Posted in music | pictures on March 23, 2009

Monotonix

Act: Monotonix

Where: "Mess With Texas" day party at Waterloo Park

What It Was Like: Absolute insanity. The music itself is pretty good; punk-edged, sleazy hard-rock. What sets the band apart from any other I saw during the entire festival was the members' complete disregard for their own safety. This was not a mere rock show. It was a war against monotony, and they were ready to make any sacrifice. Singer Ami Shalev climbed the lighting rig, dove into the crowd, crowd-surfed standing on a floor tom and stuck his microphone up his ass--only to put it to his lips moments later. Even more impressive than the stuntman acrobatics, though, was when he actually managed to get the frenzied crowd near the stage to sit down during a quiet moment. Because the band spent the entire show wading through and surfing on top of the audience, it was the only moment when Shalev could be clearly seen by most of the crowd. Otherwise, he was usually just a blur of hair and sweat seen in glimpses through a chaotic screen of arms and cameras.

Verdict: Inspiring. The way they threw themselves into their performance with such disregard of their own safety and trust of the audience was nothing short of spectacular.

Coitus Interruptus: When the sound was cut mid-song, Shalev proudly proclaimed that it was the third time in three sets that the band was stopped short. Dunno if that's something to be proud of--any jackass can just keep playing past his scheduled stop time. [Dallas Observer]

Is that what he said? I couldn't understand what he meant, except, after thanking the large audience for all their support, something about playing way less SXSW shows this year, but that of the three they did play they set a new world record... for getting cut short I guess?

They played right before the Circle Jerks. More Monotonix pics below...

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Comments (21)

Id hit it

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 2:26 PM

thank god the internets do not harness the latest in scratch n sniff technology.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 2:46 PM

I'd hit it, then I'd cry to my mom on the telephone the next morning lamenting the harsh realities of big city living, after I've asked her if I could move back into the old family rec room if I promise to get tested.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 2:47 PM

MEHnotonix

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 3:05 PM

The expression on the face of the dude front and center during the mic/ass incident is priceless. He's just to the left and below those charming orange shorts in the picture.

A snap crotch bodysuit? Donna Karan is killing herself, digging her own grave, and then spinning around in it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 3:16 PM

Great photos!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 3:26 PM

gross

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 3:32 PM

I got a black eye at that show!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 4:16 PM

saw them at the mohawk saturday night and it was the worst noise i have ever heard. plenty of bands can manage to sound good AND perform like animals. jesus lizard? come on. monotonix sound like shit.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 4:42 PM

getting tested is important

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | March 23, 2009 5:11 PM

Coosemek.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 5:19 PM

can these guys actually make music? or are they like les savy fav?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 6:28 PM

Saw them at the WFMU Record Fair last fall. They were pretty fucking amazing and not just because of the spectacle. It's essentially wicked riffs and craziness. They do stink like nobody's business though. After they worked their way into our part of the crowd I patted the shirtless sweaty drummer on the back as he played. I kid you not, the stench of stale beer, sweat, and general funk stayed on my hand for the whole day and night even after I washed it multiple times.

Posted by george | March 23, 2009 7:28 PM

go go bordelo changed their name? weird.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 8:23 PM

Les Savy Fav are a great band. I really love the guitarist's use of delay.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 8:58 PM

coosemek ya sharmuta

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 9:25 PM

I work at a music venue... and believe me, everyone who works at a music venue hates these guys... they damage house gear, throw water and drinks all over expensive equipment, and they put the crowd in harm's way with their throwing trashcans and drums around... it's a frickin nightmare ... plus, they sound like ass and you can't remember one single song they played after they are done... it's all just a bullshit spectacle.

Posted by screwmonotonix | March 23, 2009 9:53 PM

worst band ever!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2009 2:22 PM

I agree...Gogol Bordello changed their name...xactly! LAMES!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2009 4:14 PM

one year later. they are still horrible

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2010 11:38 AM

good

Posted by dar | March 8, 2010 11:31 AM

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