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.