Saturday, August 11, 2012

Dr. Cirkustien at Common Market tonight (8/11/2012)

Posted By on Sat, Aug 11, 2012 at 8:20 AM

DR. CIRKUSTIEN Rocking a creepy carnival look pitched midway between Night of the Living Dead and a threadbare Moulin Rouge, Dr. Cirkustien stitches together fairground organ, reggae riddims and skronk in a monster mash-up in which the parts are greater than the whole. The best bits on Cirkustien’s Breaking the Seal EP highlight wheezy sideshow keyoards that drip atmosphere. “WTF” mixes Nick Cave/Birthday Party ranting with Italo-horror synths that do Dario Argento and Goblin proud, and “Dawn of the Ded” crossbreeds zombie ranking and skanking with Mr. Bungle free noise in a no man’s land between the Misfits and Madness. But the sleazy, cheesy fun is undercut by lyrics and vocals that shoot for Tom Waits “through a shot glass darkly” vision but land closer to Mark Lanegan’s bratty kid bro. Trying for edge, the guys opt for Zappa-style snark that includes way too many F-bombs, forgetting they’re most effective embracing their goofy gothic window dressing. Wanting to be red-meat maestro George Romero, they wind up as Ed Wood’s Plan 9 with a potty mouth. Free. Aug. 11, 9 p.m. Common Market, 2007 Commonwealth Ave. 704-334-6209.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Pin It
Submit to Reddit


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Creative Loafing encourages a healthy discussion on its website from all sides of the conversation, but we reserve the right to delete any comments that detract from that. Violence, racism and personal attacks that go beyond the pale will not be tolerated.

Search Events
items in Creative Loafing Charlotte More in Creative Loafing Charlotte pool

© 2017 Womack Newspapers, Inc.
Powered by Foundation