Sunday, March 27, 2011
22 March 2011
The Abbey Pub
With Cult of Youth, Socially Retarded, Population
James Moy - Synth + Mix + Vocals
Isidro Reyes - Synth + Vocals
Mark Solotroff - Vocals + Synth
01: LAKE STREET
02: ANGEL OF DARKNESS
04: WITHIN THE WALLS
05: GIRLFRIEND ATTEMPTS TO EXPLAIN SCHIZOPHRENIC EPISODE BY REVEALING CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE
06: IN THE MOOD
07: MIND THE GAP
08: PORN LORDS
09: A SONG FOR LISANNE, A YOUNG MODEL
10: LEAK (CADAVER IN DRAG)
11: GENITAL PANIC
13: BLIND FURY
14: TWO DROPS OF BLOOD
15: VISITING AN EX-GIRLFRIEND IN THE HOSPITAL – AIDS WARD
16: OUTSIDE THE GATE
17: CHALK EATER
Population kicked off the night with a great blend of coldwave, post-punk (ugh, that term), and death-rock inspired songs. It was great to see them live and I hope to do more shows with them in the future, particularly with Anatomy of Habit. I think that would be a good match-up. I would definitely recommend picking up their CD demo.
Socially Retarded were crushing, this being their first club show, blasting out from a full PA. Brutal hardcore/punk... power-violence? Sure, I guess. But with a strong power-electronics foundation. I got a feeling of Flux of Pink Indians for some reason. Maybe it was the noise element, the non-stop feedback tones, and the vocal delivery.
We had a pretty fast, heavy and loud set. We slid in under the 24-minute mark. Not bad for this set-list. Great sound from Steven, who has mixed Anatomy of Habit a few times at the Abbey Pub, but not BLOODYMINDED. He kept some great rumble in the bass, kept the ring in the more shrill synth tones, and allowed the feedback to blast out. Heber was a no-show, so we played as a three-piece. James is on probation for bringing a Roland SH-101 to the venue. I know we are in pretty rough shape, synth-wise, but that is crossing a line! That said, it sounded excellent. Everything felt good that night, even if the whole show seemed stripped down. No lion taming. No climbing. Just a go-for-it kind of performance .
Cult of Youth put on a great show... Sean is such a good front-man... and it was nice to have a bigger and more enthusiastic crowd for them, compared to their Viaduct Theater show in October 2009, with Anatomy of Habit. It was a pleasure to hang out with Sean, Glenn, Micki, and Christiana, and I am looking forward to the band's quick return visit with Zola Jesus, next month.
Thanks to Sean and The Abbey Pub, for hosting the show. Thanks to Steven for such great live sound all night. Thanks to all of our friends, who made it out to support us on a cold and rainy Tuesday night!