On Friday, Aug. 21, Elysium is hosting a night of extreme music, courtesy of United Kingdom’s Consumer Electronics, a band that doesn’t make music as much as they make sheer audio terror. It’s not meant to play softly in the background while you wash your car or do the dishes. You’re not gonna be dancing to it, unless… Well, as Killing Joke once said, “music for pleasure, it’s not music no more, music to dance to, music to move, this is music to march to, it’s a war dance.”
Consumer Electronics is the nasty brainchild of Philip Best, a long-time member of pioneering industrial music group Whitehouse. But calling Whitehouse an industrial band is doing them a disservice; they went way beyond that generic catch-all. They preferred the “power electronics” moniker – due to the unholy amount of high-frequency feedback squeal, low-bass pulses that hit you right in the gut and their shrieking profanity-laced vocals. Maybe “queasy listening” is a better term.
Also on the bill are local experimental group The Wilderness and DJs Chris Low (of UK anarcho-punk band Part1), Oliver Sheppard (of Wardance, a monthly post-punk event in Dallas), and Andrew Haas (of Discipline, a death-rock event in Denton).
Elysium is located at 705 Red River St. Doors open at 8 p.m. 18+ welcome. $10 cover. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.