Murder City Devils/Sparta/American Steel - live in Austin (Cover Artwork)

Murder City Devils / Sparta / American Steel

Murder City Devils/Sparta/American Steel: live in Austinlive in Austin (2001)
Sub Pop Records

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Thursday, American Steel, Sparta, and The Murder City Devils Emo's tagline, alternative lounging, is justified: the line-up was as eclectic as the Led Zeppelin, Grand Master Flash, and Police sampling by Sean "Puffy" Combs in his heyday. On Oct. 5, Austin, Texas was host to East Bay.

Thursday, American Steel, Sparta, and The Murder City Devils

Emo's tagline, alternative lounging, is justified: the line-up was as eclectic as the Led Zeppelin, Grand Master Flash, and Police sampling by Sean "Puffy" Combs in his heyday. On Oct. 5, Austin, Texas was host to East Bay punkers American Steel, emo driven Sparta (ex-members of At The Drive In), the melody/screaming/hardcore of Thursday, and the broken bottle rock n' roll of The Murder City Devils.

I initially circled this date on my calendar for American Steel; Jagged Thoughts is my favorite album of 2001. With that said, I arrived having missed Thursday, but in time to catch American Steel one song into their set.

I was complacent with the American Steel set: not disappointed, but not moved either. The boys weren't as aggressive or fierce when I saw them last year on the Lookout! Freakout Tour. In addition, it was disappointing to hear, "This is an older song," and watch them play something from Rogue's March; by older I was expecting something from their self-titled on New Disorder Records. I was surprised by the fan response to the songs they played from Jagged Thoughts, an album not as well received as their previous records for not being "punk" enough. Maria, a ballad from Jagged Thoughts, got fans singing along and bouncing in a circle pit. A circle pit for a ballad? All in all, it was good to see American Steel get deserving recognition from fans and I was satisfied once they played Optimist.

Sparta took the stage after American Steel. They boast three ex-members of At The Drive In. I was not impressed by their set, but I didn't like At The Drive In either. Sparta has three guitar players, which I think is excessive. All I remember from the set is the singer breaking down and screaming (c'mon is this surprising?) and a song titled Water in which they used a keyboard to synthesize sounds that created a connation of the Middle East with me. I didn't like the set, but I endured to see Murder City Devils.

The Murder City Devils took the stage with a jump in their step that said, "We are going to rock your ass tonight." I think I'm justified when I say the recorded material by the Murder City Devils is weak in comparison to their live show. Other than Dancin Shoes, I cannot remember any of the songs they played. I was numbed by the energy of the band, and got hooked like a fish with a smile on my face. All I recall is jumping to the crunching guitars, driving bass, rapid drumming, echoing keyboard rhythms, and the screaming of Spencer Moody. For 50 minutes, all my worries attached to the outside world didn't exist; I was apart of something.


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Anonymous (October 16, 2001)


i saw them 2 nights ago, they rocked, not as good as atdi though

mars volta in 3 weeks, ooh

Anonymous (October 15, 2001)

Can someone please help me out with some info on Sparta, im a really big fan of at the drive in and i havent been able to find a Sparta website just been about to get some songs off of kazaa

Anonymous (October 14, 2001)

Matt Skiba of Alk3 loved Jagged Thoughts so much, he got a tattoo of the album.

coldjuly (October 14, 2001)

I like MCD..very different good stuff. They defy catagorzation...American Steel I could do without.

sickboi (October 12, 2001)

Its because Fathead is a raving alcoholic...

Anonymous (October 12, 2001)

hahahah tuesday rancidish? Thats the silliest thing I've heard all day! I dunno what to think about this fathead character, he either hits the nail on the head in his reviews and comments or he just comes up with stuff is totaly retarded....

Anonymous (October 12, 2001)

Tuesday Rancid-ish? I thought Tuesday was more of an emo-ish band along the lines of Alk3...

Anonymous (October 12, 2001)

Thursday is way overrated, and downright annoying if you ask me. Better bands are Tuesday (Rancid-ish punk with members of Slapstick), Saturday Supercade (an emo-core-punk band from Cincinatti who you WILL be hearing from soon) and even Green Day. Thursday is bad. -fathead

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

Read the review title: it says American Steel and Murder City Devils; not Thursday.

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

I'd rather see Murder City Devils than Thursday anyday.

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

How come no one who reviews shows on this site can bother to show up on time? Thursday is a phenomenal band, both live and on record. Hoser.

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

hell yah. that makes me wanna see the murder city devils now. im lucky enought o see their last show ever on halloween with botch in seattle. thats gonna rock much ass.

sickboi (October 11, 2001)

MCD fucking rule.

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