The Sisters of Mercy

An iconic force in underground music, TSOM has been defining, defying and denying numerous subgenres of rock and roll for over four decades. Their unique blend of punk-psychedelia, metal, dance beats and guttural growls has mesmerized the masses for several generations. Add to this a cinematic light show and a set list of huge hits, deep cuts and acclaimed new tunes and you’ve got the recipe for a killer night.

As recent live reviews have attested, the band’s current lineup is the strongest in years, with Andrew Eldritch (vocals) accompanied by Ben Christo (guitarist, backing vocals, bass) who has been with the band for nearly 20 years, the return of Chris Catalyst (who was previously with TSOM from 2005 to 2019) as duty nurse for the ubiquitous Doktor Avalanche, and Kai (guitarist, backing vocalist) who also leads the British-Japanese rock and alternative metal group Esprit D’Air.

Formed in Leeds in 1980, TSOM, while named after a Leonard Cohen song, took inspiration from luminaries such as Bowie, Slade and The Velvet Underground. But their closest sonic bedfellows are The Stooges, Motörhead and Suicide, the influence of which imbued the band with a distinct sound of its own compared to others in the post-punk era.

1987’s Floodland was a massive breakthrough for the band, featuring epic tracks such as “Dominion,” “Lucretia My Reflection,” and, of course, 10+ minute opus “This Corrosion,” all three of which can still be heard on dance floors to date. 1990’s Vision Thing featured a harder, more metal-influenced sound yet retained their trademark drum machine pummel and lyrical ambiguity.

The disingenuous nature of the music industry in the ‘90s left Andrew Eldritch with a distaste for the record business, shifting his focus to performing live in lieu of releasing recorded music. Yet, while TSOM have not released an LP since Vision Thing, their popularity and impact has only grown stronger over time, with their erudite rock and roll cacophony influencing countless bands over their tenure.

Tour dates

Sat, Sept 14 Detroit MI The Fillmore
Sun, Sept 15 McKees Rocks PA Roxian Theatre
Tue, Sept 17 Baltimore MD The Lyric Theater
Wed, Sept 18 Philadelphia PA The Met Philadelphia
Fri, Sept 20 New York NY Radio City Music Hall
Sun, Sept 22 Boston MA MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Tue, Sept 24 Charlotte NC The Fillmore
Thu, Sept 26 St Augustine FL St Augustine Amphitheatre
Fri, Sept 27 Atlanta GA Coca Cola Roxy
Sun, Sept 29 Austin TX ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Tue, Oct 1 Dallas TX Southside Ballroom
Thu, Oct 3 Phoenix AZ The Van Buren
Sat, Oct 5 San Diego CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Sun, Oct 6 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre
Tue, Oct 8 San Francisco CA The Masonic
Wed, Oct 9 San Francisco CA The Masonic
Fri, Oct 11 Portland OR Crystal Ballroom
Sat, Oct 12 Portland OR Crystal Ballroom
Tue, Oct 15 Vancouver BC The Orpheum
Wed, Oct 16 Seattle WA Paramount Theatre
Fri, Oct 18 Salt Lake City UT Union Events Center
Sat, Oct 19 Denver CO Mission Ballroom
Tue, Oct 22 Minneapolis MN The Fillmore
Wed, Oct 23 Chicago IL Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
Fri, Oct 25 Cleveland OH Temple Live
Sat, Oct 26 Toronto ON HISTORY