Steve Serverin/The Seashell & The Clergyman

Two weekends ago, Steve Serverin performed live at Galapagos Art Space. It wasn’t really a concert per say. Serverin performed a live film score to the 1928 silent film ‘The Seashell and the Clergyman’.

For those not familiar, Steve Serverin is best known for being the bassist for Siouxsie and The Banshees. As a founding member, Serverin was one of the key collaborators with the band during his tenure. During the recent film showing, one could see not only the musical contributions, but also the visual aspects. Choosing Brooklyn’s Galapagos Art Space was well suited, as it slightly added to the atmospheric event.

If you’re interested in the general history of Avant-garde and experimental films, you might want to investigate ‘La Coquille Et Le Clergyman.’ (French title) It’s thought to be one of the first flicks to fall under the ‘Surrealist’ tag. Supposedly quite controversial during its day, with themes of obsession, lust, and brief nudity. French filmmaker Germaine Dulac was not only directed, but she also wrote and produced this silent. Perhaps it might be safe to say she was one of the first directors of the female persuasion. Now if you’re into making it a ‘Blockbuster night’, this probably won’t be for you. However, if you’re into film history, then you might want to investigate.

To round out this brief review, the musical performance was actually more of a backdrop for this silent film. Steve Serverin has succeeded in moving beyond the iconic ghost of Siouxsie. So instead of relying on past glories, Servern instead threw focus into a different composing direction. Me personally, even if I was an extremely big Siouxsie and the Banshees fan, if he was just rehashing old tunes on stage, I would’ve not bothered. I preferred this method much better. So in whole, definitely worth checking out.

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