Ethel Cain is the singer/cult mother of the Daughters of Cain, a southern-based cult inspired by all things American gothic and the darker tones of Judeo-Christian belief. Adorning her head like a crown of thorns are the tattooed Hebrew letters that anoint them as divine. Gender, regardless of debate, exists firmly in the realm of humanity, while Ethel Cain is deity and living mythos. Much like Ismael (a woman cast in a male role) in Ingmar Bergman’s great film, Fanny and Alexander, Ethel has the power to spread the echoes of their energy throughout the many layers of reality. Ethel Cain, through her voice and music, can cast spells and bound curses upon those she wishes simply by the enchanting sounds that escape her magick throat musculature. Her latest album, Preacher’s Daughter, has already skyrocketed her into new territories of collective consciousness. And like any good hive mother, the daughters and sons of Ethel Cain will feed her until she devours the world. Her show at the Masonic Lodge was one of two album release shows in high-demand and sold out beyond capacity. It was an initiation rite, filled with symbolism, love, and danger.
Photos by: Michelle Corvino