Nation of No One, Dr. Dreadful, Bloodsuckers Anonymous, Mortified Mortician, Cold Blue Rebels, Wednesday 13
Peabody’s Downunder – Cleveland, OH
13 October 2013
It was a night of tight corsets, fishnets and big black boots. Horror Punk reared its corpse painted face at Peabody’s in Cleveland with Wednesday 13.
I was disappointed that we arrived too late to hear more than one song from Nation of No One. The tune I caught from them sounded like really stupid punk rock. Before you take that as an insult, remember that the prototypical punk band is famous for songs like “I Wanna Sniff Some Glue” and “Pinhead.”
I’ve been wondering why there aren’t more females in the punk genre and Dr Dreadful did nothing to answer that question. It’s nice to see a girl onstage and not sequestered into the bass player role or exploited as the hot lead singer. There really isn’t much difference in the music that a girl can make except that a song about being in love with someone your friends and family wouldn’t approve of like “It’s Not Necrophilia If It’s Undead” seems a bit more truthful coming from a girl. I’d like to see more chicks playing rocking guitars so hopefully my niece will have someone to look up to who isn’t constantly shaking and sticking her tongue out like she’s having grand mal seizures.
Bloodsuckers Anonymous are a tight and talented group that fit on this bill great, but they’re a bit too “-core” for my taste. They had a few songs I enjoyed, but there was a bit too much screaming and soloing for me. Sometimes you want stupid punk and not talent.
The only noticeable difference between Mortified Mortician and Marilyn Manson is that Marilyn Manson doesn’t want to be them. I could hear the influence before I saw the singer’s shock symbol tattoo and I liked their set as much as Holy Wood, but I was disappointed that they didn’t play “Disposable Teens.” I don’t want to rip on them too hard. Godsmack eventually developed their own sound and achieved success and maybe these guys will too. I just don’t think they’re there yet.
I was blown away by Cold Blue Rebels. The Horror Punk genre is something that’s been done to death (pun intended) and can get stagnant real quick. CBR keeps things fresh (sort of) by playing rockabilly. At first I thought the band was made up or Ritchie Valens, Joe Strummer, Sid Vicious and Bill Ward, but then I realized Bill Ward isn’t dead yet and they are actually just guys in zombie makeup and dirty clothes. Either way, they’re the most interesting and exciting group I’ve seen in a long time.
And then it was time for the reigning king of Horror Punk Wednesday 13. I don’t own any of his records and I don’t want to because that would take the fun out of going to the show, knowing only two songs and being able to sing along with nearly every one of them. I constantly felt out of place because I didn’t cheer when he’d introduce a song, but by the chorus I was usually shaking my fist and realizing why everyone was so excited. By blending a bit of glam/party metal in his music Wednesday makes for a show I love to see every time.
Sadly though, this will probably be the last show I see at Peabody’s. The place is being torn down at the end of the month to make way for an extension to Cleveland State University. I’ll definitely miss it. I’ve seen a lot of good shows on those stages and have a lot of good memories of going there over the years. It is bittersweet because while I’m saying goodbye to a stage I played on with several shitty bands, I know that in the future I may have a chance to play at the Agora with other shitty bands. From what I’ve heard, Peabody’s will be moving into the Agora so the next time Wednesday 13 comes to town, I’ll just have to go somewhere else for the awesome show.
(If you’ve never seen the Agora, just check out the opening scene of that movie The Rocker.)
And here’s a video from Cold Blue Rebels because they rocked LAMF.