Day three of Wave Gotik Treffen. Today was a day full of back and forth between venues. All to see a nice variety of bands. The day began at Kohlrabizirkus to see Decoded Feedback.
Decoded Feedback is a Canadian musical project which incorporates styles of electro-industrial and aggrotech. The duo currently releases music on the North American distributor Metropolis Records, and the European record label Out of Line.
Even though it was still a little early, the venue was slowly filling up. As the band went up on stage, the venue was packed. Everyone at Kohlrabizirkus was excited to see the band, or rather, duo, perform here. The singer of Decoded Feedback was moving back and forth on stage while the keyboarder was rocking out behind the keyboard. The catchy EBM music got everyone to move along to the music. The audience cheered a lot after the songs, and the singer thanked them for doing so.
The music was gloomy yet somehow positive. A great opening show for what would be a long day.
On we moved to Agra. The main and biggest venue of WGT. Why? To see The 69eyes perform there.
The 69 Eyes is a multi-platinum selling Finnish rock band. They are currently signed to EMI Finland. The band’s albums are now distributed worldwide. The End Records acts as the band’s official North American distributor, as Nuclear Blast Records provides distribution in Europe. Australia will be handled by AmpHead Music. All Asian and Latin American releases are handled by EMI affiliates.
The band entered the stage, wrapped in dim light. The Finns began with old songs like “Betty Blue”. Later, they also played new songs. The venue was very crowded. Filled with fans of the Helsinki Vampires. Everyone was singing and dancing along to the music. The band received loud cheering after each song and singing along during the songs. The singer Jyrki was announcing each song and thanking the audience to have come out, mentioning that WGT is the best festivals they get to play at.
The 69 Eyes played for more than one hour, rocking the stage with sunglasses and dark music. The audience at WGT loved it.
And over we went to Stadtbad. An old swimming hall, that got turned into a venue. This time to see Revolting Cocks.
Revolting Cocks, also known as RevCo, is an American–Belgian industrial rock band and, sometimes, supergroup that began as a musical side-project for Richard 23 of Front 242, Luc Van Acker, and Al Jourgensen of Ministry.
The venue was super crowded and heated up. Everyone in the concert hall was eager to see Revolting Cocks perform. With a delay, the band entered the stage. Dim light with quite some fog set the mood for what the show was going to be like. The singer was dressed in all white and entered the stage after the other band members. The aggressive and loud electronic music was followed by a lot of “fucks”.
The audience loved the intense performance of the band. And the band appreciated the interaction of the dancing crowd. Revolting Cocks were the last band in the venue, so they played their set of old and new songs for well over one hour.
And over to the next venue, Felsenkeller, where Wednesday 13 was the last band for the day.
Wednesday 13 is an American singer and musician. As well as his solo career, he is known for being the frontman of Murderdolls. He has also played in several other bands, including Maniac Spider Trash, Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13, Bourbon Crow, and Gunfire 76. But tonight, they were here as Wednesday 13.
The venue was packed and steaming hot. Wednesday 13 had started late but nobody seemed to have bothered too much. It made the fans just even more excited to see the band perform. Wednesday 13 entered the stage with demonic face paint and lots of fog. Then they took over the stage. Rocking the minds out of everyone.
Each of the five musicians was playing like they had never done anything else in their life. The singer always stepped onto a platform with light and a fan underneath which did not only illuminate Wednesday’s face but also let the hair blow in the air. Which completed the horror look.
Wednesday 13 played old and new songs. The audience sang along to every single one of them, dancing along to the music, raising their fists and horns into the air, hailing the band.
It was an amazing and energetic show which lasted until midnight, so for almost ninety minutes including encore. Wednesday 13 is always a pleasure seeing live because of all the energy they are spreading during their show. The fans, and everyone else that happened to be in the venue, loved it.
Over to the last band of the night. The “Midnight Special” at Agra: Skinny Puppy
Skinny Puppy is a Canadian industrial music group, formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1982. The group is widely considered to be one of the founders of the electro-industrial genre. Initially envisioned as an experimental side project by cEvin Key (Kevin Crompton) while he was in the new wave band Images in Vogue, Skinny Puppy evolved into a full-time project with the addition of vocalist Nivek Ogre (Kevin Ogilvie). Over the course of a dozen studio albums and many live tours, Key and Ogre have been the only constant members. Other members have included Dwayne Goettel (1986–1995), Dave “Rave” Ogilvie (long-time associate, producer, and “unofficial” fourth member until 1995), Mark Walk (2003–present), and a number of guests, including Bill Leeb (1985–1986, under the pseudonym Wilhelm Schroeder), Al Jourgensen (1989), and many others.
Long before the band was about to enter the stage, the venue was getting more and more crowded. Everyone was chatting and guessing what the singer would be dressed as tonight and remembering all the costumes he had worn before.
And then, finally, at 1AM, Skinny Puppy entered the stage. First the guitar player entered the stage, looking like an alien. Then the singer entered the stage, bringing his stagehand along, both dressed as horned demon with slave. The loud and dark music perfected the mood. The band performed a sort of theatric show for the first about twenty minutes. The singer changed from demon to an inmate of a penitentiary or insane asylum. One stage hand then put injections filled with blood onto the singer’s suit, which he eventually emptied into the suit, causing it to be drenched in blood. During these parts, the vocals seemed scarce but well placed.
Before I end up telling you the entire performance of Skinny Puppy, let me just sum it up with the following words: It sure is an interesting and mind-blowing performance. The band sure knows how to reinvent their appearance with every show. So make sure to catch them live when you get the chance.
As for the show tonight: The music was loud and powerful. The audience cheered loudly in-between and after the songs, having a blast. They sang along to the songs and danced their minds out. The performance sure was the long wait!