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Tour Poster 2015


Hot off the heels of their SUMMER INFERNO mini tour, THRILL KILL KULT have just announced the ELEKTRIK MESSIAH TOUR. The band will play 25 North American dates this fall, kicking off October 7th at The Ritz in San Jose. Joining Groovie Mann and Buzz McCoy this round will be veteran musicians Mimi Star on bass, and guitarist Westin Halvorson. The group will play a wide variety of dancefloor favorites from their extensive catalog, as well as some new tracks from last year’s SPOOKY TRICKS album.

Wed Oct 7 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz TICKETS
Thu Oct 8 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA TICKETS
Fri Oct 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar TICKETS
Sat Oct 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Los Globos TICKETS
Sat Oct 24 – Bellflower, CA @ New Wave Bar
Sun Oct 25 – Santa Ana, CA @ Beach Goth TICKETS
Thu Nov 5 – Medford, OR @ Howiee’s
Fri Nov 6 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s TICKETS
Sat Nov 7 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon TICKETS
Mon Nov 9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Area 51
Tue Nov 10 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater TICKETS
Thu Nov 12 – Duluth, MN @ RT Quinlan’s TICKETS
Fri Nov 13 – St Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar TICKETS
Sun Nov 15 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge TICKETS
Mon Nov 16 – St Louis, MO @ Firebird TICKETS
Tue Nov 17 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room TICKETS
Thu Nov 19 – Tulsa, OK @ The Shrine TICKETS
Fri Nov 20 – Fayetteville, AR @ Cannibal & Craft TICKETS
Fri Dec 4 – Costa Meas, CA @ Tiki Bar TICKETS
Sat Dec 5 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock TICKETS
Sun Dec 6 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad TICKETS
Tue Dec 8 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls TICKETS
Wed Dec 9 – Dallas, TX @ Trees TICKETS
Fri Dec 11 – Austin, TX @ Elysium
Sat Dec 12 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar TICKETS
Sun Dec 13 – San Antonio, TX @ Jack’s Bar

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As if summer isn’t already hot enough, this year TKK will fire up the samplers, rev up the drum machine, dust off the leathers and bring their sleazy industrial disco assault to select North American cities. In June the band will play the Token Lounge in Westland, MI, Roc Bar in Cleveland, and will headline the alterna-queer stage at Toronto’s Pride Festival Sunday June 28th. In August the group will travel south to play a few long overdue Southern Florida dates beginning in Ft. Lauderdale at Culture Room, followed by a performance at the Madeira Beach Unity Festival which will feature other artist’s Culture Club, Marc Almond, Howard Jones, C&C Music Factory and Book Of Love. TKK will wind up Florida by playing a show in Sanford at the West End Trading Co on August 16th.

The band is planning a 2015 US Fall Tour, so be sure they will be coming to a city near you sometime this year. No details or dates yet.

June 26 – Westland, MI @ TOKEN LOUNGE *TICKETS*
June 27 – Cleveland, OH @ ROC BAR *TICKETS*
June 28 – Toronto, ONT @ TORONTO PRIDE FESTIVAL (Free Event) *MORE INFO*
August 14 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ CULTURE ROOM *TICKETS*
August 16 – Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co *TICKETS*

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12.18.14 - NEW YEAR, NEW SINGLE!

Just in time to ring in 2015, TKK will release their new single “LA MERE VIPERE” on December 31 via their own label SLEAZEBOX.COM. The song will also be available for download on iTunes, Amazon, etc. mid January. Get ready to go down and get dirty! Boogie in the new year with Groovie, Buzz and the gang!

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08.24.14 - Some old skool TKK… Coming soon!

