UK industrial darkwave legends Attrition returned to Toronto at the Hard Luck Bar on May 20, 2017. There was a five-band lineup in total, each bringing something of their own to the stage before the headlining act.
Valkyrie 1984 played first. A Toronto-based electronic music project, they make music around dark romantic and dystopian motifs befitting a cyberpunk apocalypse. The music was performed as a duo with some dance accompaniment.
The second performance was by Depression Era, another electronic band based out of Toronto. Though alternative and moody, their music also has a definite pop impulse that helps make it accessible and danceable to the casual listener. They also perform as a duo.
The middle band of the lineup, SLUTMOTHER celebrated an EP release with this show. This trio is a theatrically performing combination of operatic vocals with minimalist electronic backing, and is, “committed to critiquing the discourses that frame and shame women through music and theatrical performance.”
The last musicians to perform before the headlining act were Eye Steal. While considered a solo project of Toronto-based Remi Monroe, the music was performed as a duo. Sheer intensity being the goal of the project’s sound, the stage setup emphasized this with rear lighting that glared directly into the eyes of the audience.
Attrition took the stage with local support; Alia Synesthesia of SLUTMOTHER returned to put her operatic style vocals to further use. Martin did his thing while the incense smoldered.
Further photos by Dylan Madeley can be found in his Flickr album of the show. Dentata Music continues to organize events and can be followed on Facebook. And read more In Attendance write ups for more glimpses into live events, tours, and shows.