4 Years!!! Can you believe it?! That’s 4 whole years of serving the alternative queer community in Bristol, with huge helpings of rock, punk, industrial, electro, queercore, riot grrrl, metal and more. It’s been crazy! We’ve seen performance art super sexy strippers doing what they do inside gigantic inflatable balloons, we’ve seen gladiators, electro insanity, punk rock rising stars and a whole hosts of gorgeous guys and gals from the Bristol Burlesque scene shaking their money makers for wonderful causes …as well as for sheer entertainment, oh yeah, and recently we had Vladimir putin beaten with nettles live on stage by a member of Pussy Riot… These things make us seriously smile!
To celebrate this milestone in PD history we welcome back the sensational, T-toe to our stage. This whacked out, dub-stepping, trombone tooting electronic wizard will have your fannys shaking and your feet freaking! Recently interviewed by ShoutOut and now a native of Bristol, make sure you grab him a pint after his set and tell him how much you love him, if you can tear us away from doing the same that is :o)
As you may have guessed, there is a theme here! B-MOVIE! That’s right, dress to distress darlings, it’s time to break out your best monster or your baby jane, bad-taste is best-taste for PD and prizes will be awarded to best (or worst) dressed!
So come, join the PsychoDrama crew as we celebrate 4 years of music, magic and mayhem at The Queen Shilling – 10pm til 4am £3 before 11, £4 after – money will be donated from this evening’s entertainment to a worthy cause TBA…
Be seein’ ya…
‘ONE OF US, ONE OF US…’
It’s been a little while since my last update but I can tell you, there is a LOT going on right now! I’m currently working flat out with the Psycho:Drama team following the success of our Alice in Psycho:Land event featuring Lous Leigh Blue, to prepare for our re-launch – yes that’s right RE-LAUNCH!
Psycho:Drama is entering a new phase of being, much like a caterpillar that becomes a poisonous moth or a happy healthy child into Elizabeth Berkley. There will be lots for you to feast your eyes and ears on very soon I promise.
To tide you over, here’s a sneak peak at my Jabberwocky look inspired by the legendary Fade-Dra Phey…
Bile and Bruises
Wow!!!! It’s been three years since the Psycho:Drama explosion first struck Bristol leaving a scar of classic alternative anthems, exciting future standards and a declaration of commitment to a truly subversive dynamic. We’ve had some incredible performers spanning a wide variety of genres; from performance art to burlesque, dubstep to queercore and witnessed our friends and fellow party goers revel in the universe that has developed and continues to develop with each event.
DeadPunkBoy and ANT conceived of P:D and asked one of my earlier incarnations to help with Dj’ing and hosting – I like to think that the makeup I smeared on our patrons has never truly been washed away. Our friends Dj Str8, Lee of Duchess fame and Bit Phalanx record label founder One Little Spaceman as well as the phenomenal Dirty Filthy Sexy founders Dj’s Heathen and Glitterhawk have all been supporters of the creation that is Psycho:Drama. It has been an honour to work with such wonderful and talented people.
The spectacles have continued to evolve, our themes have varied and our core supporters have always been there dancing, singing and pushing us on throughout our various endeavours to provide a space in the south-west where the true gay alternative can not simply survive but THRIVE! It’s been a lot of work but I’ve loved every second of it and December 14th will see in our 3rd year of shining existence.
Our FreakShow bash taking place in the Queenshilling at the heart of Bristol’s gay scene will feature some incredible talent – Burlesque dancers, performance artists and controversial onstage exhibitionists. All this and extra special guest spots from LGBT alternative nights from across the country. It’s a major event and a milestone in our development.
This third year has witnessed the departure of one of our longest standing Dj’s – Dj Str8 who has begun the adventure of raising his beautiful family (who we are so proud and elated for) as well as the induction of Dj Tini Von Doom, who many of you are aware, is my sister. DeadPunkBoy and ANT continue to inspire and drive this mad machine onwards and upwards, forever in the pursuit of the goals they established P:D with – namely to create a space in which the alternative LGBT community and its friends felt comfortable and safe to express themselves and enjoy the MUSIC that keeps us moving. I couldn’t be prouder of their achievements and for all they’ve done for the scene in Bristol! Seriously, none of this would ever have happened if it wasn’t for them and the incredible patrons who have created the Psycho:Drama family and provided us with such amazing support!
So before I get all misty eyed – sign up to the event and get your glad rags together – this December 14th the Freak Show is in town!!!!!
Bile and Bruises
Sorry I have been so terribly absent, though you know what they say about absence… I have been all consumed with the stresses of moving house – an ungodly task that encourages you to bend and flex, lift and strain without any of the fun sticky ending! DISGUSTING! If it wasn’t for the fact that I am now sitting comfortably in my beautiful new home watching the Herschell Gordon-Lewis classic A Taste of Blood– I think i’d have collapsed into a pile of stocking masks and cardboard boxes days ago.
