Futurepop Weekend in October

Some of my favorite bands are those that fall under the subgenre of EBM called futurepop. EBM itself is a hybrid of industrial and electronic; futurepop is EBM with more synthpop and trance. Both genres are in frequent rotation at Malediction Society, the Sunday night goth dance club that I’m planning to go to tonight.

But I found out on Friday that one of my absolute, all-time favorite synth/futurepop/EBM bands, VNV Nation are playing one North American date this fall. And it is here in Los Angeles, in celebration of industrial dance club Das Bunker’s 10th anniversary. And it is the same weekend as when another of my favorite bands, the Swedish group Covenant (not to be confused with the American Christian band) are playing the Knitting Factory. The two shows are within three days of each other.

This is why I love Los Angeles. In a city with so many creative people, and so many people focused on music, even subculture genres of it, there’s enough of a population to bring not one, but two of my favorite bands to the city. And there’s enough of a population to support entire clubs that play a genre of music that, while very much in the forefront of the goth world, is comparatively obscure to everyone outside that subculture.

So there is an entire weekend of futurepop shows in October that I’m counting down to. And for tonight, the theme at Malediction is Orientalia. I’m going to go raid my closet for chinoiserie.

5 Replies to “Futurepop Weekend in October”

  1. oh man. weird blast from the past. a teacher from my highschool was in a christian rock band called Covenant – i wonder if it’s the same one you refer too..

  2. Nope. As I said above, this is a Swedish EBM band that focus their lyrics on man vs. machine, or machines vs machines, or the end of the world, or other cheerful things like that. There is nothing Christian about them.

  3. They also like to dig holes through the earth, to meet the King of Worms, to steal away his wisdom and learn to decompose. They’re happy little Swedish industrial boys.

    There’s nothing more fun than reading the lyrics of gloomy european EBM bands for whom English is not their first language. In the immortal words of Project Pitchfork, “See the rabbit, he cries!”

  4. Don’t forget, Covenant also dances to the sound of sirens, watches genocide to relax and are the heroes of self-deception.

    But to this day I really actually still think that monkeys like it when you rip off their skin. What cat doesn’t like to be turned inside out?

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