“The Best Gig I Ever Saw” is a weekly column that will see us ask a musician to chat about their favorite concert thus far. This week it’s Larry Schemel of dark local rockers the Death Valley Girls…

Einsturzende Neubauten.
June 8th,1986.  Seattle WA.
I’ve seen so many amazing shows over the years its hard to just pick just one as “The Best,” so after careful thought I picked this particular gig because the memories are still so vivid of that moment in time. I was in high school and it was the last week of school, first week of summer. Einsturzende Neubauten played a free show at Myrtle Edwards Park in Seattle, Washington. The park was on the water front, the show started right when the sun was setting and went on into the night. There were burning barrels on each side of the stage, smoke, oil drums, cheap guitars & scrap metal, the ocean behind them. The show began — Blixa Bargeld howled into the mic backed by the mighty tribal, industrial sounds of the band, the backdrop of a beautiful and calm northwest evening at  sunset was amazing. The show was chaotic and unpredictable, everything that’s exciting about going to a gig. Transcendent could be used here but I think my teenage self would say “Holy shit, that was cool!”

Death Valley Girls play with Crocodiles and Kate Clover at 9 p.m. on Sunday, November 3 at the Observatory.

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