Throbbing Gristle - Veterans Auditorium
  Year :   1981
  Location :   USA
  Worktype :   Performance
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Los Angeles

  Work Details  
  Throbbing Gristles concert Friday night at Culver Citys Veterans Auditorium was an underground event of the first order. Besides the group s status as guiding light for a whole experimental-music movement in England, there was the fact that this was Throbbing Gristle s first and last Los Angeles appearance. After a San Francisco concert this Friday, the group will shelve its musical endeavors to concentrate on video projects. Throbbing Gristle originated the industrial music concept that s influenced many of the artier modern bands, and while TG s music has at times moved toward more conventional-sounding song formats, Friday s show was centred on a driving, relentless factory noise that assumed various rhythms as the set roared on. While the four players use instruments like bass, guitar and electric piano, everything is treated electronically, resulting in a thickly layered, miasmic sound. When Cosey Fanni Tutti blasted out some high notes from her cornet, it was as though free-jazz had been mated with some monstrous machinery. This kind of thing can become tedious, or cold and remote, but TG s leader Genesis P-Orridge fronted the group with a fierce intensity, lending the performance its immediacy and spontaneity. P-Orridge gyrated like an actual rock singer, slapped his bass guitar around, and prowled into the crowd to converse with the fans. Like all the vocals, these were transformed into ghostly scraps of sound sucked into the prevailing noise. With its strong beat, this noise was engaging and exhilarating. And for a group whose records and writings reveal grim obsessions, the whole presentation had a surprisingly positive air. After exactly 60 minutes, Throbbing Gristle shut everything down, but remained for an hour or more talking pleasantly with the fans who poured onto the stage at show s end. -Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 1981 Accessed 7.12.06 from