Psycho:Drama ASYLUM ~ The aftermath! PLUS Dates for your calendar!

The heart is sweetest above all things! Courtesy of Michael Hill

Hallo darlings!

Only a few days have past since I last updated but it already seems like an age. The Psycho:Drama ASYLUM party was an absolute blast – if you weren’t there, you MUST be crazy!

Myself, DeadPunkBoy and ANT dropped off the decor the night before hand and I finished the day job early on the Friday ensuring much blood could be splattered on the walls. By the time we had finished with the venue, it looked like a scene from Carrie – No! Not the shower scene! We sliced up what seemed like a thousand white plastic shower curtains and pinned them to the walls, bar and doorways dripping with our store bought haemoglobin.

Tini Von Doom arrived looking sexually sepulchral resplendant in choppy blue wig with gore stained dress and green lips (two toned and to die for!) I, as promised, had prepared my own psychotic clown ensemble for the occasion, think Joker meets Hunger City; all chelsea smile and leopard furs! Delish, if I do say so myself ūüėČ ANT was dashing in red and black stripes and DeadPunkBoy, ever the handsome man was rocking the P:D surgical mask! Quick note: For the occasion, ANT had prepared a bunch of surgical masks with the Psycho:Drama logo. Our lovely friend Alice had also provided us with a whole bunch of specimen cups and jumbo syringes which were promoptly filled with pill sweets and cherry sourz respectively. This may explain my *slight* hangover.

A lovely visit from the Beacons, Icons and Dykons crowd was thoroughly enoyed! Mister Marshman and co (sadly without the lovely Betty Bruiser who was very tired after another incredible performance, this time featuring the tattooing skills of Penny Bizarre) danced, drank and spun with us for a spell until all that we could was collapse in a heap of bandages and bruises. God I love Psycho:Drama. It was such a lovely atmosphere as well, lots of friendly faces including of course, the afforementioned Penny Bizarre, who despite raging cold, came along to give us a smooch! We loves ya Penny!

Of course no Psycho:Drama could be complete without an innebriated stumble over to visit the lovely staff of the Queenshilling, who by the way, had donated a smoke machine for the evening (thank you Paul!!!!) A couple of drinks later, and a change of shoes, it was time for home. Lovely – and not too bad for a 4AM finish.

There are some fabulous pictures taken by Michael Hill and Camrakaze in the gallery at the bottom of this post ūüôā

ALSO!!!!

There are many things a-brewing! Did you read the issue of Talking Toxic with Tiger Tiger a while back? Good, then there’s no need to remind you about how AWESOME she is and when her next night of burlesque and booze will be, but just incase; It’s called GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS and it will be on the 24th of November -LINK: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/164542166987507/?fref=ts

Tomorrow night, all of you in the Nottingham area should go to this http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/events/140145542797545/¬†curated by the wonderful Von Spook promotions! Trust me, it’s gonna be AWESOME!

For those of you in the Bristol are; Pink Kitten are also holding their annual Halloween bash on the 20th and gosh it’s set to be positively ghoulish: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/events/363208780399948/

Also, there is Halloween Cabaret at the Bierkellar on the 24th! http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/events/292018814238177/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

Also, Great Scott, a rather sexualer boylkesquer is debuting his act very soon – go like his page for more details: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Great-Scott-boylesque/534673289879920?ref=ts&fref=ts

On a personal note, my lovely sister Tini Von Doom gave me an early Birthday present the other day РI could have died!!!! Personalised jewellery for moi by Bete Noire!!!! SQUEEEEEE  AND  Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in  Chlorophyll Thank you beautiful, I love you!

Pestilence and pustules

Dis-Charge

x

Advertisements

Talking Toxic with Rainbow Down!

Hello and welcome to the latest installment of Talking Toxic! This time around we’re chatting with Electro/Solo/Homo artist Rainbow Down, Nottingham resident, beat pirate and purveyor of all things 8 bit.

How would you describe your music to the uninitiated?
electro for sad homos. gloom pop. macabre rave. spooks and clicks. it’s all throat, keys and machines and you should love it!

You’ve stuck to a very lo-fi method of production so far, making use of equipment as it becomes available and making records with a DIY approach. Has this been a conscious decision for you and if so how has this affected your work?
It’s not been intentional, i have worked with a producer in the past which was so very valuable for my progression as a solo artist finding their feet, as i learnt a lot about the mastering process and what goes on behind the scenes. but he was a mate doing it out of kindness and not always easy to get a hold of, so i started teaching myself more tricks and methods to produce my own stuff. it’s a lot easier not having to wait for someone else, especially when i’m experimenting with different ways to master my vocals to fit the music i write, but i would never be opposed to working with more experienced producers if the opportunity came along.

