Crosstown Arts presents “A Lifting of the Veil”: A Winter Solstice Celebration with The Pop Ritual, with Corrina Repp in the Green Room.
The Green Room at Crosstown Arts
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Doors at 7 p.m. | Show at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 | $15 in advance
Forming in Memphis, Tennessee, in the late summer of 2014, The Pop Ritual employed an influence of Nine Inch Nails and Ministry’s industrial determination with the psyche-pop sensibilities of Massive Attack to release their first demo—Weak Species—in 2015. The next year was spent establishing live modes locally and on the road in tandem with writing 2017’s Perinde ac Cadaver—a 50-minute self-released endeavor to harness industrial aggression and ambient dynamics.
At the end of 2019, the trio worked with Portuguese/Memphis label Thisco Records (home of such legendary artists as Jarboe and Merzbow) to release It Sheds Again—a 6-track dive into industrial psyche-punk that details evolution amid solipsistic self-destruction both socially and personally. The album has been reviewed as being an “industrial punk cataclysm” with a “rich and grandiose production” [Destroy//Exist 2020].
In light of a canceled US tour, The Pop Ritual spent the pandemic making progress in new material as well as re-interpretations of their previous works. 2022 includes a return to touring, the release of new singles, and a live retrospective in celebration of the Winter Solstice.
The Pop Ritual in their current form is Colin Wilson, Scott Nivens, and Michelle Karl with special guest Aaron Rude.