Late last year, Toronto’s Jokers of the Scene came by the show in the middle of the night and did a live set. During their set, they debuted a track by a less dancey – more goth/industrial-tinged side project they’ve been working on (with collaborators Vitaminsforyou) for awhile called Blank Capsule.
The track was a cover of Joe Crow‘s “Compulsion,” which I’d first encountered as a cover by Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore on his solo Counterfeit EP. When they seamlessly incorporated it into their atmospheric house set, I was super excited to hear what other dark magic they’d be unleashing on us.
Perfectly in time with a recent EBM comp by Trevor Jackson, new Minimal Wave comps, and a slew of synthy re-issues…Blank Capsules’ 7″ shuffles and throbs with a lovely dreadful aspect that recalls Nitzer Ebb at it’s surliest.
This music glares at you and challenges you to maintain eye contact…don’t flinch.