Mind Eraser is PISSED.
Seattle's Iron Lung swung by Cake Shop on 11/8 to put the finishing touches on a tour that included dates at The Fest 8 in Florida (not to be confused with Festival 8 in California) a few weeks prior, and Fucked Up's Fucked Up Weekend 2009 with fellow Cake Shop performers Mind Eraser and Nomos (other FU performers included Cro-Mags (jam), Burning Love, Career Suicide, and even Metric). Pittsburgh's Brain Handle also came in to batter the Sunday matinee at Cake Shop that was part of Hardcore Gig Volume's on going series.
I missed Nomos completely, but caught all of Brain Handle, and though the vocalist was beyond wasted and spent literally half of his time either toppling monitors, stumbling or just plain on the floor, great performance from this quintet. Well executed old school 80s style hardcore with a special appearance from Jesse Gasface on vox for one song.
If there was ever a good thing about the whole Chuck Biscuits debacle, is it got me listening to Black Flag again. Mind Eraser's vocalist reminded me of (what was great about) Henry Rollins in Black Flag with his frumpled brow and searing intensity. As usual, Mind Eraser juggled between grind, sludge and hardcore, punishing the crowd with another excellent set. These Boston boys are a definite must see.
Powerviolence duo Iron Lung finished Cake Shop off in fine form, pummeling the early crowd with their incredible thundering down-tuned riffs and 1000 MPH blasts. Between song banter fell somewhere between joking crowd insults, and discussion about the past tour. It was my first time seeing Iron Lung, and as a fan of Sexless/No Sex, and it was good to see that LP as well as new material (!) represented. Look for Iron Lung's new one sided 7", Exposed, which the band did not have on hand at the show (but I did score a Pig Heart Transplant cassette).
More Iron Lung, Mind Eraser, and Brain Handle pics are below...