Cult of Youth / Pharmakon / Cemetery
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 10:00 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
CULT OF YOUTH is primarily the project of long-active DIY punk, industrial and experimental musician and record store/label owner SEAN RAGON. Though he’s expanded into a four-piece band for touring and shows, RAGON controlled the recording process of this year’s excellent Love Will Prevail, out via Sacred Bones, in his self-built studio at the back of his record store. Carrying the torch of his past work into the new album, CULT OF YOUTH adds lush atmospheres and post-industrial futurism to the already dense psychedelic neofolk foundation already in place. A true embodiment of RAGON’s uncompromising DIY idealism, Love Will Prevail is a politically charged and at times majestically beautiful, and far and away CULT OF YOUTH’s most accomplished achievement to date. PHARMAKON is the solo noise project of MARGARET CHARDIET, an unexpectedly powerful performer who’s won praise for her shows all over New York. Combining ghoulish, distorted and reverberating vocals over harsh industrial beats, Brooklyn Vegan hailed her performance for its “demonic possession, the spilling over of a rage so pure, powerful and misanthropic that it seized total control.” Goodie. Newish Chicago deathrockers CEMETERY return to the Bottle tonight after a show this past summer that had the whole club buzzing with downer-glee. Their noisy, smoky gloompunk recalls A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS with harsher overtones, and focuses lyrically on death, love and the death of love.