Sons of Belial

6: "At the Blue-Stocking Club on Scott Street in Weca, the Sons of Belial’s set was just getting underway. Most of the punters appeared to be in fancy dress – got up as witches and druids, alchemists and necromancers, she-devils and sorcerers – but some of the women fans were wearing bows in their hair, studded with a glass eyeball and decorated with a skull design. This was just the way the Sons of Belial’s fans dressed for a night on the town."

"Like many new music acts, the Sons of Belial had until recently been notorious mainly for their shtick, which in their case involved showering the mosh pit punters with winks: punter and general public slang for the impresario’s promissory notes, that allowed us to buy food, drink and entertainment."

"The band were partway through the long introductory section of ‘The Rukh of the Kebra Negast’ before it became apparent to the punters at the front that there would be no winks tonight – there’s no telling how they knew or what caused their sudden, disproportionate anger."

"Based on witness accounts of the amounts involved, I’ve been unable to work out how the Sons of Belial hadn’t been bankrupted by their own stagecraft long ago. My guess is that there was some sort of private deal going on between the damager and Raguly and Nebuly; the winks were real enough, not counterfeits."

42: "Prominently displayed amid all the signed photos of musos shaking hands with the proprietor; posters for gigs upcoming and long-ago; and handwritten band seeks… advertisements, was a sign enumerating 20 rules for prospective customers eager to test Hamlet Music’s stock of guitars and basses:

IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE OWNER’S FRAGILE SANITY, ALREADY HANGING BY A TOP ‘E’, OUR PATRONS ARE REMINDED THEY’RE PROHIBITED FROM PLAYING ANY PART OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. ‘Spellcheck’ or anything by the Dust Bunnies – that includes riffs!
2. No King of Shades songs, especially ‘It’s A Shit Business’
3. ‘A Vision of a Mourner’s Thighs’
4. ‘Willie Has A Glass Jaw’
5. ‘A Gambler of the Small Towns’
6. ‘The Rukh of the Kebra Negast’
etc."
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