Theatre Bizarre has been the singular, must-see annual event since it launched (illegally) in the early days of the 21st century. Year after year, its creators return with a spectacular event unlike anything else on earth.
Since finding its permanent home at Detroit’s Masonic Temple (the largest in the ...
M. C. Nightshade (AKA David J of Bauhaus / Love and Rockets) fronts the amazing twelve-piece psych-swing jazz band that is the Theatre Bizarre Orchestra. The album, Carpe Noctem (Hold Fast, release date: October 13, 2016) is a haunting evocation of the spirit of Detroit’s spectacular annual Theatre Bizarre event which takes place at the vast and mysterious Masonic Temple in that dirty old town and of the shadow side of carnival, vaudeville, and circus.
The genesis for this project occurred when David J was in attendance at the 2014 Theatre Bizarre Gala event and performed a spontaneous rendition of Bauhaus' classic, “Bela Lugosi's Dead,” with the award winning nine-piece jazz ensemble, Planet D Nonet (which has now mutated into the Theatre Bizarre Orchestra). In this unique take on the song, Bela Lugosi meets up with Cab Calloway's Minnie the Moocher for a delirious sojourn down in Chinatown where they inevitably end up “kicking the gong around.”
Recorded at Detroit’s celebrated Tempermill Studio with seasoned engineer David Feeny (Jack White / Loretta Lynn) and working closely with the talented arranger, band leader, saxophonist, and clarinetist Joshua James, David J and company have managed to capture the off kilter essence of Bacchanalian abandon, twisted circus, and dark carnival associated with Theatre Bizarre.
Carpe Noctem comes to you from Hold Fast, a vinyl-only, limited edition record label based in Detroit, and is available in two editions. The Step Right Up, Try Your Luck Edition includes a 12-inch LP in a gatefold sleeve and purchasers will have a 1 in 4 chance of receiving the free bonus 7-inch featuring a new arrangement of Bauhaus’ goth rock classic, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.” The Deluxe Edition includes the 12-inch, a guaranteed free 7-inch of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” a special limited edition art print by John Dunivant, creator/designer of Theatre Bizarre, and is signed by David J, John Dunivant, and Joshua James, leader of the Theatre Bizarre Orchestra.
“There’s a cackle in the rustle of the autumn leaves, something wicked this way weaves!”
- ‘When Zombo Comes To Town’