Rare Photos of Industrial Bands Looking Happy

This week is shaping up to be a good one for fans of industrial music — apart from the much-heralded return of Nine Inch Nails, which we reported this morning, there’s also a new album by ’80s industrial veterans KMFDM, the latest in a decade-long purple patch that followed their brief breakup and reformation under the moniker MDFMK. As a genre, industrial is rather known for its stony-faced seriousness, but occasionally its progenitors can be found cracking a smiling or even looking, y’know, happy. And so, to celebrate a week of good news, we thought we’d find some photos of genre icons looking cheery. It’s harder than it looks.


An uncharacteristically silly outtake from a very serious photo shoot.