Archie Burnett

Archie Burnett. Words do little justice to this incredible dancer who will not hesitate to wear a full tux & tails in performance, bringing utter freedom and joy to the floor.

ruling yet kind

Archie Burnett performing a soulful jacking/waacking jam

…the only way I can sum it up:

This makes us impossibly happy.

xoxo
Spectre of the Rose

Factory Floor

Factory Floor was so GOTH! So great. I felt like I was in Manchester in the 80’s. The best part was the way the drummer interacted with the synth loops. (three members – synths, drums, bass) I didn’t realize that’s how they normally record and play their tracks – with a real-life rock drummer (HOT btw). First all the analog synth lines are kicked off, all really industrial sounds and different rhythms layered one after the other. Then the drummer starts off super minimalist, just one kick or a cowbell or hi-hat every eighth count, building suspense, then he adds more beats little by little, very mathematically, until he’s in full industrial disco rockout mode. The bassist comes in last and pushes everything over the edge into a sonic blast. That’s their formula for each track, just like an assembly line as their name suggests. Everything is super precise and really loud. Just amazing.

Factory Floor

There were a few young pups in there who were clearly on something, what I don’t know – really hyper-spaz dancing as if in a mosh pit, but just with each other, grabbing each other a lot, jumping up and down, wildly shaking heads and just generally freaking out. It was fun to watch. I can gather how, while on crank or whatever they were up to, the music would make them freak out that way. But any old sober waver in big boots at Lovecraft would put them to shame, interpreting a Factory Floor song into a solid groove.

Javier Ninja, new father of the House of Ninja

Outrageous fierceness alert!

The hand performance is unbelievably thrilling, along with the gloves and the stage presence. Does it not give you the chills, and the satisfaction of being mortal at this precise moment just to witness it? We love the influence of waacking on this routine. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of mutation creeping in; to me it contradicts the elegance of the vogue – but there are plenty of other videos of Javier where this came from, and I’m sure his repertoire is as diverse as it is stunning.

Since Legendary Benny Ninja was shellshocked as a survivor in a terrible Metro-North train derailment, word has it that this Child may temporarily take over as the Father of the House of Ninja.

Javier Ninja, Legendary House of Ninja

The New School of Vogue