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From: Tim Wicinski <wicinski@nrl-css.ARPA>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 85 11:20:35 est
Subject: Volcano Suns
VOLCANO SUNS/SKINNY PUPPY 9:30 CLUB 12/5/85 I showed up early for this show because I was hearing rumors that it planned to sell out. I was wrong. The crowd tonite was small, but still eager. I arrived in time to see the first band, Skinny Puppy. Hailing from British Columbia, this three member trio came onstage under a huge cloud of smoke. I thought this smoke nonsense went out with Kiss ?? Well, they consisted of two synth players and a singer, and all three had voice boxes for effects. Basically, they were awful. Trying to imitate Bauhaus, they failed miserably and were stuck in the "depression from a bottle of valium" mode. At one point the singer pretended to cut himself with a piece of glass and proceeded to have fake blood gushing out of his wrist while moaning "I'm dying, I'm dying...". At best they are a bad imitation of Bauhaus, at worst, well never mind. After a long break, mainly because Skinny Puppy had so much junk on stage they had to clear off, The Volcano Suns. I knew I was in for a treat when the guitarist walked onstage saying "Enough of this synthesizer crap, now its time for some real music." With Peter Prescott (ex -Mission of Burma) singing as well as drumming, this trio ripped through their set in about 40 minutes. After their second song, the guitarist stopped and said "Look, look, I cut myself on my guitar pick ! oh I'm dying I'm dying... look at the blood..." and other cracks at the first band. They had their set cut short due to the first band taking so long, but still had enough time to go through most of their songs from \fIBright Orange Years\fR and still play an encore, a "burma-esque" version of "1999". What an ending indeed.