Leaders of Canada's non-gothic industrial scene and, coincidentally, the owners of the coolest band name of all time, Sucking Chest Wound made good on one of their rare live appearances. Openers were Montreal's Phycus, a King Crimson-type nois e band who offered up a guitar played with a vibrator, a megaphone feeding back into a microphone, an exhibition of fire-eating and a cover of a Throbbing Gristle song. SCW followed by sticking to their keyboards and computers, which doesn't give the audi ence much to watch, so they back it up with a double-screen film and slide show. Other bands use screens, but SCW earn extra credit for actually linking up the images on screen with their musical themes. The piece called "The War On Drugs" synce d with images of cops busting down doors, cold medicine TV adverts and shots of Silken Lauman and her Benadryl (talk about topical!). Lots of bands aspire to the multi-media concept, SCW actually live up to it.
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The performance is part of the Freedom in a Vacuum Series at the Music Gallery, curated by Robert Olver, whose record-label of the same name is dedicated to the "pursuit of unknown pleasures and unasked questions". SCW welcomes one and all to attend the onslaught, which will partly be based on SCW's recent CD release, "War on Drugs".
When: Friday, March 24
What time and how much: The action starts at 9:00 PM; tickets are $10 and $7.
For more info: Call the Music Gallery at (416) 204-1080
We're well into the 90s, communism has been vanquished and we're feeling pretty good, thanks to Prozac. But wait! Don't go and turn in your handguns yet, 'cause we're about to get into another war! What war, you ask? Why its ... War on Drugs.
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