Like a passage out of William Gibson’s Neuromancer. A dystopian nightmare nightclub. A night where the machines take over; better living through circuitry. A Public Image Limited Death Disco.
That’s the scene at Cheer Up Charlies on Wednesday, June 10, when The Nothing Song presents a quartet of local bands that are firmly ensconced in the cyber-shadows.
Austin duo De Palma takes their name from film director Brian De Palma. And like the auteur’s best films – the ones that deal with obsession, voyeurism, and erotic crime – the band De Palma evokes a similar feeling. Their claustrophobic soundscapes are sexy, alluring and a feeling of danger lurks around every beat.
Blackstone Rngrs are a cascade of shining light, considering. Ethereal voices harmonize over grimy beats, guitar lines sear through the din. Call it shoegaze, call it dream-pop, I call it beautiful noise.
Lo-fi dance-stompers videoing will suit all your caterwauling needs. Like Sonic Youth before them, videoing just about defy definition. There’s elements of indie-rock (whatever that means anymore), post-punk and a touch of mutant disco, while female and male vocals are steeped in angsty histrionics.
Topping the night off is bloody knives. Their recent release, Death, is a six-song sampler of industrial dimness. Enter at your own risk – beautiful passages and terrifying codas abound. Synthesizers poke and stab and guitars run roughshod while a choirboy’s voice ruminates over the proceedings.
On June 10, 1991, David Lynch’s dark and brooding Twin Peaks aired it’s final episode. Only appropriate, Cheer Up Charlies is commemorating that event with Twin Peaks-themed drink specials during the night.
Cheer Up Charlies is located at 900 Red River St. The show starts at 9 p.m. Suggested donation is $3. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.