Posted in music | tour dates | video on February 2, 2009

by Black Bubblegum

P-Orridge, Carter, Tutti, and Christopherson circa 1978

Throbbing Gristle, the confrontational pioneers of industrial music, have scheduled their FIRST EVER NYC area show (!) at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on April 16th, just three days before the band ships out to the desert to play Coachella along with Morrissey & Paul McCartney. Hmmm... Paul McCartney and Throbbing Gristle playing the same show. Interesting.

Tickets for the NYC show go on sale TODAY (2/2) at 3PM.

For those of you that may need it, here's a little Throbbing Gristle learn for ya:

Abrasive, aggressive, and antagonistic, Britain's Throbbing Gristle pioneered industrial music; exploring death, mutilation, fascism, and degradation amid a thunderous cacophony of mechanical noise, tape loops, extremist anti-melodies, and bludgeoning beats, the group's cultural terrorism -- the "wreckers of civilization," one tabloid called them -- raised the stakes of artistic confrontation to new heights, combating all notions of commerciality and good taste with a maniacal fervor.

Formed in London in the autumn of 1975, Throbbing Gristle consisted of vocalist/ringleader Genesis P-Orridge, his then-lover, guitarist Cosey Fanni Tutti, tape manipulator Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, and keyboardist Chris Carter....

Upon forming their own label, Industrial, the group issued their introductory release, The Best of Throbbing Gristle, Vol. 2, in 1976. A full-length debut, The Second Annual Report of Throbbing Gristle, followed in 1977, in a pressing of only 500 copies; bowing to fan demand, the record was later reissued -- cut from a master tape played backward...

20 Jazz Funk Greats, a harsh electro-pop outing, followed a year later, and after 1980's live-in-the-studio Heathen Earth, Throbbing Gristle called it quits. P-Orridge and Christopherson soon formed Psychic TV (though Christopherson split again to form Coil), while the remaining duo continued on as Chris & Cosey... Throbbing Gristle reunited during the early 2000s for performances, and released Part Two: Endless Not, their first album in 25 years, in 2007. -[allmusic]

Throbbing Gristle recently issued The Thirty-Second Annual Report of Throbbing Gristle on their own Industrial Records imprint ("This 12" 180gm vinyl LP comprises a recording of Throbbing Gristle's live demonstration at La Villette in Paris on 6th June 2008 at which they performed a reinterpretation of their original album."). The limited-to-777 LP comes framed and is up for sale at their website for £120 + shipping. Pick that up here.

TG have also collaborated with sculptor Cerith Wyn Evans on A=p=p=a=r=i=t=i=o=n, "large sculpture incorporating 16 suspended and highly polished circular Audio Spotlight panels". This art exhibition, which recently closed in Yokohama but is searching for a new home in 2009, had the band providing a "special multi-channel soundtrack that plays back through the sculpture". More details can be found here.

Peter Christophersen recently played the Brainwaves Festival in Boston with Silver Apples, Matmos, Stars Of The Lid, Marissa Nadler, and many others. Drew Daniel (of Matmos) wrote a book for the 33 1/3 series profiling Throbbing Gristle's 20 Jazz Funk Greats.

Psychic TV played their most recent NYC show at Europa in November. Genesis also performed two shows with Tony Conrad at Issue Project Room in January.

Throbbing Gristle videos below...

throbbing gristle - discipline

Throbbing Gristle - Weeping

THROBBING GRISTLE Something Came Over Me -Oundle School 1980



Comments (21)

Right on, mother fuckers!

Posted by Regular reader | February 2, 2009 12:44 PM

Once again, there is really no reason to go to Coachella this year if you live in NYC. No reunions or special performances that we don't already get.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 12:57 PM

Oh man!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 1:04 PM

I'm heartbroken that this night is already taken. Seconds, please!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 1:14 PM

it's a question worth asking: are they too old? does the grissle still throb, or is it more of a slight pulsation?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 1:18 PM

gives me a throbbing headache

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 1:22 PM

why why why why why the temple...that place has the worst sound in all of nyc

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 1:30 PM

The sound at the temple depends on who is putting on the show. It is rental P.A.s and it depends on
what gear is brought in. I feel it has nothing to do with the room itself.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 1:35 PM

Well TV on The Radio are one of the biggest bands going and I doubt they travel with a shitty PA...yet somehow their shows at the Temple sounded terrible..

On another note... THROBBING FUCKING GRISTLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Brussel Sprout | February 2, 2009 1:40 PM

well then...

whoever put on the tvotr shows take note, your rental equipment was terrible

whoever is putting on the TG shows take note, dont rent the same equipment

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 1:42 PM

I'm sure that TG have sound people who know what they're doing. Most good bands that aren't rock bands and that are into sounds usually know what they're doing.

Posted by Regular reader | February 2, 2009 1:59 PM

TV on the radio doesnt travel with a PA, and Im sure TG is particular about their sound. Hell, all it will take is a gust of strong wind to fuck up the zound at Coachella. This show is going to be historic and I wouldnt miss it for the world

Posted by Rudy | February 2, 2009 2:00 PM

Tickets just went on sale. $35.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 3:03 PM

not that bad, considering how retardedly expensive most TG merch is. Lookit that fucking reissue for almost $250 up there.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 3:18 PM

Remember when Genesis didn't have tits and all the scary kids were into Temple of Psychik Youth? Good times. But retarded all the same.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 3:39 PM

I've been to several shows at the Masonic Temple, and TVOTR was the only one that sounded like that. I wouldn't say the sound was exactly pristine for the others, but it was much much better...for the TVOTR shows the front of house was set up underneath the balcony, which is just a recipe for disaster. Every other time I've been there it's been in the middle of the floor, where the soundman can get an accurate picture of the sound. The real question is why they didn't move it after the first night of TVOTR, cuz I hear the sound was equally terrible all three nights...

Anyway, psyched. :)

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 4:16 PM

fuck yeah!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 6:24 PM

Is there anywhere to buy tickets without the service fee for this show?

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2009 2:03 PM

add a second NYC show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2009 3:30 PM

Second Date Added Due To Overwhelming Public Demand
With Very Special Guests

TUESDAY 28th of APRIL 2009
Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Fort Greene Brooklyn
317 Clermont Ave at Lafayette Ave.


No fee Cash Tickets 5pm at Europa Box Office

Admission: $35

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2009 2:18 PM

Who Went to the godamn Show???
I did and it was AWESOME

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2009 5:03 AM

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