April 16, 2010

Monotonix Crush It at The Cradle!!!

Monotonix came through town this past Tuesday and flat killed it! It was awesome! This band knows how to put on a show. The lead singer recently broke his leg during a show, but he refused to let that stop him from being his usual self; jumping off railings, crowd surfing, pouring beer down the crack of his ass, climbing up and hanging from rafters and leading the crowd through sing-a-longs. The guy was on fire.
Musically, the drummer and guitarist are tight and weave a furious web of riffs. The group would pick up the gear (with the help of the audience; I lifted the bass drum and cymbals once) every couple of songs and set up in a different part of the club. Briefly, the drummer and singer ended up outside in front of the Cradle, with the singer grabbing fellow RR contributor Jb's beer and pouring it on the drums. Heyyyoooo!

Rock Report friend, Pedro, had this to say about the show:

It was easily the most interactive show I've ever experienced.  That's the thing, you experience it rather than watch it.  Those drums sounded - or felt - more real than the bass at a Melvins show.  I had heard about their show that folks saw at the Pour House, and although it sounded like more than a gimmick, when you see how into it they are, and how much they are devoted to the rock n' roll, you really appreciate that it's more than just an exercise in being different.

I think that they might be the only band who gets to attend their own shows.  By hanging out with the people, they are simultaneously the performers and the audience.

I want to do that again.

That just about sums it up. These guys are refreshing and exciting. There is no other band puts on this type of show, that I am aware of, and I hope they continue to do so for years to come.

*sorry, but we arrived late and missed the openers, Bellafea and Past Lives. The Thermals were on when we got there. I don't know much about them, but they are very good at what they do, which is a combination of 90's rock and power pop. They had lots of people head bobbing and cheering; thats a positive sign*

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