Kimbra (Photo by Micaiah Carter)
Art pop chanteuse Kimbra, born Kimbra Lee Johnson, will perform at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Thrilled about the New Zealand native’s return to DC, Parklife DC caught her for a telephone interview recently, and we chatted about the importance of albums, artistic inspirations, and her future ambitions!
Cubanate perform at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on Nov. 7, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
British techno rockers Cubanate hit the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, touring on a retrospective album titled Brutalism, recently released by Armalyte Records. Opening for Front Line Assembly (FLA), Marc Heal and Phil Barry performed songs including “Barbarossa,” “Body Burn,” and “Oxyacetylene.”
Prior to the show, Parklife DC caught up with Marc to ask him about the return of Cubanate and his observations on what’s happening on the industrial music scene today.
Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey (right) of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
The brilliant Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) released The Punishment of Luxury, their 13th studio album, on Sept. 1 via 100% Records subsidiary White Noise. The album fared very well commercially, hitting #4 on the UK Albums chart as well as #7 on the US Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
I had the genuine pleasure of again chatting with Andy McCluskey, vocalist, bassist, keyboardist, and songwriter for OMD, as the band will launch a North American Tour with a performance at 9:30 Club on March 6, 2018. (It’s not officially announced by 9:30 Club yet, but buy your tickets online here.)
In our chat, Andy provides insights into songs on The Punishment of Luxury, shares his feelings on recent work by Gary Numan and New Order, and reveals artists (with some surprises) with whom OMD would like to collaborate (particularly as they approach their 40th anniversary as a band).
I babbled a bit more than usual because he’s a personal hero, and as such my interview covered a lot of ground. I’ve edited the order of the questions to improve their logical flow and trimmed them where necessary for brevity. (Also, perhaps read our previous Parklife DC interview with Andy McCluskey from May 2016.)
What if guitarist Steve Kilbey of The Church decided his life wouldn’t be complete until he formed a band with Robin Guthrie?
“Robin, I’ve long admired your work and would love to play with you,” I imagine Steve saying. “There’s just one catch,” he would quickly stipulate. “No vocals. Oh, and let’s dial back on the reverb – we don’t need it.” At this point, I imagine Robin enthusiastically agreeing, with the talented Cocteau Twins guitarist pointing out he’s always wanted to demonstrate what he’s capable of without his armada of effects pedals.
Paul Todd plays guitar with Social Station at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar on June 21, 2017.
Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar, a staunch supporter of independent electronic music, recently relocated its programming to Safari Lounge (4306 Georgia Ave. NW, DC). On June 21, Dr. Clock’s hosted an evening of post-punk/dark wave bands including DC’s own Social Station, a trio in the process of producing its second full-length album.
Howard Jones (Photo by David Conn)
“Do you feel scared? I do, but I won’t stop and falter.”
So, sang Howard Jones in his smashing 1985 hit “Things Can Only Get Better,” which in my opinion perfectly framed Howard’s ethos. The Englishman is unflappably upbeat and optimistic, and he makes fantastically irresistible music still today.
Shonen Knife (Photo by Vicente Rondon)
Shonen Knife, Osaka’s reigning pop-punk trio, released their 20th studio album, Adventure, in 2016, and they have launched the 2017 USA Ramen Adventure Tour to play some more songs for us Americans. They play locally at Black Cat on Sunday, April 30.