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Concert Review: COMBICHRIST at the Granada Theater in Lawrence, Kansas

Combichrist – The Birthday Massacre – Echo Black – MXMS

The Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS – November 06, 2015

Words and photos by Frankie Kuhl

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The darkness was broken with a single light illuminating Combichrist​ vocalist Andy LaPlegua, his dark lyrics from “The Evil in Me,” cast a chill upon the historic Granada Theater – “We welcome you to the city of hate, where we’re blind. We clash in the streets, you’ll hear the sound of broken bones and we say, it’s alright.

Supporting their 2014 release We Love You, ​Combichrist​ members Andy LaPlegua, Joe Letz, Z. Marr, Eric 13, and Brent Ashley, ​brought their North American tour to Lawrence, Kansas. Their eclectic metal sound whipped the diverse crowd at the Granada Theater into a heated frenzy. With a full set list containing fan favorites from their six studio albums, Combichrist left their Kansas fans energy-drained and satisfied.


This leg of the tour gave equal billing to ​The Birthday Massacre, ​a dark wave Canadian band formed in 1999 that has released seven studio albums. In support of their 2014 release Superstition members ​Chibi, Rainbow, M. Falcore, Rhim, Owen, and Nate Manor thrilled Lawrence fans with titles like, “Red Stars,” “Pins and Needles,” “Blue,” and “In the Dark.”

The Birthday Massacre
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Joining the two headliners was ​dark alternative rock band Echo Black​ – featuring Danny Blu, Felix Skiver, Rob Gnarly, and Billy Long – in support of their debut single “Burn Another Day” which features Davey Suicide. Rounding out this leg of the tour was the funeral pop duo of ​MXMS,​ a.k.a ­ Ariel Levitan and Jeremy Dawson.

Our photographer Frankie Kuhl was there to capture and share these moments.
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Frankie Kuhl

Photographer: Kansas City

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