You have described yourself as an electro/homo/solo artist, how do you perceive your sexuality in terms of your artistic work?
I think my sexuality and my art go hand in hand. not to say it’s entirely relevant to my music but it’s something i would never hide. i don’t shove the fact i’m queer down anyone’s throat like it’s some incredible or profound message but i wouldn’t keep it secret either; for instance, i would never write a romantic love song to a woman, because that would be a lie. it’s important that a person can express themselves honestly in their art as well as owning the priviledge of creating fantasy and illusion. y’know, i have often questioned whether i’m isolating myself with that tagline especially as in all honesty, it started off as a joke, but i’m so attached to it now… plus, not only is it succinct, but it also rhymes. that’s a double win right there.

Do you think it’s harder for openly gay alternative acts to break out?
Well, if i have a think about who we can think about here first; Patrick Wolf, Kele, Jonsi of Sigur Ros all came out after they were established, but Perfume Genius was out from day one as was gay NYC rapper Cazwell. however, Perfume Genius and Cazwell are nowhere near as recognised, but their music doesn’t have the same mainstream appeal. some can use it as an advantage to acquire a fanbase and cover several spectrums though, whereas others seem to keep it to themselves before they get somewhere. it’s a really tough call to make as to whether it makes breaking out harder or not, but regardless of whether it’s harder or not i do think it’s ever so important that no one ever, ever makes the mistake of staying “in,” because then what happens when you come out? unless you get the chance to explain yourself, everyone’s going to think you were ashamed. so i don’t have a straight answer for that one, no pun intended. maybe ask me in 5 years when i’m still playing the Pride/Toilet Circuit!

You, like many other musicians, have been utilising social networking technology to keep in touch with your fans. The impact this discourse has had for musicians has been tremendous for contemporary performers such as Amanda Palmer, how do you feel it has benefitted yourself?
I think Amanda Palmer wrote the book on how to use twitter and iTunes to your personal advantage! but back to me, yes networking has helped. not as much as i might like, but i find it hard to adopt it as enough of a modern day religion perhaps. of late i’ve got some gigs just through fishing around on facebook though, so that’s something. soundclound and facebook have been my favourite mediums as far as publicity is concerned, but as a musician you kind of find yourself signing up to absolutely everything and trying to get as much coverage as possible but then you end up drowning a little and can’t tell if any of it’s really working. my advice? try to get as many as possible to link together. tumblr updates facebook updates twitter. and try your best to mourn the death of myspace, ’cause it’s just over, OK? it’s over.

Your album Primary was fantastic, I was glad to see you road-testing new material when I was last in Nottingham at the DirtyFilthySexy tent, how is work going on your next record?
Thank you! i forget about that collection of ditties, it feels like it was so long ago. the new material? it’s really, really good if i do say so myself. i’ve discovered a sound i’m really excited about and it’s been worth the wait and the constant writing to achieve it. i’ve also found a new recording space to use so expect new official releases very soon. it’s hard recording vocals in my house sometimes because the walls are so thin. hearing nextdoor running up and downstairs and the cars in the street is quite offputting, and i’m sure they lose their patience with me bellowing and wailing my way through takes too. but i have a lot of new and old material so i figured i’m going to maybe release a trilogy of EP’s over the course of the next few months that maybe tell a little story… while simultaneously getting as much of my material out in the ether as i can of course!

You’ve been performing a great deal recently, where can we see your gorgeous face next?¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Nothing lined up at the moment but absolutely anywhere you’d like to. i travel light. if you book me, i will come.

You can check out Rainbow Down at all these lovely places online: http://www.rainbowdown.co.uk/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-Down/46215002696

Twitter: http://twitter.com/rainbowdown

Don’t forget, tomorrow is not one but TWO things!!!! Psycho:Drama is hosting its spooktacular Asylum party @ the Hatchet: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/426600570732837/

And… Beacons Icons and Dykons are hosting a night at the arnolfini and all attendees get into Psycho:Drama free: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/183826541742511/?fref=ts

Once again, a massive thank you to the lovely Rainbow Down!!! Make sure you check him out!

See you all tomorrow i’m sure

Buboes and Blasphemy

Dis-Charge

x

Black Lagoon Realness and Asylum Party Funtimes @ Psycho:Drama

So! The very talented and beautiful Janey Hayes (pictured above courtesy of Michael Hill)¬†– who i’m sure you¬†will remember spitting fire at X-RAY SPEKZ a couple of weeks ago – recently asked me, can you believe it, ME! to model some Creature of the Black Lagoon REALNESS!!!!! It’s all part of this major project she’s undertaking to become an officially recognised and fabulous MUA specialising in horror cosmetics. She created a most incredible body piece for a C3P0 costume at her last competition and came in second place (freaking travesty – I saw the work!), however, this time she’s got it licked!!!!!

