Run around in the acid rain.
On a Black -
-- Sisters of Mercy, "Black Planet"
Spent a second night in a row at the Vagabond Ballroom, this time for Club Nocturne, DJ Burning Skies' submission to the Oakland goth scene (along with the help of DJs Xiola and Crow1369).
As usual, the Vagabond itself was classy and cozy.
But what do I have to say about Nocturne?
If you like your goth classic, with people dressed in black on black and the music all deathrock and post-punk, then Nocturne is definitely the place for you.
As opposed to the romanti-gothic Solace, Club Nocturne is more like the height of early goth; more 1980s than 1780s, more Siouxsie Sioux than Lord Byron, and far more underground club than Victorian salon in style.
I was only able to hang out for a few hours, unfortunately. I say "unfortunately" because the whole event was excellent. A sort of tenebrous homage to the ideal old-school goth aesthetic. Everyone in attendance was a vision of macabre and jaded beauty, as if I had fallen into some sort of time machine of morbid awesome.
On the plus side, they've already got the next installment of Club Nocturne planned for next month, on Saturday, November 26th, and there's talk of making it a regular monthly club-night. So I'll have plenty of opportunities to catch up on lost time. Don't be surprised once I get confirmation to find it added to the SFGothic.net club listings.
And don't be surprised if you find me there on a fairly regular basis.
-- Mr. M.