Friday night, you reminded all of us why we have spent the last seventeen years crafting Das Bunker into what it is today. Not that we ever really forgot – as the one thing that has not changed is our passion for Industrial music – but seeing so many old faces and so many new faces at the same time in the same place proves that what we have here in Los Angeles could not happen any other place in the world.
So thank you to every one of you that came out to our event. Thank you to Grendel for making their first west coast performance in almost a decade so amazing. Thank you to High-Functioning Flesh for bringing their classic sound and intense stage performance to our downstairs stage. thank you to Jasyn for debuting new God Module tracks on our dance floor. Thank you to all of our friends in other bands for coming out to support – Hex Rx, Youth Code, Tense/Vows, The Present Moment, Nova Mura, Stallengrad, 3Teeth, Bestial Mouths, Gentleman Junkie, Aesthetic Perfection, Carved Souls, Pure Ground (please forgive any we have missed, it was a long night). Our peer’s in the world of promotion – IHC, The Overthrow, ECE, supporters from our local record shops – Vacation Vinyl & Mount Analog – the list keeps going and going. And I know we missed a ton of you. Thank all of you.
And with our deep gratitude we make one single request – keep supporting industrial music. We are very proud of our 10+ years at The Catch One as a weekly dance club, for our shows at other venues around town, and nothing helps tis keep going as much as your support. So tell your friends about us (digitally and in person). Wear your DB shirt out with pride and encourage people who ask about it to come visit. Without the support from our community we have nothing and this past Friday we could not have been more proud.
See you Friday.
#1 on the Das Bunker Top 10 tracks of the last 10 years - No track has had as much a effect on the history of Das Bunker as Combichrist’s “This Shit Will Fuck You Up”. We hosted our first Combi gig about a year before this album was released, back when Andy was much more well known as the frontman for Icon of Coil - in fact, the only reason we were able to secure a CC gig in the first place was when another LA promoter insultingly dismissed them with the backhanded comment of not having any time for their “little noise band”. And while the first record was pretty heavy on the distorted beats, no one was prepared for the phenomenon that started one day when one of our DJ’s received a promo CD-R in the mail with some new tracks to test out.
For a solid six months before it was released - Das Bunker was the only club in the world where you could hear this track, and by the time it came out it was the biggest hit we have ever had. industrial dance music had a new anthem, hard and aggressive - this was the perfect song at the perfect time.
#2 on the Das Bunker Top 10 tracks of the last 10 years - this track represents a memorable time in our history for a lot of reasons. In hindsight, the release of Chrome represented the end of the original Futurepop era, and VNV Nation fans at the time were a bit torn over this track, and even quite a few people said it marked the end of the band. boy were they wrong. The clean and modern production - finally free of the heavy influences of the epic trance era was just what a new generation of fans were looking for, and this quickly became the dance floor anthem of every ebm/industrial club on the planet. It was in this same era where Das Bunker hosted our second VNV Nation concert - New years Eve at the Avalon.
We would be lying if we said anything other than this was the show that put us on the map for thousands of new fans and is still looked back on as possibly our best event in our history, and set the stage for VNV to return to perform their now legendary two set appearance at DB10.
#3 on the Das Bunker Top 10 tracks of the last 10 years - Another track that stormed the dancefloor form the moment it came out, Grendel’s Soilbleed took the sampling of Full Metal Jacket to the next level with a track that every cyber kid or jarhead form down south would
request demand we play every week for eternity. And while we actually prefer Grendel’s more modern clean vocal style, we doubt any new track will ever take the scene by storm quite like this one did. Grendel performs live this Friday at the Das Bunker 17th Anniversary Celebration.
#4 on the Das Bunker Top 10 tracks of the last 10 years - The exact moment “Undone” became a hit was actually 6 days before the first time we ever played it. It was on our 10th anniversary weekend at Rotersand’s only ever LA performance and near the end of their performance they drop this amazing track and the room goes insane. As you can see from the live version posted here, its a live favorite - presented here with the now classic tribute to Ruffneck near the end, and it was at that point DB DJ’s Rev.John and Trauma turn to each other and both say ‘We need to start playing this right away”. And they did. And soon it was the biggest song of the night. At least till our #1 song came along…
#5 on the Das Bunker Top 10 tracks of the last 10 years - Suicide Commando has a long history with Das Bunker - from their early classics making our opening nights playlist to their appearance at DB16 and the msot talked about event in our existence - and everything between. You can almost chart our evolution along with the bands, and from the BTK record release party we threw (complete with DVD showing of a SC live show) the title track to that album has been ruling our dance floor. To this day when people hear the slow build of distortion they rush to the dance floor knowing that the kick drum will soon come and release all the tension in the room and cause a sea of fists to start flying with the beat.
#6 on the Das Bunker Top 10 tracks of the last 10 years - Another hometown band that took a while to get going, Aesthetic Perfection has been playing Das Bunker shows since the super early days (anyone remember Fixmer/McCarthy / Combichrist / AP at the Knitting Factory?), but when their sophomore album hit our decks thanks to a pre-release CD-R from DJ Bractune we were floored. And honestly, it’s almost impossible to decide what track from it to choose, but after closing our eyes and picking one out of a hat, we opted for the classic ‘Living the Wasted life’. Enjoy.
#7 on the Das Bunker Top 10 tracks of the last 10 years - This track first became known to us via a very slick promo package that showed up at the club one day. a DVD style case with cover art featuring a skull in a cowboy hat (Modulate’s early stage outfit), and while honored that one of the tracks on the disc was a tribute to our own club, it was pretty quickly clear which track was going to be the standout hit here. This track quickly gained in popularity so fast that we would sometimes get 10 requests for it a night. And while Modulate has retired the mask and we have moved on to playing his song about robots, Skullfuck will always have a special place in Das Bunker history.
#8 on the Das Bunker Top 10 tracks of the last 10 years - Laibach has reinvented their sound quite a few times over their 30+ years as a band - and no change in style was so surprising as 2003’s ode to dancing. From the first time it hit the speakers this track has lived up to its name and more, still filling dance floors world wide today.
#9 on the Das Bunker Top 10 tracks of the last 10 years - imperative Reaction played their first ever show at Das Bunker back in 1996 - but no track ever caught our dance floors ear quite like this semi-obscure remix of “Giving into the Change” from 2004’s Metropolis Records sampler. Bitter sweet for a lot of us as this was that last of the IR tracks featuring the former Pulse Legion keyboard player and great friend Jason Mashburn before he passed away decades too soon not long after.