The Black Overlord Approaches
Since the release of the Visceral Virus compilation last
year, Viscera Recordings (the "100% Brain Damage" label) have firmly
staked out their corner of the Crash market with a series of singles
and a couple of unbelievably cheesy albums. Nightmare Consortium,
the latest Crash band to emerge from East 23's infamous Toomie Memorial
Upper School, combine all the elements which make Viscera?s bands
so tragically comic?grinding guitars and twiddly solos, that old
risen-from-the-dead image, awkwardly overstated messages of supernatural
doom for lyrics... and best of all, the band's lead guitarist (who
also chokes out the ominous lyrics) has named himself "Dark Wombat".
Archeological details of Earth may be scarce, but Cineculture
declines to believe that the wombat was the fierce, toothy creature
it is in the minds of the Consortium. We do hope, however, that
the poor creatures had more to eat than their skinny Minerva namesake.
The Black Overlord Approaches is released Summer 56
GOSSIP! After failing to show up for a prestigious SuperStyle
magazine shoot and eluding agency, family and friends for four days,
fifteen-year-old Screen starlet and model Janie Yip turned
up safe, sound and very hung-over Wednesday with two unnamed school
friends Her agency issued a press release stating that she regretted
the whole incident, and Janie confirmed this when we caught up with
her on the set of hit soap opera Power Play. "I don?t know
which was worse," she said, "feeling ill or feeling dumb."
EVENT! This Thursday at Omaha's promises to be interesting
as the venerable venue debuts its new all-ages club night Up
and Down. All manner of club and open mic night, gigs, seasonal
celebrations and after-show parties have made Omaha?s a cornerpost
of the Dome's alternative scene, but Up and Down is firmly aimed
at a younger crowd, with under-18's in free and a music policy of
"new bands, plus pop from the charts and elsewhere." The opening
night will be comp?red by popular Screen presenters Bobby and
Billy (of Wake Up, It's Saturday! fame) and will feature
upcoming bands Green Dust and Creamsicle. Thursdays,
GOSSIP! Chart-topping celebrations went with a bang for
Melody Nelson and Amy (see Music), as the House
of Wood was invaded Monday night by a veritable horde of famous
faces, including Nelson?s twin Discoveries April and Erica
and Screen star Dalton Faraday. Nelson himself departed early,
after sharing a drink with newly arrived Bingo and The
Corner, of million-selling band The Message, to keep
an appointment with a new Discovery, whose name is either Kristy
or Kirsty. Hit co-writer Hewlett Keane was seen partying
late into the night with the mecs from The Message, while star guest
Amy was flushed with wine rather than success, losing her footing
several times in the ladies room and leaving her lunch on the dancefloor!
COMICS! Fans of the mysterious comics artist "X"
will be pleased to know that her gun-toting, finger-chopping, tooth-smashing
gangster saga Bastard Souls, is back. Volume 7, Ruthless
Heartbeat, kicks off with a double-length episode in next
week?s Crime Conflict, but as yet no publication date
has been announced for the collected Volume 6, Gamblers and
Killers. "X" describes Ruthless Heartbeat as "mercilessly
slow-paced?a look into the mind and motivations of a cold-hearted
assassin." We can?t wait!
Mykola?s Basement Paradise, Summer 48
A look at the crowd in the intimate Basement Paradise proves Shiney?s
chart success with debut album "5's" is still part of their appeal,
with Gastrons and J-Bones shirts mixed in with the Rhythm 2 scenesters.
But even with "Um Ah" in the singles chart, Shiney?s new album Onomotopoeia
has made their name as an R2 band for connoisseurs.
The reasons are obvious when they
play live: on an equipment cluttererd stage sit or stand three spotlit
girls, concentrating intently, motionless until it?s time to jump
up and switch instruments. Shiney?s leading light Pip Soda twirls
distractedly in and out of her center-stage spotlight, directing
the band?and each song?into new keys, time-signatures, and moods
with her gestures and movements.
The musicians rise to the challenge:
Katie Sands flies from guitar to organ to vibes, laying down some
scorching licks, while Claire Pomeroy fills out the sound with bass,
horns, kora, and oudh. Emma Mann is the least mobile, surrounded
by a bewildering variety of drums, but her spicy rhythms keep the
improvisations as tight as the hits.
The problem is, telling the difference.
With pitch-perfect Pip conducting each piece until it?s hard to
tell which song they?re playing, one leaves wondering if their hit
singles were on the setlist or not.
While some fans vocally prefer the
band on disc, it?s easy to get swept up in the excitement they obviously
feel onstage, and for many, the albums are just a pale reflection
of the "real" Shiney experience.
MUSIC! The publication of this week?s Chart On Sunday
was reason to party for Melody Nelson, whose new single as
writer-producer, "Hotspot", reached Number One. This is Melody?s
twentieth Number-One hit, but for Amy--his talented new Discovery?-it's
not only her first Number One, but her debut single. We caught up
with the pair at hip Westside hangout House of Wood, where
they were preparing for a night?s celebrations along with composer
and arranger Hewlett Keane, co-writer of ?Hotspot? and longtime
"It's so exciting," enthused Amy.
"Of course, Melody?s had like a ga-jillion hits, but to have
my first ever single hit the top--I could die right now!"
Nelson, on the other hand, is used
to success, but he told Cineculture, "No matter how long
you're in the music business, getting that Number One spot is still
Wondering just how the ensuing celebrations
went? Check out the latest Gossip!
BAD NEWS! After thrilling us with lurid tales of piracy
on the high seas in the savage 1940?s of Earth, The Secret Island
is to be cancelled. ScreenOne has confirmed that the current
run will be the cult show?s last, in spite of a move from Prime
Time to Late Night and howls of protest from loyal fans. Lackluster
ratings and high production costs are cited as the reasons for the
Star Hank Balakrishna is rumored
to be in talks with ActionScreen concerning a new project, but we
here at Cineculture will always remember him as Captain
Cutter. As Cutter himself would say, ?Sleep well mateys, for
tomorrow we die!?