Hollywood, CA- The odds seemed slim that I would make it to Cheetah’s in time to catch The Big Pink‘s late night performance, but I was somehow able traverse Hollywood in record time to get the venue early enough to catch the last opening act: Collapsing Scenery.
Now, I really had no idea what to expect from this band, but all I can say is that I left a fan. I’m not too familiar with their older music, but the music they played on this night was intensely visceral, and had me drooling for more. It had Industrial Metal overtures that reminded of “Pretty Hate Machine” era Nine Inch Nail, and god knows how much I love that sound.
Their live performance was accentuated by two elements: (1) a killer light show and (2) amazing stage presence. Music fans, whether they know it or now, are being influenced by an act’s lighting, and Collapsing Scenery had the most perfect stage production accompany their performance. The band’s lead singer, Reggie Debris, was a madman performing on the bikini bar’s stage, letting the music possess him as he thrashed about and screamed out lyrics.
As a added surprise, model and singer Ruby Rose Aldridge joined the band on stage for number. She too was a musician possessed, and danced crawled with Reggie to the music she was singing.
After their performance, I saw a table where they had some vinyl merchandise on display. Being duly impressed with their performance, I inquired about purchasing some of the 12″ singles. The guy manning the station gave me copies for free. It’s one thing to pique my interest with your music, but the quickest way to my heart is through free vinyl. I was a new fan regardless, but the gifting was the icing on the cake.
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— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) August 29, 2017