Pile of Eggs/Murderous Vision/XTerminal/Contamination Diet/Lockweld/Mike Duncan
The Peanut Gallery, Akron, OH, 6-10-2000
[originally posted 15Jun2000]
I feel like I’m leaving someone off the bandlist and I’m gonna get my ass kicked…
First and foremost: for the second time in a row, no one was around except members of other bands to see Pile of Eggs perform. Their loss. These guys put on a fabulous stage show. Think Penn and Teller do noise; in-your-face physical comedy, unintelligible vocals, and the kind of antics usually only seen on trailer-park special PPV wrestling shows. They will no doubt build a huge following extremely quickly.
Mike Duncan, the man behind Black Mayonnaise and half of [ed. note 2013: this incarnation of…] Contamination Diet, opened with a quick, minimal set that gave the assembled crowd no idea of what they were in for. Of course, when we DID give them what they were in for… Lockweld managed about a ten-second set before blowing the PA, logging the official record for Shortest Set By a Performing Act. After everything calmed down, the smoke cleared, and the technical wizards got things back in order, it was time for Contamination Diet to do what they do, which involves an ever-changing mass of diodes, light, and chaotic noise. hey kept things nice and calm, so as not to destroy any more electronics, but it was still a sufficiently nasty, thick soup of sound to drive a few people out the door.
XTerminal was next, and the whole, unabridged, ugly affair (my first set over ten minutes) is available at mp3.com [ed. note 2013: obviously this is no longer true, and I don’t believe I have the recording any more—if I find it before I post this I will up it to last.fm], so you can judge for yourself whether it was any good or not. Listening to the playback afterwards, I was pleasantly surprised by how well the songs came out… even if there are a few lines I remember singing that I can’t seem to find in the middles of songs…
Murderous Vision were up next, and Stephen once again showed the world why he’s racked up more in mp3.com playback earnings than the rest of us combined. Thick, low, brutal, and brilliant noise topped with Stephen’s voice, which is loud enough to actually carry without the microphone. It would take a lot to top MV on this night, and a lot is just what the crowd got from Pile of Eggs, who once again managed to steal the show with a combination of high-mid- and ear-shattering tones strangled, shoved through a meatgrinder, and left to die, and the vocals and antics of Steve Eggs keeping the crowd in hysterics. Truly, there are no words to describe Pile of Eggs. You have to see for yourself.