Andy LaPlegua has seen a lot of places, projects and names over a decade in the music biz — most of them while at the top of the charts. Born in Norway, he currently resides in Georgia (which makes his look, all blood and guts and doom, even funnier when he adds a Confederate flag). His projects have ranged from futurepop group Icon of Coil 10 years ago to DJ Scandy and Panzer AG today.
It was as DJ Scandy that he last appeared in Indianapolis, last May; this time around he arrives under the guise of CombiChrist, lunatic aggronoise in a littered post-Manson, post-Reznor landscape.
His CombiChrist album titles just about say it all: Everybody Hates You in 2005, What the F*** is Wrong With You People? in 2007 and so forth. It’s danceable stuff and highly entertaining in that “it’s the end of the world as we know it, and I’m not terribly happy about it” sort of way. The sound is all driving beats and mayhem, growling vocals and extreme derision, exactly the sort of thing that should bring a most unusual start to one’s week.
LaPlegua’s deeply respected throughout the aggro scene; Jamie Vitreaux of opening act Danz Poeta calls CombiChrist one of the top acts of its kind in the world.
Of course, it’s hard to say exactly how many fit into CombiChrist’s category. LaPlegua calls the musical form “TBM”: techno-body-music, a “pure, unrestricted musical energy” combining needle-precise rhythms with sheer brute force, the kind of stuff that literally shakes the dance floor with raucous intensity but provides plenty of get-your-body-movin’ tracks, nonetheless. It’s a self-contained apocalypse that hides plenty of secrets, if you know what you’re looking for and if you know where to look.