Had a great Friday the 13th, seeing some classic industrial/dance bands that not only ended up playing just a few blocks from each other at different venues, but worked together to stagger the sets, so that many could see all bands! both shows Sold out
Also, since the bands know each other, and the club owners, multiple members were milling around both shows, and we got to talk to them and get pics.
over at the Mohawk with show starting at 9, OhGr
(band fronted by Nivek Ogre from Skinny Puppy), and KMFDM
touring on the latest album "Hell Yeah"
then up the street at Elysium, starting at Midnight, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult
, 35th anniversary tour, playing the first 2 Wax Trax! albums live + the b-sides from all the 12" singles from those two albums.
a fantastic night out with my friend Wendy with some really, really good music (for the most part).
quick takes:OhGr: 9 out of 10:
GREAT set list (even if no Puppy getting played, but hey they did play "dog" does that count?
). They not only sounded amazing, but looked like they were having a hell of a great time - and they were: We talked to a couple of they guys at the end of the night at Elysium, such nice, nice guys, who were so appreciative when I told them how much I had enjoyed their set (and how much better they were than KMFDM. . they were). Apparently this is only the 3rd date on the tour? but they were having a blast up there, and it was infectious. . . and, as typical, Ogre was giving off a *very* Peter Gabriel crossed with Peter Murphy vibe from up there on the stage.KMFDM: 5 out of 10
yeah. . . we didn't stay for the whole set, and that should tell you everything.
I love KMFDM, and was expecting them to focus on the later albums (which they did a lot), but opening with "Rip the System" and mid-set with "Light" helped keep me moving along as they also hit the more recent singles.
But as my Dad said when I took him to see the show "STOMP", after a few songs, I was like: "I get it. What else are you going to do?"
They just seemed a bit unexcited to be there, and when a fight with drunk fratboys and sorority girls broke out during "Hell Yeah" it was actually a bit more entertaining than what was on the stage.
Bumping into John who mentioned that the TTK show at Elysium had sold out, was more than enough impetus to cut out from Mohawk 20 minutes or so before the set ended, so we wouldn't have to fight the crowd to get into Elysium and get a good spot (which we managed to do up front). folks I talked to that stayed for the whole set said they didn't do an encore, or really end on a good note, just kind of walked off the stage.
So yeah. . not awful, but not the greatest thing I ever saw.
OhGr really should have been headliner, I suspect.My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult: 10/10
Yeah, Groovie is looking a bit like Geraldo Rivera these days (in particular with his glasses on), but man did he sound fantastic.
The 1st two albums live, followed by *every* B-side from the 12" released from those albums.
so yeah, got to hear "Devil Bunnies" and "Cuz it's Hot" among other things, played live!
The drums onstage just made the whole club pulse, so glad they have the full band and not just a programmed track to play with.
if you get a chance to see them on this tour, HIGHLY recommended.