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Death in June in San Francisco

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It was one of those clubs where you go and you stand on your own, and you leave on your own, and you go home and you cry, and you want to die. But Death in June was playing there, and I had never seen them in concert. So I decided to temporarily interrupt my exile from California (roughing it in Jackson Hole) and descend again to the sinful cities of the plain.

I very much enjoyed seeing Death in June live. This time the band consists of Douglas Pearce on guitar, vocals, and percussion and John Murphy on drums. Unfortunately, I am used to classical music, so the use of amplifiers is intensely annoying to me. Murphy’s drums were far too loud in the mix, sometimes overwhelming Douglas P.’s voice and acoustic guitar. Frankly, given the texture of most of the original songs, I would have preferred more of an “unplugged” arrangement. Murphy should have been confined to a snare drum and brushes, except on such tracks as “We Drive East” and “Heaven Street.” Fortunately, I came prepared with silicone earplugs, which, when adjusted properly, took the edge off the oppressive drumming.

Technical reservations aside, hearing Death in June was a surprisingly moving experience. The 34 songs they played are mostly found on their two-disc best-of collection DISCriminate, plus five or six songs from their recent release The Peaceful Snow, four songs from All Pigs Must Die, “Ku Ku Ku” from But, What Ends When Symbols Shatter?, “The Death of the West” and “We Drive East” from Burial (among others), and I am sure one or two that I am not remembering. Hearing all these songs together led me to reflect on how much Death in June means to me — and how deeply these songs have dyed my soul after listening to most of them for well over a decade.

The best-performed tracks were “Little Black Angel” (based on a Jim Jones/People’s Temple hymn, but DIJ turns the “Little Black Angel” into an SS man) and “The Death of the West” (the last film, which stars the kids from Glee and all the monkeys in the zoo). My favorite songs were “But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter?” and “Heaven Street.” And although I can’t complain about the set list, I really wish they had added “Leper Lord” and “We Honor the Silence.”

The doors opened at the club at 9:00. Thank the gods we arrived after 10:00, as Death in June did not take the stage until 11:30. I estimate that between 500 and 600 people were present, many of them fighting sheer boredom before the concert started by fondling their iPhones or making repeated trips to the bar. Conversation was difficult due to the loud music and silicone earplugs, so I found a comfy sofa and dozed off for a spell.

Although Death in June has been around as long as Dead Can Dance, the audience at the Death in June concert was much younger, on average, than the two Dead Can Dance concerts I have attended in the last year or so. The audience was overwhelmingly white, although there were some Asian couples (one pair clearly knew most of the words). The audience seemed to be about equally balanced between men and women. Although there were too many tattoos, especially on the women, and a number of hairstyles that invaded my personal space, I was struck by the high percentage of good-looking, well turned-out white people in the mix. (I was the guy in black.)

Douglas Pearce is, of course, something of a National Socialist, and he has declared his views openly in his interviews and somewhat obliquely in his songs. I wondered what percentage of the San Francisco audience was aware of his sympathies. I think the percentage is quite high, if only due to the consciousness-raising efforts of the “anti-fa” anarchists who chronically harass Death in June.

I also wonder what percentage of the audience in San Francisco actually sympathize with National Socialism or White Nationalism more broadly. Judging from close semiotic readings of physiognomies, hairstyles, clothing, tattoos, accessories, Nazi uniforms, and Sieg Heiling, I would say there were a few. But the main reason to like Death in June, of course, is the music, and I am sure that the solid majority of the audience were there for that alone.

Douglas Pearce is also openly gay, thus to avoid the mortal sin of homophobia, the local anti-fa declared that “queers” were to “shut down” the San Francisco Death in June concert. But it didn’t happen. I am sure that a few anti-fa could be bothered to phone, tweet, and email protests to the venue. But when it came time to show up at the club, apparently the Bay Area’s queer anarchists stayed home to wash their hair.

Judging from the audience, however, if the queer anarchists had showed up to protest, they would have been outnumbered by the queer fascists inside. Based on the couples I saw, most of the audience was straight, of course. (Even in San Francisco, the vast majority is straight.) But within a six foot radius of where I sat, there were two gay couples and one lesbian couple, and they clearly knew their Death in June, mouthing lyrics and shouting out song titles.

