Don’t expect anything remotely pretty at Weeping Willow, a new potentially monthly event that launches Friday night at Radio-Active Records in Fort Lauderdale. The performers on the bill boast names like Human Fluid Rot and Chrome Dick, and all of them — including the legendary noise king Rat Bastard — specialize in music that is often purposely harsh.
The idea, organizers say, is to create a certain kind of overall, dark ambience. “Weeping Willow is a concept I came up with a while back, mostly as a joke just because it is something that could probably never exist, at least not in South Florida,” says Radio-Active’s Richard Vergez, who also performs Friday night with his band Mothersky. “It’s a very miserable place you can go to be alone and sulk over a few drinks. Nothing hip or sociable about it, although it relies heavily on atmosphere set by strange, slow, and sometimes abrasive music.”
Vergez had saved the name, however, for some future event when one-man music terrorist Kenny Millions approached him. “He had been itching to play recently and set up shows with other like-minded and more avant-garde musicians, similar to the monthly happenings Radio-Active hosted with Kenny throughout 2009,” Vergez recalls “He said, ‘I want Chrome Dick and Human Fluid Rot on the bill; you can call it whatever the fuck you want.’”
Besides all the aforementioned, fancifully named artists, rounding out the bill are Sharlyn Evertsz, who performs alongside Rat Bastard, and Low Level Lazer Radiation, a new artist from West Palm Beach. The only common thread among them is, possibly, a disregard for most normal band conventions. “I just like the idea that somebody might walk into a room and hear something they’ve never heard before or even considered to be music. Bands with no singers or drummers, weird concepts like that,” says Vergez. “The night is all about an atmosphere of despair, denial, and deconstruction.”
Weeping Willow. With Kenny Gazillions (i.e. Kenny Millions), Mothersky, Human Fluid Rot, Chrome Dick, Rat Bastard and Sharlyn Evertsz, and Low Level Lazer Radiation. 7 p.m. Friday, May 25 at Radio-Active Records, 845 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. Call 954-762-9488, or visit radio-active-records.tumblr.com