As I mentioned in the preview, Wax Trax! had quite a bit of influence on my music in my late teens and early twenties. To that point, metal never flirted with my new wave. Industrial changed that. Wax Trax! was the conduit to the bands that had distribution in Europe, but no outlet in the states. That record store along with venues and musicians in Chicago invited over bands like Front 242, KMFDM, Laibach and others and then incubated new projects like Ministry and Revolting Cocks. Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records documents the rise and fall of one of the most independent labels and record stores. The story goes like this: An openly gay couple, Dannie Flesher and Jim Nash, from the midwest moves to a shady neighborhood in Denver to open an amazing record store, they snap and move to Chicago, grow to love and champion bands via a record label, foster a “sound” and ultimately fall apart because of the necessary, but unpleasant parts of the business before being lost prematurely.
House of Vans hosted an event tied in with Record Store Day in Austin for fans of the label with a screening of the movie, a show featuring Cold Cave and Ministry and brought along a ton of merch from the barn archives (see the movie). Pics from the event, Q&A and performances to follow.
I will be among the lucky ones to watch Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records before Cold Cave and Ministry perform live. Wax Trax! was massively influential on me bringing bands like (aside from the aforementioned Ministry) Front 242, Revolting Cocks, A Split Second, KMFDM and My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult to my ears. We tweeted out info on RSD about the move/concert combo tix when they were available. Now, if you have the will and are more interested in the concert than the movie, you can still be mong the free GA admission people to attend the show which will feature Ministry doing all late 80’s and 90’s set. Register your RSVP HERE and get in line at Fair Market now.
It’s a jam packed weekend in our fair city, with tons of shows waiting for you to stop in and enjoy yourself. There’s tons of heavy-hitters, as well as some local acts worthy of an evening out. Look ahead to what you’re options are! Sample some songs and videos below too. Read more
Spending your Halloween at Stubbs seems like a weird route to go, but I was pleased to see at least of a third donning costumes for the show. I had high hopes for the acts, having missed Divine Fits last time around, and always loving a good Cold Cave jam.
Read on for more words and excellent photos.
Tomorrow is everyone’s favorite spooky holiday and a great way to celebrate would be heading over to the Divine Fits show over at Stubbs. With one ATH crew member already verifying that the supergroup can pull of one hell of a live show, this is sure to be a must see show. Oh and let’s not forget that ATH approved band Cold Cave is providing opening support, so now I just don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t be here.
We’ve also heard that a costume contest is going down along with some horror movie snippets between band performances. I’m in.
Download: Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice [MP3]
Okay, so it’s not a new jam obviously, as it was recorded awhile ago as a B-Side for the Cold Cave‘s latest effort, Cherish the Light Years. It’s a heavy-handed dance jam, precisely what we’ve come to love from the group in the last few years. For me, it sounds like a dark-edged Depeche Mode, rooted in the history of 80s, but obviously it’s got that modern twist. Admittedly, there’s nothing new and sparkling about this song, nor the style, but it’s a jam I felt would kick off your Monday in the right manner. Hope it does you justice.
Download:Cold Cave – Believe In Our Blood [MP3]
Well friends, Fun Fest is officially upon us this weekend and it’s time to take a bit of a closer look at some of the bands that we’d recommend you check out. My co-writers and editors have already brought you some choice picks and battles so I guess it’s now my time to turn the spotlight on a band that’s got me amped up for this weekend’s events. Cold Cave seem like an obvious choice. Follow the jump for more on the band.
That’s right ladies and gents, we’re back this Friday evening with another ATH council meeting at The North Door. What is a council meeting you ask? Well, it’s a meeting of the most upstanding gentlemen on the ATH staff and their high class friends. We all gather ’round the bar while DJ Nate-L and RayRay spin the hottest hits this side of the Mississppi. Rumor has it that the last council meeting consisted of cheap drinks, tasty tunes from all decades, loose women, and tons of booty shakin’. Seriously, everyone had way more fun than you did pissing your savings away on West 6th. Don’t forget that admission is free and your ATH Djs usually kick things off around 8pm. Come say hi.
Head to the North Door website for a map of it’s location (it’s behind theND).
Download: Cold Cave – Life Magazine [MP3]
The crazy mad week of shows we have in Austin continues on Wednesday night with a show by veteran duo The Kills at La Zona Rosa. I’m sure most of you know the ATH fascination with Allison Mosshart so we promote that you find your way towards the front of the stage and enjoy the show. Making the evening that much more enticing, solid opening bands Cold Cave and The Entrance Band will also be on hand. This also gives us a great reason to finally share the band’s latest single “Satellite” which somehow never made it onto the site.
Download: The Kills – Satellite [MP3]
Since Cold Cave have been around, I’ve regarded them casually, liking what I’ve sampled, but never over-indulging. That’s going to change though, now that Matador has released the first single from their latest album, Cherish the Light Years, which comes out on April 5th. Still present are the dense electronic elements, but the vocals sound so much more forceful than they’ve ever been, giving a certain since of urgency to the group’s sound. It’s a noisy number, but in the end, that’s what builds the anticipation for this record, as the band are willing getting a little bit grittier with their sound, going further into the darker side of their sound. Besides, who doesn’t love a good Pan reference?
Download: Cold Cave – The Great Pan Is Dead [MP3]