Throbbing Gristle @ UCLA (performing a live soundtrack to the 1980 film In The Shadow Of The Sun) Tues Apr 21
Throbbing Gristle will play stateside this spring for the first time since May, 1981. Dates include Chicago and New York, neither of which the band has previously played:
April 16: New York - Brooklyn Masonic Hall (tix here)
April 19: Coachella (Sunday) (7pm-ish, 6k-capacity tent stage) (Make sure you hit this tent at 7pm-ish if your mushrooms go south)
April 21: Los Angeles - UCLA (Deets on this gig are still being “firmed up” at press time, as they say)
April 23: San Francisco -Grand Regency Ballroom
April 25: Chicago - Epiphany Episcopal (tix here)
Throbbing Gristle – Chris Carter, Peter Christopherson, Genesis Breyer-P.Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti – formed in 1975 and released a string of albums until 1981, including The Second Annual Report, 20 Jazz Funk Greats and the legendary 24 Hours Cassette Boxed Set (reissued as TG24 on CD by the Grey Area of Mute in 2002 and followed by the companion box set TG+ in 2004). Unlike many of their punk peers, Throbbing Gristle deployed their music as a weapon attacking the apparatus of the music industry, which they treated as the propaganda wing of the then growing entertainment industry. TG set up their own imprint, Industrial Records (giving rise to the term “industrial music”), for the distribution of their clanging factory noises and as a cold parody of the entertainment industry’s process of industrializing music.
In 2007 Throbbing Gristle released their first new studio album in over 25 years, Part Two - The Endless Not which was followed later that year by TGV, a live DVD box set featuring 10 full shows - most never-before-seen - ranging from the fascinating beginnings in 1979 through to the notorious RE~TG ‘re-grouping’ 23 years later at London’s Astoria and three further European shows.
2008 saw the reactivation of Industrial Records and the release of Thirty-Second Annual Report, a reinterpretation of The Second Annual Report recorded at La Villette in Paris, 30 years after its original release and available on download and as a special edition vinyl, pre-framed and limited to 777 copies.
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