Friday, January 22, 2016

Murder City Devils at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom

Spencer Moody
The Murder City Devils formed in 1996 as a garage rock band in Seattle, Washington. Vocalist Spencer Moody, guitarists Dann Gallucci and Nate Manny, bassist Derek Fudesco, and drummer Coady Willis came together out of the remains of local bands Area 51, the Death Wish Kids, and the Hookers. Murder City Devils split after three albums and one EP in 2001 but reformed in 2006 with its original line-up. The band's fourth and most recent studio album is 2014's eight-song The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again.

Headlining at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom tonight, Murder City Devils proved its music was for special tastes. Moody appeared to be somewhere a spoken word artist and a slam poet. He barely sang. Mostly he coarsely shouted lyrics into his microphone while the band blasted fast, primal chords behind him. The pummeling set was raw, aggressive and harsh on the ears. It was as pleasant as listening to a jackhammer, and almost as abrasive. Call this music extreme wordcore. Presently the audience for this kind of assault is minimal. Caution: this music could scratch your face off.

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