The MISFITS @
w/ IGNITE, and
REACH the SKY
In the 70’s there was
an anti drug slogan that said “Doing drugs when you’re not really sick,
is really sick”. Well, It’s year 2000 and I don’t do drugs, but I
drank a lot of coffee and it made me really sick. Nevermind, let’s
move forward with this review. Me and my loyal seven-ft tall, 400
pound Road Dog CHAIRBUSTER 2000 missed the first band REACH the SKY due
to the long line and uncooperative staff at the Galaxy’s will call.
But by the time we got in, I was over it and psyched up to see the evil,
horror show known to us mere mortals as the MISFITS.
We got the perfect spot on the side of the stage, and as soon as we planted
ourselves right there, O.C. Hardcore band IGNITE came on.
and without a doubt, I knew I was witness to something new and not just
the same old, same old. Until now I’d only heard of this band, but
I’m telling you, the effect of IGNITE live, and right there in your face
is absolutely devastating! Hardcore? punk? Yes, and yes except
for the fact that IGNITE sounds so much different than all those bands
in the same musical genre that come off sounding like Pennywise, early
Offspring, Bad Religion, or any of the early Epitaph record label bands.
Let me remind you that IGNITE is not part of the recent Punk Rock Revival.
They’ve been around since about 1993 and their following in Europe, and
here in the States is Humongous. This band is as Hardcore as they
come, and more talented than the rest. Singer Zoli Teglas actually
“sings” these songs. Drummer Craig Anderson’s drumming is precise,
yet brutal. Bassist Brett Rasmussen’s bass thumps and growls.
And Guitar player Brian Balchack’s static charged power chording lays perfectly
on top of all that powerful low end punch. Catch IGNITE live when
they come to your City, State or Country. And, buy their excellent
new release “A Place Called Home”, out now on TVT Records. And for
even more of an ear-full, and an eye-full from IGNITE, log onto their site
What could I tell
you about the MISFITS that you probably don’t already know or that you
probably haven’t already heard somewhere else? First of all, I made
a bet with someone that I wouldn’t mention Danzig or compare him with Michale
Graves more than once in this review. What’s the use? And why
would I waste your time and mine? The MISFITS history is, for those
who don’t know. Glenn left the band, and in the time between him
leaving and Michale Graves joining, the MISFITS never officially broke
up. How could anything ever break up this Army of Psychotic
Mutants? In the time that passed before Graves came on board, the
MISFITS put out a bunch of really cool greatest hits type releases.
Seeing the MISFITS live was what got me into them more than anything else
they ever did. To me, their songs pretty much all sound the same
with a few exceptions here and there. A little doomsday chanting
of the oh oh oh oh’s, and then Doyle’s Gazillion Watts of guitar kicking
in at a thousand miles an hour. So what’s so bad about that?
I can stand it for two hours straight, especially when they’ve got the
coolest stage show around to back it all up. They’ve got Pus Head
the Fiend and Frankenstein's monster beating the crap out of each other.
They’ve got Frankenstein beating the crap out of Graves. They’ve
got Chud back there beating the crap out of his gargantuan drums, and himself.
They also have the two scariest s.o.b.'s who ever walked this planet on
bass and guitar. Jerry Only and Doyle are like two separate entities
that share one f***ed up brain! And that f***ed up brain says,
“Wake the Dead, and Kill them again!” Yep kids! The MISFITS are on
their eternal search and destroy mission, so fathers lock up your daughters
and farmers lock up your sheep! And the rest of you who think you’re
as sick as the MISFITS, sign the release of liability forms, or get a note
from your Mom, and go see them live! And check out www.misfits.com
for really cool MISFITS stuff.
check out the official
sites for The Misfits and
Special thanks goes out to
Vipe for the photo of Ignite w/ The Misfits!