Sunday, May 16, 2010

Shea Stadium & Venom P. Stinger in the NY Times!

A Post-Punk Band From Australia Reunites, in a Way
Published: May 13, 2010

"I need to review the laws of reunion concerts. What are they, again? At least three-quarters of the original lineup is needed to guarantee authenticity? The original lead singer must be present? The band can’t have stopped and restarted several times in its working years, because then a reunion is just another start?

I can’t remember. I also, before this week, couldn’t remember that much about Venom P. Stinger, the post-punk band from Melbourne, Australia — 1985 to 1996, though not working throughout — which rose again at the loft space Shea Stadium in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Wednesday night. I never saw the band live back then, and certainly not with its initial singer, the excellent, untethered, charismatic Dugald McKenzie, who died in 2004. (The video footage remains.)"


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