Like a tale of Lovecraftian horror told with the sarcasm and wit of Oscar Wilde, New Jacobin Club has been one of Western Canada’s most enigmatic and talked about independent bands for over nearly two decades since their humble punk rock beginnings in the mid 1990's. Their legendary stage theatrics and sonic delivery has been lauded as “A bevvy of fiendish visuals and a sound that brings together a cauldron of classic goth, 70’s rock and power metal.” (Rue Morgue).
The band is led by the roaring vitriolic storyteller and founding father Xerxes Praetorius Horde (aka The Horde) and his alluring and sardonic female counterpart Poison Candi (theremin, percussion, vocals), and backed by The Luminous (electric cello), The Ruin (bass), The Rat King (drums) and Mistress Nagini (synth, backing vocals, stage theatrics) .
Beginning as a trio in the Western Canadian city of Saskatoon and influenced heavily by 80’s goth-punk and the morbid Victorian horror aesthetics of cartoonist Edward Gorey, the New Jacobin Club signed to U.S. indie label Transparent Records in 1998 and released “A Lesson in Mortality." In 2003 “Retake the Throne,"” their second full length album, became a minor Canadian college radio hit, and crept on to the national top 100 chart by the year’s end. By 2009, the NJC had become infamous for their provocative live show featuring unsettling freakshow stunts and what would later become signature pyro tricks (such as “exploding” cymbals"). They released the epic and flamboyant gothic art-rock-opera “This Treason"” the following year accompanied with “Inside the Cannibal Circus,"” a DVD complete with concept video, live concert and candid documentary style footage to appease fans outside of Canada that could not see them live.
The international success of the NJC's “Soldiers of The Mark" (2014) launched the band's first visit the United Kingdom in 2016 to play a two week headlining tour for a cult following that had been longing for years to see the band live. In 2017 they collaborated on a theatrical-musical show with internationally renowned Lord Montague & Steampunkfunk Bizarre (New York) and the following year were commissioned to write a new soundtrack for the 1920 silent film Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde. The soundtrack was a surprise success both at its' live premier and a year later when it was released to the public, becoming New Jacobin Club's fastest internationally selling album. Their 6th full length studio album, tentatively titled "Empire of Dis," is scheduled for late 2020 release.
New Jacobin Club has shared the stage with KMFDM, Diamondhead, Birthday Massacre, Voltaire, Nashville Pussy, Groovie Ghoulies, Nekromantix, and many others.