2708 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816, USA
21 and over
$25.00 Day of Show
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
Hailing from Chicago’s renowned Wax Trax! Records stable of recording artists, MY LIFE
WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT have been conjuring up sonic tales of sex, blasphemy and
kitschy horror since 1987. Along with label mates such as Front 242, KMFDM and Ministry, TKK
(as often abbreviated), helped develop the industrial music genre, but they themselves
continued to evolve, creating one of the most diverse repertoires in modern day music. Their
sound can be described as electronic rock, heavily influenced by both disco and funk. One of
their most distinctive characteristics is the use of spoken-word samples lifted from B-movies
laced throughout their songs. Since debuting, they have released 13 studio albums, and their
music has been featured in a variety of films, television/cable shows and soundtracks, all the
while making a reputation for themselves as one of the most notorious and controversial cult
bands of their generation.
Artist Franke Nardiello and musician Marston Daley, two Chicago neighbors who enjoyed
late night burritos while watching foreign horror movies on VHS rented from the corner store,
began conspiring to make a trashy B movie (in the style of Russ Meyer and John Waters) to be
called “My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult”. While the film itself never came to fruition, they also
wrote some music to be the accompanying soundtrack. Both worked at Wax Trax! Records in
Chicago, and when the label heard the tracks, they were intrigued and eager to release it.
The duo took the title of the film as the name for their band, and decided to focus on the
musical group full time. Taking the stage names Groovie Mann (Nardiello) and Buzz McCoy
(Daley), they worked on creating an occult-biker meets disco-rock influence look for the project,
which included a bevy of voluptuous back-up singers and dancers known as the BOMB GANG
GIRLZ. The New York Times wrote, “Sex, blasphemy, big beats and go-go dancing; they’re all
in a day’s work for My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult ”. This attracted the attention of indie fans and
the ire of religious groups in practically equal measure. They released their first album I See
Good Spirits And I See Bad Spirits in 1988 followed up by the hard-hitting dance floor classics
Kooler Than Jesus and A Girl Doesn’t Get Killed By A Make-Believe Lover Cuz It’s Hot, which
featured no-wave chanteuse Lydia Lunch on vocals. By the time they released their second
album, Confessions Of A Knife (1990), they were far and away one of the biggest selling acts on
In 1991, the band embarked on the decadent “Sexplosion! Tour”, titled after their third
album. Alternative Press reviewed the show as “Sin-sational!”. The tour was a success and the
record sold so well that they signed a deal with Interscope Records shortly afterwards, and the
single “Sex On Wheelz” became a sizeable radio hit.
Hollywood also embraced the group, recognizing the unique cinematic aspect of their
sound. The band's music has appeared in a slew of films and tv/cable shows including, director
Ralph Bakshi’s ‘Cool World”, Paul Verhoven’s saucy “Showgirls”, MTV's "Beavis And Butthead",
and the cult film classic “The Crow”, in which the ensemble make a cameo appearance
performing their song “After The Flesh”. More recently the KULT was written into the story line
of the 2014 film “Sexy Evil Genius” starring Seth Green.
THRILL KILL KULT continue to release new material via their own SleazeBox Records label
(sleazebox.com) and tour extensively with a rotating cast of musicians and dubious characters,
however the core of the project has always been Nardiello and Daley, both on record and in the
live act. Their performances sizzle with sleaze and infectious grooves, as Melody Maker once
described, "A red hot cabaret from Hell".
They begin their 4th decade this year with the release of a new album, In The House Of
Strange Affairs on February 14th, and a North American tour commencing May 5 th in Las Vegas.
The current line-up is Groovie Mann (vocals), Buzz McCoy (keys), Mimi Star (bass), Justin
Thyme (drums), Arena Rock (Bomb Gang Girl).
Based in Austin,Texas, Curse Mackey’s new one-man solo project rides high on the
New Wave of American Industrial music. A charismatic creation laced with doom
crushing drones, seductive synth pulsations and dirty-minded beats layered upon
hypnotic, ambient noise manipulations, ‘scream of conscious’ lyrical prose fueled with
modern industrial dance floor electricity.
Mackey is a long-time member of industrial supergroup Pigface, industrial punk act Evil
Mothers and spent six years as an acolyte in My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult.
His participation in PIGFACE and other projects has led Mackey to collaborative
opportunities over the years with such luminaries as Ogre of Skinny Puppy, Martin
Atkins of Ministry/Killing Joke, En Esch of KMFDM, Genesis P-Orridge of Psychic TV,
Danny Carey of Tool, and Mat Mitchell of Puscifer amongst others.
Mackey’s forthcoming debut album ‘Instant Exorcism’ will be released in the summer of
2019 with the first single to be released in Spring 2019. Curse has just completed a
string of sold-out shows supporting Clan of Xymox as well dates in 2018 with Front 242,
Chemlab, She Wants Revenge, 3teeth, PIG and more.
For fans of Skinny Puppy, Cold Cave, Soft Moon, Coil, Author + Punisher, Clan of
Xymox, Pigface, Nine Inch Nails, categorize as alternative/electronic/industrial