Death On The Radio, 2-Bit Whore, The Black Widows, Spent Idols At Cafe Nela, Friday July 27th 2018

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On Friday night, Café Nela was hosting a punk rock night, which opened with Death On The Radio, fronted by the all mighty Maxine Murder…and with a name like that, there was no option but killing it on stage, and this is what she did, with an incomparable howl that didn’t fade away for a minute. Women are gonna save punk rock, this may be a possibility after seeing her and Glitter Trash’s Jenna Talia on Tuesday! Death On The Radio, which also includes bassist Lee Powers, drummer Roger DeLong and guitarist Danny Dorman, has been through several incarnations since their formation in 2011, but everything changed when Maxine took the mic at the end of 2017: the band found her true identity with a ferocious frontgirl in torn up pantyhose, screaming in the mic with a tireless energy, and reaching the low ceiling with her mitten-protected arms, as if she was pushing the top of the room. Their sound was aggressive punk, with the theme of death in their mind and on her tee-shirt, building an unapologetic tone. They trashed the place with no regret, but went into several directions at the same time, as they played some truly empowering hard rock numbers with epic guitar riffs, while her howl took some AC/DC feisty allure, but adventured into a dance-y tone during another song before starting another series of dark punk assaults. They had a real fire in the belly and playing an intense set of dangerous tunes, with a Siouxsie and the Banshees attitude, and even got all-artsy when Maxine picked up an electric violin for a few last songs, bringing a punk Celtic element to the songs, while her shriek never lost any of its powerful sickness and passionate range of emotions.

2-Bit Whore brought a change of pace with frontman David McIntire reciting his rhymes at the throbbing rhythms of M. Segal’s tropical drumming, Stephen Reed’s bass and 11:21’s guitar. It was totally unique and odd, as McIntire was taking the strangest pose, doing an acrobatic dance, often animated by violent spasms. The ambiance was a sort of cinema noir, a bit like a Joe Frank freeform radio with peaks of distortion, claustrophobic percussions, ending into some infectious cacophony. Beside a Townes Van Zandt cover, their set was completely experimental, spoken words with a jazz-oriented soundtrack, craving for a collaboration with Mike Watt!

The Black Widows had a wide screen style, these punk ninjas made a theatrical entrance and for 40 minutes they were unstoppable. The quartet was wearing black outfits and black hoods, and kicked everyone’s ass with their guitars, looking like a thermonuclear force, a driving fury coming straight from a Kung Fu movie. There were no lyrics, just guitar-driven instrumentals, rocking the place with more or less aggression, and looking as evil as cartoon villains. The synchronization of the guitars was epic, and their blistering sound was alternating between violent punk rock assaults and ‘60s surf rock riffs, but they certainly proved that you don’t need lyrics to show anger, as the setlist revealed a bit about the songs, with  titles such as ‘Satan’s Little Sister’ or ‘Fuck the Pigs’. However not everything sounded angry, there were nuances and even a few soundtracks-for-80s-TV-series…there were no limits for these arachnids.

Spent Idols closed the night with an explosive set of old-school pure punk, that they played as if it was their last day on earth… hadn’t some group announced the end of the world for July 28th anyway? Wearing a David Bowie shirt, frontman Mike Spent adopted his natural rebellious attitude with a morose tremolo in the voice while he was screaming  ‘Land of the Lost’… Hardcore band Spent Idol formed in the early ‘80s in San Diego, then split in 1982, without having released any records. But in the ’90s, frontman Mike Spent launched a new version of the band, Spent Idols this time, releasing music influenced by the punkiest bands of the 70s, finding inspiration in the Pagans, the Ramones, the New York Dolls, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Dead Boys…The band split again in 1997, but Mike Spent is a stubborn fighter and after re-launching the band a few more times, this new incarnation carries the torch with a proud untamed spirit, while raising the middle finger very high with echoes of a there-is-no-future mantra. Mike Spent spat and barked his lyrics with a Sex-Pistols-esque detachment and a mix of charm and aggression, while the riotous guitars got wilder and louder.

They played a few songs of ‘Land Of The Lost’, their most recent album released in South America, such as ‘Bummer Summer’, Land of the Lost’, ‘Stolen Heart’, ’Total Glory’, as well as Spent’s 2016 single ‘I’m a Lion’, and if the set was rather short, the band expedited the tunes with a raw urgency, as any punk rock band should do. Mike Spent may call this lousy rock ‘n’ roll, but it is done in the veins of what made the Sex Pistols famous, and it’s still the dream of a kid from San Diego, in love with the UK punk glitter scene and obsessed with the idea that punk rock can shake up the world.

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Death on the Radio

2-Bit Whore

The Black Widows

Spent Idols

Death on the Radio

2-Bit Whore

The Black Widows

Spent Idols

Death on the Radio

2-Bit Whore

The Black Widows

Spent Idols

Death on the Radio

2-Bit Whore

The Black Widows

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