Tag: Psychedelic Rock

Photo Flashback: Ministry @ The Fillmore Silver Spring 12/5/18

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Al Jourgensen of Ministry performing at The Fillmore Silver Spring

For the first Hazy Eye Music Media “Photo Flashback” we’ll be taking a trip down memory lane with Ministry. Whoa. Being a fan of Ministry, and most Al Jourgensen side projects since my teens, this is a show I will not soon forget. I was granted a photo pass and permission to photograph one of my childhood musical heroes. Hard to forget that. It only took about 3 or 4 years of requesting photo passes. Hahahahaha! I can still recall the feeling of pure bliss and redemption I experienced during my time in the photo pit.

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Sin Quirin of Ministry performing at The Fillmore Silver Spring
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As with most bands, I was allowed to photograph Ministry for the first three songs. There were moments during these songs that I completely spaced-out and lost myself in the music. This experience was overly exiting for me. I was really on a sort of natural high. At times I forgot I was also there to take photos and not to just freak out to one of my favorite hardcore/psychedelic/industrial metal bands. The sad, confused, angry and angst-ridden teenager inside me had a cathartic spiritual awakening upon hearing the opening songs of this show. Holy shit!

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Cesar Soto of Ministry performing at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Pure white-hot antifascist industrial metal music with a healthy dose of punk rock attitude, and a dark and disturbing slant on psychedelia. Yep. Ministry and your old Uncle Al are still out there sticking it to the man. Ministry is no watered-down, sugar-coated, mindless corporate rock band. Nope. It’s raw, honest, straight-forward rock music that makes you think and makes you want to revolt. Discovering Ministry and their “Wax Trax! Era” music was one of the most musically significant discoveries of my youth.

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I felt as if I had been gut-punched and smacked upside the head with a baseball bat for this show. The songs were fast, loud, and extremely aggressive. It was fucking awesome! Ministry played a fun, energetic, and heartfelt set as if performing for friends and family at a holiday party. The vibes were welcoming and the band appeared to be having a blast. By the time the show was over I was exhausted. I was drenched in therapeutic sweat, and had a killer residual buzz for the next two days. Absolutely loved this show!

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Here are some more photos of Ministry performing at The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring, Maryland on December 5, 2018. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson. All images are solely the property of Andy Jillson and Hazy Eye Music Media.

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Derek S. Abrams of Ministry performing at The Fillmore Silver Spring
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Tony Campos of Ministry performing at The Fillmore Silver Spring
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Check out these three classic albums by Ministry on Spotify:

The Land of Rape and Honey
The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste
Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs

Concert Review: Le Butcherettes @ MECU Pavilion 8/21/19

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Le Butcherettes performing at MECU Pavilion

Le Butcherettes are currently out on a massive summer tour with Devil Makes Three, Flogging Molly, and Social Distortion. The band is extensively touring North American in support of their 4th studio album, bi/MENTAL. Le Butcherettes is a fearless musical force lead by founding member and singer/guitarist/keyboardist Teri Gender Bender. Of course, I was there in the photo pit once again rocking out and taking pictures. As always, Le Butcherettes kicked ass and proved that they are still progressing and are not to be overlooked.

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Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes performing at MECU Pavilion
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Le Butcherettes is a band that I never miss an opportunity to catch performing live. I’ve been following Le Butcherettes’ bread crumb trail for over 4 years now. Le Butcherettes have been rapidly gaining a large underground following of diverse music lovers. Le Butcherettes’ music appeals to such a diverse audience due to their musical diversity/style, stage performance, cultural background, and of course the fact that there are two female members in the band draws attention. Aside from all that, they are simply a great rock and roll band. 

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Alejandra Robles Luna of Le Butcherettes performing at MECU Pavilion
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For their performance at MECU Pavilion in Baltimore, MD played a short, but powerful set this time around. When Le Butcherettes took the stage at MECU Pavilion the crowd definitely took notice straight away. Le Butcherettes only played for about 30 minutes, but no time was wasted. They ripped through a few older songs, then primarily played songs from bi/MENTAL. As usual, Le Butcherettes played their hearts out and the crowd loved it. Their live performances have an aggressive punk rock attitude and sound, but strongly convey a sense of peace, love, tranquility, and unity. There is definitely pain and anger in their live performances, but there is also joy, happiness, and redemption. Teri’s voice is so powerful and eclectic. I have never heard a voice quite like hers. She can bring you to tears one minute and then scare the shit out of you the next. 

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Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez of Le Butcherettes performing at MECU Pavilion

As you can see by now, Le Butcherettes are an intensely moving live band. Their live performances have all the passion and intensity of an arena rock show; only this bands singer will literally stare straight into your eyes penetrating your soul while she passionately wails into the microphone. I’ve seen her abruptly jump into the crowd while performing; hitting the floor screaming and crying, and then lifting herself up to hug and console audience members. The other musicians in the band are not too shabby either. Great drumming, bass playing, guitar playing, and keyboard and synth sounds.

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Riko Rodríguez-López of Le Butcherettes performing at MECU Pavilion
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I would have to say that Le Butcherettes have struck gold again and have taken their sound to a new level with the release of their newest studio album, bi/MENTAL. For this album Teri Gender Bender recruited Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison as producer, and punk rock legend Jello Biafra as the spoken word guest artist. Not bad.

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Le Butcherettes’ current lineup consists of Teresa Suárez Cosío aka Teri Gender Bender (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Riko Rodríguez-López (guitar, bass, synth), Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez (bass), and drummer Alejandra Robles Luna.

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If you haven’t heard or seen Le Butcherettes, I would suggest you check this band out before they completely blow up and become untouchable rock stars on a stage twenty feet high. The band just keeps raising the bar and forcing all other musicians, music fans, and music critics to stand up and take notice. Once you listen to a few of their songs you will likely be hooked and will understand the urgency to see this band live. Do yourself a favor and go rock out with Le Butcherettes!

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Luckily for concert-goers, the band still has several shows remaining on their North American tour. Be sure to check out one of these performances. This band kicks ass!!! Click on the links below to see all Le Butcherettes tour dates and other info…

https://www.lebutcherettesofficial.com/#tour-section

https://www.lebutcherettesofficial.com/

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Here are some more photos of Le Butcherettes performing at MECU Pavilion in Baltimore, Maryland on August 21, 2019. These photos were originally taken while on assignment for These Subtle Sounds. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson. All images are solely the property of Andy Jillson and Hazy Eye Music Media.

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Check out Le Butcherettes’ bi/MENTAL on Spotify: