When Mechanismus moved to the Rebar it had a very different tone to the shows. Sometimes good, other times not so much. Sometimes goofy and other times a very serious vibe. We pissed people off and at the same time managed to gain a small following. Again...the Rebar years were like the Roger Moore era of the James Bond films.
Opening night for our new venue was in July 10th, 2008. There was no band but just a DJ show. Small crowd as we were still trying to figure out how to promote our new base of operations. The venue was certainly a step up in some respects to how the CHAC was but the sound equipment just wasn’t as good. We never quite ever sounded as good as we did at the CHAC.
The theme of the shows during our reign of the Rebar became a lot more focused. The imagery now was more concentrated on particular social/political themes and strayed away from generalization. The themes went from child soldiers, the Zapatista, to anti-confederacy. The visuals during the shows were very strong and in your face. We even had someone get pissed off at one of the videos playing and leave. Hey, if you don’t piss someone off at an Industrial show you are not doing it right!
We came upon our first year anniversary show in February. This was a big deal. I had survived a whole year of this shit! I spoke with Byron whom at the time was a vocalist for God Module and managed to book them for our 1 year anniversary show. We had almost a 100 people show up to the show and was probably thus far the best show we had done. The goal after this became to focus more on band shows. I started hitting up as many local bands as I could find and try to book them. As we went into our second year of Mechanismus, I realized the true challenge in running a show. You can have a successful show one month and the next month have 5 people show up. Seattle is stubborn. You have to convince people that they need to come to your show. You have to show them WHY your show is worth the $5 entry fee. Simply having a band play is not enough. There needs to be more. I went from ads in at the time alternative magazine called The Sinner to having Paul Aleinikoff announce the Mechanismus shows on his sunday night radio show.
The struggle continued as we had hit and miss shows following all the way up to our 2 year anniversary show...
Welcome to mechanismix - march edition. This month we feature 40 minutes of EBM, Industrial and Electronic music from Alien Vampires, Cutoff:Sky, Cygnosic, The Crystal Method, Combichrist, Information Society, Halo Effect, Essence Of Mind, Cazzette and Mobthrow.
Spark. Well, if I am going to start sharing some thoughts with you motherfuckers then I should at least give you an introduction. When did industrial spark for me? What brought me to this dark, barren but rhythmic wasteland? I would have to say the bass-laden seed was planted at an early age. It was planted before I knew what industrial music was, during a time when I was only looking for a direction for my anger, a target for my displeasure, a method for my madness. My family was beyond broken and I never did fit when it was whole. I was asking too many questions and biting the hand that fed me. I was a little black girl who just couldn’t get with the stereotypical program. And soon, my classmates would introduce me to this wicked aural journey...spark.
“It's something wrong inside dimensional uncivilized
to search for attitudes being absolute
to search for enemies in your space without a room
totally disguised afraid of your might
Building up a sanity you're unable to criticize
stand up and fight - wake up inside.” – Overgod – Steril
Spark. It began to grow within me. I listened night and day. I was driven to study it’s rhythm, it’s teachers. With industrial behind me, I felt more able, more powerful, and unapologetic about questioning society’s norms. I packed my bags and moved out of the family home. I was beginning to “wake up inside”. Spark. Eventually, I was inspired to move away, far away. It brought me pain, loneliness, and so much strength. I could hear Pankow whispering in my ear…”gimme, gimme, gimme more, much more”. I wanted that and I wanted to be a part of that. That was the industrial scene and its artists and its fans. My desire to dwell within the genre’s black wings made me fearless. I would go to any club, near or far, by myself. I would volunteer for anything I could to help the sickness spread. Industrial music had made a home inside of me.
And I come here, still dedicated to you, my scene. Carrying the flag for bands like 16volt, Chemlab, Birmingham 6, Steinkind, Leatherstrip, Psyclon Nine, Sheep On Drugs, Klangstabil, Skinny Puppy, C.A.T., Modulate, Caustic, and the pounding list goes on and on. Welcome to my world and my love of industrial music.
“No one is allowed
to stand out from the crowd
today is the day
to move a step ahead
to show them what we can do
to show them where to go
we can do it right now
we found something to die for.” – Long Live EBM, Klutae