Vision Video / Secret Shame / Panic Priest

@ Empty Bottle

Saturday, July 2 ~~ 7:30PM

Doors: 730PM / Show: 830PM
$15//21+
VISION VIDEO
As an active paramedic, firefighter, and veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Vision Video lead Dusty Gannon has seen more horror in real life than in the classic movies he draws inspiration from. When not saving lives on the front-line, Dusty dons torn fishnets, combat boots and makeup to play post-punk that recalls the genre’s heyday when the lines between goth and pop blurred to create some of the underground’s most beloved acts such as The Cure, The Smiths and Joy Division. But hidden within Vision Video’s catchy hooks and dancy beats is a nostalgic yet desperate message exploring the darker undertones of our existence. At its core, Inked In Red looks inward to understand the effects of war and the global pandemic. Dusty’s experiences in service have imparted an authentic gravitas to the music, revealing a cautionary tale of unhinged mental illness born of trauma. Sonically, this is reflected in every chord and melody through its enticingly gothic yet often upbeat nature. Vision Video’s debut imparts a duality of mania that, simply stated, is real malaise and existential dread that cannot be made facsimile.
PANIC PRIEST
Death. Sex. Doomed Romance. These three simple phrases define the sound and thematic presence of Panic Priest. The musical project of singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jack Armondo (of “dark pop” outfit My Gold Mask), Panic Priest is centered around Armondoʼs deep, crooning vocals while weaving together dreamy guitars and synths.
Panic Priestʼsophomore effort “Second Seduction” is a significant sonic expansion on the projectʼs signature sound. Co-Produced and engineered by Brian Fox, the album intertwines classic genres such as Darkwave, Post-Punk, and Goth while a richly layered modern Synth-pop sensibility elevates the album to something larger than simple nostalgic recreation. Performed and composed almost entirely by Armondo (with key contributions by Twin Tribes, and Vincent Segretario of Wingtips), “Second Seduction” is simultaneously personal yet fantastical. A cathartic account of Armondoʼs real-life experiences, stemming from personal heartbreak, life as a non-monogamous individual, and even current political anxieties, be prepared to once again be tempted and lured into the world of Panic Priest.
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