Trolling for Musicians: I:Scintilla and Company vs. The Undead
By rancase

I:Scintilla at 31st Street Pub, Pittsburgh, PA ©2011 Ran Case - DOOM! Magazine

I:Scintilla at 31st Street Pub, Pittsburgh, PA ©2011 Ran Case

I went to the I:Scintilla show in Pittsburgh on a mission to ask all the bands there Doom’s favorite question: In the event of a Zombie Apocalypse, what are your plans?

Shutterdown @ 31st Street Pub, Pittsburgh, PA ©2011 Ran Case - DOOM! Magazine

Shutterdown @ 31st Street Pub, Pittsburgh, PA ©2011 Ran Case

Shutterdown, the openers, are a four-piece local band that brings an etheral touch and occasional Middle Eastern kick to their EBM. When asked about her zombie survival plans, New York native Antisa said, “I would head north, or to the jungle—get out of cities, go for extreme cold. And I’d get a unishovel.”

Local industrial-metal band Wreckreation, though, are Pittsburghers—and as such, they’ve got some serious planning done. Vocalist Kirsten—who’s one of the few female fronts I’ve seen with the pipes to hold her own in front of a profoundly heavy band—had this to say: “Because I totally believe it’s possible, I bought a good pair of running shoes, I learned how to shoot a gun, and I already live in the middle of nowhere in a place with reinforced doors and natural disaster supplies.”

“I’m prepared for anything. Pittsburgh’s the zombie capital of the world,” she added. “That’s why I love being here. You can’t live in Pittsburgh and not be prepared for the zombie apocalypse.”

Wreckreation @ the 31st Street Pub, Pittsburgh, PA ©2011 Ran Case - DOOM! Magazine

Wreckreation @ the 31st Street Pub, Pittsburgh, PA ©2011 Ran Case

Guitarist Aric added, “I have so many plans it’s unbelievable. First off, I’d go open up the gun safe. I’d grab the AK47, about fifteen magazines, the shotgun, as many rounds for that as I could carry, and the glock 40. Then I’d grab my belt with the two machetes on it. I live in the country and have lots of guns—I can’t wait.”

And from Tom, the other guitarist: “I have a good friend who’s a great shot but I’m more of a melee guy. I’d just grab a battleax or a claymore and go total Viking. I just figure, if you’re gonna die, at least make a sport of it, have fun with it.”

Synth/bass man Josh’s answer was much more succinct: “Drink and masturbate furiously.”

The Gothsicles are a part of an interesting phenomenon within Goth/Industrial music: the embrace of geekery, outright silliness, and self-parody. But even when he’s screaming an industrial remake of the Badger Badger Badger song or bouncing around amidst the audience singing about the trials & tribulations of being a graphic designer, Gothsicles frontman Brian puts on a hell of a show. And in celebration of Jim Semonik’s continued cancer-free status, the Gothsicles brought him up for the official last performance of their Electronic Saviors 1 track, Jim, Let Me Know When You Can Drink Again.

Brian of The Gothsicles @ 31st Street Pub, Pittsburgh, PA ©2011 Ran Case - DOOM! Magazine

Brian of The Gothsicles @ 31st Street Pub, Pittsburgh, PA ©2011 Ran Case

Their response to the zombie question followed the same whimsical theme, as Brian passed the question to the new keyboardist Mike, who answered, “I’m gonna live in the Chicago subway and become the Rat King.”

At that, Brian grinned and nodded. “I would become the Duke of the Rat King.”

The headliners of this show were the metal-edged, synthy post-industrial group I:Scintilla, and while they put on a solid and entertaining show—up to and including trolling Jim Semonik with a (somewhat inebriated) voicemail he’d left ‘em—they’re not Pittsburghers. When asked about his plans, drummer Brent said, “I’d run for my life—“ then shook his head and went again. “Kill people and eat brains and be all, ‘See, I’m one of you guys!’”

Frontwoman Brittany’s option was a little more fatalistic: “Just have a huge party, and go out in a blaze of glory and debauchery.”

I:Scintilla and Jim Semonik, 31st Street Pub, Pittsburgh, PA ©2011 Ran Case - DOOM! Magazine

I:Scintilla and Jim Semonik, 31st Street Pub, Pittsburgh, PA ©2011 Ran Case

Photographs copyright © 2011 Ran Case, All Rights Reserved.

rancase (22 Posts)

I grew up on the water. I still sometimes feel my visceral, paralogical craving to return to it colors everything I do. I make stuff. I mean well. That'll do for now.








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