Show Review: Lords of Acid

19 Jul

Editor’s Note: Occasionally Venues Today will have guest writers review concerts for our blog. On Friday, we asked Chris Nicholas of North Hollywood to attend the My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult/Lords of Acid concert at Club Nokia at L.A. Live. For more news, reviews and our podcast, visit http://www.venuestoday.com.

Lead Singer Groovie Mann

The night began with a stop at LA Live’s Katsuya for some sushi and a cocktail.  Once we arrived at Club Nokia, we had missed the first act, DJ Deathwish and the band Blown Load was on stage. The band was fronted by a burgundy-dread locked giant, and the whole band played with an amazing amount of energy. After that song, they thanked the crowd and left the stage.

While the stage was being set up for My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, the club’s DJ (or lack thereof) sounded like he had an iPod set to play various Nine Inch Nails classics, which seemed lazy, but fine with me.  After many NIN songs, TKK finally took the stage.  I’ve been a big fan of TKK since the early days when my old band Collapsing Lungs got to open up for them in the early 90s.  It was great to see they’re still releasing new music and touring.  Joining members Groovie & Buzz on stage were Levi Levi on bass, Otto Matix on drums, and Jacky Blacque from Bomb Gang Girlz.  They played a set of songs that did not disappoint, including “Do You Fear For Your Child,” “A Daisy Chain for Satan” and “Sex on Wheels.”  They were not up there just collecting a paycheck; they really played to the crowd with tremendous enthusiasm.

After they finished their set, the crowd was given more NIN hits while waiting for the Lords of Acid to hit the stage.  I had never seen LOA live but was a big fan back when their first single, “I Sit on Acid” was released.  Before leaving for the show, I YouTube’d a live version of that song and couldn’t believe how intense it was.  When they hit the stage, we weren’t let down.  The music pumped and the whole band went off.

Ministry/Revolting Cocks guitarist, Sin Quarin, wailed on his flying-V metal guitars, while M3 of Powerman 5000 thumped away on bass, and drums were pounded by ex-Society One drummer, Kirk Salvador.  Lead vocalist was former “Rock of Love” contestant, Lacey Conner, who was equally as entertaining as she was on the show.  She seemed to really control the crowd while various women gyrated around the stage (some hot and some not so hot).

Their songs were very high energy.  During one song, the crowd was so into it and jumping up and down, it reminded me of the opening scene in the movie Blade where blood was spraying out of the fire sprinklers on the ceiling as unsuspecting ravers were about to meet their deadly fate.  The song “Spank My Booty” sounded like a cross between Salt & Pepa “Push It” and 2 Live Crew “Me So Horny” meeting metal-techno.  The most entertaining part of the live show was watching keyboardist/back-up vocalist, Praga Khan. He reminded me of a crazy goth/techno version of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones’s dancer.  He seemed to be having so much fun, running around and banging randomly on his keyboard.  It was so obvious that he wasn’t playing a note, but it didn’t matter because he was having the time of his life!  He told the crowd that he traveled 10,000 miles to be here and I think he was happy he made the trip.  After doing some research when I got home, I realized that Praga is the genius and founding member of the Lords of Acid.  What did I know?  After a quick break, they played “Pussy” and “I Sit on Acid” for their encore.  Overall, everyone there was thoroughly entertained and had a great night.  At least I did.

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3 Responses to “Show Review: Lords of Acid”

  1. Cody July 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult has a sweet reissue coming out on August 10th that revisits the Wax Trax Years (1987-1991).

    Check it out here:
    http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=RBL028

  2. DJ DeathWish August 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    Actually that iPod DJing was courtesy of the venue.Nothing to do with me

  3. BT August 7, 2010 at 3:20 am #

    I love Thrill Kill and Lords , have seen them numerous times. Went to see them in Orlando the other night and was really dissapointed. Thrill kill was good but they didnt have a drummer or any bombgang girls and the set seemed short. Lords of Acid did not live up to past performances that i have seen. It may have partly been the mix but their act seemed more like a new local band than the legends they were. After reading this review I wish I would have flown out to LA to see them !!!

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