“We’re looking for some of that sweet, nutso-driven publicity fueled by a bored [populace] that Orbit DVD’s always landing,” said The Mothlight in a newsletter. “So we booked Young and in the Way! Remember that band that shut down The Lab’s listening room after they covered it and everyone in it in pig’s blood? Them.”
If The Mothlight’s newsletter blurb makes the booking seem brash, venue owner Jon Hency points out, “I saw some great shows at The Lab. I’m sorry they closed the venue doors after the YAITW show.” But there’s a good reason for his decision to add YAITW to The Mothlight’s schedule: “Asheville doesn’t have a home for mid-size metal acts, only those at house-show level or Orange Peel, not much in-between. We’ve had a few, including Deafheaven last year who are of similar nature, we’d like to provide a home for more like them!”
While Xpress writer Hunter Pope found that “the local metal scene is large for such a small city,” in his story, “Headbangers, y’all,” he also noted that a “possible difficulty for the burgeoning metal scene is a dearth of supportive venues.”
Hency seeks to change that. “Some things are important to a scene — touring free-jazzers now know to contact us. We are becoming more and more ‘on the map’ as a venue in the Southeast for top level indie/garage/psych/pop acts … metal is just as crucial,” he says. “The metal shows we’ve been able to host have been great all around. Turnout is strong and the fans are the best.”
And, while there are better-known local metal bands (Kings of Prussia won the best local metal band in Xpress‘ annual Best of WNC poll for years), YAITW managed to make household name status for a few weeks last summer. But how will The Mothlight avoid a HAZMAT situation? “The incident with the LAB — there’s two sides to the story [and] the media definitely ran with one side,” says Hency. “I’ve been in conversation direct with the band for a while now. They’ve expressed that they are transparent, anything we do not want them to do, they will not do — as is the case with each venue they play at. I know what the band plans to do with their performance this Saturday. If anything more (or less) happens, we are fully prepared to deal with it.”
As far as future “controversial” shows, Hency says, “If ever possible, maybe I would book Gerogerigegege from Japan.” The trademark of that experimental noise act is “senzuri,” or onstage masturbation. Take that, pig blood.
“Now get on WAX and call us crazy,” says The Mothlight newsletter. “Also, feel free to make anything at all up about us as long as you mention where we’re located and our hours.’Preesh.”