Wednesday 13 and the Death of Peabody’s

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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.”


IMG_20131013_194403_912I’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 IMG_20131013_210950_016Marilyn 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 IMG_20131013_220705_243most 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.


Syko-Maffia WWII

522025_521435267911370_384456230_nSyko-Maffia Weekend Warrior II

Mercury Lake, Exostra, Here Lies Another, Clouds Over Midgar, Neverender, Kharmuh, Mettal Maffia, Sykosis

May 25th 2013

Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH


I’ve been thinking a lot about the changes that have taken place in my life since I last visited Peabody’s. My blog has gone from a having a few dozen hits per month to a few hundred. I spent two months in rehab. My brother passed away. Our government has done absolutely nothing of importance. The buildings around Peabody’s and Rascal House have been tore down and I’ve nearly forgotten what a hangover feels like.

But in spite of all that has changed some things are still the same. Peabody’s is a great place for heavy live music.


Mercury Lake surprised me. They play the typical metal core popular at the moment and they do it well, but what really astonished IMG_20130525_202235_533me was that their female singer is actually attractive. Of course there are several good-looking women in metal music (Kittie, Otep, the chick from Coal Chamber), but I’ve never seen one in a local band. While her voice was just as great as any other metal screamer I’ve heard recently I couldn’t get over the fact that she may have looked more at home singing “I Knew You Were Trouble” into a hairbrush. I’m not complaining; it’s nice to have attractive females involved in the scene and it’s great to see a band fronted by a chick who I would bang even if she wasn’t in a band.


I can’t say I was blown away by Exostra’s performance. they still brought their electronic-fueled craziness and even added a bass player, but the guitar low notes being strangled by the amp made it hard for me to get into. I guess it probably seems shallow that a poor guitar sound can turn me off that much, but if you read the IMG_20130525_204901_018preceding paragraph you’ll see that I am indeed very, very shallow. I regret that I missed their battle with a bionic space pig but did find Mark’s vocals very nice. The best thing about them is I’m sure they’ll switch things up a bit and completely blow me away the next time I see them.


I’m not sure whose idea it was to have bands playing simultaneously on the two stages, but that’s why I missed some of Exostra’s set. When I made it over to Here Lies Another they were suffering from technical difficulties of their own. But they quickly recovered to rock their own brand of breakdown heavy metal-core.


I enjoy heavy stuff as much as the next guy but by the time Neverender took the stage I was a little full. I understand that shows need similar sounding bands to appeal to fans but after three groups that sounded very similar I couldn’t take anymore. I’ll have to check out their Facebook to try and make it up to them in the future.


Of course, something about bands wearing identical vests also turns me off. But I’m also really turned off by bands where members areIMG_20130525_215143_574 wearing sport jackets and/or sandals. Especially when they have silly names that sound Tolkien inspired. This should say a lot about how good Clouds Over Midgar were to hold my attention. I guess they would be classified as psychedelic-stoner rock. I’m not sure that’s correct but with the thundering bass guitar, shouted vocals and single note guitar riffs I think that’s a close enough approximation. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to see them in the future and hear more.


Mettal Maffia has improved since I last saw them. They’ve gone from sounding like a rap group with a live backing band to a single unit. The addition of a lead guitarist has done a great job of unifying them. While they still have a bit too much rap for my personal taste, they’re definitely bringing more metal to the sound than they were before. And say what IMG_20130525_222701_770you will, they have a great high-energy live show that makes it quite a struggle to remain standing still. My biggest complaint is that their new female singer looks like she might be about 15 years old and was wearing really tight pants and doing a great job of shaking her ass. It made me feel real dirty until it was confirmed that she is old enough to have her ass stared at. Maybe I should just start taking my girlfriend to shows so I can focus on the music a bit more.


Sykosis have also tightened up their sound and played an awesome set. I’ve seen other local groups headline Peabody’s, but Sykosis is the first one that came off with the energy, sound and live performance of a nationally touring act, which I’m sure they will be before too long thanks to their new record deal. While the masks tend to make you think of a Slipknot/Mushroomhead rip off, they have a much more New Wave Of American Heavy Metal sound reminiscent of Lamb of God and Chimaira. But with slightly more epic solos. And while I can’t help but feel that masks have outlived their usefulness I have to give props to the rhythm guitarist with the bow tie and suspenders. Way to shake up the cliche.IMG_20130525_234247_516


Apologies to Kharmuh. I don’t know why they didn’t stagger the bands and instead had them play at the same time. If it hadn’t been for that I would have caught your set.

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