With a name like the Death In Junes, you'd probably expect hella tight emocore in the vein of groups like Early November or ACROSS FIVE APRILS. This assumption would be untrue. When you listen to the Swans are you like, "oh fuck, man. I really wish these songs were acoustic and even more derpy somehow"? Then THIS is your jam. But wait! You'd be extremely shortsighted to write off the Death in Junes as monotonous snoozewave. I think you'll agree with me when I tell you that their endearing, richly nuanced personal brand is worthy of popular and critical acclaim!
GAYS, FASCISTS, OR GOTHIC JUGGALOS?
Innovative neofolk artists like the Death in Junes incorporate a lot of Nazi cosplay motifs into their songs and t-shirt designs. If the idea of racist folkjams immediately repulses you, you should TOTALLY chill out. 'cause they're not racist like Max Resist or Final War. They're racist in a totally provocateur trollface "2 edgy 4 u" way. I mean, the main DiJ guy is homosexual... and how are you supposed to be a NAZI and GAY? That's like petting a cat backwards!
Is DiJ goth? I don't know, dude. Go to Allmusic. In a lot of ways they're sort of like the ICP of the Reagan era. They're both steeped in controversy, spooky costumes, zany iconography, and adhere to endlessly byzantine and oblique spiritual philosophies (For Death in June: Gnosticism, for ICP: Milenko). This is a Venn Diagram with more overlap than one would think.
So needless to say, I am AMPED to see this famous indie band play LIVE at the Mezzanine. My hat goes off to the Mezz bros for having the balls not to kowtow to SF's shadowy hipster ZOG agenda (who undoubtedly have their hooks deep in all local mid-size concert venues), and allowing such a powerful platform to these uncompromising defenders of esoteric wisdom.
Death in June have come sniffing around trying to book a show at DNA several times over the years -- including this tour -- and every time, I've told them to go fuck themselves, for the obvious reasons. Oh, and also because I'm controlled by the international Zionist conspiracy.