Driving into Longmont from Denver on Highway 119, you will see a vast, seemingly abandoned factory complex that looks like it hasn't been used in decades. Such a
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Main Street is lined by businesses; it seems that Longmont is reinventing its downtown. It was reminiscent of Old Town Fort Collins, but without the big college nearby: half cleaned-up, older, rustic buildings and half brand-new structures. The restaurant and bar that is part of the same building as the Dickens Opera House looks like something that might be found in Highland in Denver; it was too classy to be a dive bar, but still conveyed a sense of age.
The space where the show took place looked like a club one might see in the television show True Blood. There were dark-red walls, dark-red curtains, black trim on windows, high ceilings and dark furniture.
The most sinister thing that happened was that between sets, DJ Ritual treated us to some choice cuts from the realm of goth-industrial music of the recent past from a shadowy corner of the room. Or maybe it was the freak -how performance from Slim
The Gothsicles put in a light-hearted yet incredibly energetic performance that was reminiscent of what a Goth version of Mr. Pacman might look like. It was
Angelspit definitely learned a thing or ten from Nine Inch Nails and Front Line Assembly, but similarities aside, Zoog Von Rock and Matt Siegel (who had been on stage with the Gothsicles earlier) made music that was very beat-oriented. Siegel used some kind of MIDI or controller to trigger samples and tracks, and it looked like he was playing a very complicated video game. Von Rock, aside from strong vocals, used his lighting setup in interesting ways, casting figures and shadows that accentuated the impact of the music.
At the end of the night, there was zero hustle and bustle in downtown Longmont. It was like time-traveling to Denver circa 2002 and being part of the semi-secret society that was the goth
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Random Detail: Met up with Kill Minus Nine synth player Noel Johannes before the show. He was also once a member of Project 12:01 and the Siren Project.
By the Way: The next show Schrader is helping to promote through Pharoahmoan Productions is the Velvet Acid Christ show at Casselman's Bar and Venue on October 31, with the Siren Project and DJs Ritual, Juju,