Club Candids

Club Candids: Doom Disco at Sanctum

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The cathedral-like interior of Sanctum is a vibrant and color-filled milieu. There's a nonstop glow of red, blue, and green within the Gothic-style dancing and drinking parlor, thanks to the high-tech spotlights and lasers beaming every which way.

It's almost as colorful as the club's unique array of patrons, particularly the lively bunch that gathered inside Sanctum on Saturday, August 19, for the latest edition of Doom Disco.

After stepping through the tall oak doors of the eerie establishment, we were greeted by a hubbub of activity as the freaks and geeks scurried about or pranced about the dance floor. A few gender-bending members of the Arizona chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (a nationwide LGBTQ organization of campy drag aficionados) were in the house adorned white face paint and over-the-top outfits.

Funky and punky types were also about, whether it was the dreadlocked dude wearing a vintage shirt for The Shitlickers (a little-known and short-lived Swedish gutter punk act from the early 1980s) or gals in corsets, fishnet, and spiked collars.

As such fetish wear, as well as the name of the weekly party, implies, the music of Doom Disco tends towards dark and harsh tunes of the Goth and retro variety, but also includes alt-rock throwbacks and present indie faves.

Its resident DJ duo of Noiz.Fkr (formerly of the infamous Tranzylvania) and AKA frequently drop songs from the likes of Joy Division, Nine Inch Nails, and Nitzer Ebb into each week's soundtrack, but also make room in their playlists for more current mopers as Placebo and She Wants Revenge. In between snapping pictures of those in attendance, we heard plenty of great tracks like "Sleepyhead" by Passion Pit and Cold Cave's "Underworld USA."

Feel free to cue up the same songs while clicking through the photos from Doom Disco that are contained within this week's Club Candids slideshow.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.