Sisters of Mercy Tickets
The Sisters of Mercy
Proving they're the epitome of rebellious rock music, The Sisters of Mercy have done nothing but tour for over 20 years as a strike against their former record company. Although they've not signed to another label, their love for the genre is apparent through the fact that they still tour and create new music to this day.
Fans won't have to travel far if they get the chance to snag The Sisters of Mercy tickets. This is because the band has played, and continues to play, all over the world. They've tore up venues across the UK such as the Mandela Hall in Belfast and Sonisphere in Knebworth. They've also visited the colonies at The Warfield in San Francisco and Ogden Theatre in Denver. Other venues include A38 in Hungary and Gasometer in Vienna. Upcoming shows will have them at Rock City in Nottingham, The Ritz in Manchester and O2 ABC in Glasgow.
Other than vocalist Andrew Eldritch, the one constant in the band over the years has been Doktor Avalanche, a drum machine. The Doktor, though, hasn't always been the same machine. It started out as outdated synthesis drum machines like the BOSS DR-55 and the TR-909. Since then, it has evolved to a MacBook Pro.
The Sisters of Mercy started out when singer Andrew Eldritch and guitarist Gary Marx decided they wanted to hear themselves on the radio. Soon thereafter, bassist Craig Adams joined the group and a drum machine was added. This is considered by many to be the first true lineup of the band. The group consistently released singles that garnered attention in the indie circuit, and they were eventually picked up by the WEA record label. The band would record only three original studio albums, though each of these albums featured different lineups. Eldritch is the only band member to remain a constant. The group refused to record any further albums after 1993 due to a conflict with their record company and, even though they've been free agents since 1997, they still haven't signed on with anyone else. The band now consists of Eldritch and guitarists Chris Catalyst and Ben Christo.
Their steady release of new singles kept The Sisters of Mercy in the hearts and minds of those immersed in the indie music subculture, and playing on the Black October UK tour ensured the band was well known in the underground arena. It was this growing success that ensured their debut album, First and Last and Always, released in 1985, would become their breakthrough. The release went gold in the UK and topped out at No. 14 on the album charts. It is considered to have had a lasting effect on the gothic rock genre.
The band has released two other albums, and they were both relatively successful. Floodland, released in 1987, received great reviews from Alternative Press, AllMusic, SputnikMusic and a variety of other publications. It delved deep into Eldritch's life and had songs about prior conflicts and even ex-girlfriends. In 1990, Vision Thing was released and fans enjoyed "the immediate feel" of the album's tunes, which came from the fact that many of the songs were actually rough mixes that had earlier been shelved. The album was reissued in 2006.
Those with The Sister of Mercy tickets are in for a surreal experience. Unless the show is an outdoor festival, fans can expect everything to get very dark right before the band comes out. Then, in a haze of fog and colored light, the group will emerge and begin a long set of dark wave music. Fans can be heard yelling throughout the show, but many remain silent when Eldritch begins to talk. The entire show is spent in a dreamlike haze, and goth fans will walk away knowing exactly where their favorite genre came from.
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