A Charlotte band that describes itself as a “blackened crust” band sprayed pig’s blood on the stage and audience of the LAB’s back room music venue on Sunday, a move that has forced the popular music venue and gastropub to shut down for cleaning. The show was apparently an event to celebrate the anniversary of Empire Tattoo in downtown Asheville.
Photos and video from the show by Young and In the Way show pools of blood on the stage, and people sopping up the blood with rags and mops. The photos and video were posted on Instagram. More from the posters:
tkammeyer Sunday Bloody Sunday. #yaitw left the lab in ruins yesterday. Such a fun show! Thanx again to empire tattoo for letting us play your anniversary show.
ifwisheswerehorses_ @tkammeyer @joshpholt Thank you so much! You guys are AMAZING! @southernvelo I think the curtains and rug are done for. Lol. @oldflings yeah I stayed and got the stage as straight as I could. I had a blast! There was so much blood on the stage that I kept getting shocked from the wires. Seriously though I’m so happy! I’m the luckiest girl in the world! Can’t wait to do it again next year… 18h
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Twitter followers of Ashvegas confirmed that blood was splatter across the room. More detail as I get it.
More about the band and its new album, from a June 4 post at avclub.com:
It’s been three years since North Carolina’s Young And In The Way released its hardcore-meets-black-metal debut, I Am Not What I Am. Now slightly less young YAITW has unleashed a new full-length, When Life Comes To Death, on Deathwish Inc., the label cofounded by Converge’s Jacob Bannon. It’s even more vicious and visceral than its predecessor, as evidenced by the crust-caked, gore-smeared video for “Final Dose,” which is being debuted here.
Instagram image link posted by @kc_xiii.
UPDATE ON JUNE 24: Empire Tattoo issues a statement via Facebook:
Though the actions and result of Sunday nights show were out of our hands we are sorry another local business is suffering. We have been in contact with Buncombe County health inspector over the matter and are aware that the “contamination” was confined to the back room of the LAB. We were also made aware by the health inspector that LAB was given “go ahead” to re open as soon as they wished without re inspection. Our mission for this party was to celebrate our business and customers with another local business. We hope for everyones sake we can all move forward from this in a positive manner. We appreciate everyones support on this matter.