Where. Do we go. From Here?

So. It’s my sad duty to mention that the Auckland Electric Salon has gone into indefinite recess. Great apologies to all our fans, supporters, and insane participants. The decision is due to a mix of (a) organiser burnout; (b) steadily declining interest from both performers and audience.

This of course leaves Vostok Lake in a particularly precarious place, because the Salon was the only place where we really felt that our “act” really made sense, in the context of other camp electronic art-comedy-music. To go back to the world of “rock gigs” with guitar-and-drum bands who don’t even understand what we’re about is a little disheartening, but we all do what we can.

Vostok Lake has the songs for about half a new album complete, and others could be whipped into shape given a few weeks to dedicate to it. And of course, I have that “opera” project on the boil as well. Watch this space.

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Electric Salon V promotional video

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Electric Salon IV promotional video

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The present and future of the Electric Salon

Comments on ES #3:

  • “The most surreal night of my life” – Tim Batt
  • “…the whole night was so perfect!!! Stand Up comic an all… so many people missed such a cool show…. what other gig is as sexy and insane?? None I have seen…” – Jarad Bryant of New Hang Ups

The next gigs:

  • AUCKLAND, October 14: The Lucha Lounge, York Street, Newmarket. With Horatio Crane, Scarlett Lashes, Vostok Lake, comedy, burlesque and inexplicable dance moves.
  • WELLINGTON, November 5: Bar Medusa, Vivian Street, CBD. With both imported and local content. That’s right, we’re taking the show on the road.
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Propaganda and news

Our beautiful poster for Electric Salon III

Our posters keep getting better.

Auckland’s #1 underground camp electronic variety night! An unscripted musical theatre total immersion experience, like the Muppet Show meets the Mighty Boosh IN A STEEL CAGE and the referee is the ghost of Bill Hicks.

Music from:

X-Ray Fiends
Scarlett Lashes (prepared to get whipped, rubbed and lashed by the queen of trash)
Vostok Lake (androgynous cyber power-prog-pop)
New Hang Ups (Macintosh computers and TRAMPOLINES)

Comedy from Tim Batt, the terror of the Classic Comedy Theatre!

Burlesque from the sextacular Dolly Destory and the spanklicious Miss Phloss.

Performances from:

Erika Strata (Lady Gaga does opera! Truly remarkable)
Sarah Houboult and Edward (sensual Kama Sutra adagio acrobatics)

MC the Divine Mizz Kita Mean (Princess to Queen winner 2010, the Hostess with the Mostest, larger than life and twice as natural)

$10 on the door. It just gets better all the time. You know you want it.


Not much else to report. Hoping to debut one new song at the above gig; working on a composition in “dots”, doing a kind of Frank Zappa electronic-classical thing. We’ll see how it works.

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Melodramatic electroclash progressive-darkwave act is looking for backing singers/dancers and film-makers/animators to produce live projections for our shows. Can’t promise any money, but if the chance to be part of the Vostok Lake experience appeals to you… you know where to find us.

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Out of traction, back in action

One bad-ass poster

Our really bad-ass poster

Electric Salon II is scheduled for Bastille Day, ladies, gentlemen and others present. I am sorely tempted to give all my stage announcements in French, just to be annoying. (There’s kind of an “arms race” of flamboyant stage antics going on between the Salonnieres and one has to work hard with the weirdness to stay ahead. That said, I’m not completely crazy, I perform this way.)

A new song will be debuted, but probably what you’re most interested is #2 in our (not even close to being regular) series of Demoblogs. Next up the list will probably be “Cut and Run”, a song I wrote as a curse. I think it worked.

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