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2/15/10

PHOTOS: Bloody Valentine Party / Leland Ballroom/City Club by LAWRENCEcreative





One mentions the name City Club, and immediately memories come flooding back of dark, decadent evenings spent dancing the night away to industrial-goth music being spun by the DJs.  City Club is 'An after hours bar, an industrial night club, a place to see the famous rockstars. This amazing 20 year old night club is an experience you will never forget. High-energy industrial cutting edge music, dark, mysterious, scantily clad women, good-looking, sexy men, cigarette smoke and cheap drinks and a atmosphere too real to be imitated. Everyone who is anyone can not deny this night club is a must see while in Detroit. If you are looking for a night to remember you are looking for the Leland City Club!

I was here to capture the Bloody Valentine show in the Ballroom, featuring Eprom Colony, Cybertrybe and D:Konstruct, with inter-mixing by Scary Guy and DJ Pleasure Kitten.  Here is the evenings line-up:

22:00 - Scary Guy
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16 Volt - Downtime II
The Fair Sex - Run and Hide
Nine Inch Nails - Maybe Just Once
Pigface - Hips, Lips, Tits, Power!
Skinny Puppy - Addiciton (Opium Mix)
SNOG - Corporate Slave
SPK - With Love from China
Zeromancer - Clone your Lover
Suicide Commando - Love Breeds Suicide
Hanzel und Gretyl - Watch TV Do Nothing
Kevorkian Death Cycle - Never Say Never
!Ministry - Jesus Built my Hotrod
Cyber Axis - Can't get you out of my Head
Rick Astley vs. Nine Inch Nails - The Hand that Gives you Up
The Grim Faeries - Love is Hell (mix)
Consolidated - You Suck
The Genetortureres - I Touch Myself (Dave Olilvie Mix)
!The Machines of Loving Grace - Butterfly Wings (Sins edit)
!Apoptygma Berzerk vs. Apotheosis - o Fortunata Never Dies

23:30 - EPROM Colony

23:50ish - Pleasure Kitten
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Pop Will Eat Itself - Ich Bin Ein Auslander
!BiGod23 - Like A Prayer
Crud - All Used Up
Function 13 - Sex

12:20 - Cybertrybe

Pleasure Kitten
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The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
London After Midnight - Kiss (Ra mix)
!Depche Mode - Sea of Sin
!Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
!New Order - Blue Monday

01:10ish - D:Konstruct

02:55 - Scary Guy
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Seabound - Without You
The Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion
David Bowie - Little China Girl
Moev - Yeah Whatever

 As for the line-up, I have a preference for Cybertrybe's type of music, followed by Eprom Colony.  Cybertrybe is a perfect combination of gritty-techno-industrial-rock where Sean (Mooer) and Kitty's (Mooer) lyrics play as equally an important role as the multi-layered sounds being generated by  Jeff's (Sankuer) live drum set, Vandl's shredding guitar, Matt's (Bird) bass, and Joe's (Casaceli) ever-pulsing electronica FX.  Their minimalistic stage presence, accented by high-key lighting, sets the perfect mood for this group who pulls off fan-fucking-tastic cover versions of NIN's 'Hand That Feeds', Jefferson Airship's 'White Rabbit', and...you'll never believe this one...Patsy Cline's 'Crazy', in addition to their own ever-growing list of original songs.  Be sure to look out for the upcoming single 'Brand New Day', which was released to the crowd as a surprise.  Consider it a deep, dark ballad that will definately move you.  It was by far my favorite song of their set.  If you pass on an opportunity to see Cybertrybe, be sure to hit yourself in the head with a tac hammer, cuz you are a retard.  (And by retard, I mean the old school version you used to call your best friend when he said or did something stupid...not the politically correct 'mentally challenged' crap of today.)

Eprom Colony is equally as 'layered', but with a cleaner techno feel.  Two guys.  A guitar.  A laptop.  Kick ass vocals.  Being the first time i have seen or heard these guys, I was quite impressed with how much they were able to do with so little.  Definately gonna be sure to check them out again.

As for D:Konstruct...eh, not so much.  Too clean. Too pop-oriented.  May work for some, but not so much for me.

See you in the D.