Review: My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult at the Middle East Downstairs 6-10-2016


I really struggled with whether or not to go to this show. I used to really be into My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult in the 90’s when I went through a goth/industrial phase that…uhh…we won’t talk about. But there were some other good shows happening this night too (the Bearstronaut record release, amongst other things). Worried that I would stick out like a sore thumb because of the goth dance night that was taking place immediately after (which by the way, leads me to the “dress code” of goth/fetish/all black at those kinds of nights…really? 1, I’m too old for that shit, 2, why would I want to dress like and encourage a stereotype?, and 3, what if I just really enjoy the genre and want to go out somewhere to hear some music, meet some new people, and have a couple of beers? Don’t get me wrong, I understand the reasons, but still…Ok…rant over).

When I arrived at the Middle East Downstairs, there was a line stretching through the restaurant portion of the club, with a lot of people waiting to get in. There was no opener for this show and the band had already started while I was waiting in line. The people waiting around me were really friendly, which is at times, hard to find in Boston. Also, my fears of not being in some sort of goth-wear were alleviated when I noticed that most of the people there were dressed in regular clothes.

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My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult

Once inside, the club was only about half full and I grabbed a Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union to watch the band as they were already playing “Leathersex”. Thrill Kill Kult pretty much played a nonstop set. The crowd erupted into cheers every time one of the hits like “Sex on Wheelz”, “The Days of Swine and Roses”, and “Kooler Than Jesus” started. They left the stage for a few minutes and the crowd started chanting for more songs. There were loud cheers when they came back out and did an encore which seemed to be a little more on the electronic side of things.

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My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult

This was an early show, with no opener, so it was over around 9:30pm. I thought about heading over to The Sinclair for the Bearstronaut show, but was kind of hungry, so I ended up Shake Shack in Harvard Square for some food that really hit the spot. Back on the T to Alewife and I was home by 11pm, which felt really strange. Either way, I had a really good time at the show and it was cool to see Thrill Kill Kult for the first time since the 90’s.

Concert Review: Kisses, YDIMITU, Dangerous Cans, Press Pause;Restart at the Middle East Upstairs 7-16-13

Although I had been wanting to see Kisses for a while now, it was kind of a last minute decision to go to this show. A quick ride on the T and I was The Middle East Upstairs. As I walked through the restaurant portion to the back of the room, there was a line, which made me fear that the show was sold out. It turns out that it was just 5 older dudes, who must have been visiting from out of town, based on them asking the girl at the door about other music venues in the area and taking their time to decide if they wanted to go to this show. Add to that the cute but somewhat quirky girl (not in an annoying Zooey way, thankfully), who was talking to herself in line behind me and it was an interesting way to start the night.

Once inside, I was surprised at how empty the club was. There were about 12 people in there. I had missed the first band, Press Pause;Restart, but Dangerous Cans were just setting up. I grabbed a Harpoon UFO and made my way to the floor area.

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Dangerous Cans

Dangerous Cans who come from Brooklyn via Fairbanks, Alaska, are a synth pop duo that consisted of a drummer and a singer. I mean this in the best possible way, they sounded a bit like that McDonald’s filet o fish commercial song. Charging through their set, the small crowd seemed into them as was I. I ordered another Harpoon UFO before YDIMITU went on since it was starting to get a little hot in there.



Next was YDIMITU, which was just one guy and a laptop, and from what the internet tells me is either from Boston or Brooklyn. With a laptop set up on some milk crates and a lot of colored strobe lights to set the mood, YDIMITU started his set, only to have to stop because of the extremely heavy bass knocking the laptop over during the first song. After about 10 minutes or so, he was good to go for a somewhat shortened but interesting set. I haven’t heard bass like that since I saw Metz in this same venue last year.

There was a slightly larger crowd at this point for L.A.’s Kisses, although I’d estimate it at being around 30 or so people. It was a shame that more people weren’t there, but I guess a hot Tuesday night is tough for a lot of people to get out to a show. The band did acknowledge and thank everyone for making it out.

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Wearing a lobster print Hawaiian shirt, which Kisses singer Jesse Kivel at one point joked that he had bought it for Boston show and that this would be the only time he wears it on tour. The band went right into their kind of dark tropical pop music. Their music was also very danceable, as quirky girl proved by dancing around and singing along to every song.

During “Midnight Lover” Zinzi Edmundson’s keyboard playing had more of The Cars “Moving in Stereo sound live, than it does on “The Heart of the Nightlife” album, it worked very well! At one point, Kivel stepped down off of the stage and into the crowd while singing, which probably made quirky girl’s night.

The band said that they will be back soon and I really hope they will. It was a pretty fun night, probably because it’s the first show I’ve seen in a while, but all of the bands were great as well. I would highly recommend seeing Kisses if they come to your town.