BROOKLYN, NY—Inspired by the gritty extremes of her new digs in New York, singer/actress Kai Irina Hahn brought her EBM band to the Knitting Factory for its debut performance.
First up band Thorazine Unicorn, a very attractive and talented group, consists of a vocalist, guitar, bass and drums, but sounds like a lot more, with an industrial sci-fi sound that comes across better on its studio-produced CD than the Knitting Factory’s speaker system. But they looked so good, I think I prefer the live performance.
Opening for Sedona was a very respectable classic-rock-meets-goth group calling itself The Flies Are Out For Blood that reanimated the spirit of The Doors with dark, poetic vocals, accompanied by crunching riffs and acid-laced melodies. I would compare them with Gene Loves Jezebel, but without implying anything imitative or lacking in originality.
Around 1 a.m., matching the rhythm of the new hit single, “Cross The Line” (the video release of which was reviewed in the April 16, 2014, issue of the Aquarian), Kai strutted on stage in the embrace of her full-grown male boa constrictor, Loki. A positively hypnotic, complex, EBM groove made the entire room of spectators sway rhythmically while Kai’s imperative to…