WTii Records Showcase Night at Club Anything May 2012
Promoter and Vice President of WTii Records (an industrial label that took of where the legendary Wax Trax Records left off) Dave Schock is potentially in the process of reviving his WTII Records Showcase nights at Club anything, having hosted one Sunday night.
Opening 4-piece Sutureself treated the audience to its slower-paced industrial sound featuring the talented Ronay on vocals. Rounding out the band is Joel on guitar, Brandon on bass, and Monte on drums. The band cites as its musical influences Bella Morte, Type O Negative, and Assemblage 23, and their slow, heavy sound makes this apparent. Promoting their 13-track self-released debut album, "Evolve", which they released in fall, their stage show included a screen above onto which a variety of powerful images were flashed throughout the performance.
Up next was the Drowning Season, a band whose sound draws its influences from the Sisters of Mercy, The Mission, and Fields of the Nephilim. Their deep sound, produced by a live singer (Matt), guitarist (Michael), and recorded keyboard and drum tracks (Dr. Avalanche, anyone?), has a dark edge. Currently calling Baltimore "home", this band got its start in the '90s in Virginia and has had numerous personnel changes since. Their brand of old-school guitar-oriented gothic rock certainly borrows from both members' tenures in metal bands, but their influences clearly come through.
Closing out the night was Dead on TV, WTii's newest signee, promoting their 5-track debut album "Fuck You I'm Famous". All members of this trio were involved with Die Warzau at some point, a legendary band that started in 1987 and had one album, 1987s "Engine", released on Wax Trax. These guys brought a distinct punk edge to the night, filling the bar with energy as the singer/guitarist (Dan Evans) owned the stage. At one point announcing they were playing a "slow jam", the band proceeded to reduce their speed to about 70 m.p.h. - maybe.
Dave kept us entertained between bands with his d.j. skills, treating the audience to a range of music his label is so well-known for. If Milwaukee is lucky - and we lure him with the promise of buying him the absinthe Club Anything is so well-known for while he's in Cheeseheadland - these eclectic nights affording us the ability to sample something a little different may become regularly scheduled.