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Why would a guy who shoots Penthouse Pets in Art Haus bondage flicks for a living need to start a band? Isn't Aerik Von's day job decadent enough?
Born on the dark side of the New York City Underbelly, The Von Frankensteins are everything your mother warned you about. And then some.
Led by cerebral New England doom-metaller Aerik Von, the self-described 'most unpleasant frontman ever', The Von Frankensteins made their debut as a raucous trio in the Fall of 2010. Featuring a mysterious figure on bass referred to as Shane of The Dead and legendary ex-MISFITS' drummer 'Mr. Jim' Catania on drums, this is a powerful lineup.
Live performances have already put The Von Frankensteins on the radar of the blogosphere and angry youths alike. Nearly every outing with The Von Frankensteins features teens with sharpies, looking for morbidly kitschy merchandise, and a moment with the mouthy but elusive Von.
Newly-minted following aside, what makes The Von Frankensteins so unique are the literary nature of their lyrics, and cinematic sensibility combined with a hypnotic, doomy gutter-punk aesthetic. How many bands conjure up the specter of GG Allin with a side of Beethovenesque sturm und drang? These guys do.
The Von Frankensteins are currently shooting a video for their debut single 'HeroinE' and making their way up and down the East Coast this Spring as part of their CRIME tour.