Thought I was dead, didn’t ya’?Â Nope, just been dealing with real life while still making it to a few shows that I want to tell you about – so here we go.Â First up, I LOVE me some good Horror Rock around Halloween, and with The Misfits & GWAR conveniently avoiding Columbus this season, one of the scary themed shows I DID attend was Wednesday 13 at the Alrosa Villa.Â Here’s the breakdown;
The first band I caught was Phantom 13 out of Marion, Ohio, who played some decent Horror Punk but were VERY derivative of early Misfits/Danzig (probably too much so for any real commercial success). Still, if you like that sound (and I do), Phantom puts out catchy tune-age like “Death Dealer” & “Dust Filled Veins” that’ll have you singing along in the shower (or is that in the blood bath?).
Next up, some local favorites of mine, Mystic Syntax – who you may recall I saw sweating it out in 90 degree mid-day heat at Woodshock. Much more conducive playing conditions this night, with another strong performance by the band that was one part Electro-Industrial, one part Metal and a uniquely strange experience to witness. Like a post-apocalyptic nightclub act, MS creates eerie tunes full of emotionless lyrics & driving beats wrapped in techno-centric keyboard samples. “Just Like You” is featured on the linked site, and gives you a good feel for their sound.
Polkadot Cadaver were next, an eclectic & funky experimental group formed by ex-members of Dog Fashion Disco. I’ll give them credit for avoiding cliche, but I didn’t need to hear (among other things) the full cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”. Not my cup of tea, but I encourage you to follow the link & give them a listen for yourself.
The following band, Vampires Everywhere are more of what I expected for an opening act on this bill, a Gothic boy band with heavy 80’s Sunset Strip influences. That being said, I found them to be very entertaining with a rocking set of Power Pop tunes overlaid with occasional scream-o vocals. Probably dripping in Twilight groupies, Vampires Everywhere have a melodic brand of cemetery angst that is catchy, listenable & was ultimately fun to watch. I particularly like “Immortal Love”, which you can hear if you follow the link.
Wednesday 13 came out last, with all the fog swept, light flashing intensity of a great Halloween show. Not as heavy on stage props as I would’ve expected, the band more than made up for it with a powerful presence, chugging through a set that mixed new offerings with a good selection of old staples (except “I Love To Say Fuck”, a personal fave of mine). Melodic & catchy, like most bands on this bill, W-13 do a great job of capturing a Punk sensibility, sprinkling in some A7X type metallic goodness and serving it all up in Psychobilly homage that’s both lyrically humorous (with songs like “Calling All Corpses” and “Happily Ever Cadaver” for example) but backed up by a good rock n’ roll crunch. Below is a shaky fan-made video from a show a few weeks previous, that aptly captures their live performance. Really good stuff, and I’d not hesitate to see them again. Thanks to some help from Setlist.fm, I can offer you what was played as well;
- Calling AllÂ Corpses
- I Walked With A Zombie
- Scream Baby Scream
- My Home Sweet Homicide
- Silver Bullets
- From Here to the Hearse
- Happily Ever Cadaver
- Put Your Death Mask On
- I Want You Dead
- I Wanna Be Cremated
- House By The Cemetary
- Til Death Do Us Party
- Bad Things
- Something Wicked This Way Comes