As I was heading out the door this morning, my wife asked, "Why would you want to go and listen to that profane woman?" a reference to my attending the Chicago stop of Lydia Lunch's Hangover Hotel tour last night.
I've had a fondness for Ms. Lunch's work since her Queen of Siam days. I've followed her work through collaborations with The Birthday Party, Clint Ruin, Sonic Youth, No Trend, and others and on through her spoken word recordings.
Commenting on the tour, Ms. Lunch said, “I’ll be doing material from this new self-produced record called Ghost of Spain. It’s psychoambient music, it’s about sex, the desert, ghosts. A bit about the war, and just about trying to find beauty in all this — trying to relocate. I’ll be using music that is psychoambient but has a slightly gentler undercurrent. Of course there’s still some haranguing — every time I open my mouth it’s going to get to that point. But I’m trying to paint a slightly different patina on this. I’m excited to be doing this show — it’s the debut of this material.”
It was a really good show. The music samples she put together set an appropriate mood and background for her performance. Lydia Lunch looks at the trauma unit of this world with an unflinching gaze and invites her listeners to look with her and into themselves.