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Outcasts among wise men and fools alike, the New Jacobin Club are a fiendish group of musicians, poets, painters and performance artists who have been entertaining and provoking since the mid 1990’s. Combining seedy bohemian stage theatrics with bombastic art rock anthems has given the long lived ensemble a shocking and original edge that has attracted as much heated controversy as it has fiercely loyal fans.
Beginning as a power trio based in the Western Canadian city of Saskatoon, the band expanded to a 5 piece ensemble in 2001 upon the release of their self-titled debut full length. By the time the NJC release their 4th album in 2010 – the epic “This Treason” cd/dvd set – the group had expanded again with the addition of theremin and electric cello accompanied by 4 performance artists know as the Angry Teeth Freakshow.
The group is led by founding father and roaring frontman Xerxes Praetorius Horde (“The Horde” to his allies), singing opposite Poison Candi (theremin, percussion, vocals) and backed by Luminous (electric cello), Ruin (bass) and The Rat King (drums). Completing the stage show are assorted other musical collaborators as well a colorful cast of performance artists including Firecrotch Jones, Raunchy Rabies, Mistress Nagini and a host of frequent guests.
Described as “Fiery and imposing while still retaining a degree of intelligence and fore-thought” (Exclaim! Canada’s independent music authority), “Energizing and engaging” (PureGrain Audio, USA) and “a gloriously black exercise in dark psychedelia” (BCFM Sunday Rock Show Review, UK), the New Jacobin Club never tire of dancing on genre boundaries with nods to classic goth, 70’s rock, power metal, blues, somber folk and even a hint of danceable industrial funk.
The NJC has shared the stage with KMFDM, Voltaire, the Groovie Ghoulies, Nashville Pussy and countless others. Their signature vocal hooks and riffs have propelled them onto local and national Canadian independant radio charts, several movie soundtracks and even their own cable televised acoustic special.