Now, onto far more interesting things. PSYCHO:DRAMA is on THIS FRIDAY! And it’s gonna be a FANTABULOUS night – did you see the new flyer? GORE-GEOUS!!!! I have the most amazing new blazer for the occasion – it’s all graphic print and grotesquerie, you’re gonna SHIT YO PANTS I tells ya! This is going to be the last hurrah for us in the Hatchet until the new year as we are moving venue for the December show – yes that’s right SHOW, oh the things we have in store for you lovely creatures, you couldn’t even imagine.
Also, I did a little business deal and am now able to offer you guys something rather fabulous! If you head over to the new and improved Nice ‘n’ Naughty adult retail website and type in my name as so: DISCHARGE you can claim a 10% discount!!! See, who the hell wants a boots card when you get money off sex toys – I know what i’d rather purchase!
Other than moving house, I have been keeping myself busy with other projects. My dear friend Janey whom you will remember from the ‘Black Lagoon Realness’ blog has been beating my latex clad mug in preparation for her MUA contest which is… oh… NEXT WEEK!!! I’m so excited already – I shall post a couple of teaser pics from our dry run the other week at the end of this blog – she has done such a fabulous job. I have to harp on about ‘Taste of Blood’ btw – blood red carpets and pristine white walls is such an amazing mix, there were some good things about the sixties, let’s just forget the optimism. Oh, oh! And people said things like ‘My name’s Viv, short for Vivacious Viv – QUEEN OF THE GRIND’. AMAZING! Also, I attended the Catacomb a couple of weeks ago on the night now only known as Goth Xmas – of course, I stepped out in my finery serving Karen Walker realness – I even wore a faux-fur coat! ANT was Dj’ing along with the lovely Nomyx alongside the in-house regulars and I managed, after dancing my ass off, to walk away with a bottle of whisky! Thanks for a brilliant night guys!
Have you guys been following RuPaul recently? I just can’t help myself, after all, Covergirl (Macutchi Deep Taterz mix) is often featured in my sets, and ‘…Drag Race’ has done alot to bring attention to the culture in the mainstream – even if they do prefer to focus on fish (Thank goodness for Ms. Needles right!). Well, the release of RuPaul’s Allstars show got me thinking about his back catalogue and I ended up re-listening to ‘Supermodel’ thanks to the reminder issued by Manilla Luzon. I had forgotten about this kitsch and classic blend of Larry Tee and RuPaul, Atlanta legends. It’s bouncy, it’s catchy, trashy and all in all a brilliant dance track. Of course, when you pull at one thread you end up covered in a pile of old carpets – in this case, a bunch of persian rugs as I ended up re-discovering the music of some of my favourite punk rock and electro queens. All thanks to the Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent of Ms. Paul!
Have you ever heard of the Wasp Women? No, not that terrible horror thriller about the dangers of cosmetic enhancement – we’ve all seen the cautionary tale that is Cher after all – HEY BITCH! Crack a smile, uh-oh, your eyebrows fell off! The Wasp Women were a group in part founded by members of legendary sixties drag troupe, The Cockettes. Preffering a more aggressive style, this Post-Punk curiosity were featured in the Waters-esque Whatever Happened to Susan Jane during a club scene. They performed two songs; ‘Kill Me’ and ‘I Don’t Need Your Attitude’ which seem to be their only surviving records, as the film appears to be the only surviving document attesting to their fierce visual extravaganza. If you head on over to the Disorder blog (http://mythkoz-areyouexperienced.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/va-killed-by-death-13.html) you can download the sampler which carries the two tracks taken from the film, it’s not great quality but who cares, it’s a perfect example of their bitchy vocals and mechanical drumming without having to spend years searching for vinyl that may not exist. Sooo fabulous! Here’s a link to an excerpt of their performance from …Susan Jane.
Over the next few weeks I will put up links to further artists I may even see if I can upload a sampler in a zip file for you to have a listen to.
Until then here are some dates for your calendar:
Psycho:Drama Friday 9th November @ the Hatchet on Frogmore Street: http://www.facebook.com/events/380217512054748/?ref=ts&fref=ts
Running From Zombies – Fantastic Punk group playing 15th November @The Mothers Ruin: http://www.facebook.com/dis.charge.10?ref=tn_tnmn#!/events/114204352068559/?fref=ts
Burning Brightly: Girls Girls Girls – November 24th @ the Trinity Centre in Old Market: http://www.facebook.com/dis.charge.10?ref=tn_tnmn#!/events/164542166987507/?fref=ts
www.nicennaughty.co.uk – DISCHARGE
The Wasp Women excerpt from Whatever Happened to Susan Jane?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmdA05LrfLU
See you Friday….
Love and Bruises
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 😉 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 🙂
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 – I 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
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/
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
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 🙂 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 🙂 http://www.facebook.com/events/426600570732837/#!/events/183826541742511/?fref=ts
Blood and Blisters