Life on Long Island
KMFDM to play The Emporium
It may be hard for LI clubgoers under 30 to imagine, but at one time, alternative music was a major sound found on the Long Island nightlife scene.
Today, most bars and clubs feature DJs that spin pop, EDM, hip-hop, classic tracks and country -- but between the years 1980-2000, several local late-night spots threw parties solely centered on danceable rock, new wave, punk and electronic tunes that were not often aired on the radio. And from within that family of alternative sounds, a popular subgenre that also received regular club play was industrial -- a stripped-down, fast-paced style of music with an emotional and dark attitude, yet often infused with enough rhythm to make it dance floor-friendly. The DJs that spun at those alternative LI happenings often included industrial beats in their sets -- and while most of that music was generally considered esoteric, even at the height of its popularity, some bands went on to find conventional success (Ministry, Nine Inch Nails).
On the other hand, most acts never reached the mainstream radar, but within its universe, industrial has major players -- and the band KMFDM is among the top. Known for its lengthy catalog of songs overloaded with blistering guitars, fast electronic effects and intense vocals (such as “Light,” “Juke Joint Jezebel” and “Liebeslied”), the band reigned as a DJ favorite during alternative music’s heyday on Long Island. Furthermore, area record stores also took note of KMFDM, as its striking album covers and posters (mostly created by artist Aidan Hughes; see his work at bruteprop.com) were popular among proprietors when it came to store decoration.
KMFDM has been led by musician Sascha Konietzko since its 1984 inception -- and despite lineup changes and a three-year break up (from 1999-2002), has actively put out music and performed live throughout its existence. If you are a devotee, be sure to note Nov. 3 in your calendar as the band will be on Long Island to bring their signature sound to the stage of The Emporium in Patchogue.
The evening will also include a set from Texas-based industrial group Chant plus DJs Louie Lugosi, Dreamtrancer and Shellshock in-house to provide beats between the bands. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a 21-and-over crowd, with tickets ($25) on sale at ticketfly.com. For more information, head online to theemporiumny.com.
The Emporium: 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue, 631-627-8787