May 2012 18

Jairus Khan of Ad·ver·sary and Nick Thériault of Antigen Shift took their shared opportunity at this year’s Kinetik Festival in Montreal to address the portrayal of sexism and racism in the industrial genre. Khan (joined by Thériault on-stage) created a public service announcement denouncing the anti-racial and sexist themes of artists such as Combichrist and Nachtmahr (for whom Khan and Thériault were opening). The video was debuted during Ad·ver·sary’s performance. Khan and Thériault spoke to I Die: You Die before and after the performance; the interview and video are available on the publication’s website, with Combichrist’s Andy LaPlegua and Nachtmahr’s Thomas Rainier commenting.


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  1. Damian G. says:

    Only now did I manage to catch up on this ‘controversy’ and it seems to me that the whole thing is really out of place in the context of artistic expression.

    I agree that overtly rascist or sexist imagery to certain degree does provoke complacency in the audience but direct line of attack that Adversasry chose dilutes the message and provokes doubt as to what their real intention is.

  2. Debra C says:

    Thank Jairus Khan for speaking up. I can see how this could be used for publicity for Ad·ver·sary, but at the same time, this is an issue that needs to be addressed. As a black woman I feel pretty left out when it comes to industrial music. For music that is supposed to be non-mainstream, different and articulate, it seems like the same images are used over and over again, many of them portraying women as sex objects and leaving out anyone who isn’t white entirely. That’s not being different, that’s the same thing Hollywood and mainstream music does. Anyone can slap a half naked woman on their album or their music video. That isn’t anything new or necessary.

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