Tuesday night “America’s Most Dangerous Kult” was at the Ready Room was filling it with disco infused industrial music in the form of My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult on their Strange Affairs Tour.
While waiting for the opening act to come out on stage I started talking to a fan named Linda. She was surprised that not that many people had shown up yet. I told her that I had never heard of the opening act ‘Curse Mackey’ before. She filled me in all about the industrial rock supergroup ‘Pigface’ and how he was one of the many members of the revolving-door style collaboration. Some of the contributors have included Trent Reznor, Steve Albini, Flea, members of the Pixies, and of course ‘My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult’.
Several songs into Curse Mackey’s set he made a comment about a fan streaming his set and the during his next song grabbed the fans phone and recorded himself up close and said that the fan is now to stop streaming as he is playing for the crowd not the people on the internet. Another fan was asked to stop recording the show after his next song again. Mackey closed his set with ‘Secrets of the Resurrection’ off his debut new album ‘Instant Exorcism’ that is currently available for purchase through his bandcamp page. After his set he thanked the fans that were recording his show that they stopped as the show is for the people here.
By the time TKK took the stage the Ready Room finally started to fill up. The lights go dark and the band filters out on stage with Groovie Mann behind a podium with a large book open looking like a dancing satanic priest decked out in his usual leather. The large book with their logo on it ended up being a book with all the lyrics to the songs. The band opened with ‘Strange Affairs’ off their new album ‘In the House of Strange Affairs’. It didn’t take long for fans to start dancing to the hypnotic beats and pulsating lights. The band really doesn’t engage with stage banter and lets Groovie Mann’s dancing and the music do its thing. The 18 song set consisted heavily of songs off of ‘Confessions of a Knife…’, ‘In the House of Strange Affairs’, and ’13 Above the Night’ but also sprinkled in songs as far back as their debut album ‘I See Good Spirits and I See Bad Spirits’. After closing out the set fans still wanted more as they chanted Thrill Kill Kult over and over. Slowly the band came back on stage followed by Groovie Mann for a four song encore consisting of the fan favorites ‘The Days of Swine and Roses’ to which Groovie Mann would occasionally squish his nose to look like a snout of a pig, and ‘After The Flesh,’ a song which the band is remembered for by performing it in the movie The Crow, and how I was originally introduced to the band.
Groovie Mann (Frankie Nardiello) and Buzz McCoy (Marston Daley) remain the two constant conspirators behind Thrill Kill Kult. Rounding out the rest of the band, on this tour, is Mimi Star (bass) and Bradley Bills (drums). The band is touring their new album ‘In the House of Strange Affairs’.