HÄXAN, a Doomed Disco-Tech, typically hosted monthly at Valley Bar, will be temporarily moving to Rebel Lounge this Saturday, and a portion of the cover will be donated to help repair the damage done by the negligent actions of a band coming through town–pyrotechnics that set the sprinkler system into overload that caused flooding damage. These actions have proven to be particularly nefarious, as the Lounge is an independent venue—no big corporate backing strings attached.
Since opening last year, after years of being closed under the former moniker Mason Jar, the Phoenix goth/industrial scene has migrated to Rebel Lounge in the form of club nights Big Black Boots (EBM, industrial) and Undead Can Dance (post-punk, darkwave). The Mason Jar was once a staple in the scene here, being host to many club nights like the Killing Jar and a spot for many scene acts on tour. Despite its busy roster of nonstop shows and DJ nights, Rebel Lounge founder Psyko Steve has made room for the community that once called it home.
Psyko Steve and the Rebel Lounge has been hugely supportive of our little community here and have treated us with respect and appreciation, and now it’s our turn to give back. All you have to do to support the repairs is to come out and enjoy yourself like always.
We also caught up with HAXAN event promoter and resident DJ Tristan Iseult, and this is what he had to say about it:
“When The Rebel Lounge reached out to me several months ago with an interest in hosting darkwave/industrial events there, I was extremely excited to be able to return to the iconic venue and find a beautifully redone space with everything upgraded. The entire staff, from Stephen Chilton the owner to the sound tech, bartenders and security are all very supportive of our dark underground scenes being there.
With my monthly Häxan event relocating this month to Rebel, and in the aftermath of last Saturday’s unfortunate damages, I felt it would be a kind gesture of solidarity to donate a portion of what I make at the door back to the venue as a way of saying thank you for their support of our music culture.”