Shifts In The Goth Scene

It’s mostly coincidence that there are two goth posts in one day, but aren’t you readers lucky to have so many voices from the dark side of L.A.?

Here’s what’s changed this week on the goth scene: Malediction Society is back to being only on Sundays. Disko Nekro starts tomorrow at King King (6555 Hollywood Blvd). And Dungeon was in its fourth week of resurrection, before the promoters went their separate ways and ended it. I got an email two hours after I originally wrote this post, telling me it’s now something called “Blacklist” at the Knitting Factory. The longer version of what’s changing in the L.A. goth club scene is behind the cut, because there’s a lot more happening than this.

malediction_web_0604.gifThe final night of Malediction Society was last Saturday at its usual location, at an upstairs club at 3100 Wilshire, in K-town. Malediction was a Sunday night goth club, held in a club that plays hip-hop on Saturdays. But it did well for a Sunday, and the resident DJ/promoters decided to take it to Saturdays. They kept running on Sunday nights, and renamed it Shadow Society to avoid confusion. That put Malediction Society up against Bar Sinister on Saturdays, and, after June 26th, put Shadow Society also up against the resurrected Dungeon at the Knitting Factory on Sundays.

Between the three places on two nights, there just didn’t seem to be enough goths to go around. I’m assuming some goths did follow DJ/promoters Xian and Amanda Jones to the new Malediction night on Saturday. I went to Bar Sinister two weeks ago to see Addicted2Fiction, and found that I could actually move on the dance floor. Yet not enough people shifted to make Malediction successful. And, worse, Malediction Society on Saturday meant that fewer people went to Shadow Society on Sunday. Shadow Society on Sunday, especially in competition with Dungeon, didn’t draw the numbers Malediction Society had. Combine that with the low bar totals of a goth club – I’ve heard it said that we just don’t drink a lot in the culture – and Malediction’s final Saturday was three days ago. I, of course, was there, and still dancing at 2am when the club shut down.

So now, Malediction Society is back on Sundays again, where it will still compete with Dungeon, but will have a strong showing for a Sunday, instead of a weak showing for a Saturday. Sundays are a choice between Dungeon Blacklist and Malediction Society. Mondays are Wumpskate on the first second Monday of the month still, the Darkroom still owns Tuesdays for me when I go out, and I can’t wait to check out Disko Nekro on Wednesdays. Thursdays are still Perversion and Fridays are Das Bunker (which I missed last week, because I went to Fright Night instead of going to see Haujobb). And Saturdays are back to being a Bar Sinister monopoly.

Alright, go forth, my pretties, and dance, dance, dance!

2 Replies to “Shifts In The Goth Scene”

  1. I’ve heard it said that we just don’t drink a lot in the culture

    That’s crazy talk. You (or we, when I was younger) just don’t buy drinks at the bar. People are either too young to buy drinks (’cause the club is 18+), or they’re drinking in their cars before they go in. It’s the same across the whole spectrum of subculturish nightlife.

  2. I’m basically doing totally unscientific “kitchen research” on this one, but I found that I drink far less at goth clubs than I did when I went out to “normal” places with my friends. Perhaps this is because I needed to block out the top 40 music that clubs play outside of the subculture, but I like to think it’s because I like being sober enough to dance without falling over. I’ve found that the same thing applies with my friends who go with me: they drink less over an evening, counting pre-departure drinks, than they did when we went out to a non-goth club.

    Although, yes, you are correct – people in subcultures may have lower paying jobs, and therefore are more likely to drink outside the club, in what I have heard referred to as “trunk booze”.

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