35 Years of Numbers Memories: The Titans of Local Goth
"Small-town girl just moved to Houston," says my former Black Math Experiment bandmate Christi Lain. "Bozo Porno Circus opened for Thrill Kill Kult. I immediately fell in love with dildo spankings and metal crotch sparks."
BPC always drew good crowds, what with the spooky over-the-top-edness and all the pretty half-naked girls, but the reputation of Numbers as a haven for homegrown Houston dark art wasn't limited just to a handful of industrial, EBM, and darkwave acts, excellent and invigorating as they may have been. Numbers also established another act that has gone on to national acclaim... though not for music.
Constructs of Ritual Evolution, the multi-media piercing and suspension troupe got its start here in Houston, and the birth of what established itself as CoRE began on a Numbers stage in January of 2001 as part of a show featuring Erik "The Lizardman" Sprague. "On this most seminal of nights, Constructs of Ritual Evolution is brought into being through the conjuring of fire, earth, air, and water," is how the section on past performances on the group's website calls it.
Though they would play other local venues, as did the bands they so often accompanied, supported, and worked with, Core would find a regular home and audience at Numbers that endured for years until they established a new base of operations in California. The strong center of gothic performance art and music endures to this day, and is one of the most powerful legacies of the club.
Celebrate 35 years of Numbers history at the club on Saturday, September 28.
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