She’s a poet and performer, actress, spoken-word artists, singer, alternative-culture icon, she is Lydia Lunch and she’s coming to New Zealand for two shows in early August (Auckland’s Kings Arms, Wednesday, August 5 and Wellington’s Bodega, Thursday, August 6).
She brings with her Retrovirus – a supergroup featuring drummer Bob Bert (Pussy Galore, Sonic Youth), bassist Tim Dahl (Child Abuse) and guitarist Weasel Walter (The Flying Luttenbachers).
It should be a wild ride.
Lunch made her name in the punk and no wave scenes as anarchic singer and then spoken-word artists. She wrote, candidly, about her sexual and drug experiences and, as is so often referenced, recorded a version of Some Velvet Morning with Rowland S. Howard (which, for many, is the version).
It might be a decade or two late – in the perfect world of rear vision mirror fandom – but it’s happening. She’s coming. And it should be a hell of a show.
I’m in. Can’t wait.