The Make-Up

Well, here’s a reunion nobody saw coming. The beloved old D.C. garage-punk crew the Make-Up is coming back together to play ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror festival in London this summer. No word on any other shows, but we can hope.

The Make-Up was the band formed by Ian Svenonius and other former Nation Of Ulysses members formed after that great politicized post-hardcore band ended. The Make-Up were just as leftist as their previous band, but they also brought a ’60s-rock shimmy and a refined sense of style to a Dischord-centric scene that was better-known for serrated asceticism. I never saw any of their live shows, but they were supposed to be quite a thing to witness. I’ll Be Your Mirror will be their first show back together since their 2000 breakup.

The I’ll Be Your Mirror fest comes to Alexandra Palace May 25-27, and it’s headlined by Slayer (performing the classic Reign In Blood), Mogwai, and the reunited Afghan Whigs. The fest just added a bunch of other bands besides the Make-Up, including Ultramagnetic MCs, the Soft Moon, Harvey Milk, Tennis, Death Grips, Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat, and Forest Swords.

Comments (7)
  1. Oh man, most excellent news. I’m going to assume they’ll visit ATP in the U.S. next fall.

  2. This is the best thing that has ever happened in the world ever.

  3. I was lucky enough to see the Make-Up a few times in the 90s and they never disappointed. That said, I was unlucky enough to have been born just late enough to miss Nation of Ulysses. Get us an NOU reunion! I’d be pleased as a peachy punch bowl for that!

  4. Disappointed you didn’t go for the obvious play on words: ‘The Make-Up Made Up’

  5. wait i am crying real tears of joy

  6. Slayer playing “Reign in Blood.” Now that’s something I’d like to see!


    Oh wait… that means that I have to come out of retirement. Crap.

    Ian, this is a breach of our agreement.

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