Chicago-based punks Blacker Face are bringing their noisy afropunk style to Bottom of the Hill this Tuesday, November 12. Supporting them at this show are two excellent queer artists coming out of Oakland — Wizard Apprentice, a self-described digital folk artist characterized by their gentle synths and minimalist production, and Copyslut, the edge-walking cabaret rock band who are hot off the release of the music video for “Makers Mark.”
Copyslut infuses all their music with a confidence that is infectious, keeping a certain level of camp and levity regardless of the emotional weight packed into their lyrics. They empower their listeners by stomping and dancing through the pain. Keeping their focus on the politics of gender, sexuality, and sex work, Copyslut emphasizes the struggle while keeping their heads high and creating a cathartic experience for band members and concertgoers alike.
In contrast, Wizard Apprentice, who premiered the music video for “Betrayal Internalized” with us earlier this year, emphasizes their anger through measured and precise language. Their last project, the chillingly titled Dig a Pit, is characterized by a detached delivery of intensely personal lyrics dealing with themes of emotional abuse and manipulation. In an ode to survivor’s anger, Carter sings “I cannot access peace/ I’m enraged by your accomplishments/ And I fantasize/ About your injury” on the title track.
Though they send a message of self-empowerment and self-love in different ways, the synergy between Wizard Apprentice and Copyslut is immediately clear. Their show will be affirming and uncompromising— the perfect lead into the crashing avant-punk that Blacker Face is sharing with the audience.
Blacker Face, Copyslut, Wizard Apprentice, Louda
Bottom of the Hill
November 12, 2019
8:30pm, $10 (21+)