Friday, January 12, 2007
Victory Not Ven-wah?
According to Metropolis records' website, VNV Nation will be playing the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this year. It's a surprising move, if Ronan and Mark were going to play a big crossover festival it seems like it would have happened a few years back when they were the hottest thing to hit the goth scene since synthetic hair extensions. Maybe it's just Vancouver, but it really doesn't seem like they have the same presence in the Goth/Industrial club scene that they did back in the heady days of the early 21st century when their ebm-inflected vocal trance (or "futurepop" as they would have it) was shaking black clad booties hither and yon. Having a healthy dash of goth street cred seems to have always been part of Coachella's purview having featured performances by the Bauhaus, Siouxsie & the Banshees and The Cure in previous years. They always have a few token electronic acts on stage as well. Maybe this is an attempt to combine the two for maximum appeal. If you take into account VNV's not-so-subtle use of Christian allegory in their lyrics it might even be an attempt to tap into the Jesus music market. Can't even imagine how their two-man drums n' karaoke show is gonna go over on a giant Festival stage.