Blü Anxxiety at SL (photo by Juliette Boulay)
Goth rock band Blü Anxxiety played a secret location in Brooklyn on July 21st alongside Mother Juno, Neuter, and DJ Amina Acid. The show was dark, hot as hell (people were literally taking their clothes off), and gave the David Lynch vibes that you can really only get from a DIY space.
Neuter, a solo electronic artist, opened with dangerously loud noise and an array of electronics that almost felt like an art installation. Their performance was anything but ordinary with nails-on-a-chalkboard screeching, harsh light shining through a loose bicycle wheel, and their own ambling around a table of synthesizers. What I saw of the performance was short (I came in a little late), but interesting nonetheless. All I had for earplugs was toilet paper and Neuter put two-ply to the ultimate strength test.
Then Mother Juno set up. Their red light was gorgeous so I had to take a snap before they even got started. The performance brought gothy beats and shrouded vocals. Mixed with all the fog and dancing, they really turned the space into a nightclub during their set. The visuals were like something out of a nightmare and the bops infectious—I’d definitely see them again for that sweet dichotomy.
Between Mother Juno and Blü Anxxiety, DJ Amina Acid filled the space with beats suitable for the graveyard vibes of the night. Then Blü Anxxiety was up.
The first thing I noticed about them was their iconic look—they wore nun headpieces (a cornette according to Google) and gowns. The singer, Chi Orengo, blacked out their teeth, and of course black nail polish was present for church. Orengo connected with the crowd, mostly singing off stage and engaging all the people in front. Blü Anxxiety’s music had a blend of rock, hip-hop, and political dissent. While I couldn’t totally make out what I was listening to with the kind if production you might expect in a DIY space, the performance was clearly passionate and I admire the band for fighting through the heat to deliver their message to the world.
Overall I’m really glad I went and I’d go to shows at this space again. I wish I could share where it is, but you might just need to find that out the hard way.
Scroll down for pics of the show (photos by Juliette Boulay)