Scene News: Lydia Lunch & Joseph Keckler “Tales of Lust & Madness” Australian Tour announced

Lydia Lunch 

& Joseph Keckler

“Tales of Lust & Madness”

“A truly extraordinary artist” – Anthony Bourdain (on Lydia Lunch)

PRIVATE MEDIA LINK to download 320 kbps MP3’s of 
Lydia Lunch & Rowland S. Howard “Burning Skulls” (from Shotgun Wedding, 1991)
Rowland S Howard & Lydia Lunch “Some Velvet Morning” (single, 1982)
Lydia Lunch “Lady Scarface” (from Queen of Siam, 1980)
and the spoken word piece “You, Me and Jim Beam” (from Late Night Tales by BADBADNOTGOOD, 2017)
here
and Joseph Keckler “Goth Song” here

DOWNLOAD tour art & photos (including individual shots of Lydia and Joseph) here

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Press Play presents Tales of Lust & Madness, a new show from Lydia Lunch, New York’s “punk poet queen of extremities” (The Independent), and Joseph Keckler, a singular performer once crowned “best downtown performance artist” in New York City by The Village Voice

Combining the dynamic spoken word of Lunch and the dark humour and unnerving musicality of KecklerTales of Lust & Madness brings two of New York’s most notorious performers together to create an intimate evening of provocative musical poetry.

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Passionate, confrontational and bold. Whether attacking the patriarchy and their pornographic war mongering, turning the sexual into political or whispering a love song to the broken hearted, Lydia Lunch’s fierce energy and rapid-fire delivery lend testament to her warrior nature.

Queen of No Wave, muse of The Cinema of TransgressionLydia Lunch has released too many musical projects to tally, has been on tour for decades, has published dozens of articles, half a dozen books and simply refuses to just shut up. She performs in a variety of mediums and continues to release new music as well as re-issuing classic material from her vast catalogue of written and musical works.

A rabid collaborator, Lunch has famously worked with the likes of Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard, Henry Rollins, Sonic Youth, Einstürzende Neubauten among others. Her decades long career is the subject of a new feature length documentary Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over.

Performing in Australia for the first time, Joseph Keckler is a singular artist who performs in a genre of his own design that fuses operatic vocals and contemporary subject matter into absurd and affecting underworld voyages. He has been described by the New York Times as a “major vocal talent… with a range that shatters the boundaries… a trickster’s dark humor,  and a formidable musical and literary erudition”

Keckler made his off-Broadway debut in Preludes in 2015, portraying the opera singer and longtime friend to Sergei Rachmaninoff, Feodor Chaliapin, and his first collection of writing, Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World was published by Turtle Point Press in 2018. In 2019 he premiered two works, Train With No Midnight at NYC’s Prototype Festival and Let Me Die (a “greatest hits of death scenes from classic opera” – The Wall Street Journal) with Opera Philadelphia and toured the U.S. as the national support act for rock band Sleater-Kinney.

Joseph Keckler is the light to Lydia Lunch’s shade.

TALES OF LUST & MADNESS” – LYDIA LUNCH & JOSEPH KECKLER, AUSTRALIA 2024

Fri March 14 – PRIMROSE POTTER SALON, MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE, VIC – TICKETS
Sun March 17 – THEATRE ROYAL, CASTLEMAINE, VIC (including screening of Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over with Lydia Lunch Q&A ***) – TICKETS
Fri March 22 – THE GREAT CLUB, SYDNEY, NSW – TICKETS
Sat March 23 – MONA, NOLAN GALLERY, HOBART, TAS – TICKETS

(*** see below for trailer and further information regarding the documentary feature 
Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over)

 

LYDIA LUNCH
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Lydia Lunch – ‘I’m a Confrontational Artist’ | Sound & Vision | TateShots
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Rowland S Howard & Lydia Lunch & Rowland S Howard – Burning Skulls
JOSEPH KECKLER
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Joseph Keckler: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
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Joseph Keckler- “Goth Song”
(“… he performs in German, about a character who reverts to his teenage years shopping for black vinyl pants on St. Marks Place.” – The Wall Street Journal)
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Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over Official Trailer
Included alongside the performance of TALES OF LUST & MADNESS at Castlemaine’s Palais Theatre Royal is a screening of Beth B’s documentary LYDIA LUNCH: THE WAR IS NEVER OVER, together with a Q&A with Lydia
 
Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over by Beth B is the first career-spanning documentary retrospective of Lydia Lunch’s confrontational, acerbic and always electric artistry. Lunch has forged a lifetime of music and spoken word performance devoted to the utter right of any woman to indulge, seek pleasure, and to raise voice in a rage as loud as any man. The film frames Lunch’s work through the lens of the various philosophical themes that have obsessed her for years to enlighten and empower women to voice the unheard and to break the cycle of violence toward women throughout the world. 

Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over includes interviews with Lydia Lunch and longtime collaborators and colleagues including: Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth; Teenage Jesus bass player, Jim Sclavunos; Donita Sparks from L7; and a long list of other groundbreaking artists connected to Lunch’s past and present. 

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