'Gig Reports'

well that was interesting, too

25 Jul 2006 by Doug

I used to be in a band with a singer (Mike) who I thought was pretty crazy onstage. He would clamber on top of equipment, spray Diet Coke and candle wax over anything (and anyone) in range, climb off the stage and sing in people’s faces, that sort of thing. He ended most sets by taking a flying leap into the drum kit and knocking stuff over. (There were never any encores.)

But I gotta say, Monotonix’s lead singer put Mike completely to shame. He gyrated all over the floor of the Abbey Lounge and got plenty physical with the audience (I kept waiting for one of the women to slap him, but it never happened.) Mostly he was so over-the-top that it was just silly, but every now and then it took a serious turn — on one tune the guitarist mimed beheading the singer with harsh bursts of noise, and that was creepy.

Funny or scary, the bottom line is that they were consistently entertaining. I don’t think everyone dug the set (although a lot of people did), but I don’t think anyone was bored.

The great thing for the The Hyphens was that when Monotonix were finished, the crowd wasn’t projecting a mood of “ho-hum, another band to sit through,” the crowd was projecting a mood of “Yeah! More entertainment!” And nobody seemed to mind that we were more straightforward and less confrontational.

well, that was interesting

25 Jun 2006 by Doug

Our first night at Dee Dee’s Lounge was kinda crazy. Some band the night before had apparently dismantled the PA. The sound reinforcement person at the club knew how to run it but not how to put it together. Deprogrammer Mike and I tried to get it going without success — it acted like all the channels in were muted, except they weren’t. Sound came out of the board into the mains, but nothing going into the board came back out. Whatev.

We finally came up with the idea of using my bass head as a power amp, and rigged up a way to get a mic input into it. This worked better than it should have.

Since my amp was pressed into PA service, Mike lent me his rig, and we tore through a set with no monitors and no backing vox. A weird but fun show.

I enjoyed Deprogrammer. We both had a Misfits song in our set, and I definitely heard a lot of Misfits influence in their originals. I like playing with bands that are more punk than we are.

Lame Excuse was a no-show. I guess, they, uh, had some lame excuse.