My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult (Strange Affairs Tour)

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult (Strange Affairs Tour)

Curse Mackey, ManifestiV, Bitrot

Sun, June 2, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$17.50 - $20.00

This event is all ages

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
Hailing from Chicago’s renowned Wax Trax Records stable of recording artists, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT creators Groovie Mann (Franke Nardiello) and Buzz McCoy (Marston Daley) have been conjuring up sonic tales of sex, blasphemy and kitschy horror since 1987. Though often categorized as a pioneering industrial band along with label mates MINISTRY, KMFDM and FRONT 242, their true sound can be described more as a concoction of experimental, disco, rock, electronica and lounge, interlaced with their signature sampling of spoken dialogue largely taken from old B-movies. In fact, the original intent was to write and produce a trashy thriller film in the style of John Waters and Russ Meyers. Yet without much cinema experience and access to video equipment, the project was scrapped, only to be transformed into a musical group of the same name - something both had more expertise in. Nardiello fronted the late 70’s Chicago bands THE DT’S and SPECIAL AFFECT, as well as singing for the post-punk British outfit DROWNING CRAZE. Daley attended Berklee College Of Music, but quickly realized a formal education in jazz was not for him. He left school in 1981 to co-found the art-punk Boston group ZERO ZERO, and later the more goth-electronic oriented GODBOX before relocating to Chicago in 1987.

TKK’s debut album I See Good Spirits And I See Bad Spirits was released in 1989 and the next few years were spent touring extensively with an entourage of dubious musicians, shocking performance artists, and a back-up trio of voluptuous singers/dancers dubbed the BOMB GANG GIRLZ. The shows had a “Cabaret From Hell” vibe, arousing the curiosity of the kids and the media.

The band’s popularity among the underground club scene was fueled by hard-hitting dance tracks with titles like “Kooler Than Jesus”, “Do You Fear For Your Child”, “A Girl Doesn’t Get Killed By A Make-Believe Lover Cuz It’s Hot” (featuring punk poet chanteuse LYDIA LUNCH), and “A Daisy Chain 4 Satan”. The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was appalled.

Their third album Sexplosion! (1991) spawned the chart-topping, radio savvy song “Sex On Wheelz” which quickly caught the attention of the major labels, and the band signed to Interscope Records in 1992. Like all of their releases, the album had an overpowering cinematic quality, so it wasn’t surprising when Hollywood also took notice. They found themselves writing for an assortment of soundtracks like Paul Verhoeven’s SHOWGIRLS and animator Ralph Bakshi’s COOL WORLD. The video to their 1993 single “Blue Buddha” was prominently featured in MTV’s classic series BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD. In 1994, they stepped in front of the camera for a cameo in the cult classic THE CROW to perform the song “After The Flesh”. More recently THRILL KILL KULT was written into the story line of the 2013 film SEXY EVIL GENIUS starring Seth Green, Katee Sackoff and William Baldwin. Their music can be heard frequently in movies, television and cable shows, such as HBO’s long running, REAL SEX series, Showtime’s CALIFORNICATION and most recently in the indie flick CRAZY EYES.

MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT’S sound has always been fearlessly experimental, and has been directly credited for influencing many of today’s artists from MARILYN MANSON to the SCISSOR SISTERS. The group continues to morph and stretch the fabric of music and as we know it, changing styles and exploring new sonic avenues with each new album, yet always remaining true to the KULT and true innovators.
Curse Mackey
Curse Mackey
Based in Austin,Texas, Curse Mackey’s new one-man solo project rides high on the
New Wave of American Industrial music. A charismatic creation laced with doom
crushing drones, seductive synth pulsations and dirty-minded beats layered upon
hypnotic, ambient noise manipulations, ‘scream of conscious’ lyrical prose fueled with
modern industrial dance floor electricity.
Mackey is a long-time member of industrial supergroup Pigface, industrial punk act Evil
Mothers and spent six years as an acolyte in My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult.  
His participation in PIGFACE and other projects has led Mackey to collaborative
opportunities over the years with such luminaries as Ogre of Skinny Puppy, Martin
Atkins of Ministry/Killing Joke, En Esch of KMFDM, Genesis P-Orridge of Psychic TV,
Danny Carey of Tool, and Mat Mitchell of Puscifer amongst others.   
Mackey’s forthcoming debut album ‘Instant Exorcism’ will be released in the summer of
2019 with the first single to be released in Spring 2019. Curse has just completed a
string of sold-out shows supporting Clan of Xymox as well dates in 2018 with Front 242,
Chemlab, She Wants Revenge, 3teeth, PIG and more.  
For fans of Skinny Puppy, Cold Cave, Soft Moon, Coil, Author + Punisher, Clan of
Xymox, Pigface, Nine Inch Nails, categorize as alternative/electronic/industrial
Experimental industrial duo ManifestiV consist of ¶ Taylor's down-tuned guitars versus EvE's self-made electronic vibraphone over industrial-tinged bass heavy beats spewing from a laptop. Before forming the band in Vallejo CA just north of San Francisco in January 2014, the two had met in 2011 while attending mortuary school in Dallas. Studying to become an embalmer & medical examiner respectively, their chemistry exceeded enough to co-operate a funeral home together. With bodies built to perpetually tour the world for scores before opting to retire into the funeral business too early in life, ¶ & EvE reverted to combining their life-long passions of music & art with a concise goal in mind: manifest the purest experiences their art could facilitate while influencing others to function more honestly, healthfully & inspirationally.

This ManifestiV approach first took a momentum of its own when ¶ brought the bones of what would become debut Einer Sie Gern to EvE for listening inspiration to kickstart her next gallery, which eventually became the album's artwork. "After spending 15 years in bands in Texas, I wanted to make a different type of band to keep the universal relativity of these songs very close to my heart non-cliché & intriguing. Little did I know for the years I'd already known her, EvE had mastered a closet instrument [the vibraphone] she'd never bust out at my previous bands' practices. Made sense why, once she told me what it was," ¶ reminisces. Not having a vibraphone, EvE compressed her pre-mortuary engineering gumption from her US Naval work on F-18 jets to a simpler more connective purpose: building a custom electric vibraphone. No microphones, resonators, dampeners or motors the instrument usually includes: only pickups that electrically enable its sounds to be as adaptable as a guitars or synthesizers.

Once fully constructed & dubbed "Silba" after the aluminum keys which survived a trailer crash on their previous marching band vibraphone, the ManifestiV show debuted at an industry-exclusive SXSW 2014 showcase in Austin. The crowd consisted of mostly press, and for their cover of "Red Water" by Type O Negative, EvE used the vibraphone as a table to make organic sandwiches for the audience. The next month, upon returning to California to hash out the record, the band debuted California on the legendary Viper Room stage in Hollywood before focusing on the industrial scene of the San Francisco Bay Area. After playing out all year in the midst of recording, Einer Sie Gern released on 12/13/14 live at Slim's in San Francisco & online worldwide.

With videos for "Rid of Me" and "Stranger" resulting from collaborations with Dallas-based indie film production house Little Spark Films, Einer Sie Gern narrates a story of heart-break from individual & group bonds resulting in greater inner-strength & protection. After its release, ManifestiV begun 2015 with a couple months in Southeast Asia perusing Thailand & Cambodia while promoting the record's release by preparing to tour North America perpetually for the year's remainder starting with MarchifestiV. While on their 2nd 2015 outing on its summer's Glacier Tour which redefined how life & tour can co-mingle by spending a week in each destination, the band drew concepts & direction for their debut's follow-up while spreading the message of the power of human unity through music & art.

The duo devoted 2016 to beginning their second record back in Dallas before their Pacifica Tour took them to the Pacific Northwest, back through Yellowstone, and to their debut at Burning Man before returning to Dallas to finish writing. After spending Election Day flying thru China to Thailand to mourn the loss of their King Rama IX while traveling the country & laying ground work for the final writing stages in hotels across the countryside, ManifestiV returned to the states with close to 50 songs ready to comb thru for album two. 2017 saw its conceptualization in Central America and recording at Prairie Sun in Cotati CA before playing that year's Burn.
Venue Information:
2709 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75226