Just 2 months after the conclusion of the hot and steamy SPOOKY TRICKS TOUR, TKK are revving up the old samplers and drum machines – ready to conjure up some old skool, INFERNO XPRESS style, electro shows for select West Coast dates this fall. Lead vocalist Groovie Mann, Buzz McCoy (keys, loops) and bassist Mimi Star will perform many of the classic underground club tracks which gained the band notoriety in the late 80′s. The set list will include favorites such as Kooler Than Jesus, Cuz It’s Hot, Disko Fleshpot, Leathersex, and Blue Buddha. – They will also showcase songs from their new album “Spooky Tricks”.


Friday, September 19th – Montclair, CA @ That 80′s Bar
Saturday, September 20th – San Jose, CA @ The Blank Club
Sunday, September 21st – San Francisco, CA @ Folsom Street Fair
Friday, October 17th, Bellflower, CA @ New Wave Bar & Grill
Sunday, November 16th, Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex

Come… Be one of us!

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04.26.14 - TKK RIDE AGAIN!

MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT will embark on the SPOOKY TRICKS tour beginning May 28th. They will be performing a selection of tracks from their new album, as well as some industrial disco fueled classics from their extensive catalog. Supporting the band on tour will be DJ TOXIC RAINBOW . A TKK fan since the age of 14, Toxic Rainbow is best known for his genre-breaking DJ sets and his monthly show on Digitally Imported Electro. In 2012 he won the THRILL KILL KULT “Kooler Than Jesus” remix contest, and has since done various remix work for the band and Groovie’s side-projoct DARLING KANDIE.


05.28 Ramona, CA @ Mainstage * Tickets
05.29 Hermosa Beach, CA @ Saint Rocke * Tickets
05.30 Corona, CA @ M15 * Tickets
05.31 Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon * Tickets
06.01 Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits * Tickets
06.03 Tulsa, OK @ IDL Ballroom * Tickets
06.04 Dallas, TX @ Trees * Tickets
06.05 Austin, TX @ Elysium
06.06 San Antonio, TX @ Club Korova * Tickets
06.07 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar * Tickets
06.08 New Orleans @ One Eyed Jacks * Tickets
06.10 Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly’s * Tickets
06.11 Richmond, VA @ Fallout * Tickets
06.12 Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary * Tickets
06.13 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs * Tickets
06.14 Stafford Springs, CT @ Palace Theater * Tickets
06.15 New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House * Tickets
06.17 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom * Tickets
06.18 Detroit, MI @ The Shelter * Tickets
06.19 Grand Rapids, MI @ Staches @ Intersection * Tickets
06.20 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner * Tickets
06.21 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge * Tickets
06.22 Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall * Tickets
06.24 Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre * Tickets
06.25 Salt Lake City @ LoFi Café * Tickets
06.27 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven * Tickets
06.28 Portland, OR @ Dante’s * Tickets
07.01 San Francisco, CA @ DNA * Tickets
07.02 West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go-Go * Tickets

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04.24.14 - Be part of the Spooky Experience…

MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT and [DJ] TOXIC RAINBOW are pairing up to bring the heavily anticipated SPOOKY TRICKS tour across the United States this summer (2014). Continuing the band’s trend of including their dedicated fans into the TKK experience of life on the road, we are offering producers and artists of all genres to be heard in a series of unique, 30-minute podcasts being broadcast from the tour. “We accept art in all its forms,” states Toxic Rainbow. “Aside from musical content, visual artists can submit photos or drawings to be used as podcast art. We can utilize videography and animation for copies of the podcasts uploaded to YouTube”. All artists will be appropriately credited, thus helping to grow their own fan base. He continues, “This isn’t meant to be a contest, but there are certain sonic and artistic qualifications to be determined by the band, in order to be accepted into one of the episodes”.

Submissions will be taken online beginning April 23rd, using the Twitter hashtag #SpookyTricks, or by Facebook on [DJ] TOXIC RAINBOW’S wall @

If you’re a visual artist, send us a direct link to the work you wish to submit. Music producers should provide a link to their uploaded Soundcloud track. (Direct file downloads will not be accepted). The track will be added to the private Soundcloud Playlist to be considered for airtime. Toxic adds, “The playlist is private to insure that those who wish to wait until the podcast’s release, won’t be forced to upload their song publicly”,

Podcast dates will be announced during the tour, via both artists’ Facebook and Twitter pages.

