Industrial Rock Weirdos Killing Joke – bring back the crazy.
Emerging from the late 70s as a formidable force of social unrest, political revolt and spiritual corruption Killing Joke have transgressed and transcended various intense musical trends to remain vital and relevant. Whereas their contemporaries have either disappeared or become parodies of themselves. Killing Joke seemingly took Hunter S Thompson's maxim that 'when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro' to it's illogical and intuitive end and as a result never really stopped their process of becoming.
While their albums might have become a little less stark and spine shilling that those earlier records, if their performances of 2011, are anything to go by… they remain at their ugly ageing best when shamanically throttling a large crowd's kundalini via megawattage and dodgey stagecraft.
They're important, unique and wonderful. Buy the ticket, spill the beer, stain the t-shirt, compromise your hearing and learn something.
2012-03-04 Lemon Grove Exeter
2012-03-05 Academy Bristol
2012-03-06 Waterfront Norwich
2012-03-08 Roundhouse London
2012-03-09 Corporation Sheffield
2012-03-10 Academy 2 Manchester
2012-03-12 ABC Glasgow
2012-03-13 Academy Newcastle
2012-03-14 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton
2012-03-16 Pyramids Portsmouth
2012-03-17 Academy Oxford
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. – Aristotle