Like the beginning scene of Blade, (1998, the best one). The Goth Wave has been revived with new additions to the sonic scene. We sat down with the masterminds behind Void Church: AKA VOID CLERGY (Band members of Giallows: Adam Hurlburt, Devin Alexander, C.M., and DJ Doubleyou) to discuss their upcoming event with Live DJ’s, Bands, & pop-up booths from Taboo Burlesque, and Abernathy’s.
Void Church – Goth Night
Darkwave, Industrial, Post-Punk, Goth
(Goth is often used as a blanket term for many sub-genres)
Village Theater -East Village of Davenport
Friday, December 16th: Doors: 7:00pm | End time: 12am
Wear whatever makes you feel special!
Void Church encourages you to “Goth in your own way!”
Giallows, DJ Doubleyou, Matt Moody & Village Theater, Abernathy’s, Taboo Burlesque.
WHAT IS VOID CHURCH?
VOID CLERGY – VOID CHURCH is an immersive celebration of the dark, dreamy, and occulted. Inspired by goth nights of yore, but not exclusively goth per-se, VOID CHURCH is a moveable feast of atmosphere and vibe, with live bands, DJs, and fog machines cranked to 11. The idea is to leave your daily life at the door, and find yourself by disappearing into the room, getting moody, and ultimately to lose yourself to the rhythmic embrace of the dancefloor.
I HAVE TO KNOW, WHY IS IT CALLED VOID CHURCH?
VOID CLERGY – “FLOODLAND” was a little too on the nose. VOID CHURCH is a perfect encapsulation of the experience we’re aiming for. It may sound nihilistic, but VOID is something that all flow-states aspire to. Lack of distraction, and an abundance of NOW. That’s something we all chase, and it’s increasingly rare. To the point that attaining such transcendence can feel almost religious. Void. Church. VOID CHURCH. Come worship the VOID with us.
IS IT JUST DJ PERFORMANCES OR ARE THERE LIVE BANDS ALSO?
VOID CLERGY – This instance of VOID CHURCH happens to have a DJ and live bands, however the ideal of VOID CHURCH is a flexible show that could have all, both, or none of those and still provide a moment in time to rediscover the flow-state, to let go of the banality of the day-to-day in favor of Bacchanalia. In addition to the larger VOID CHURCH shows we’ll drop a few times a year, we’re curating an all-vinyl DJ night once a month at Wake Brewing. At VOID CHURCH : REVIVAL you’ll hear the finest dark, moody, danceable grooves spun by members of the VOID CLERGY.
The opening scene to Blade (1998) is infamous for its inspired take on the gothic rave scenes of the ’90s.
THIS IS A NEWER EVENT TO THE QUAD CITIES, INVOLVING A LOT OF ARTISTS & DJ’S WHAT CAN EVENT ATTENDEES EXPECT TO EXPERIENCE?
VOID CLERGY – An immersive escape from holiday stress, where you can embrace and celebrate being a little gloomy. We’ll have a beautiful photo area conceived and arranged by Abernathy’s, a custom-created VOID CHURCH cocktail at the bar (alcohol optional) created by clergyman Broc Nelson, pop-up booths from Abernathy’s and Taboo Burlesque, a few small bonus party items at the door for all attendees, custom-created decorations not seen at any other local events, and above all else a non-stop vibe that will keep people engaged and enveloped in the cool, crushing embrace of the VOID.
Musically, you should expect a remarkable set from Andrew “Stu” Cline’s “Glurge,” which sounds like the Cave-Dwelling Minotaur Love Child of Brian Eno and Brian Wilson, weaned on Wire, Neu!, and This Heat. A special noir fuckjazz set by QCA goth favorites “Nonnie Parry,” who’re performing with a surprise dark sax alchemist whose name floats on the whispers of alleyway tomcats. And non-stop, danceable bangers by one of our principle clergy members DJ Doubleyou, who’s bringing a crate of her finest vinyl selections.
HOW DID VOID CHURCH GET STARTED?
GIALLOWS – In November, Giallows played a show with Vision Video, a terrific modern goth band, and it ignited our passion for that sound and vibe. Something a bit more theatrical and romantic than your average show. Giallows has always been aimed that direction, but when the audience turned up in encouraging numbers, dressed the part, we realized what we wanted all along is something a lot of others seem to want, too. With that realization we started dreaming up the kind of event we would’ve died to experience as eyelinered 17-year-olds. We immediately understood we’d need help to pull it off. So we reached out to our like-minded friends and built an incredible team of musicians, DJs, artists, and performers, the VOID CHURCH clergy.
HOW SHOULD I DRESS?
VOID CLERGY – Wear whatever makes you feel special! But black clothing and all the other hallmarks of goth culture are highly encouraged. Goth means many things to many people, and we encourage everyone to goth in their own way at VOID CHURCH.
WHAT OTHER SIMILAR EVENTS CAN BE EXPECTED FROM VOID CHURCH IN THE FUTURE?
VOID CLERGY – Ideally, we’ll have a VOID CHURCH every three or four months. VOID CHURCH : REVIVAL will go down once a month at Wake Brewing. Keep your eyes on @void_church on Instagram and Facebook for all future VOID-related announcements.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT READERS TO KNOW?
VOID CLERGY – Unfortunately Giallows has to pull out of the show due to a horribly-timed illness, but expect to catch them us at the next VOID CHURCH event this spring.
ARTIST & EVENT LINKS BELOW:
Industrial/Gothic Rave at Fabric London. Photo courtesy of: Fabric London, Music Venue, London, United Kingdom. Know for hosting raves of all genres.
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VILLAGE THEATER FACEBOOK