Skinny Puppy - Marquee Theatre - 1/27/14 (VIDEO)
Photos by Jeremiah Toller Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre during the bands concert at the Marquee Theatre last night. See more photos via our slideshow.
"Do you like Skinny Puppy?"
It's a question that was posed to me at a warehouse rave somewhere in the Midwest in the late '90s by a fellow wearing combat boots, black BDU cutoffs, and long black dreads atop an otherwise shaved head. He had a CD with him and asked if I'd buy it for $5 so he could buy some bottled water.
It was the Remix dystemper album and my first exposure to Skinny Puppy. Now, almost 16 years later, I finally got to see them live. And I didn't even have to drive hours to do so -- just a quick journey to Tempe's Marquee Theatre for Monday night's show.
Remix dystemper was gold to me. At the time, I was listening to a lot of hard electronic music and just getting into experimental noise. When I got to hear more Skinny Puppy that wasn't a remix, it just kept getting better the more I listened.
Unfortunately, my attempts at tracking down a live show would be in vain since they had broken up a couple of years earlier, a major disappointment at the time. Monday night's Marquee Theatre show, however, wasn't.
It proved to be a rather intimate show, with about 400 fans in the venue. It was certainly good for everyone in attendance since there wasn't a bad spot in the house while still allowing for plenty of dance space for those who like to shake their coochies.
Although the stage wasn't littered with mounds of grungy props and decorations like I'd hoped, there certainly was no shortage of things to see.