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November 21st, 2005

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11:58 pm - A gathering of Serpents . . .
Went to see Unto Ashes perform at CBGB's tonight. In a few days they start their European tour, albeit without Mariko, due to a scheduling conflict. Standing in for her tonight and on tour was Ericah Hagle, resplendent in a green and black dress that looked stunning on her.

This was my first time seeing them play live and it was delightful! They did a wonderful job performing pieces both old and new in a melange of favorites and rarities.

The set started off with "Serve Me" then continued with classics like "I Cover You With Blood", "Morte o Merce" and "Palastinalied" interspersed with selections from their new album Grave Blessings such as "In Memory of D'drennan". One of my favorites was their shimmering rendition of the Blue Oyster Cult classic "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" -- I considered that to be one of the highlights of the night. In a nod to the upcoming holiday season they also included a holiday-themed piece, "Krampusnacht", in the set before finishing off with an a cappella rendition of "Starvation Song".

After the performance I chatted for a while with members of the band, mostly Mariko, who was in the audience with some of her friends, and Michael Laird. I know one of the former members of the group, Paul Ash -- we were often on the same bill, when he was part of Mince Pye and I was in Four Winds Earth Chorus, and we also performed together at other events. Michael & I chatted about him for a bit, wondering what had become of him, since he'd dropped out of sight a while back.

While I was playing the social butterfly post-show, I bumped into Voltaire at the bar. We chatted for a little bit & he told me that he'll be playing in NYC on December 26th. I plan on attending, since his live performances are great!

Since another band had taken the stage and I was a bit underwhelmed by them, I stepped out for a bit for a late-night snack. When I returned, another band, Lesion, was playing. I enjoyed their music very much, even though I came in at the very end of their set. I got to hear "Jump Start", from their upcoming album -- singer Dr. Gustave Hurtz did a bang-up job performing it. I liked their set quite a bit (even though I unfortunately didn't see a lot of it) and am looking forward to seeing them perform again.

One thing I'm sad about though is that soon CBGB's will be no more. They are currently fighting eviction proceedings started by their landlord, a non-profit that considers the space better used by a Pottery Barn or Pier One or some other "upscale" store, rather than by a legendary music landmark.

I've been going there for many, many years -- probably close to 20 at this point. I remember going there for hardcore Sunday matinee performances, moshing there to bands like Murphy's Law, and seeing others like Death on a Stick and the Sons. Some of my friends have played there too, like the members of Dead By Wednesday. Their Alchemy Mondays were my introduction to Goth music. So many memories of that grungy little hole-in-the-wall on the Bowery . . .

I'll be sad to see them go -- very sad . . .
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: "In Memory of D'drennan" by Unto Ashes

(1 seed eaten | Eat a pomegranate)


Date:November 27th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)

From Lesion


We met last week at Alchemy, I'm the lead singer for Lesion. Thanks again for your very kind comments (the song is actually titled Jump Ramp). Nice to meet you, and please come and check us out again some time.

Dr. Gustave Hurtz

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