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THE MISFITS AMPLIFIER BAR PERTH JANUARY 2014

THE MISFITS LIVE AT THE AMPLIFIER BAR JANUARY 19 2014

THE MISFITS

THE AMPLIFIER BAR PERTH WA

JANUARY 19 2014

There are many bands in the world that are on that bucket list of bands that you must see, whether you are a big fan or not and horror punk legends Misfits are definitely on that list. Scepticism of their performance was admittedly fairly strong given that the shoes of former vocalist Glenn Danzig are pretty big to fulfil but as we found out at the Perth show which was the final show on the Australian tour, the band deserve recognition for what they do no matter what.

Misfits are one of those bands that just about every metal and punk band starting out have covered in one way or another, even the most casual of fans may have heard a bunch of the band's songs without realizing who did the original. But there is no replacing the originators, the masters of horror punk set out to end their tour with a setlist of classics that every fan knows.

 

Opening the night were local band Leeches who played in front of an already decent turnout early on, thrashing out a short set to warm up the crowd. Local heroes Chainsaw Hookers are always a pleasure to see and a fitting band for the Misfits show support slot which is well deserved. The experience is clearly there as they get the crowd riled up early for the main act before ending with a round of applause.

Misfits came on stage not long after with bass/vocalist Jerry Only mingling with the crowd in the corner before hitting the stage. No magic intro and really throughout the entire show not a lot of chatter in-between songs. It was pretty much non-stop action from the punk legends after a slightly rocky but decent start early on but once the band got through a few tracks and the crowd was getting more into it, that's when the band started firing on all cylinders.

Jerry Only put out an energetic and enthusiastic performance, his fuzzy bass sound reminiscent of Lemmy's guitaresque bass playing while guitarist Dez Cadena standing at the opposite end having a more mellow stance on stage. Setlist was massive which I suppose is easy given the short length of songs but to fire off a few highlights we got "We are 138", "Die, Die My Darling", "Attitude", "Saturday Night", "Scream!", "Some Kinda Hate" and show closer "Halloween" which is always fun to hear even if it's not in season. The band did play a few songs off their last album "The Devil's Rain" but clearly the crowd was more into the earlier stuff which is really the main ingredients of a Misfits set.

Going into it I was sceptical but coming out of it after the show I was impressed, it was certainly better than I expected. I think the fact that there were hardly any breaks in-between each song made the show that much more energetic and gives you less time to think about the what ifs and all the other expectations of not only what the show has but who is up on stage doing it. I don't think it matters all that much when it's done this way, it's punk rock and it's only about the music and nothing else.

 

 

by Andrew Schizodeluxe | Photos by Mark Diggins January 2014

 

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