I brought my date to Blank Banshee in Philadelphia. A friend invited me to go to the event a month in advance. I could cared less about the silly “vaporware” genre. Already, I have seen Oneohtrix Point Never live, and thought it sounded like bland digital hardcore (and not the good Atari Teenage Riot kind). I am not a fan of vaporware. I really do hate Macintosh Plus and the gay internet memes I see everywhere trying to act all “old,” “ironically authentic,” “Italo,” or just plain stupid retro-wave shit. It is definitely a fad among millennials, like remembering every single episode of Hey Arnold! or Oh Yeah! Cartoons. However, I was in for a surprise when Blank Banshee performed live.
I have not listened to his music before. I knew he was an originator of “vaportrap,” which I thought would be some gay rap music with the shit that’s going around online. Again, I was wrong. I experienced an amazing movie of some sort accompanied with his music. Banshee had an MPC controller hooked up to his MacBook along with an interface and a mixer. He was pressing (or triggering) samples along a beat. He sampled old Windows 95 boot-up sounds, Sonic 3D Blast, and kitsch nostalgic noises of the 80’s generation. “Postmodernism” is a disease among the Gen-X generation, and it is unfortunate if a pseudo intellect would classify Blank Banshee’s music as “postmodern.” But rather, he is only a part of a tradition of avant-garde musicians that sample and take what is in the era we are living through. This was the original point of “industrial” music. The same can be said about Death in June, who uses right-wing imagery and flirts with it, creating beautiful, collage art. And this is exactly what Blank Banshee is doing in the modern era.
I felt more like I was watching a movie than participating in a concert. There was no moshing, sing-a-longs, or bobbing of any sorts (hipsters try to do these things, but it has become a pastime for white people to just stand at concerts). The movie had a different scene for each song, though it felt like it was one big song and there was no end. It was like watching a rock opera with a plot and resolution. Blank Banshee could of been trying to advocate a secret political message behind his work. Such subliminal messages about love, “overcoming darkness,” “teenagers buying banned music,” and “chaos inside,” along with references from Akira to a very strange Pokemon everyone forgot about. It’s hard to pass the music as just stoner rock. Blank Banshee was rather a maestro conducting a post-millennial orchestra. Something in the tradition of the film Imaginarium.
The audience was unfortunately all white hipsters living in Fishtown (the most obnoxious and SWPL part of Philly). There was only ONE WMAF couple there. A cute pigtail Asian rocking out and filming the entire set (she was a little too animated). The other asian girl was some small quirky girl in overalls coming along with her friend. I cannot really claim the event as Asian-Aryan, but certainly, Blank Banshee is hitting on something.
With all the ironic hiragana floating in his music and Japanese influence, it’s hard to ignore the fact he is envisioning an Asian-Aryan society. Yes, white people really do enjoy technology and growing up in this materialistic America… but Banshee was trying to say something about our culture. I thought maybe he was just a drummer to a band that will become the next Erasure or Depeche Mode… I even had the thought that if Tila Tequila was his singer, Blank Banshee would be much more revolutionary in pop music.
It was a surprise for me that I really enjoyed Blank Banshee. I’m not going to call him a simple “vaporware” or “vaportrap” act. He is tapping into something that has potential in the future. If Counter-Currents publishes books about avant-garde white nationalism and is advocating a controversial movement called the “alt-right,” Blank Banshee is planting the seeds of something that is beyond left or right wing. I could see the vaporware movement involving into its own philosophy about life, art, and aesthetics. In 2030, a publishing company (something like Counter-Currents, Feral House, or Nine-Banded Books) will appear, exclusively discussing post-vaporware aesthetics, fiction, commentary, and philosophy.
The alt-right exploded because of the suppression of the political right and PC tyranny. Just like a stock making profit in the market, “alt-vapor” could have a future impact onto society. What is underground today, will have popularity in the future.
The seeds I am planting is “Asian-Aryanism.” …Something that is post-vaporware will cash in on it. Blank Banshee and I are on different roads that will lead to one destination.