Saturday, October 28, 2017

If you're gonna scream, scream with me!

Fright Rags art
If you weren't yet convinced that hell froze over in the past year, demontrated by all the natural disasters, politcal shenanigannery, and today's arrival of an alien space rock (?!?), rest assured that the fiery pit is now in fact ice-skatable. How can I be sure? The original Misfits reunited last fall! If that isn't a sure sign of the apocalypse, I don't know what is.

Sadly I wasn't lucky enough to witness either of their reunion shows, which took place in Chicago and Denver. Why not one in New York, Misfits?? You're from Jersey, for crying out loud. Don't you have to come home to get your East Coast punk cards punched every now and then? The original Misfits did recently announce they're going to do another reunion show later this year in Los Angeles, so I'm still hoping hell will get a little colder and bring a New York show down the pipeline.

More conveniently, an East Coast punk band I've loved for years but never had the opportunity to see live played New York TWICE this year! And I got to see them both times! The Bouncing Souls started out in the late 80s in New Jersey, and have been touring and recording together ever since (with just a couple of drummer swap-outs along the way). While they're known for fast and fun good-time songs that can veer toward the poppy, they have the proper amount of respect for their Jersey horror punk elders. In 2011, they recorded a cover of the original Misfits' "Hybrid Moments" on a live EP. Their version is slowed down from the original, and almost has a Roy Orbison vibe. Appropriate, since Orbison was an influence on Glenn Danzig and even recorded one of Glenn's songs a year before he died.

So sit back, flick your Bic, and enjoy this tender ballad about hybrid creatures raping faces and replicating. Who knows, with this alien space rock thing happening, this song might be reality by tomorrow.

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