Freakfest Article

The Sinisters
Robin Black and the Intergalactic Rock Stars
Teen Crud Combo
RiotStar

For those of you not in the know, The Sinisters hold an event every halloween called The FreakFest. This is one of the only times they bother with playing their home town. As usual it was held at the El Mocambo, a club that survives on reputation alone. Mick Jagger almost brought down the Canadian government there (but, after all, that was the '70's).

First up was RiotStar, from Hamilton. Imagine The Stooges with two guitarists andBrandon Lee on vocals. They had their moments and should have had the 2nd slot. With a bit of work and experience they could be something to look out for.

The Teen Crud Combo is a band of few words. Unfortunately, "Boring" is one of them. The only thing interesting about them was their matching "No Lipstick" T-shirts, the singer having "Bowie Sucks Dick" written on his chest and the bass player being an example of androgyny gone horribly wrong: Is it a boy? Is it a girl? Is it Pugsley from the Addams family? Ahh...who the hell cares. It should have been a three band bill with these non-entities lugging gear.

Next up... Robin Black and the Intergalactic Rock Stars. One word : WOW! The first time I've seen Pyro at a small club. Robin gets my vote for front-man of the year. He dealt with any anti-glam hecklers perfectly with quips like :"Yeah, I'll come down to Burger King and bug you when YOU'RE on the mic!" Good songs, GREAT stage show, killer band and special kudos to Kai (ex-Sassy Scarlet) for fill
ing in on bass. Bottom line : these guys are one giant photo-op.

Finally, the main attraction : The Sinisters. Total chaos! The songs flew by at an almost unrecognizable pace. And, for the first time ever, I was almost nervous to be up front. These guys HAVE to be experienced live to get the full effect. Saint (vocals) threw stuff at the audience. Then he impailed a real pigs head on the mic stand (a Lord of the Flies reference, I presume). He drank lighterfluid and spat fire at the crowd. Then he started pouring the lighter fluid all over the stage and set it on fire. He's either a consumate showman or a complete lunatic. They encored with The Stooges "I Feel Alright" secure in the knowledge that they totally dominated. And, no word of a lie, my ears were ringing for three days (but it was worth it!

Written by Adolf Cri$t. Edited by Andreas Persson