After catching Reliant Tom at Rockwood Music Hall earlier this year, and after their set, I walked to a local bar to meet up with the band and some of their friends. The 15-16 previous months of unease, uncertain and despair felt as though it were a collective fever dream for a couple of weeks — and then, the other shoe dropped.
The next five or six months still had some sort of normalcy: I was going to shows — masked indoors, of course — and doing work I loved with all of my heart. However, the different variants have made doing that work difficult and extremely risky for myself and my loved ones right now. Of course, my hope is that the Omicron variant does something like what it did in South Africa — come onto the scene and disappear within a three or six week period. We’ll shall see. But at the moment, everyone feels uncertain and uneasy.
Earlier this month, I was at Ridgewood-based venue TV Eye for Synthicide, a monthly dance party that features industrial, EBM, dark wave and anything else synth-based –often with an emphasis on the ’80s. Martial Canterel headlined the night. Confines and Uniform‘s Michael Berdan opened. As always, photos are below.