Take danceable darkwave, industrial, and a dash of Peter Murphy’s soaring goth epics, and you get VNV Nation: now on their 7th album, they still own the dancefloor at gloomy clubs nationwide. Ronan, the lead singer, is totally against type though: no brooding, rail-thin ghoul in black, he’s a slightly-rotund bouncing ball of wild energy, jumping around the stage, yelling at the top of his lungs, exhorting rooms of sullen goth kids to “put down your fucking phones and dance!”
Which I love.
Wanna go? Tell me your favorite VNV Nation lyric in the comments–or, if you prefer, tell me your favorite silly goth dance.
Hey little gothlets & rivetheads. I haz a happy surprize fer youse.
We got wind of a VNV Nation record release show tonight at Club Nokia. It’s free with a ticket to Saturday night’s VNV Nation show (or your order confirmation) and you slobbering VNV fans can hear the record before anyone else that night at the venue. Ronan, the oddly-exuberant-for-a-goth-rock-hero lead singer, is going to Skype into the party to join in for a discussion. Good times. They’ll also be giving away meet-and-greet passes and VIP passes to the Saturday night show every 30 minutes.
Ruin at the Monte Cristo has been one of the most consistently enjoyable nights out to be had in the Los Angeles underground since it opened. Taking place in one of the few decent venues that has become a fixture for upscale Goths and alternative lifestylers, the club was at one time in danger of closing down. It seems to have bounced back with a vengeance.
I had heard rumors of the new renovations at the Monte Cristo and been curious for weeks to see how the décor could have possibly been improved upon. Between that and the noir theme for the night, I was unable to resist inviting a group of friends to join me for a warm up evening before the highly anticipated Edwardian Ball. So, we converged upon Ruin for a night of delicious escapism.
The remodeling was not as breathtaking as I had been expecting though it wasn’t without some useful improvements. The space was opened up quite a bit, making it seem twice as large. Windows were unearthed from behind a wall in the backroom. I imagine those will help when the summer hits as the venue is notoriously unbearable during a heat wave. Some additional seating was added, an inspired move as there is no longer seating out on the patio.