Music we thoroughly enjoyed this past year

You know, for a while I really couldn't figure out what to do with this blog. I initially planned to do show updates, and maybe some self-glamorizing, but we already covered that in our newsletter, instagram, and elsewhere. So we sort of just let this part of our website collect dust. Then it hit me - let's recommend music! (and books)

It'll save you some time asking us what song we're playing, or what album, etc, and it's a good way to support the artists. Win/win. 

This album wins the award, perhaps, for 'most played song of the season' with their EXCELLENT electronic cover of Sister of Mercy's classic track, 'Dominion'. I'm sure there's some skepticism, and maybe some purists who are shaking their heads at the very notion, but for anyone that's heard it at our sets we've received nothing but endorsements. 

Information Society is a fascinating band. Their one big hit, "Pure Energy", would seem to have confined them to the 80s (and 'American Psycho' soundtrack) and even then many people assume that track is done by New Order. But they've continued putting out quality music, especially recently, and unlike bands that try to relive the glory they achieved 30 years ago they're still actively evolving. Their tracks span from spritely electronic to darker, almost cynical, entries. Their cover of Dominion lands somewhere in between. It's accessible enough for people who hear the name Sisters of Mercy and think they're an all-girl ensemble, maybe with a little Monica Richards touch (though they would have NO IDEA who she is), as it is faithful enough for Sisters' die hards to enjoy and appreciate as well.

The rest of the album is well-crafted as well and, in case you're looking for something different (or just looking for where that song comes from),  I feel good recommending it. 

Ryan Walker
Book Recommendation

Back when we were beginning, in the way way way beginning at a now defunct dive called 'Arrow Bar', doing Sunday happy hours, our post-punk was much different from standard-fare and what we're known for in Pyramid Club. In fact, since we had such a small following to start, we purposely strayed away from Goth Rock, EBM, Goth Industrial, and anything of the sort, feeling like "we can't compete with what's already out there. Let's instead be post-punk 'historians'." 
So we played things like Kleenex, Pylon, Wire (post-Pink Flag, though we haven't abandoned them), early New Model Army, Ludus, Lizzy Mercier, and, without fail, The Slits. So it was to our delight when Slits guitarist Viv released her auto-biography. 
Even if you don't care for the more post-scene aspects of the book, which I highly recommend, it still provides enough insight and juice to the burgeoning punk/post-punk scene in the late 70s when the Sex Pistols were finding their identity, Malcolm Mclaren's store 'Sex' was in its heyday, and scene stalwarts Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin, and Billy Idol were kicking around with other outcasts in the Bromley Contingent. Often romanticized as lightening in a barrel of artistic change and a shift to a youth movement that re-routed the culture of music and style forever. 
Viv, being in the midst of that change, provides a very visual account and one that I think anyone 'underground', post-punk, or culturally curious would find worthwhile. The entire book is fascinating, though, and I feel comfortable recommending it, as I do their music and the music listed above. You may not hear this stuff around as much due to the way it would confuse a dance floor, but for any music aficionado (or someone just curious what our roots were when Game of Thrones sabotaged our time slot every week), you should definitely check it out.  

Opening of our official website!

We would like to extend a gracious hello and welcome to both newcomers of No Return Post Punk Society and old friends who are visiting our new site for the first time! 

We decided to go on a bit of a summer hiatus, until Friday August 5th, in many ways to take time off to build a proper online presence and create a lasting brand. Like many events, of all kinds, we were largely co-dependent on Facebook to draw our crowds and get the word out. Facebook, however, has become increasingly muddy for promoters to navigate through. For a time, there was not only no limit to the number of people you could invite to your events but you could invite people that signed up to your Facebook group page directly. First, the latter option was disbanded and then strict and seemingly arbitrary limits were put on invitations to events themselves. 

So Facebook fan pages were the go to method but instead Facebook decided that no more than 16% of the people that liked your page will see your posts unless you pay money to "boost" them. Of course, this is money ON TOP of the money you often spend to promote the fan page to get likes in the first place!

If you are running events as an act of love and passion, like we and many like us are, as opposed to events focused on heavy returns on investment this form of promotion was quite simply not economically feasible. And frustrating. 

But, for those of you that spend most of your time on Facebook or enjoy our presence there, don't worry as we are not abandoning the platform. We will continue to manage the fan and group pages and still intend to create Facebook events (and we will link you to them both in our email newsletters and in our "upcoming events" section). So it'll be easy for you to still invite friends and get notifications to remind you when our events are coming up. This is just a little back story on how we arrived here and why the time off. 

What we have on the site I think is pretty self explanatory at the moment. You have an about us page, which offers you links to external sites like our artist's official site (if you would like to contact her), our venue's site, our mixcloud site, and our official email address. 

Our media and gallery page is for videos and pictures from our events that our lovely hostess, Roe, has filmed or photographed. Due to site limitations we cannot post EVERY picture from the events, so we will continue to use both the Facebook Fan and Group pages for this if you would like to find and/or tag yourselves. Also, if you have pictures or videos you took at our shows and would like to contribute them simply email us and we'll see what we can do. 

Upcoming events are, well, exactly that. Once we have the Facebook event page listed we'll link it in the upcoming events description so you can easily navigate to it.

This will serve as both a blog, for meandering posts like this one, and news like you'll find if you squint and read through my wordiness. Really it's just meant to be a way to connect with you and hopefully build a community to interact in. 

And finally, subscribe to our newsletter on our home page to keep up to date on all of our happenings and get drink discounts emailed directly to you. We don't spam and we don't share your email address with anyone. 

I think that about sums things up for now. Explore around and keep in touch. "We love our audience, we love our audience!" 

-- Ryan & the Nrpps Crew