Part of MeltdownFriday 10 August 2012
The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black is the brainchild of artist and performer Kembra Pfahler and lead guitarist SAMOA, whose do-it-yourself ideals have shaped both the band's sound and their iconic visual style.
This meltdown performance is the groups first ever show in the UK, and the band also features Gyda Gash on bass and Michael Wildwood on drums.
One part high fashion glamour, one part cult horror film archetypes, this group has etched itself deeply into the New York underground scene, all the while continuing to follow Kembra's rules of anti-naturalism and availablism to push them forward.
The brightly painted girls of 'Karen Black' complete the equation, walking into the performance with confidence in their stiletto boots, high contrast black and white costumes, blackened teeth, and two foot tall frightwigs. The group is part of the future feminist movement, who's main objective is to perpetuate a new paradigm of visibility for women, using the medium of classic rock.
Tenderloin is a music, art and action collective from Berlin, with a revolving cast of calamities, featuring Dagmar Hofpfisterei, the teenage protégé of Vaginal Davis the grande Doyeanne of Outsider Arts and the Homocore music scene. Their debut album Fellating History - Which Way is Up? is released in 2012 on Butch Vig's new Cosima Wagner imprint label.