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You can now pre-order the new SPOOKY TRICKS CD exclusively from the TKK Merch Store.

SPOOKY TRICKS: Track Listing

01 Room On The Moon
02 Spooky Tricks
03 Hell Kat Klub
04 Neon Diva
05 The Way We Live Now
06 Monti Karlo
07 Bella Piranha
08 Dope Freek
09 Diamonde Doll
10 Sex Witch
11 The Strange Ones
12 Room On The Moon [DJ Toxic Rainbow's Moon Shroom Mix]

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03.20.14 - SPOOKY TRICKS newz

Groovie and Buzz have been busy at STARLUST STUDIOS finishing up final touches on their new cd SPOOKY TRICKS. This will be the band’s 13th studio album and will be released May 6th on band’s own label SLEAZEBOX. Guest appearances include BOMB GANG GIRLZ Arena Rock and the sultry Viva Nova; bassist Mimi Star, guitarist Westin Halvorson, drummer Justin Thyme, and a psytrance remix by DJ Toxic Rainbow. A tour is being planned for June. Details coming SOON!

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THE KATASTROPHE KLOWN is a little project conjured up by GROOVIE MANN and JUSTIN BENNETT while Groovie was vacationing at Justin’s STUDIO 23 in Bologna, Italy. In addition to the 3 new groovy tracks, the CD also contains 4 killer remixes of last summer’s single “HELLO ALONE” from GROOVIE’S other side-project DARLING KANDIE.
Get it HERE

Track Listing:

1. Out Of The Kloset
2. Kaldo Freddo
3. Katastrophe Klown

4. Hello Alone (Killer Klown Remix) by BUZZ
5. Hello Alone (Circuit Remix) by DJ TOXIC RAINBOW
6. Hello Alone (Old Skool Remix) by DJ TOXIC RAINBOW
7. Hello Alone (Studio 23 Remix) by kETvECTOR

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10.05.13 - A LITTLE HISTORY…

So what was THRILL KILL KULT lead guru GROOVIE MANN (Franke Nardiello) up to before the band’s formation in 1987? Well… in the late 70’s he was affectionately known about Chicagoland as Franke Funn, performing with his first music endeavor, Delerium Tremins (THE D.T.’s) in 1977. The band consisted of guitarist Willie B Cool, bassist Marty Sorenson, drummer Harry Rushakoff (Concrete Blonde) and Nardiello. The group reformed the next year changing its name to SPECIAL AFFECT, and replaced Cool with guitarist Tom “Atomic” Hoffman, who was subsequently replaced by Al Jourgensen (Ministry). The band recorded a 4 song, 7” EP titled MOOD MUSIC, followed by the full length album (The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) TOO MUCH SOFT LIVING in 1980, all the while making quite a stir in the emerging Chicago punk /new wave scene, opening for such acts as Iggy Pop, The Psychedelic Furs and Wayne County.

The following year Franke moved to England and joined the London-based post-punk outfit Drowning Craze, replacing singer Angela Jaeger. He recorded 2 songs with the group – the NME and Melody Maker “Single of the Week” Trance (1981) and the track Heat in 1982. Soon after they disbanded and Nardiello moved back to Chicago to focus on his art and writings before conjuring up MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT with musician Buzz McCoy in the fall of 1987.

SLEAZEBOX RECORDS is pleased to announce the SPECIAL AFFECT album (with bonus tracks) will be available for download exclusively from the SLEAZEBOX/TKK Merch Store on October 1st.

*Unfortunately the original tapes have long been destroyed, and all tracks have been re-mastered from vinyl recordings – actually making the listening experience sound like it’s 1980 all over again!

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