The Misfits At Fun Fun Fun Fest Were One of the Worst Things I've Ever Seen

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Kiernan Maletsky
Probably missing an entrance.

The "big name" attraction of the first set of Fun Fun Fun Fest Nites was the Misfits, because you could only get in to see Sarah Silverman if you were invisible and had the ability to pass through a very firmly closed glass door. Obviously, the Misfits are one of "those" bands, that you probably liked in your teenage years and that adult you would like to see to relive a few things. A line around the block to get into the small dark dingy punk club Elysium attested as much. Indeed, I was pretty excited to get to see them in a small venue, on a night out in Austin thankfully one block north of the apocalypse of college students and alcohol that is 6th Street on a Friday night.

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And the band was terrible. Oh my God, they were awful. It was almost overwhelmingly bad. If you had a beloved family pet as a teenager, it was like watching that being beaten to death -- not spectacularly, but really incompetently, by someone who didn't really have their heart in it.

On before said disaster was generic punk band #23987234, or "The Attack" to their friends and family, and I have no doubt that said generic band produced a performance of infinitely more competence than the Misfits.

It must be said that I had been warned in advance that the Misfits have the worst sound tech going. "How hard can it be to sort out the levels for the Misfits?" I naively thought. The answer, it would seem, is extraordinarily hard. I've never heard a concert where you could hear everything but also nothing at the same time. It was like listening to mud pulsating at 180bpm.

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Kiernan Maletsky
Crickets at the merch table. Albiet mid-set, but it's a metaphor we're going for here.

Was there a guitar tone? I'm not sure. Could the band even hear each other? Not if the bass drum timing was anything to go by, as said drum was about as consistent and punctual as Johnny Marr (that's funny because Johnny Marr was really late on stage today, before playing a set of Smiths covers despite not being Morrissey).

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Not only was the sound apocalyptically bad, like listening to bricks in a tumble drier, the band had to stop and re-start one song twice, another song once, and seemed unsure throughout of what was going on. Sometimes Jerry Only would just wave his arms and shout "NO NO NO" at the rest of the band, who had carried on regardless. Then he'd explain the problems to the crowd in the least Misfits voice ever. At least, I think that's what he did and what his voice sounds like, only I couldn't hear shit because who needs vocal EQ nowadays?

I know they're old, but this was really something else. If you see the Misfits come near you and think, "Hey, that would be a fun revisiting of my teenage years," do not go. Save the money and spend it on a sweater or something, now that you're middle-aged. If embracing middle age means never having to see this current lineup of the Misfits, then bring on the Harley Davidson and the tragic bandana.

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poppymann
poppymann

I have no desire to try and live out my early teens by going to see shows like this. I just think there's something desperate about forty somethings standing around, mouthing the words to songs and checking their phones to see if the babysitter has texted them.

antneon
antneon

Johnny Marr wrote those Smiths songs.  I thought the 4 Smiths songs he played sounded fantastic, as did everyone around me.  I saw the Misfits that night and it was horrible and was enjoying your article until the ignorant Marr comment.


jeff_elbel
jeff_elbel

Very entertaining, if disheartening, review. The Misfits were prime candidates to burn out spectacularly, but instead get to fade away slowly and horribly. My only additional comment is to say that, for what it's worth, Johnny Marr -wrote- those songs.

jeckyl1382002
jeckyl1382002

Ugh.... Jerry and Glen need to get over their beef, settle on a contract and do a damned reunion already! Doyle has been performing with Glen for a while now. While Glen is no spring chicken, he at least still has some remnants of his former ability. Doyle is shredding better than ever. Jerry on the other hand has never had any business as a lead singer/frontman. They need each other and we, finding myself wearing a Crimson Ghost shirt today, as fans deserve to have our musical idols in as top form as possible. Look at other bands of the past, AC/DC Kiss Slayer Gwar.... They know what works for them and routinely suck it up and make a your work. Yea it's for the money but us fans know that going in and for the most part don't give a damn, we want to hear the music and see the guys on stage! Ozzy, Gezzer, and Iommi understand this so well they put out 13 and keep going despite being decrepit and frail. Be thankful it was a muddy mess of sound, Jerry couldn't carry a tune in a bucket.

ChangingF8
ChangingF8

My favorite line was about Marr playing Smiths tunes despite not being Morrissey...lol

NotReallyThanks
NotReallyThanks

I'm not sure what the funniest part of this is:

That you went to see The Misfits

That you were surprised it was terrible(Ever heard of youtube?)

That you referred to Elysium as "A small dingy punk club"

Or that you somehow are employed as a writer. 

gabe48
gabe48

@NotReallyThanks You really should not comment on the writing ability of Gavin; you do not understand proper punctuation, you have no idea how to write a quotation, and your fingers vomit sentence fragments at an alarming rate.

Also, you clearly are an Austin hipster, which means you automatically lose all credibility.  Take a sip of your P.B.R., wipe it from your mustache, and go search SoundCloud for passe bands. 

TLS1
TLS1

@NotReallyThanks Oh come on, his writing is fine.  I particularly enjoyed the pulsating mud line.  As far as going to see the show in the first place sometimes you just have to do something to say you did it.  

scarmardo1974
scarmardo1974

@gabe48  I'm wondering which part of what @NotReallyThanks said makes you confident that it was written by "an Austin hipster". I am a native Austinite, not even close to what one might call a "hipster", & I'm inclined to agree with each statement made. 

1. The Misfits of today suck. Everyone knows that. This is why I chose to go get a bite to eat & go home after the fest on Friday night, rather than torture myself with that nonsense.

2. Elysium is the furthest thing from "a small dingy punk club" that Austin has to offer. Try a falling down, should have been condemned years ago, bar for washed up, ageing goths & industrial types. The "small dingy punk club" was about a block south of Elysium, but it's gone now (Emo's).

3. The fact that the writer actually wrote "small dark dingy punk club" without employing the use of commas,  clearly supports the idea that said writer has no business being employed as such.

And, just for the record, yes I have had my writing published. Multiple times.

darrylrs
darrylrs

@NotReallyThanks @gabe48 Gavin is a great writer. That's why he gets published in other places besides the Observer. but, i agree that saying the misfits suck is a bit easy since they are not the real band, just a parody. older bands can still be relevant. i like the ac/dc comparison. and writers go to shows even with youtube as an available reference. no wonder you don't drink, since you know absolutely nothing about writing,

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