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.