You can always tell the truly dedicated new wave lunatics by the way a crackle of electricity seems to arc through the crowd the instant Frankie Goes To Hollywood swells the amps.
Overseen by retired superhero DJ Dead Billy and Sarah Vain, console cowgirl and veteran combat DJ Mutiny! is the latest iteration of the new wave/alternative/classic events Vain is known for, and for five months, it’s been seeing ever-increasing success every Wednesday night at Casba in Broad Ripple Village.
“This is the most enjoyable experience I’ve ever had playing music in Indianapolis,” Vain says. “It’s a great place to meet new people. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. I love old school punk and old school alternative music, and I’ve always wanted to have a night where I could play it, no holds barred. And now, it’s caught on. It’s like, ‘Just be yourself.’ There’s no pressure. There’s no pretension — nothing negative about it. Everyone’s welcome here: electro kids, punk rock, hippie, new wave; it’s a bizarre diversity.”
Bizarre diversity indeed! You’ll encounter the college coed with Snoopy backpack look, someone dressed as a naughty cop (kind of rare, that one), flowing skirts and the somewhat more postmodern miniskirt/corset combinations. That’s not to mention the absolutely straight-faced garb of the post-ironic hipster, dressing so un-hip it becomes decidedly hip. And all of them do the thoroughly alternative method of dancing where everyone seems to pick their own under-beat of the song and roll with it. It’s like a basement house party (with the wood-panel Casba walls adding a decidedly 1970s feel). I wouldn’t have it any other way. Neither would they.