Review: Mac Sabbath, White Dynomite, The Humanoids at the Middle East 3-22-2016


There was a lot of hype surrounding this show from the moment it was announced a few months ago. It sold out pretty quick, but I managed to get a ticket after the Middle East released a few extras on the day of the show. I made my way to Central Square as usual, for what should be an awesome if not strange night of music. Despite getting to the Middle East downstairs pretty early, there was already a pretty big crowd waiting for the first band of the night to go on.

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The Humanoids

Boston’s The Humanoids were up first. These guys had were straight up punk metal and it was great! They had quite a few fans that made their way to front of the stage, singing along with every song. This was a really great way to start the night.

In between sets, I ordered my usual Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union and wandered around a bit before White Dynomite went on.

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White Dynomite

Dressed in white suits as if they just played a wedding or birthday party, White Dynomite took the stage and brought the energy level in the room to 11! The only way I could describe their sound is funk metal, which in turn, had the crowd moving non stop through the whole set. They reminded me a little bit of The Vines. They were really fun and seemed to be having a good time playing to a full house that was ready to party.

As I grabbed one more Hoponius Union, a curtain hid the stage as the night’s headliners, Mac Sabbath were getting set up. A few people were really got into the spirit of the night, such as someone dressed as Colonel Sanders and another person wearing a Burger King crown along with a lot of seemingly older metal heads in jean jackets covered in patches.

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Mac Sabbath

Sure, the idea of a Black Sabbath cover band dressed as freaky satanic McDonald’s characters is a gimmick, but it’s a fun gimmick that was done very well! They started out behind a curtain as the beginnings of a version of “War Pigs” called “More Ribs” began and immediately had the full attention of the sold out crowd as singer Ronald Osbourne (I see what you did there!) escaped from a straitjacket. With what sounded like a parody of Ozzy, there were lots of stories and jokes in between the songs. Other songs had titles such as “Cherries Are Fruits” (Fairies Wear Boots) and “Frying Pan” (Iron Man) and they ended with “Pair a Buns” (Paranoid). People were starting to filter out a little early to catch the T since it was a weeknight, but there was still a decent amount of people at the end of the show.

This was a strange but very fun night of music and all of the bands totally rocked. If you didn’t leave this show with a smile on your face, then you don’t know how to have a good time. Upon entering Central T stop, there was a broken train attempting to pull into the station and a very unhappy group of passengers waiting to get back home. One good thing to come out of that kind of experience is that you make new friends pretty quickly, and about 45 minutes later, I was on my way home after a pretty awesome night. 

The Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup Is Out!

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The Lollapalooza 2012 lineup was announced at midnight (Chicago time) last night. Nearly 24 hours later, I have had time to let this amazing lineup sink in. First of all, they managed to score the reunited At The Drive In, who are one of my top 5 favorite bands ever! If I wasn’t already going, this would be the reason to find a way to get there. Along with Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, Justice, and Sigur Ros, this is the 2nd best festival lineup of 2012…it’s hard to beat Coachella this year. That being said, there are a lot of bands that have already played it in the past few years , but then again, that makes it easier to see some different bands.

Some of the bands I’m looking forward to, in no particular order, are At The Drive In, M83, Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, Sigur Ros, Justice, Passion Pit (who I really hope won’t be as boring as they were when they played a free show in Boston two years ago), The Afghan Whigs, Franz Ferdinand, Frank Ocean, Neon Indian, Washed Out, and Toro y Moi.

There are also some disappointments, including the awful, overrated, and overplayed RHCP as a headliner. Also, the Stone Roses, Refused, Odd Future, and Pulp are not playing, although I was really hoping for the Stone Roses and Refused. When I saw Wax listed, I thought of the band that sang “California”, not a rapper (are those guys still around?).

In my opinion, this might be one of the best lineups yet and its’ going to be a very long 4 months until Lollapalooza. Is anyone else going? Hit me up and let’s hang out in Chicago!