VR Sex at The Fonda Theatre: A Brooding Descent into Dark Post Punk Brilliance Thoughts+Photos: VR Sex at The Fonda 9/14/23
SAN DIEGO, CA-
“…VR Sex. The name conjures visions of a cybernetic and carnal future. A choice opening for the sonic titans, Sextile, this was the band’s chance to stamp their imprint onto the darkwave aficionados of Hollywood. And they didn’t merely leave a mark; they etched an indelible sigil.
The opening strains of their set resonated with a mechanical foreboding, a call-back to the prime era of post-punk while pushing defiantly into a realm of their own. For the uninitiated, their sound might have seemed a juxtaposition—hauntingly nostalgic yet imbued with a fresh vibrancy. Every beat, every synth pulse, bore the weight of nocturnal escapades and neon-lit alleys.
Front and center was the enigmatic lead singer, whose vocals oscillated between the dirge-like laments of a wounded soul and the powerful bellows of an underworld preacher. There was an uncanny ability to draw the crowd into a shared trance. As melodies spiraled and converged, it felt like a seance, each song channeling spirits of a bygone age while beckoning us into the future.
However, it wasn’t just about the voice. The synthesis of droning guitars, relentless drum patterns, and ethereal synth loops created a tapestry of sound that felt expansive and encompassing. The visuals, too, played a significant role. Bathed in deep, dark hues of purple and blue, the lighting provided a spectral backdrop to their musical narrative, occasionally punctuated with violent reds, mirroring the moods of their sonic journey…”