The Roxy Theatre presents
The Legendary Pink Dots
The Deadfly Ensemble, Loto Ball
9009 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA, 90069
Watch & Listen
The Legendary Pink Dots
1980. An unstable hostile city named London.An unstable hostile planet named Earth where fat right forefingers hovered over big red buttons which ,if pressed ,would have started that final countdown.Cue the song, the big hair ,the 80s. Dressed to the 9s, made-up like a wedding cake, fat right forefinger poised over a "c" on a cheap synthesiser .
Could there be a better climate for a band like The Legendary Pink Dots to spring into life? Everything was home-made. A string of cassettes with covers created on the kitchen table. Sessions by candlelight , sometimes for hours.Neighbours banged on the walls.They had issues about those loud songs referring to that inevitable final countdown while they were watching the news.
The first photo sessions were in local graveyards. Frequently The Dots would bump into other bands. It rained a lot. We looked to the sky…….it was perpetually ominous.
Roll on 33 years and , gasp, we're STILL HERE! Saints Alive (and a few died in the meantime) ,The Pink Dots are up to around 50 or 60 albums by now but information as to the exact number is sketchy. It's still raining, but thankfully the passion has not been dampened.
"The Gethsemane Option" has been a year in the making.The finger over the "c" has strayed and the helpless listener is now pelted with intricate melodies ,runaway rhythms, Thelonius chords. The lyrics are still as obscure as ever and it's whispered that the new album revolves around a central concept, but singer and wordsmith Edward Ka-Spel is saying nothing about that. Concept albums were already passe in the 80s.It's 2013. The World has changed. No big red buttons….just passwords for passwords for passwords and nobody will find a way through that complicated labyrinth, will they?
Sing while You May.
The Deadfly Ensemble
Loto Ball is a stage performer known for his visceral presence and moving, beautiful and unsettling songwriting. Loto Ball (vocals, trumpet, keys) is a veteran of punk bands and art rock groups i.e. the Phantom Limbs, Mucca Pazza, and the BoyScouts of Annihilation.
Described by Jello Biafra as "one of the most talented and demented front-creatures in all of underground rock," Loto is known for bringing more to the table than just singing. Along with a dark sense of the absurd, Loto Ball imbues his performances with a very Artaud-esque sense of theatre that has left a lasting mark on audiences all over the world.
$20.00 - $23.50