Lydia Lunch RETROVIRUS
New York, NY
Lydia Lunch may well have invented no wave when she erupted upon the downtown New York scene of the late ‘70s and fronted the revolutionary Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. Considered to be one of the defining movements of music’s last half-century, no wave has been explored in the Brian Eno-curated New York No Wave compilation, countless articles, a book and by just about every discordant musician to exist since. For a great primer on Lunch herself, check out the 2019 doc Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over.
Throughout her career, Lunch has defied convention in many ways outside of music. Her singular voice has lent itself to film, poetry, spoken word, books, comics, podcasting and even self-empowerment. Her collaborators include Sonic Youth, Einstürzende Neubauten, Nels Cline, Hubert Selby Jr. and innumerable others.
Hostile, vulgar and unfiltered, Lunch’s iconic swagger is something everyone wants but few could handle; partly why she never entered the mainstream system. Her company Widowspeak Productions handles all her recording and publishing, including the career-hopping live album Retrovirus (2013) — also the name of her current performance vehicle.
Made up of Lunch and “all-star cast of sonic brutarians” Weasel Walter, Kevin Shea and Tim Dahl, Lydia Lunch RETROVIRUS will tackle Lunch’s works from 1977 to present via selections from previous bands like Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and 8 Eyed Spy, or classic albums Queen of Siam and Shotgun Wedding, wading into territories of no wave, hard rock, psychedelia, “illustrated word” and “jazz noir” in the process.
This blueprint aside, the work of Lydia Lunch is predictable to no one. You will be frightened, perplexed and engrossed by what you see. If you’re open enough, you will also be tremendously inspired.
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- a toy rabbit Actor Director Ahya Simone Aladean Kheroufi Alex Cameron Alexia Avina Alicia Clara AllCityJimmy Also Also Also Amy Nelson AN Anthony OKS Apollo Ghosts Astral Swans
- Backxwash Bad Bodies Be Afraid Bennett Mitchell betaboys Big Rig BITTER//WASHED Black Thunder Blue Odeur BODY LENS Body Void Bog Bodies Bonnie Trash Bozo Brain Bent BRIDGELAND Bud Frazier and the Electric Razors Buddie Built to Spill
- Cardiograms Carissa Gem Cassia Hardy Cat 500 Caylem Simeon Cedric Noel Chad VanGaalen Chairman Chron Goblin Circuit des Yeux Clea Anaïs Cold Water Control Top Counterfeit Jeans Crystal Eyes
- DA'AT Dead Fibres Dead Friends Debate Club Denimachine DJ Hannah Doohickey Cubicle Doreen Dot Cardigan Double Rider Doug Hoyer Dragon Fli Empire DRI HIEV Dump Babes
- Earthball Eine Kleine China Elizabeth Colour Wheel Ellen Froese Eve Parker Finley Everythingyoueverloved Exits Eye of Newt
- Fitness Flore Laurentienne Florida BC Frankie and the Witch Fingers Fulfilment
- Ghost Woman Ghostkeeper Ginger Beef Gone Cosmic Gorgeous Grimelda Grouper
- Hair Control Hairnet Handsome Tiger HARSH Heaven For Real Hélène Barbier Hermitess Holy Void HomeSick housepanther HYMMMelodies
- ILL Human Nation Isolato
- JAMES NOBLE Janette King Jarhead Fertilizer JED ARBOUR Jody Glenham Joyce Manor JOYFULTALK Julie Doiron Julius Sumner Miller
- k.burwash Kamikaze Nurse Kellarissa Kerkland Jerks Kesswa Khillah Khills Kid Cali KindaColt KMVP knitting Krill Williams KT Laine KTheChosen Kue Varo & the Only Hopes
- L.A. Witch l.n. baba L.T.Leif La Luz Laura Hickli Lavender Country Leather Jacuzzi Little Destroyer Little Snake Living Hour Local Singles Love Language Low Low Hums Lowkita Lushings Lydia Lunch RETROVIRUS
- Mahogany Frog Maky Lavender Mares of Thrace Maria DeHart Marlaena Moore Matt MacNeil Matthew Cardinal Megamall Melodna Midnight News Mighloe Mitch Davis MOREWINE Mortiferum Mother Tongues Motherhood Motorists MYNXY
- Necking Neighbourly Nice Apple No Frills NUM
- OKGB Olivia Awbrey Ombiigizi Orchidae Osmanthus Oxford Drama
- Pantayo Parisian Orgy Peace For Bombs PEARS Poltergeist Pony Girl Pope Joan POSTNAMERS Primitive Man Princess Nokia puppet wipes
- Queens D. Light
- R.A.P. Ferreira ra / sol The Radiation Flowers Raeburn Rempel & The Rousers The Rifle County Players Rip Room Rob Knaggs Ryan Bourne
- Samantha Savage Smith SASAMI Selci SEULEMENT Shearing Pinx Shirley & The Pyramids Silvering Sinzere Sister Suzie Skinny Dyck Slow Down Molasses Slut Prophet Snake River Sonido Nuevo SPRLUA State n Division Status/Non-Status Still Depths Stripmall Stucco Stuttr Sudan Archives Sufyvn Sunalta Sunforger Sunglaciers Surf Dads Suzi Analogue Sweeping Promises Swooty Mac
- Takleef Ensemble tarotfuntime Tea Fannie Teebs Teen Daze Temps Teon Gibbs Thomas Thomas Thus Owls Trash Magic Trench
- Uncanny Valley Uranium Club Uyemi
- Vagina Witchcraft
- wanderingaria Wet Cigarette Wihtikow Wilt Window Lamp Wine Lips Winona Forever Witch Victim WKO Wolf Willow Woodhawk Worse WUT
- Yankee Cowboy Yawn Yoo Doo Right
- ZENON+ Zoon