Text and photos: Darryl Reid
I show up to the show super late, France’s La Fraction are half way through their set. Before they can finish their set there is some drama – cops show up, find a bunch of punks drinking outside the venue, and fuck over Jo (half of Blue Cross and the man putting on the show).
For a moment, the night and the entire fest seem to be in peril. Fucking Pigs.
Soon as the pigs leave, La Fraction finish a killer set and Blue Cross sets up.
If you’ve been following Blue Cross you’ll know they aren’t the type to play live shows and I was curious to see how their sound translated live, since they are a two piece and use lots of drum machines and effects in their music. As mentioned elsewhere in the site, they borrowed a couple members from Asile, Pat and Joel (on Drums and Bass), to round out the band. The whole band were on point and played a blistering set.
I love this whole post punk/goth revival going on and Blue Cross are one of the best bands leading the revival. If you have the chance to see them live, do it – you won’t be disappointed.
by Oliver Sheppard
Ottawa, Canada’s goth-punk duo Blue Cross have just delivered their third full-length LP, “Conspiracy,” in under two years – a remarkable feat, considering that many bands nowadays take years to release new material. Originally a side-project of street punk band Germ Attak, Blue Cross’ music explores more mid-tempo postpunk and deathrock territory. Their sound, guided by Jess’ spectral vocals, recalls bands like the Superheroines, Madhouse, and more obscure early goth-y postpunk with female vocals like Your Funeral or Pink Military.
Chaos Rurale Records and Blue Cross’ own Bandcamp page have made “Conspiracy” available for streaming, coinciding with the physical release of the album. (Bruised Tongue is actually offering the LP on cassette!) CVLT Nation has been following Blue Cross since the beginning; the band’s debut LP, “Mass Hysteria,” was reviewed here; their second LP, “I am Death,” was reviewed here; and the band was interviewed by CVLT Nation last year here. Recently, Maximum Rock ‘n Roll also interviewed the band.
Click the graphic below to begin streaming “Conspiracy” now!
Hot damn, NO SIR, I WON’T is a fucking killer band that play some off the chain peace punk! They have a new 12 inch entitled Door coming out via Frame Work Label on June 25th! Right now I want you to check out their new song “Harry Harlow” streaming below…Oh yeah, their east coast tour started yesterday – peep the dates!
If you ask people my age what music first really opened their mind, many of them would say funk – it was our gateway to punk. P-Funk Parliament-Funkadelic created a universe that molded our minds into young weirdos. After seeing George Clinton and his band of freaks perform in outlandish costumes, how the Sex Pistols looked was almost normal. Musically, funk was all about self-expression, just like the early punk scene in both England and the States. The P-Funk all stars did not give a fuck, and created a dance beat that would had you under their spell. You could hear the influence of the bouncy, rolling baselines of Funk in early Post Punk and certain 80′s hardcore bands. There would not have been the Gang of Four, Talking Heads, Bush Tetras, PYLON, ESG, Maximum Joy, Glaxo Babies, Minutemen, Big Boys, PIL and many more without this influence. Not all of these bands had a political message, but many of them did, which sounded cool against their driving back beats. So part of Post Punk’s foundation can be found in in the words of Mr Clinton – free your ass and your mind will follow! Today we celebrate the Funk // Post Punk connection with a huge video essay that will tell the story better than my words ever could…Part 2 of this story coming soon: Post Punk and the Dub connection!
If you read CVLT Nation on the regular, then you know that we are huge fans of KILLING JOKE! They have just released a new video for their song “Corporate Elect.” My two year old daughter and I watched it a couple of times today and could not take our eyes off the screen! This visual was conceived, filmed and directed by Mikee Goodman…stop what you are doing and check it out! On June 4th, KILLING JOKE are putting out The Singles Collection 1979-2012 via Spinefarm…Enough talking it’s time for visual action!
What sound are you going to find in a garage in San Francisco, next to the power tools and your post punk vinyl collection? I will tell you: most likely you will be blasting the CREATIVE ADULT new 7 inch called Bulls In The Yard, which is a sonic middle finger to playing it safe. These humans said fuck the dumb shit, we are going to create music that we dig and let our audio weirdness fall where it may. CVLT Nation is stoked to be streaming this catchy angular sound event here on our site…so check out the CREATIVE ADULT Bulls In The Yard out on May 16th via Run For Cover Records and pre-order HERE!
Now this great news: BELGRADO is working on a new album which I can not wait for and I know I’m not alone. Check this out – they have just put out a video for one of their new songs called “Untitled.” From seeing this visual, I know the BELGRADO record is going to kill…stay tuned for more news!
All photos & text by Luana Magalhães
Their microphone-less screaming alone would have been enough to consider them one of the bands of the weekend, as those inhuman howls could be heard from the hallway outside. The fact that their black metal fury even outclasses what can be heard on their records helps, too.
So far, the excellent Dark New York: Gotham City’s Post Punk, Goth, & Deathrock Bands 1983-1988, Vol. 1 compilation is only available on vinyl. Released late last year (2012) on Black Scorpio Records, the record fleshes out an oft-overlooked part of the 80′s American postpunk phenomenon — New York City’s lively gothic and deathrock scene.
Masterfully compiled by Joe Truck Kasher and Greg Fasolino (of NYC’s deathrock band The Naked and the Dead), this compilation has the added benefit of being produced by folks that were active in NYC’s postpunk heyday. In other words, it comes from scene participants themselves; not outsiders. And while California’s and England’s gothy postpunk scenes have been exhaustively documented, an adequate cataloging of NYC’s similar scene in the 1980s has been much overdue. This compilation remedies that longstanding problem.
Hey you…come a little closer so I can whisper something into your ear…DBC, aka Dangerous Boys Club, have just released a new album entitled Pris via Dais Records. For their song “Tranzilvania” they have created an 11 minute video that we are premiering here today on CVLT Nation…Get your glam violence on now and check out this visual!