Patriarchy: A Transcendent Dark Wave Experience at Dum Dum Fest Thoughts+Photos: Patriarchy at The Echo for Dum Dum Fest 6/24/23
ECHO PARK, CA-
“…In the realm of live music, few bands electrify the space quite like Patriarchy. At their most recent performance at Dum Dum Fest, they yet again proved that their on-stage magnetism is peerless. The atmosphere was heavy with anticipation, a communal recognition of the rarity of the evening.
Actually Huizenga isn’t just a performer; she’s an elemental force. Watching her on stage isn’t about seeing an artist belt out tracks; it’s a transcendental experience. It’s no exaggeration to say it feels like witnessing a possession, a merging of spirit and sound, darkness and light… especially darkness. Every movement, every note seems not just performed, but channelled. I found myself, camera in hand, almost compelled to drop the device and simply immerse myself in the tempestuous maelstrom of their dark wave sound.
The evening’s bittersweet undercurrent was the announcement that this was Patriarchy’s final live gig of the year in Los Angeles (they just announced that they are performing in Downtown Riverside on October 20th). However, with the pain of farewell came the promise of evolution, as the band will retreat to the sacred confines of the studio. New music beckons on the horizon, and while we’ll miss their live aura, the notion of new tracks to spin is an exciting consolation. My vinyl collection, already rich with Patriarchy’s “snuff-metal” soundscapes, eagerly awaits its next treasure…”