Club Candids

Club Candids: Doom Disco at Sanctum

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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.

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