What this means, politically, is an open question. But any signs of cracks in Jewish-led anti-white coalition of homosexuals, feminists, environmentalists, and liberals should be welcomed by White Nationalists.

I highly recommend seeing Death in June on tour. But don’t delay, because the tour is short. Only six concerts are left: Austin (Sept. 14), Chicago (Sept. 16), West Palm Beach (Sept. 17), Brooklyn (Sept. 20), Salem, Mass. (Sept. 21), and Baltimore (Sept. 22). (For more information, click here then scroll down.) The venue for the Salem concert has pulled out due to anti-fa pressure, but the band is trying to find a new location.

See them for the music, or just see them because it pisses off our racial enemies, but see them.

For more information on Death in June, visit their website: http://www.deathinjune.net/index2.htm

For the best North American sources of Death in June recordings and merchandise, visit Soleilmoon Recordings: http://www.soleilmoon.com/ or Speaker Fire: http://speakerfire.com/

 

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11 Comments

  1. Posted September 16, 2013 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Don’t forget dear Jane Elizabeth for your DinJ, Blood Axis, etc. needs too!

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  2. Posted September 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    In Lisbon we had no antifa problem, to be honest I’m pretty sure many of them even atended the DIJ concerts here and in Sintra over the years, but given the Portuguese are easy going I’ve never heard of antifa problems not even in skinhead concerts.

  3. Posted September 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    In Lisbon the sound was quite good, atracted a crowd of 300, people came all the way from Spain to listen to Douglas.

    Always a great ritualistic night with DIJ.

  4. Greg Johnson
    Posted September 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Apparently some antifa did show, but I completely missed them:

    https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/09/14/18743248.php

    I am skeptical of the toilet vandalism claims. I saw no sign of it. But maybe the antifa focused on the girls’ room.

    Indeed, I would be skeptical of all of these claims, since the story seems to be “evolving.”

  5. Jaego
    Posted September 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    The Right Wing of the Far Right considers Gay Leather Nazis a huge problem. Where will the mean be found and where will the scale of balance end up? And when, if ever?

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted September 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      I am not talking about people with Nazi fetishes of the straight or gay variety. Was it P. J. O’Rourke who observed that nobody ever fantasizes about being tied up and ravished by someone dressed as a liberal?

      • rhondda
        Posted September 15, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

        Speaking of fetishes, I highly recommend Hugh Urban’s Magia Sexualis Sex, Magic and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism He uses Foucault’s ideas for analysis of the current scene. Although his conclusions are obviously leftist, one has to consider that since he is a professor, he had to go there. They don’t seem to follow as far as I am concerned. The information is very good and one can draw one’s own conclusions. It made me think that guy Roosh is an Ayn Rand/LeVey fanatic in an unconscious way. Both Jewish, if I may add. Oh those insidious materialistic ideas!
        I also think that Herman Wirth would approve of neofolk. He was discredited for considering the Oera Linda Book as legitimate. Recently, European heathens are reconsidering it. ( I credit Joscelyn Godwin for that)
        What I am trying to say is that whether gay or straight, it does not matter, what does matter is getting through the dark to the light. The lantern gets passed nevertheless.

      • Jaego
        Posted September 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

        Interesting. The forbidden is always attractive and who is more forbidden than the enemy? Thus the Jewish/Nazi porn connection and now the Jewish/Arab. So we should be attracted to liberals so why aren’t we? Have they really fallen beneath or Outside the human level? Become not sub-human but infra-human?

    • crowley
      Posted September 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t think anyone considered the gay leather scene to be some sort of right wing thing.

  6. crowley
    Posted September 15, 2013 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    The only thing that could get me in a nightclub would be Burzum, but Vilkernes doesn’t tour so that is not likely. Back when I mixed in the punk/skinhead/new wave culture of the 80’s and 90’s, which was a mixed homo/hetero White scene, there were plenty of gay fascist types. Things may be different now, what with the fight for gay marriage and all. Some things in their extreme importance trump all other considerations!

  7. Tony
    Posted September 15, 2013 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Looking at their Galleries , I think I have just had a Vision, reminds me of Throbbing Gristle or even Psychic TV (These I guess were more ‘leftist’ and derivative?). I am new to the music of Death (I think) so lest get acquainted ..

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