Tuesday, September 21, 2010

BLACK ICE-COMIN' STRAIGHT FROM OAKTOWN BBIIIATCH!!!


(Red Wine+ Cereal= Spooky)

The day after I walked off of a pungent 12 hour Greyhound bus ride from San Fernando Valley to Oakland, exactly 10 years ago today, I was informed that I was to be moving there, renting a closet and joining a band; a dark and brooding neo-classical, experimental, wailing 3 piece called Strawberry Tripmonster. (Soon to be called Black Ice).
(Phantom Limbs at Great American Music Hall)

I had seen that synth punk/circus/black wave band The Phantom Limbs in L.A. a couple times before moving up, and knew they were getting all big and stuff, going on tours, (at 19 years old going on tour is pretty much the biggest thing EVER) and seeing as two of the 3 members of Black Ice were from PL, I thought, cool. I'm in a band. We recorded, put out albums, went on some tours, Riverdanced on stage, played with some douchey semi-famous death rockers, wore sombreros, pissed off the politically correct and ate more burritos than any other band in existence, ever. It was good times. I quit a few years ago because I'm a loser and would rather be a long hair metal rager and party in Central America than go to practice 4 times a week. WHAT A LOSER. I don't care though, as long as I'm still famous in Europe.




Black Ice is more Death Rock than Hard Rock, more gloom than doom, more art metal than fancy metal. However, we had a following even with the metal scene. It never ceased to amaze me how many hair farmers would turn up to our shows; headbanging along to epic synth builds and dark bass breakdowns.


Last year I reunited with them to play some shows to support an EP they recorded BLOCK ICE, and this year they are doing the same (sans yours truly) to support their newest album "Before the First Light", and you can bet I'll be climbing up on stage to flail legs around as if seperate from my body-in fact its been requested that I open their shows with my acoustic set "Boner Farm", so maybe if you're lucky enough to attend one of these shows you'll see never before performed Manslaughter originals.









EVE EP-Buy it HERE





MYOPIA:DL HERE:

BUY ALL OF THESE AND MORE ON HUNGRY EYE RECORDS: HERE

SHOWS-West Coast shows starting Oct 2nd

"Before the First Light" is coming out in October, buy it on Hungry Eye Records-also responsible for putting out Saros' first full length "Five Pointed Tongue", (thanks to Dan CEO of Hungry Eye for turning me on to them) as well as a virtual army of underground Bay Area bands. Thanks Dan and Asim, you are bro amongst bros.

If you have ever done the shadow dance to Christian Death, Coil, Bauhaus, Virgin Prunes, Alien Sex Fiend (I think you get the idea) you will LOVE this band.


(R.I.P. BEAN BEAN-best goth mascot)

4 comments:

The Thing That Should Not Be said...

Cool. I'm quite fond of a bit of goth, so I shall check Black Ice out. Things have changed now, but I remember back in the day that goth girls were all SUPER-HOT* and goth guys ALL looked like colossal tools. That simple fact helped me get VERY laid, and often. Hehehehehe.

Incidentally, thats a cute kitty but doesn't he look a little 'jaunty' to be a goth mascot?

*all the ones that weren't the size of Belgium, swathed in s-t-r-e-t-c-h velvet anyway.

Not Cobras said...

Sucks.

Manslaughter said...

YEAH YEAH IT'S NOT BROOTAL BLAH BLAH BLAH FUCK OFF

Anonymous said...

I could generally give a fuck about "goth" but saw BI @ the El Rio and was instantly in love with the whole band. I'm no homo but people having fun making not fun music makes the world go round as far as I'm concerned. Made me wish I still had the Batcave T-shirt I bought at Dadeland in 1985.