Sunday Nov 15

MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULTCOCKSURE

8:00 PM Doors / 9:00 PM Show
17 & Over
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MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT

Hailing from Chicago’s renowned Wax Trax Records stable of bands, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT creators Groovie Mann and Buzz McCoy have been conjuring up sonic tales of blasphemy, sexcapades and kitschy horror for over 25 years. Their sound is a concoction of experimental, disco, rock, new wave, lounge and glam, interlaced with their signature use of “sampled dialogue” – a reflection of the duo’s musical influences, and insight into the their taste in cinema. In fact, the original concept of MLWTTKK was to be trashy B-movie, in the style of John Waters and Russ Meyers. Yet without much film experience and access to video equipment, the project was scrapped, only to be transformed into a musical group – something both had more expertise in. Groovie (Franke Nardiello) fronted both the late 70’s Chicago bands The DT’s and SPECIAL AFFECT, as well as singer for the post-punk British outfit DROWNING CRAZE. Buzz (Marston Daley) attended Berklee College of Music in 1979, but soon realized a formal education in jazz piano was not for him. He picked up the guitar, and began performing with a variety of “art-punk” type groups in the Boston music scene before relocating to Chicago in 1987.

The early years of TKK were spent touring extensively with an entourage of musicians, performance artists, and a back-up trio of voluptuous, singers/dancers dubbed the BOMB GANG GIRLZ. The shows had a “Cabaret From Hell” vibe, arousing the curiosity of the kids and the media, establishing the group as one of America’s premier “industrial-dance” acts.

The band’s popularity among the underground club scene was fueled by hard-hitting dance tracks with titles like Kooler Than Jesus, Do You Fear For Your Child, A Girl Doesn’t Get Killed By A Make-Believe Lover Cuz It’s Hot (featuring punk poet chanteuse Lydia Lunch), and A Daisy Chain 4 Satan. The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was appalled.

Their 3rd album SEXPLOSION (1991) spawned the chart-topping radio savvy song Sex On Wheelz, which quickly gained the attention of the major labels and the band signed to a fledgling Interscope Records in 1992. Like all of their releases, the album had an overpowering cinematic quality, so it wasn’t surprising when Hollywood also took notice. They found themselves writing for an assortment of soundtracks like Paul Verhoeven’s “Showgirls” and Ralph Bakshi’s “Cool World.” In 1994, they stepped in front of the camera for a cameo in the cult classic “The Crow” to perform the song After The Flesh. More recently TKK was written into the story line of the 2013 film “Sexy Evil Genius”. Their music can be heard frequently in movies, television and cable shows, such as HBO’s long running, “Real Sex”, Showtime’s “Californication”, and last summer’s indie flick “Crazy Eyes”.

But it doesn’t end with studio, film and TV; Groovie and Buzz still take to the road extensively, along with a rotating cast of dubious characters. In 2010 they re-created their role in the “Sextacy Ball Tour” along with Belgium’s rave darlings Lords of Acid. In 2011 they performed at the “Wax Trax Retrospectacle” show in Chicago, with old label mates Front 242 and Revolting Cocks. Joining Groovie and Buzz on this year’s SPOOKY TRICKS tour will be veteran drummer Justin Bennett, bassist Mimi Star and guitarist Westin Halvorson. Opening the show will be [DJ] TOXIC RAINBOW. Best known for his genre-breaking DJ sets, ever changing production style and monthly show on Digitally Imported Electro, DJTR has been inspired by THRILL KILL KULT since the age of 14. In 2012 he won aBeatport.com remix contest re-working the classic TKK club hit “Kooler Than Jesus” and recently finished remixes for the band’s new album, as well as and mixes for Groovie’s side-project DARLING KANDIE.

MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT’S sound has always been fearlessly experimental and has become hugely influential to many artists today. They continue to morph and stretch the fabric of music and as we know it, always remaining true to the KULT and true innovators.

COCKSURE

THE SOUND: huge air-craft hangar size mechanized rhythms and bone-crushing, limb-severing noises that stretch from 2014 all the way back to 1985, long, endurance testing, panic-attack hit songs that you can drive around at night to, sweating dry-ice and smoking your chemical-weapon blunts.

THE WORDS: shockingly infantile, irreverent & irrelevant, riot inciting, anger inducing, anti-social, unashamedly un-p.c. , paranoid, narcissistic bullshit, barked and howled by someone who you think would have learned his fucking lesson by now.

THE PERPS: COCKSURE-the bastard that once was “REVCO” deformed and dug up,
re-animated and re-branded by CHRIS CONNELLY and JASON NOVAK .”Unfinished bizness” mutters Chris under his breath with a chuckle, then politely folding his arms and crossing his legs he whispers softly: “We’ll show these pussy-ass motherfuckers how it’s really done” adding with a serene smile “we’ll tell these ageing dinosaur fuckwads where to stick their dicks”

THE CHARGES: car jacking, drug dealing, pyromania (adoration of), credit card fraud, brawling, shoplifting & petty theft, chronic serial infidelity, slutism, weapon smuggling, online porn addiction, drinking binges, coke binges, speed binges, binge binges, auto theft, porn skyping, messianic behavior, hookers (pathetic attempts to “engage” with), solvent abuse, and botched plastic surgery (laughing at the expense of).

THE OUTCRY: “these people are despicable, truly society’s day-old used q-tips, we thought we were DONE with this childish self obsessed crap and we were safely tucked away in middle age doing respectable soundtracks or appearing in the reality shows of the poorly-tatooed: but NO! these HALFWITS are here to PICK us up by the scruffs of our necks and drop us like used condoms on the dancefloor .SHUT DOWN THE CLUBS!! RUN THAT D.J. OUT OF TOWN & HURRY BACK TO YOUR SAFE POP/PUNK PANIC ROOM.