She’s Real, Worse Than Queer
When I was coming out, I drew a huge amount of inspiration from bands linked heavily with the movement known as Queercore. There were bands associated with this genre whose music endlessly inspired and continues to inspire me, groups such as The Dead Betties and Fifth Column, Team Dresch and Cypher in the Snow, Tribe 8 and Triple Creme or Cholita!.
I was always searching for music and video created by members of the gay underground whose experience was similar to mine, who spoke about the things that I was encountering and the fear that surrounded being different from those around me because of my homosexuality. Of course, there were any number of musicians and performers who I resonate/d with and who had deeply affected me but hearing someone as powerful as Joshua Starr or Donna Dresch or Lynnee Breedlove articulating the emotions that were percolating away inside me as I built up the courage to come out to my family deeply inspired me.
This music was hard and heavy, honest and powerful but made by queer musicians! People who I thought had been lost in a sea of posturing pseudo rockers and sham punks whose idea of liberation seemed only to benefit themselves. They were REAL and LOUD and ANGRY and they STILL ARE!!!
There was a documentary released in 1997 by director Lucy Thane which I have found has been released on Vimeo under her official account and if you would like a glimpse into the scene documented by those involved then please head on over to her page, watch the film and if you were as moved by the music associated with the Queercore genres, let her know how damn brilliant it was to see the proof that these homocore, nightmare punk rockers put out some fantastic music during their careers and that it mattered and continues to matter to a whole load of aspiring queer artists, musicians and drag punk misfits
Bile and Bruises
Hallo ladies and gentlemen!
The first event in our new home has come and gone! Running From Zombies were fabulous, a great slice of pop-punk energy to usher in our new residency. It was great to see both old faces and new as we hoped that our core audience would follow us over to our new venue and continue to support us, I was so pleased with the level of support the PD crew has received since announcing the move.
Ruby Roseblade looked beautiful as always handing out shots in her 50’s gore couture and was joined later on by our half translator, half zombie Luke Rudge (master of the webaverse) and mute marionette Piss Elegant who was our master/mistress of ceremonies deciding on contest winnners. We also had DJ’s Retrosexual and Penny Bizarre on the decks alongside our usual compliment of resident spinners and received some fantastic feedback about the night.
Onwards and upwards, our next event will be on April 12th and will feature the return of Penny Bizarre on decks as well as our residents ANT, DeadPunkBoy and Tini Von Doom. Get your requests in and your dancing shoes on!!!! Here’s the event listing on FB and the new poster:
Also, my incredibly talented artist friend Luke Carter took me to see a fantastic punk group last night at the Cavern Club underneath the Crown, they were called Queer’d Science and they kicked absolute ass!!!! So much energy and what a sound!!!
Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/qdscience?ref=ts&fref=ts
Speak soon darlings
Bile and Bruises
This Friday (8th March) witnesses the first event for the Psycho:Drama crew in their brand new home! Yes, after three years at the Hatchet we have made the move all the way across the street to the Queenshilling, corner stone of Bristol’s gay scene for many years, and now, home to Bristol’s finest gay alternative night. To celebrate this momentus occasion rising stars of the Pop Punk scene; Running From Zombies will be performing an extra special set for us! Also, the inimmitable Lou Leigh Blue (Queen of the B-Movie Merkin) will be dancing to the applause of the living dead in attendance, did I tell you?! It’s FREE ENTRY for the undead AND you can be in with a chance to win signed RFZ swag as judged by our special guest comperes Ruby Roseblade and Piss Elegant!
All of your favourite residents DJ’s will be there to keep you dancing throughout the night alongside exclusive sets by Penny Bizarre and Retrosexual!!! See how well we treat you!
Festivities begin at 9pm and get there early to make sure you get a good view! The event info is all here: http://www.facebook.com/events/420973771321380/
Also…. our website… IT COMES – get your bookmarks to the ready bitches!!!!! http://www.pdclub.co.uk
Bile and Bruises