Part Time Punks


Arguably the most prescient band of the entire late 70's San Francisco underground, FACTRIX released just one 7-inch and two pioneering LP's in the early 80's. Formed in 1978 by Cole Palme (one-time member of the LAFMS group Airway) and Bond Bergland (later of Saqqara Dogs), the two initially called themselves Minimal Man and performed a handful of shows along with Patrick Miller (who would go on to have a great solo career under the MM moniker). Soon they enlisted bassist Joseph T. Jacobs (Bay Of Pigs) and emerged from their Mission-district basement with their own unique take on the burgeoning English and New York post-punk scenes. The results were throbbing walls of damaged electronics, grim lyrical musings, droning bass, piercing guitar, and a modified Roland CR-78 played at 1/4 its slowest speed. Factrix's sole "studio" album, 1981's Scheintot, is a dark, moody, and penetrating work that grows more contemporary every year. Genuinely disturbing at times and often disorientating, it filters the influence of peers such as Cabaret Voltaire and DNA through the sonic and structural sensibilities of The Velvet Underground. An underappreciated masterpiece of the early industrial/No Wave era, Scheintot is a record that compels the listener to lift the needle from the run-out groove and listen again and again. (Look for the reissue on Superior Viaduct Records.) Julian Cope describes it best: "FACTRIX's Scheintot deserves to be experienced several times, preferably in the darkness and in a state of near exhaustion (and/or informed by psychoactive chemicals)." And this will be their first live performance in Lost Angeles since 1982. (!)

Nervous Gender

NERVOUS GENDER was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1979 by Gerardo Velasquez, Edward Stapleton, Michael Ochoa and Phranc, with the intention of creating totally synthetic punk music. They used synthesizers and electronic sound techniques, making them, along with The Screamers, the original innovators of what is today called "Synthpunk". Nervous Gender has gone through more personnel changes than we care to explain here. If you're interested, the gory details are on the official website. Suffice to say, members have included Don Bolles (Germs, 45 Grave, Vox Pop), Paul Roessler (The Screamers, Twisted Roots, Nina Hagen) and Dinah Cancer (Castration Squad, 45 Grave), and, at one point, almost the complete Wall of Voodoo lineup -- Marc and Bruce Morland, Chas T. Gray and Ned Nuekhardt -- for an aberrant guitar-driven incarnation. This will be Nervous Gender's first live performance since their last appearance at PTP over two years ago!

Silent Servant

SILENT SERVANT aka Juan Mendez, one of the chaps responsible for DOWNWARDS RECORDS, home of Tropic Of Cancer, DVA Damas (aka one of PTP's favorite record labels), brings dark slabs of vinyl for the fray as PTP Guest DJ. (And in the meantime, check out his breathtaking debut LP, which is the link between early electronic, post-punk, noise and the modern brand of industrial-strength techno and nihilistic industrial music. For fans of Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Front 242, Skinny Puppy...and switchblades.)

$10.00 - $13.00


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