlanta, GA, The Shelter, 11/30/2012
A chilly night in Atlanta, GA sets the stage for Cyanotic, MyParasites, and headliners Angelspit to storm The Shelter with crushing beats, screeching guitars, and wild vocal melodies and screams like never before. The atmosphere around Atlanta’s dark club dwelling was electric and with the crowd buzzing around, socializing, and buying merchandise as the house DJ indulged them with industrial and electronica, the party seemed to have begun before the first act even took the stage.
Atlanta, GA, The Shelter, 10/23/2012
May the dedication and united nature of the Atlanta scene never be questioned! The day of Assemblage 23 and Espermachine’s Atlanta tour stop began with catastrophe – the bands’ tour van (nicknamed Sexual Chocolate) suffered a massive breakdown in South Georgia, roughly four hours away from the venue and with no replacement van available for another day. Logically, that should have marked the end of the day and the cancellation of the Atlanta show, but logic has no place when it comes to the will and want of the Atlanta scene. [..]
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.