DAS ICH-The Masters of Macabre Tour + Astari Nite @Ruby Lounge
This event is for 18+ only - no refunds will be issued for under 18s. Photographic ID may be required.
As at the end of 1980’s Bruno Kramm and Stefan Ackermann, back then young New Wave musicians, were sending their first religion-criticising demotapes they could not even imagine that this specific release would be soon defining a whole new music genre, „Neue Deutsche Todeskunst“ („new german death art“). Songs like „Gottes Tod“ and „Des Satans neue Kleider“, that are still on this new century carrying a very special magic in them, became well known hymns of the black scene in the new freshly united Germany.
Since their early works „Satanische Verse“ and the album „Die Propheten“ Das Ich has been combining drama with music, expressionism with classics and electronics with gothic with the intensivity so far unexperienced in the music scene. They were acrossing boundaries and inspiring numerous bands and forms of expression with their new art.
On their extended worldwide tours in Europe, USA, South-America, Asia, Israel and Russia, Das Ich was not only strongly promoting the culture of a new and expressive but at the same time still well beware of it’s horrifying past Germany. They also helped their mother tongue, german, to finally emancipate from Schlager, folk music and Krautrock. Between their albums „Staub“, „Egodram“, „Lava“, „Antichrist“ and „Cabaret“, Stefan Ackermann and Bruno Kramm have always allowed long periods for the inspiration being able to develop their own musical language that has always been responsing to every epoch and period of time.
With their boundary-crossing, controversial and intense live shows Das Ich has developed a strong and very unique reputation that is still, over 25 years after the release of „Gottes Tod“, not comparable with any other band. Together with the metal band Atrocity, they broke through the almost impenetrable scene boundaries between metal and gothic scenes by wrapping the poet Gottfried Benn with their „Morgue“ vocalization into a disturbing sound picture, which in its time-critical presentation found the premiere in the prestigious Theater of Zürich.
Still until today „everblacks“ like „Kain und Abel“, „Von der Armut“ or the technoide VNV Nation remix version of „Destillat“ are constantly accompanying dance-floors at the worldwide Gothic parties. After very serious illness of the singer Stefan Ackermann and the political excursion of the composer Bruno Kramm, Das Ich is now retuning stronger than ever with a new line-up and is working on a soon to be released new album.
Astari Nite channels an obscure beauty in the crossfire between new-wave and post-punk. Formed in 2008 after years of internalized ideas and melodies, the band quickly became the referents of Post punk and New Wave in Florida. This four-piece band consisting of Mychael Ghost (lead vocals), Illia Tulloch (drums), M. Sallons (bass) and Howard Melnick (guitar) explores the themes of love, submission, magic and melancholy through their dense and quasi-cinematic productions.
Inspired by iconic acts like The Cure, New Order, Depeche Mode, and Placebo, Astari Nite offers a timeless combination of thoughtful lyricism, stirring vocals, and 80’s instrumentalism.
Along with headlining numerous national and international shows, Astari Nite has shared the stage with Peter Murphy, The Psychedelic Furs, She Wants Revenge, Cold Cave, VOWWS, Modern English, and Andy Rourke of The Smiths.