Tonight is a special night in punk music for Denver, combining the talents of iconic U.K. punk band the Cult with the Florida punk band Against Me! at the Ogden Theater. First off, it's cool to see a British punk band, or post-punk rather; becoming popular overseas in in the mid 80s, the Cult excellently represents the transition between the "punk" era of the Sex Pistols and the Clash into the early 90s alternative/grunge music scene. Just last week, the Cult released their ninth studio album, Choice of Weapon and frontman Ian Astbury has returned to their sound that Paste Magazine describes as "the arena, the peyote sweat lodge, the abandoned cathedral and the leather Berlin club all become one."Staying fresh in the news, Astbury announced his marriage just last night to Aimee Nash of the Black Ryder. Get nostalgic with the video for their big 80s single, "She Sells Sanctuary" here:
Not to be upstaged, Against Me! recently made big waves in the punk scene by announcing singer Tom Gabel's decision to officially become transgender and change his name to Laura Grace. Against Me! orignated in the college punk swamp in Gainesville, FL where bands like Hot Water Music and Less Than Jake gained popularity with record companies like No Idea and Fat Wreck Chords. The new album will be appropriately titled Gender Dysphoria Blues, a reference to the condition that Gabel cites that spurred him to choose the transgender lifestyle he is embarking on in front of the whole world. Last night marked his first performance as Laura, and it will be very exciting to see how the band is reacting to the recent changes on stage.
Here is a catchy tune from the White Crosses / Black Crosses album released last year:
Supporting these two big acts will be The Icarus Line from Los Angeles, CA. Being 14 years young will make this band just as seasoned as the rest of the night's lineup. They should be releasing a new record soon, of which the first single, "Bad Bloods / Slow Death," was released just a few months ago.
Tonight's show is for ages 16 and up, doors open at 7:00 and the show starts at 8:00. See more details about this show on the event page on the Ogden's website.