It was May 1984 when Bon Ton Society played its very first show in Milwaukee at Teddy’s (which is now the legendary Shank Hall) and commenced upon its 3-year musical journey of acclaimed performances, innovative videos and independent recordings. Releasing a four song EP in 1986 on Nocturnal Records, featuring Confession and The Tide, BTS catapulted itself onto alternative and college music stations around the country. Receiving accolades from College Music Journal’s New Music Report, Canada’s Much Music, The Milwaukee Journal and receiving a WAMI award for “New Music Band of the Year” and several nominations for “Best New Talent,” “Performers of the Year” and “Best Album,” BTS brought a spirit of independence, mystique and rawness to its music. Sound Choice from Ojai, CA celebrated the band with comments like “… the metallic grandeur of Joy Division,” while the College Music Journal of NYC referred to them as “the illegitimate children of Echo and Siouxsie with gothic pop that is refined and full of interesting quirks. Working with alternative rock greats like the Psychedelic Furs, X, Gene Loves Jezabel, the B-52’s and Violent Femmes, BTS honed its music and performances with theatrical elements, dark moods and energy.