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The Weirdos / Burning Brides

The Weirdos / Burning Brides: live in Los Angeleslive in Los Angeles (2005)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5


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The 25th annual Sunset Junction Street Fair was held last weekend. Held on a 3 block stretch of Sunset Blvd, and in the past having hosted the likes of Sonic Youth, X and the Circle Jerks, this year's lineup was another solid one, especially for the bargain price of $10. But due to temperatures hitt.


The 25th annual Sunset Junction Street Fair was held last weekend. Held on a 3 block stretch of Sunset Blvd, and in the past having hosted the likes of Sonic Youth, X and the Circle Jerks, this year's lineup was another solid one, especially for the bargain price of $10. But due to temperatures hitting the mid-90's outside, the turnout was not quite as large as it could have been. After spending an hour on the bus trying to get down to the fair, I paid my $10 and hurried through the gates as the Burning Brides were on stage.

I was pissed Iâ??d already missed about half their set, as this was a band Iâ??d seen last year and had instantly become one of my favorite live acts despite not having any of their material yet. So my apologies to Burning Brides fans if I don't know the names of all or any of the songs they played. But it didn't take long for me, or the few hundred or so already rocking out, to get into their set. The setup for this 3-piece from Philadelphia is pretty simple: 2 guys, a girl, your standard guitar/bass/drums and a fuck load of rock, the heat be damned. This band was tight. You could tell they were having a blast, feeding off each other and the crowd. Singer Dmitri belted out the songs while laying out fuzzed out, loud, heavy, and melodic riffs on his guitar. At one point, he took a flying leap off the drum kit and fell to the ground, but just laid there and continued to shred his guitar for the rest of the song. The drummer kept the beats consistent and solid. But I was really impressed with the thumping bass lines laid down by Melanie, who was in full headbang mode while having a wide grin on her face the whole set. It's always great to see the band actually enjoying themselves on stage. They did play a killer version of "Arctic Snow" as metal horns started shooting up throughout the sweaty crowd. They also played a new song, which I was glad to hear that they were working on new material. Raw, intense, and dirty rock'n'roll was the theme of their set and by the end of it, they had everybody in the crowd's full attention. This is definitely a band you need to check out live.

There was a 15-minute wait 'till legendary L.A. punks the Weirdos were set to go on, so I decided to walk around and check out the rest of the fair. Just then, some guy in dreads walked right past me and I thought to myself, hey that looks like Keith Morrisâ?¦oh shit, that is Keith Morris. Presumably he had just finished watching the Burning Brides and was going to check out the Weirdos as the bassist in the Circle Jerks, Zander, was also the bassist for the Weirdos. I didn't want to bother him as he seemed to be in a bit of a hurry. After walking around a bit, I decided to get back as the band was about to start. At this point, the crowd demographic had decidedly changed from headbanging rocker to a mix of old and young punks and punkettes. That and the crowd must have doubled in size. The wait wasn't long before the MC of the fair, an old lady decked out in a navy captain's uniform, waddled onto the stage. After being promptly greeted by a bunch of middle fingers for blabbering for a bit, she announced, "Thank you, thank you. So now, if you guys are readyâ?¦.here they areâ?¦the Weirdos!"

Guitarist Dix Denney walked out first, dressed up in some old tattered clothes, followed by drummer Sean, bassist Zander, and a disheveled looking John Denney. Damn these dudes were old. Zander seemed like the young buck of the group and I think he's in his 40s. So without much of an introduction, they immediately assault us with "Fort USA" and the previously docile crowd turned angry and possessed. Some large dude cleared the pit. Elbows started flying. Noses were getting bloodied. And the whole front of the stage went nuts. Yea, the Weirdos may be old, and the days of them jumping around on stage may be long gone, but they can still rile up a crowd and they can still play. The band was fast and quick paced, focused in an almost machine-like manner and taking only slight pauses from song to song. Their 40-minute set included crowd favorites "We Got The Neutron Bomb" (so fucking good that it got requested again later but wasn't played), "Solitary Confinement," "Cyclops," and even a cover of the Ramones' "I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement," which I thought could've gotten a better crowd reaction, but maybe the heat had something to do with it. The band didn't talk too much, which will bother some who need the band to say something funny or witty, but who gives a fuck, it's the Weirdos. What the band may have lacked in talk was made up with John's almost Tourette's Syndromesque gestures, contorting his face, and staring people down like he was going insane right before us. Or maybe he was making those faces because he was amused watching the bicycle shorts, headband-wearing geek from the 80's prancing about the pit in a full-bore drunk ballerina dance. Biggest surprise was one old dude, who I thought was totally out of his element wearing sandals, a pink dress shirt, and black vest but who then proceeded to dive head-first into one section of the crowd and jump around the front of the stage. Looks can be very deceiving. The band ended with my favorite Weirdos' song, the one-chord classic "Helium Bar," at which point the crowd up front started jumping around and going crazy. And with the end of the song and the crowd cheering, you could see a look of sincere appreciation on John's face. It was well earned. Great job guys.

Still to come were the Eagles If Death Metal, Suicide Girls, and the legendary New York Dolls. Of course, you can see this is the last paragraph of the review so you can kind of guess what happened. The heat was killing me so I bailed. My interest in Eagles Of Death Metal was minimal, even less for the Suicide Girls, and I'd already had a great time seeing the New York Dolls a few months ago. That and the possible 4-hour wait for them meant it was time to call it a day.

 

 
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joeg (September 12, 2005)

"No Jerry Nolan, no Johnny Thunders= No New York (Dolls).

Damn that Morrissey asshole for "regrouping" them for a cash in. Their records are great, brilliant, even, but the drug-addled rock star schtick doesn't age well for the individual. Like the Rolling Stones...

-Will"

-i saw the "two" york dolls at a festival in may and yes, david johansen looks OLDER than keith richards and yes, you can argue that it's a cash in. but fuck i had a damn good time.

TheNightProwler (September 9, 2005)

I saw Burning Brides live over 3 years ago and they sounded like a generic post-grunge band spare for the song "Artic Snow" which was pretty damn catchy, I'll give them that.

Fast forward to a while ago back where I saw a music video for them on the TV and they sounded like all those trendy garage bands that were the popular thing that month.

So unless they changed yet again, I'm not sure what all the praise is for.

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

the Burning Brides are pretty rad.

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

No Jerry Nolan, no Johnny Thunders= No New York (Dolls).

Damn that Morrissey asshole for "regrouping" them for a cash in. Their records are great, brilliant, even, but the drug-addled rock star schtick doesn't age well for the individual. Like the Rolling Stones...

-Will

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

The Burning Brides had a single out a year or two ago and it got pretty popular i believe but it might have been another band with a similar name

rkl (September 9, 2005)

according to buddyhead, the burning brides are t-rex nirvana.
all ive heard is their cover of "hybrid moments," wasnt too impressed. then again, ive heard very few misfits covers that i felt were an improvement/upt to par on the original

stevejonestherealbones (September 9, 2005)

Yeah, I'm liking this Sunday thing. And who are the Burning Brides? They sound pretty cool. Do they have records out?

i think they have at least two records out. i know the latest was on V2 but i'm guessing they got dropped. i dont think they were promoted worth a shit. anyway, i have only heard random tracks off samplers and stuff, but they were all pretty good

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

housewrecker (September 9, 2005)

I love the Weirdos. As far as them being old...I think Solitary Confinement was written in 1977 so...do the math.

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

I might have a giant head
I might wanna fuck the dead
I might be a girl instead
But I'm not a weirdo

No, I'm not a weirdo.

gladimnotemo (September 9, 2005)

Damn, it sounds so good. I need Weirdos stuff so badly.

Anonymous (September 9, 2005)

The Weirdos fucking ROCK.......but can anyone tell me why Edward Furlong's character in American History X has a Weirdos poster on his wall? I mean, as far as I know, the band is pretty leftist......am I missing something?

lushj (September 9, 2005)

Yeah, I'm liking this Sunday thing. And who are the Burning Brides? They sound pretty cool. Do they have records out?

Cos (September 9, 2005)

i saw the Burning Brides at the Spaceland a few months ago, and my ears haven't been that devastated in a long time. good shit.

I skipped this one, mainly due to the hangover, and that the big bands were too fucking old. $10 still seemed like a lot of cash to fork out for the TWO York Dolls.

--Cos

TheOneTrueBill (September 9, 2005)

That's what Sunday is for buddy.

TheOneTrueBill (September 9, 2005)

Lucky Bastard! I want to see the Weirdos so badly but when they came to Chicago in the spring of 2004 it was 21 . They're one of the most underrated punk rock bands of all time.

I would've waited out the heat for the Dolls, but then again I haven't seen them before.

Once again, I say "Lucky Bastard!"

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