The Misfits, Goldblade: Dirt Box Disco, Glasgow ABC – live review

The Misfits, Goldblade
Dirt Box Disco-Glasgow ABC,
5th April 2013

Having already run a very positive review of one of the shows on The Misfits recent tour it’s time for the opposite, a negative review. However the gig wasn’t a total washout as our man was treated to great sets by both Louder Than War boss’s band Goldbalde & Dirt Box Disco.

I have to admit, the phenomenon of The Misfits kinda passed me by. I knew them from the huge amount of t-shirts that one sees around rather than for their music. That skull logo is iconic and seems to represents a whole slew of disaffected youth who love the band.

As far as kitschy, camp horror-rock goes, I always believed that The Cramps did it before and way better.  No matter, having dug out the albums for a quick refresher course, I made my way to the venue just in time for Manc-lads Dirt Box Disco. First impressions, I have to say, were not promising.

A five-piece band with any number of silly hats, daft outfits and face paint careening around the stage had me grimacing almost immediately. Hold that result. Despite the Viz Comic band-name and the clowning around, DBD are a band with some really good songs. That’s right; they’ve got material that other groups would kill for. Ok, some of the lyrical material is puerile; they’re fond of a chorus with “fuck” in it; but damn it, the songs are catchy, hook-laden and driven with a fizz-pop energy that would put groups half their age to shame. Their material is all heavy, buzzsaw guitars, thundering drums and don’t-give-a-monkeys joi de vivre. Finishing with Let’s Get Wasted (the chorus of which goes –“C’mon, c’mon, let’s get fucking wasted”) got the fairly sparse, early doors crowd on their side and I think they made some new friends tonight.

 

Their new album is out soon and I recommend you check them out via their website.

With little fuss, Goldblade take the stage. Playing as a truncated four-piece line-up tonight does not diminish their power. Pete Byrchmore’s guitar is set to stun and I barely notice the absence of other missing guitarist young Andy.

In something of a Goldblade hold-the-front-page moment, John Robb’s shirt remains in place till the fourth song;  no matter, by then he’s in amongst the front rows doing the mob-orator thing and encouraging Misfits fans to join in songs they’ve clearly never heard before.  Songs from new album The Terror Of Modern Life slide into the set and are a slightly darker presence amongst the better known material. Someone Stole My Brain has a Dead Kennedy’s feel to its seething riffage. The Shamen Are Coming sees Byrchmore mining a Dick Dale surf guitar feel.  All promising stuff for the album’s release this month.

There’s a fairly poor crowd given the legendary status of The Misfits; as expected they attract a huge range of ages to their shows.

Taking the stage to a blazing, thunderstorm light show, they’re clearly a very professional outfit. Unbelievably, the drummer is atop a Spinal tap-esque Stonehenge drum riser. I don’t think it was meant to be ironic.

Jerry Only has a mic stand with a skeleton on it. The band are dressed in kabuki make-up, hugely-spiked jackets and those boots with the bones on that you see advertised in the back pages of Kerrang. I don’t know about the rest of the crowd, but I wasn’t that scared.

The material is all sub-hardcore thrash with Only’s metal-tinged growl decorating lyrics about ghouls and blood and all that tosh.  I have to say, the crowd were lapping it up but I thought they stank to high heaven. I’m aware that there’s a certain set of their audience who have “issues” with the current line-up but not being au fait with too much of their history, I couldn’t comment.

Suffice to say, they sucked worse than a toothless crack whore. I gave it seven songs and then left them to it. I’m sure if I was fourteen, self-harmed and hated my parents they would be the dog’s bollocks. For me, nah. Heard it all before and better.

The Misfits website can be found here. Goldbalde’s website is here. Goldblade are also on Facebook. Twitter & Youtube.

All words by Joe Whyte. More of Joe’s writing on Louder Than War can be found i n his author’s archive.

 

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  1. Joe, if you’re not familiar with Glenn Danzig era Misfits then you’re missing out enormously. The band nowadays bare little resemblance to the band of the late 70s and early 80s. Of course, your review reads like it was written by one of the very 14 year olds you’re disparaging. The phrase ‘Sucked worse than a toothless crack whore’ demonstrates that you’re not only probably a complete misogynist AND a dickhead, but that you’re also an awful writer. Not being ‘au fait’ with the Misfits history just indicates you’re a hack who can’t even be bothered to do a few minutes research on Youtube.

    I know no one’s paying you for reviews (that would be perverse) but you could have some standards even if you are giving your shit away for free.

    • Joe Whyte NOT a dickhead SHOCK!

      The phrase ‘Sucked worse than a toothless crack whore’ demonstrates that you’re not only probably a complete misogynist AND a dickhead, but that you’re also an awful writer.

      The phrase shows that Joe is a perfectly good punk-rock-writer employing an amusing and knowingly un-PC cliche to make a point NOT that he’s a dickhead or a mysoginist.

      Unpaid writers have no duty to anyone but themselves and do not have to pander to bands, fans and pedantic fools like you TJ

      • ‘The phrase shows that Joe is a perfectly good punk-rock-writer employing an amusing and knowingly un-PC cliche to make a point NOT that he’s a dickhead or a mysoginist. Unpaid writers have no duty to anyone but themselves and do not have to pander to bands, fans and pedantic fools like you TJ’

        How exactly is calling someone out for being a lazy slag ‘pedantic’?

        It’s not punk rock writing, it’s shite. The idea that it’s immune from criticism because it’s unpaid is even more shite. Being ‘un-PC’ is the resort of rightwing hacks like Clarkson and Littlejohn, it’s not iconoclastic it’s moronic.

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