Hey creepypeople 🙂
It occurs to me that since I do have this blog I should probably use it for something more often. I used to write up concert stuff over at VampireFreaks but I got really, *really* tired of being hit on by children (or in fact, by anyone, but it was mostly people who were young enough to be my kids. Gross.) so I stopped using that account to write anything.
So I figure I can just write music things here. Now you know how we got here.
I dragged myself out the door on Saturday night to go see iVardensphere and Cyanotic and Blackthorn 51 in Queens. Understand, this place is crazy far from my house. I have missed other shows there before because I just didn’t want to make the trip. But truly, I really do love iVardensphere so much, I was willing to deal with the hassle.
I was afraid I was running very, very late, because every express train in the city (literally.) was running local due to track work over the weekend. That, and I got turned around once I got above ground and it took me a few minutes to figure out which way to walk (thank you, google maps for saving me) But as happens I didn’t miss anything. They had a few hyperlocal acts that were on first. and once I was pointed in the right direction it wasn’t hard to find. It’s also conveniently located next door to a diner. I didn’t eat there, but it seems like it would be a good thing, though I’m not sure how late they’re open. I didn’t look.
Izoloscope was supposed to be on this tour but it seems like they had visa trouble, according to their facebook page. Hopefully they can join up next time, as I would like to hear them live at some point. I do know for sure that iVardensphere had visa issues also and were greatly delayed getting across the border from Canada. (I am SO side-eyeing the DHS right now. Hard. Real tired of the security theater.) But I ran into Scott Fox just after I walked in the door and he gave me a huge hug, which was lovely, but had the unfortunate side effect of breaking my new necklace (I had just- JUST finished it that morning.) It was worth it, though. I hadn’t seen Scott in a while, and he really is one of my very favorite Canadians. The very first track I ever played (ever) on my Nightbreed Radio show was by iVardensphere, and “because iVardensphere” was a Gothika meme for years, so Im a bit of a fan.
Going to shows (any show) is always, ALWAYS an exercise in awkward for me, for several reasons, not the least of which is that I am always alone (which is fine-that’s no problem) but the only friends I have in the room are the people on the stage, who are a little busy. So I wind up spending my night sort of standing around the merch table looking… well, awkward. But I did meet the lovely merch queen, Jenny, who was quite friendly and that helped a bit.
I also got to meet Sean Payne from Cyanotic. Now, Sean and I have each other friended on like, all social media everywhere and have for years. He was one of the single first people to friend me on instagram. it was like BOOM, and there was Cyanotic. First band, straight out the gate. So I was very interested in meeting up with these guys. And they were just lovely. Really sweet and nice and seemed so, so happy that I bought a Cyanotic tshirt. (which I will wear today, actually.) So happy to have met them all.
Since Izoloscope wasn’t there, Venus in Aries opened up the night and I very much enjoyed their set. Having never heard them before, I thought they were quite talented. Like many female fronted bands, they sort of fit into a kind of grey area between “Monday Night” and “Thursday Night” to put it in terms that Gothikans will immediately understand. But I would definitely spin it. I didn’t get video, but I did get a couple of photos.
Cyanotic was up after that. Their guitarist was having some tech trouble for a while, but it seemed to eventually get resolved. The band, however, just accepted it as A Thing That Happens (which it is) and soldiered on, in spectacular Glitchmode style. Honestly, it was an excellent set, if a bit short (not their fault, the venue was being very strict on time.) I did manage to get two videos. Disclaimer up front- Im not a videographer- I just happen to have a camera that will film in HD with good audio, and I am always up against the stage, so I have a clear view. I filmed Alt.Machines and Signal the Machines.
I should mention that I also saw the guys from FGFC820 there as well. They live nearby, and this is their local club so I figured they might show up. I got in a quick chat (and big hug) from Dracos, who is SO nice and has been so kind in the past when I’ve needed logo permission for World Goth Fair stuff. Seriously, industrial folks are freaking awesome. They really are.
Finally, iVardensphere did their set, and it was glorious. They did Black Lodge live, which was unexpected(I and I got it on video) but the happy moment for me was when they played Bonedance, a song I love so much I named jewelry after it at House of Rain. It’s hard to describe what watching them in person is like. It’s a strange mashup between an industrial set and the world’s best drum circle. I got 3 videos, with 4 songs – It Is As Blackness Is, Black Lodge (both off of Fable, their most recent release) and Bonedance and Snakecharmer, which were played back to back. There’s points in my video that might be a little jumpy because I was dancing and for some reason my camera refused to focus crisply during Bonedance, but it doesn’t matter. All you have to do is listen.
The set seemed a little short, but again, that wasn’t the band’s fault, but the venue’s. After it was over, I spoke to Scott briefly, got permission from everyone to post videos, was asked by Sean to post his videos to facebook (ugh, but for Sean, fine.) and left about 1am.
This is relevant because I didn’t actually get home until 3:30. The trains were SO screwed up instead of two trains home, it became three *different* trains, plus a cab. There was also a police investigation (not my doing) a fight (in which I was not involved, bur you could hear it from Jupiter) and a guy WAY younger than me trying to hit on me on an uptown D train. (he was respectful and polite (if a bit persistent) but OH MY GOTH, NO for every conceivable reason.) Believe me, I was really happy to be home. That whole trip home was like a scene out of After Hours.
The bands will be on tour for a while. Tour dates/locations are posted here
So if they happen to be swinging by where you are, please go see them. Tell them I said hi. But mostly just support the bands and buy merch when you can. It really does mean a lot to them and they’re incredibly nice people.