Philly venues have an interesting pattern. Sometimes it’s dance space central. In other seasons it’s as though most of these places are dead and buried. Currently, it has been feeling like a graveyard. Rizumu is long gone, the Irish Pol closed (a surprisingly neat venue), etc. Granted, the winter has been long and particularly depressed and the venues will come again. One place, however, has been around for a few years now (please don’t let this be jinxed, everyone please pray to your god). Lacquer is the coolest space you may or may not have been to before…
Lacquer is a small space in a larger space. Two years ago I went to an event here and I impressed myself with remembering how to navigate. It was witch cold, and the bathroom situation is what one would expect. These were all minor inconveniences as this was one of the best events I have been to in a long time. When I left I felt refreshed from the positive and safe energy.
DJ Shari Vari had played the night before, at Spellbound, Her set then I see now was a prelude to incredible setlist this night. Honestly, I could spend this whole post gushing. Instead, I’ll leave a taste of her set here:
Plastic Ivy opened and is perfect. A total renaissance woman, she plays modular synths and guitar, melodica, she sings, she loops. She does it all. Her music balances from heavy to dreamlike and will always get you moving.
DC natives Technophobia create a big, ethereal space with their sound. Katherine has a beautiful voice and I can only imagine that she has had some kind of vocal training. The way she carries her voice will carry you to another world where everyone dances and wears black.
Finally, Wingtips blew me out of the water. My partner had looked up their music before we went, so she had a slight idea of what to expect. When I go to an event where there are some unknown acts, I don’t look them up beforehand. It has been a long time since I have been so excited about a newer band. Their synthy shoegaze sound, heavily influenced by The Cure, got me smiling. I’m talking about a big stupid smile on my face that didn’t leave the entire time they played. They provided a great stage presence and emanated genuinely sweet energy.
A little-known attribute of mine is that I am an empath. Music has always provided solace for me when my energy becomes too low. This may come across as cheesy, but it’s the truth I feel about this band. The music they played felt healing, and a few songs brought me to tears of joy. Wingtips hail from Chicago and are currently touring. Please listen to them, buy their music, and tell all your friends about them. They just might be the answer to contemporary goth music.
Okaay enough fangirling for one post, yikes. The February itinerary has been updated. Some events are popping up that I need to add on, but in the meantime check it out. Next weekend the plan is to check out a v cool techno jawn so stay tuned.
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