What were we thinking unleashing two of the world's most hazardous rock groups -- Tel Aviv's Montonix and Tokyo's DMBQ -- on the WFMU Record Fair this past Sunday? Well, we had both group sign declarations -- in blood -- assuring us that they would not set any fires. But they still nearly managed to bring the Record Fair to a grinding halt with their predictably unpredictable antics.
Monotonix kicked off the whole mess with vocalist Ami Shale immediately dumping a full trashcan on the drummer's head. After scaling the walls of the Metropolitan Pavilion, Ami disappeared into the crowd. Soon he resurfaced on the other side of the room, ready to jump...
(video by kreuhnkohrman)
(read more, plus video + audio after the jump)
As the security staff strapped on their riot gear, Andy came to the rescue. He fought through the crowd and told Ami, "This is not good behavior, brother. You cannot be up there, you're going to get this whole thing shut down". This was a language that Ami understood, he did not want to be "banded" in America like he apparently has been in Israel and Canada. So he stepped down with grace even as the crowd continued to yell "jump!".
(video by Lani)
Most of the microphones we set up to record the performance were rendered useless within minutes, but Scott W brought a long mic cable to follow the chaos, helping to capture the following audio: Setlist: 1. Ride | 2. Summers and Autumns | 3. Body Language (mp3) | 4. Flash? (mp3) | 5. Deadly Weapon (mp3) | 6. (Come Closer / Jump! / Banded rant) (mp3) | 7. No Metal (mp3)
Just when we thought it was safe to browse for more records, Tokyo's Dynamite Masters Blues Quartet (DMBQ) appeared.
They riffed and violin-bowed their guitars into an echoplex frenzy, and before we knew what was happening, drummer Shinji Wada had re-assembled the kit atop a sea of humans. Vocalist Shinji Masuko donned
an apocalyptic gas mask, wrapped himself in other people's coats, and -- as one angry listener described, "sounded like a prehistoric creature trying to deliver a breech offspring, and not succeeding". He must be referring to the epic closing number, called "Are You?". Take a listen to DMBQ live at the WFMU Record Fair: 1. She Walks (mp3) | 2. Taste (mp3) | 3. Floweerr & Nothing (mp3) | 4. Are You? (mp3)
more Record Fair video from kreuhnkohrman: