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New Jacobin Club, Citizen Rage and BellaDonnas and The Temps at Rock Bottom
February 22, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Rock Bottom’s Hardcore Sunday w/ New Jacobin Club , Citizen Rage and Belladonnas and the temps
Sunday Februeary 22, 2015
Doors at 7pm
Show at 8pm
New Jacobin Club
Outcasts among wise men and fools alike, the New Jacobin Club is a fiendish group of musicians, poets, painters and performance artists who have been entertaining and provoking since the mid 1990’s. Combining seedy bohemian stage theatrics with bombastic art rock anthems has given the long lived ensemble a shocking and original edge that has attracted as much heated controversy as it has fiercely loyal fans.
Beginning as a power trio based in the Western Canadian city of Saskatoon, the New Jacobin Club signed to U.S. indie label Transparent Records in 1998 and released “A Lesson in Mortality”. In 2003 “Retake the Throne,” their second full length album, became a minor Canadian college radio hit, creeping on to the national top 100 chart by the year’s end. By 2009, the NJC had become infamous for their provocative live show featuring unsettling freakshow stunts and what would become signature pyro tricks such as “exploding” cymbals and lighting microphone stands on fire. They released the epic gothic rock-opera “This Treason” the following year accompanied with “Inside the Cannibal Circus,” a dvd complete with concept video, live concert and candid documentary style footage. The double disc set was met with even more college radio success and sparked strong opinions from critics in Canada and worldwide.
The group is led by founding father and roaring frontman Xerxes Praetorius Horde (“The Horde” to his allies), singing opposite Poison Candi (theremin, percussion, vocals) and backed by The Luminous (electric cello),The Ruin (bass), The Rat King (drums) and Mistress Nagini (backing vocals, synth) . On stage the band is often joined by a colorful cast of collaboraters including performance artists Firecrotch Jones, Raunchy Rabies, Rima the Birdgirl, and drummer/programmer Eclipse.
Described as “Fiery and imposing while still retaining a degree of intelligence and fore-thought” (Exclaim! Canada’s independent music authority), “Energizing and engaging” (PureGrain Audio, USA) and “a gloriously black exercise in dark psychedelia” (BCFM Sunday Rock Show Review, UK), the New Jacobin Club never tire of dancing on genre boundaries with nods to classic goth, 70’s rock, power metal, blues, somber folk and even a hint of danceable industrial funk. The NJC has shared the stage with KMFDM, Voltaire, the Groovie Ghoulies, Nashville Pussy, the Nekromantix and countless others. Their signature vocal hooks and riffs have propelled them onto local and national Canadian independant radio charts, several movie soundtracks and even their own cable televised acoustic special.
From the Ashes of local hardcore heavyweights BDFM comes Citizen Rage. Bringing that Throwback Throwdown Hardcore back to the streets of Calgary.
BellaDonnas & the temps
The BellaDonnas & the Temps are an all girl punk band here to emasculate your men and butter up your women. Channelling inspiration from bands like the Distillers, the Misfits and Peaches the BellaDonnas have been active since early 2011, sharing the stage with many bands including local legends The New Jacobin Club and Savage Henry and the Infamous One Pounders. Ringmaster Reviews even called the BellaDonnas “a fresh and formidable snarl to punk which leaves one eager and desperate to hear much more sooner rather than later.” A debut EP for the BellaDonnas is in the works and is expected to be released in early 2014.