Cult of Youth

Cult of Youth

Night Sins, Hot Guts, Pharmakon

Tue, November 13, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Kungfu Necktie

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

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Cult of Youth
Cult of Youth
Born out of a love for the post-industrial music and culture that had inspired him ever since he had first discovered music as a teenager, Cult of Youth began as a series of home recordings by founder Sean Ragon.Ragon's solo Cult of Youth project released a 7" and then one full length on then fledgling Dais Records (also responsible for introducing the world to Cold Cave and releasing Genesis P-Orridge's pre-Throbbing Gristle recordings for the first time). The early recordings seemed to strike a chord with many people who felt alienated by the cultural irony and lo-fi slacker mentality that was ever present in independent music at the time. Adding three permanent members to the line-up: performance artist/director/painter/occult scholar Micki Pellerano on bass, machinist drummer Glenn Maryanski, and the violin virtuoso/goddess Christiana Key. (Key's brilliant string arrangements were recently featured on new Zola Jesus single "Poor Animal".)

This is their first album as a proper band, produced by Chris Coady and mixed by Swans producer Kevin McMahon; it's an ideal realization of the amazing potential this new full band line-up. It is a neo-folk masterpiece, perhaps the first of its kind from an American band. Although still rooted in the acoustic guitar driven Teutonic chants of the early material, the focus has changed and the scope is broader. Cult of Youth shifts from delicate pagan folk music reminiscent of Paul Giovanni's landmark soundtrack to The Wicker Man, to hazy Turkish psychedelic passages, and even to the rugged Americana of traditional country music. This debut is an unapologetic and unabashed search for a spiritual identity in an increasingly homogenized world. It serves as a clear and thorough introduction for all the burgeoning dark punks out there who wanna go a bit deeper but haven't yet figured out where to start.
Night Sins
Night Sins
Dark, sexy songs in the vein of Christian Death, Bauhaus, Samhain, Type O Negative. Members of Salvation, Mother Of Mercy and Nothing.
Hot Guts
Hot Guts
Hot Guts, a mystery as its mix of gothic synth-sputter, garroting death-rock riffs and just plain oddness makes it a keeper in our books (one reason could be that it was released in tandem with the Drunkdriver/Mattin 12" that people are going apeshit over). The three songs here walk a tension wire over a gaggle of familiar influences (Joy Division/Sisters of Mercy/a wee bit of Throbbing Gristle) but manage the deft trick of incorporating, yet never emulating, any of them. In particular, the gallows humorous B-Side "Did You Not Go to the Dance Alone?" buzzes with a feral energy that uses minor-key guitars and haunting buried synth melodies as a conduit for their maudlin aggression and subtle theatricality
Pharmakon
Pharmakon
PHARMAKON is the solo noise project of MARGARET CHARDIET, an unexpectedly powerful performer who's won praise for her shows all over New York. Combining ghoulish, distorted and reverberating vocals over harsh industrial beats, Brooklyn Vegan hailed her performance for its demonic possession, the spilling over of a rage so pure, powerful and misanthropic that it seized total control"-- Brooklyn Vegan
Venue Information:
Kungfu Necktie
1248 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://r5productions.com