October is here at last! It always seems to be the biggest month for goth/industrial events, and 2016 is no exception. Here are the spooky concerts and club nights happening in Pittsburgh during just the first part of the month. Check back next weekend for Part 2!
Saturday, October 1
The first event on the list is a big one, as The Distortium presents Legendary Pink Dots, the experimental/psychedelic project founded in 1980 by Edward Ka-Spel.
The sound is a conglomerate of electronics, saxophones, guitars, drums and Ka-Spel’s distinctive voice and lyrical invention. Side projects of the band include The Tear Garden (with Cevin Key from Skinny Puppy). LPD have released more than 40 albums, have a devoted worldwide following, and tour frequently.
Edward Ka-Spel says the following about the current tour: “Thirty-three years and maybe we got it right this time. We found ourselves a new label – the estimable Metropolis Records from Pennsylvania and are trusting them with the release of The Gethsemane Option which took just over one year to create, produced perhaps 5 radically different mixes for every song and a handsome collection of outtakes that will eventually see the light of day in another project. And now it’s time to hit the road yet again. We keep telling ourselves that it’ll be the last tour of America… but somehow that continent always lures us back – even (perhaps especially) those ‘weird’ little places where the audience crunch cockroaches as they stomp to that irresistible beat… well, if they’ve had a few.”
The show is open to those ages 21 and over. All advance tickets have been collected, but there are still $25 tickets available at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m. and it should all wrap up before 1 a.m.
If you’re going to the Legendary Pink Dots show and you’re looking for an after party, you’re in luck — Requiem is a dark dance night happening less than a mile down the road from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Requiem is also a great choice if you’re looking for an inexpensive night out or if you just want to dance. This will be the third installment of Requiem, a monthly event on first Saturdays that’s confirmed at least through the end of the year (longer with your support).
Requiem is held downstairs at Cattivo, 146 44th St. in Lawrenceville, a space that has been very welcoming to goth/industrial dance nights over the past few years. The DJs at Requiem are Eclipse and Crashzer0, part of a team called The Blacklist. They lean toward high-energy, dark electronic music of the past and present. If you are a fan of futurepop, synthpop, dancey darkwave, and upbeat EBM, this is the place for you. Requests are highly encouraged.
Requiem is open to those 21 and over. The cover is just $4, and you can get some awesome food at Cattivo — try the pizza or the chicken fingers.
Wednesday, Oct. 5
tcrps presents Richard Pinhas, a composer, guitarist and electronics innovator recognized as one of France’s major experimental musicians. Formerly of Heldon, Pinhas is a pivotal figure in the international development of electronic rock music.
Pinhas is touring in support of his newest release on Cuneiform Records, Process and Reality — an hour-long improvisation between Pinhas, industrial electronic noise master Masami Akita (Merzbow), and drummer Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins, Korekyojinn).
The support act for this tour is Wume of Baltimore, Maryland, on Ehse Records. Their music explores polyrhythmic structures through the lens of kosmische and is in a constant state of evolution and self-reflection.
The opening act for the Pittsburgh show is local act Red Eft Trio, featuring Madeleine Campbell on cello, Jim Lingo on synth+tapes and Emily Hawkins on percussion.
Doors open at 9 p.m., live music starts at 10 p.m., and the whole thing is over by 1 a.m. $10 at the door, ages 21 and up.
Friday, Oct. 7
Next weekend kicks off with an another installment of Night Warp on Friday. Each edition of this somewhat-monthly event features DJ TFS and a different guest DJ. While Night Warp’s hallmark is lesser-played industrial music, it includes a variety of goth, synthwave, dark techno and alternative.
Night Warp happens upstairs at Cattivo from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. It’s open to those ages 21 and up and there is a $3 cover.
Saturday, October 8
As the name suggests, it’s meant to be an introduction to the fetish scene in a safe and fun environment.
The October edition features:
• $100 CASH PRIZE for best in FULL GEAR!
• Demonstrations all night long
• Musical ambiance by DJ Eclipse and DJ PhoeniXXX
• Bootblacking By Boy Elroi
• Complimentary Food Bar
• ER Room Pop-Up Store with an exclusive selection of gear
• Pet / Pup Play Area @ 10 PM (TENTATIVE, facilitators wanted)
Fetish 101 is open to those 21+, and there is a $10 cover.
Wednesday, Oct. 12
It’s been 20 years since “historical cello rock” band Rasputina released their debut album Thanks for the Ether, which included the hit “Transylvanian Concubine.”
The “Thanks for the Ether” 20th Anniversary Tour features a special show of Thanks for the Ether songs reworked with dueling cellos, piano, and beat box.
The support act is Vita and the Woolf, an electronic soul pop music group from Philadelphia consisting of Jennifer Pague on vocals and synths and Adam Shumski on percussion.
There’s also a deathrock show happening on Wed. Oct. 12 at The Rock Room, 1054 Herron Ave. in Polish Hill.
The lineup is as follows:
(Deathrock from Sheffield, UK)
(Punk/Thrash from the Bay Area)
(HC Punk from Richmond, VA)
Cover is $8.