Monday, October 12, 2015

Hollywood Undead at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom

Jorel Decker (J-Dog) and Aron Erlichman (Deuce) posted an original song online in 2005 and its popularity led them to start a rock rap band. Based out of Los Angeles, California, Hollywood Undead presently consists of multi-instrumentalists Jorel "J-Dog" Decker, Matthew "Da Kurlzz" Busek, Dylan "Funny Man" Alvarez, George "Johnny 3 Tears" Ragan, Jordon "Charlie Scene" Terrell  and Daniel "Danny" Murillo; Deuce and the band parted ways in 2010. Hollywood Undead has sold over two million records in the United States, and about three million records worldwide. The group's fourth studio album, Day of the Dead, was released on March 31, 2015.

At Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom tonight, Hollywood Undead's six members came on stage wearing individualized goalie masks. They removed the masks after a few songs, but it still was challenging to keep tabs on who was doing what, as they moved constantly and rapidly between microphones and musical instruments. Many of their songs featured three and four rappers in rotation. Likewise, the genre-hopping music behind the raps ranged between sweet pop, harder alternative rock and howling nu metal, some propelled by growls and heavy riff breakdowns. From one song to the next, the lyrics jumped from pensive street poetry to light-hearted party-time hoopla. Hollywood Undead opened with the new "Usual Suspects," and minutes later had the audience joining them in chanting the humorous lyrics to "Undead." The scope was so wide that if one did not like one song, one only had to wait for it to end and the next song to begin. Perhaps because each of the six rappers presented his character to the fore in continuously kinetic bursts of breathless pacing, the performance remained exciting and riveting.

Visit Hollywood Undead at www.hollywoodundead.com.