Sat in the top bar of the Gryphon on Colston st. during another one of our delightful autumnal rain storms. The wind pounded against the windows like¬†Hugh Grant¬†with a hooker (No, we didn’t forget Hugh!)¬†Miss¬†Haynes, set about covering me in vaseline¬†– you’re loving this already aren’t you?!¬†and pouring cold blue alginate all over my face. As this set and¬†airways¬†were secured, I was then¬†plastered¬†with cotton wool balls – Did I also mention that I was wearing a bald cap? Delightful ūüôā The whole process was rather strange as not only¬†was I not able to talk for what felt like an eternity, I felt oddly serene, as if being fitted for a relaxing death mask.¬†Also, alginate¬†has almost a eucalyptus effect on skin and once removed, everything feels somewhat tingly and new. It’s a bit like a facial but the sticky ending happens first.

I’ve posted some pictures of the casting below (taken by Miss Hayes who was incredibly professional throughout the whole endeavour and kept me nice and relaxed).

Oh, oh oh!!! We’re not done yet!!!! Don’t forget, Psycho:Drama’s ASYLUM party is on Friday. Myself, Tini, DeadPunkBoy and ANT will be spinning some classic tracks to keep your feet moving all night long, I’ve even¬† prepared a special costume for the event, it’s my ode to Arkham Asylum, those of you who have already signed up to the event on Facebook will have seen my posts of bloodied Harley Quinns, that’s a clue! Here’s a further teaser poster made by the amazing Michael Hill – I love this shot, SOOOOO FANTASTIC!!!! He modelled for the shot himself, don’t you just love it!!!!

That’s all from me for the time being, but don’t forget to sign up to the PD event: http://www.facebook.com/events/426600570732837/#!/events/426600570732837/

and here’s Michael’s Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/photosensitive_debauchery/

Also, the Beacons, Icons and Dykons group are hosting a show this Friday at the Arnolfini, if you go there first, you get free entry to Psycho:Drama afterwards ūüôā http://www.facebook.com/events/426600570732837/#!/events/183826541742511/?fref=ts

Blood and Blisters

Dis-Charge

x

Psycho:Drama ASYLUM, Beacons Icons and Dykons and Tini Von Doom @ London Fetish Weekend!

Wow, so much has been going on this week, if I didn’t have perfect poise you’d say I was rushed off my feet, on drugs or suffering from sort of breathless hysteria. Alas I am none of these things, no matter how many times I try to get the doctors to prescribe me something, they just WON’T! To catch you all up; following the superb madness that was X-RAY SPEKZ the lovely Psycho:Drama team are returning this month with an Asylum theme to celebrate goth xmas. DeadPunkBoy, ANT, Tini and myself will all be there, DJ’ing, dancing and drinking so scum on down and give us a squeeze! There’s a link to the event on FB in the comments, go join up now or I will come to your house and give you such a licking!

The same night we’re letting the inmates run the asylum, our friends at Beacons, Icons and Dykons are putting on a show at the Arnolfini at the Harbourside. Billed as ‘a playful ode to gay and queer cinema featuring performances, talks and surprises inspired by queer heroes and heroines in celluloid. Tonight the hero is writer and melancholy master of the bon mot, Quentin Crisp (1908-1999). A screening of the seminal documentary Resident Alien with Crisp as the archetypal Englishman in New York, will be supported by performances from Bette Bourne and Paul Shaw, known iconic gay rights activists spanning decades. Also featuring resident ‘Glitter Dispenser’ Liz Clarke and compere beyond compare Tom Marshman.’ You know it’s going to be AMAZING, and anyone attending this rather fabulous event will be allowed FREE entry, yes that’s FREE ENTRY to Psycho:Drama all night!!!! Oh how we spoil you! ūüėČ

Also, the lovely, gorgeous and talented femme fatale, Tini Von Doom – Djane and alt. model will be stalking the boards at London Fetish Weekend (5th- 7th October) looking stunning! So if you’re reading this and you’re in the area go and say hi! Clap and applaud and be generally lovely because I and the rest of the Psycho:Drama team are so MASSIVELY PROUD OF HER!!!!!!!!! We love you Tini!!!!!!! Here’s a picture of her on the latest Psycho:Drama flyer….

 

Tini Von Doom looking sepulchral!

 

That’s all from me for the time being, but stay tuned for updates, bile and bitterness!

Bruises and bodily harm

Dis-Charge

x