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 chilling 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 dodgy stagecraft.
They’re important, unique and wonderful. On the 8th of March 2012 at the Roundhouse in London Trebuchet bought the ticket, spilt the beer, stained the t-shirt, and permanently compromised our hearing.
Perhaps we even learnt something.
Catch them in your town
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
Killing Joke are touring in March 2012. Get your tickets now.
Official Killing Joke Website full of ranty screed and genuinely personal insights.
Photographer, published poet, former party animal, body builder, grave robber
to the stars and renowned chainsaw juggler, Carl can often be spotted on his
Harley Davidson pretending to be in Terminator 2. He is also frequently seen in
the press pits of old London town, camera in hand, avoiding being hit by bottles
of wee and crippling his opposition with secret Kung Fu moves.