Monday, December 16, 2013

Gary Numan to Play Mercy Lounge March 17

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 1:08 PM

You know, Nashville really got a raw deal at the Nine Inch Nails Bridgestone Arena show a few months back. While cities in the godforsaken state of Florida got New Wave pioneer Gary Numan as NIN’s opener, we got Godspeed! You Black Emperor noodling around in the dark for 45 minutes like they were at band practice. Well, just when it seems fate had hocked another cold loogie in the collective face of Nashville new romantics, Numan up and announces a not-to-be-missed local club date.

The singer with the flatly affected robotic voice of gold plays Mercy Lounge on March 17 — news that hopefully comes in time to keep downtrodden heretofore-pleasure-principle-deprived Numan fans from taking to their tubs for a good ol’ fashioned razor-blade vein drain. The announcement is also undoubtedly good news to Music City’s growing contingent of goth leprechauns, it falls on St. Patrick’s Day. (Maybe he'll cover "Danny Boy"!) That’s also the Monday after SXSW, so expect a club teeming with jet-lagged, dehydrated hobnobbers nursing hangovers to the sounds of "Are 'Friends' Electric?"

For New Wave n00bs among you who think of Numan as a one-hit wonder, consider that the “Cars” singer and proto-industrial synth-pop progenitor is touring in support of his 20th studio album, this year’s acclaimed Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind). Check out a song from the album, along with a few other non-“Cars” Numan catalog selections (and a rad video of the singer getting mad emo, gushing over Depeche Mode’s Songs of Faith and Devotion, you know, just because) after the jump. Geek out!

Tickets for the Mercy gig are $22.50 and go on sale this Friday, Dec. 20, here. Big Black Delta and Roman Remains open.

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