Exclusive Premiere: CURSE MACKEY’s Surrealistic Video for New Single “Smoking Tongues”


Premiere industrial act Curse Mackey (Pigface, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Evil Mothers) has just shared a video for “Smoking Tongues.”

“Smoking Tongues,” the second single from Mackey’s new LP, Immoral Emporium, is an industrial love song for the ages combining dance club appeal, sublime synth work, and Mackey’s perfectly on point poetics. Part ghost story, part noir nightmare, part love story, part religious allegory, the video sees Mackey at his most compelling, conjuring the hallucinatory experiences of life growing up in South Texas.

Curse says, “I wrote this song as the final piece of the new album. I wanted to speak to the listener directly, more than I may have done in the past. The phantasmagoria of my first album, Instant Exorcism, may have shrouded my feelings, but ‘Smoking Tongues’ opened a portal. I don’t think I have felt this vulnerable within a song before and the sound is also reaching into to new areas of exploration.”

Mackey continues “The lyrical dialog is as much about me as it is about the listener, and I clearly question our collective future. I know this song is a departure that industrial music purists might find out of frame, but, if you stick with me, we’ll get to the delicious delirium hidden within Immoral Emporium. I empathize with the feelings of alienation and loneliness. Our experiences, ‘our scars like constellations’ get us through these moments until we can again be seduced by the vast potential that exists in the world even on our darkest days.”

Curse Mackey will take his energetic one-man and a rack of synths show on the road in support of darkwave legends Clan of Xymox, this November, a long-awaited continuation of their 2020 tour that was cut mid-way by the pandemic.  

Curse Mackey Fall Tour, 2022
As Special Guest of Clan of Xymox
11.2 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
11.3 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
11.4 – Austin, TX @ Elysium
11.5 – Houston, TX @ Numbers
11.7 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
11.8 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
11.9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
11.11 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11.12 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
11.13 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
11.16 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
11.17 – Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer
11.18 – San Diego, CA @Music Box
11.19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater