Captured! By Robots / Groovie Ghoulies

Captured! By Robots / Groovie Ghoulies: live in St. Louislive in St. Louis (2005)
Springman Records

Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: kamataccikamatacci
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The Groovie Ghoulies at the Creepy Crawl. The show is like a match made in punk rock heaven. They, along with Captured! by Robots, the Dollyrots, and the Helper Monkeys played in St. Louis on November 3, 2005. The show was added at the last minute and was basically a late Halloween show. Boy, was th.

The Groovie Ghoulies at the Creepy Crawl. The show is like a match made in punk rock heaven. They, along with Captured! by Robots, the Dollyrots, and the Helper Monkeys played in St. Louis on November 3, 2005. The show was added at the last minute and was basically a late Halloween show. Boy, was the crowd in for a treat.

The Dollyrots played first. They are a 2/3's-and-female-fronted popish punk band from L.A. They are kinda like a riot grrl band, but with cute songs. They did a song for a HP commercial not too long ago if anyone remembers. Anyway, this is the second time I've seen them, and the first time, everything went wrong. It's nice to see in a good set where they are more into it. They had some pretty nice melodies and guitars and such. A really solid opening act. They have an album, Eat My Heart Out. Check them out.

The Helper Monkeys were next, and the only all-guy band of the night. They are from Sacramento, and have apparently been in a band together since they were twelve. I'm not gonna say they were bad, but I just couldn't get into them. It's like they couldn't decide if they wanted to be Good Charlotte or Underoath, so they just choose the worst of the two. They also had some glam or disco roots. Whatever. They put out the album No Release.

Then, the Groovie Ghoulies took the stage. While not the headliners, you could tell the crowd was here to see them. Hopefully, you all know the Ghoulies, but if not, they are a guy, his wife, and another girl who make up one of the quirkiest punk outfits around. They play short, catchy, fun-loving songs that are usually about horror movies. They just came out with a new album, Berry'D Alive, which is an all-Chuck Berry cover album. They have like ten or so other albums too.

The stage was decorated with all kinds of cool cardboard cut outs of vampires, mummies, and octopuses, and had a bunch of flashing neon lights. Not quite GWAR, but it still gets the idea across. They also threw candy into the crowd. As they played songs like "Let's All Do the Bat," "She's My Vampire Girl," "Pet Cemetery," and of course, "The Time Warp," people were dancing like crazy. Not moshing, or skanking, or circling, but actually dancing. The put a lot of energy into their short set, and it really paid off.

I didn't think the night could get any better. I was wrong. The final band was Captured! by Robots. I have never heard of these guys (well, not really guys) before, and apparently, neither did a lot of other people as the place emptied out a lot before they played. But those who stayed were not disappointed. The front-man was JBOT, who has been in Skanking Pickle and the Blue Meanies. As far as everyone else goesâ?¦they were robots. Real robots that actually played instruments. A guitar bot that played the double-axe, two drumbots, the Ape That Hath No Name and his son, and the headless hornmen. It is seriously something needed to be seen to be believed. And to top it all off, they were all dressed as "Star Trek" characters and he played an episode of the show in the background.

Their set was hilarious. Maybe you just need a special sense of humor to really enjoy it. JBOT, as Captain Prickhard, would talk with his follow robots using ventriloquism that would make both "Star Trek" and "South Park" fans happy. Their songs were really varied. They had some new wave (JBOT played the "Keytar"), some folk songs, and some which were straight up death metal. Most retained the Star Trek theme (I just about died at the lyrics of "Wesley Crusher, Fuck You" and "Data's Fully Functional," which is about Data's sex life) and sang Klingon Battle Hymns. And even when avoiding the Trekkie realm, he was still hilarious. C!BR has 4 albums and a live DVD out, and while they don't do the band justice, still worth checking out.

Sorry if I rambled a little too long, but this was some of the most fun I've ever had at a show. If these guys come to your town, you must see them.


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secret_superstar (November 10, 2005)

the ghoulies are the greatest! i am not sure what to think about cbr.

kamatacci (November 9, 2005)

I agree, there are better places than the Creepy Crawl.

Anonymous (November 9, 2005)

the creepy crawl in st. louis sucks shit! the owner rapes little girls. not to mention hammer skins. this is all fact.

Anonymous (November 8, 2005)

'using ventriloquism'

i've never called it ventriloquism, but I see your point.

JBOT is awesome. People don't seem to understand the amazement until they see it.

Captured by Robots doing the 10 commandments was a sight to see. Always worth seeing.

And the robots don't just look like their playing to a pre-recorded track, they really play the instruments.


sallyjesse (November 8, 2005)

jbot is the shit. my band has played with CBR 4 times now and he's just as cool now than when we first met. maybe a little more frazzled. the amount of set up time and voltage that guy needs to play a show is rediculous. still, awesome.

kamatacci (November 8, 2005)

The Helper Monkeys for sure didn't remind me of SW or the Queers. But like I said, they really couldn't figure out what type of music they were. They did have some goofy talk amongst themselves.

I got a CBR album, and it didn't do much for me, but they are incredible live. And whoever said they were nice was right. The Dollyrots even remembered me from a show a year ago.

Good stuff. Much beter than the diasterfest FOT/ FBTMOF/ BVS concert two days later.

Anonymous (November 8, 2005)

Sounds like a great show.

skolarx (November 8, 2005)

i can't believe someone on here knows who voltaire is much less about the star trek songs. whoever you are i love you

kirbypuckett (November 8, 2005)

The Dollyrots were pretty cool...and I hate female bands.

Helper Monkeys were not my thing, but def. not Good Charlotte or Underoath -- they were pop-punk ala the Queers or Screeching Weasel.

- Kirby

Anonymous (November 8, 2005)

The song about Data seems like it's a cover of Voltaire's "Sexy data tango"

Anonymous (November 8, 2005)

hahaha, that made my day seeing a c!br review on here. i remember seeing them years ago.

Dante3000 (November 8, 2005)

I dig C!BR. I Saw them once here. The dude is pretty much a staple of The Blank Club and Bottom of the Hill. Funny shit. Not really great music, but a good live show.

Anonymous (November 8, 2005)

I'm glad someone like the Ghoulies are still playing, keeping that sound and the DIY ethics alive and well. It was great to see them with Teenage Bottlerocket earlier this year.

Also, The Ghoulies and Dollyrots are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

TheOneTrueBill (November 8, 2005)

woah, I just read what you wrote about the Helper Monkeys. Are you sure you saw the same band I did? They were goofy Lawrence Arms style punk rock with song titles like "shitting blood." They sure as shit didn't sound like Good Charlotte or Underoath to me.

Anonymous (November 8, 2005)

c!br are still a band?

TheOneTrueBill (November 8, 2005)

I saw the Ghoulies the night before in Chicago, with Bullets to Broadway. It was a great show. I'm amazed with the Ghoulies, it was the third time I'd seen them since April and each time was great!

kirbypuckett (November 8, 2005)

Saw the Ghoulies the other night...2nd or 3rd time this year, I dunno -- they rule. Simple as that.

- Kirby

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