Usually, Monday nights just aren’t very metal. Mutoid Man’s sold out show at The
Resident in Downtown Los Angeles circumvented this notion entirely, and was
definitely, metal AF [aka: ‘As Fuck’ as the kids say]. Their tour mates and Sargent
House brethren, Helms Alee were rocking the house and raising the room’s body heat
index considerably as we arrived. The intimate venue size and sold out crowd made it
difficult to see the Helms Alee crew initially while fighting through the crowd, but their
booming, hypnotic sound filled the room with ease.
The mighty Mutoid Man came out next and proceeded to demonstrate why they’re the
best metal/punk/rock band to emerge in recent years. The band ripped through songs
from their stunning new album, War Moans, as well as playing beloved jams from
2015’s Bleeder, mixing in a few choice cover tunes and ending the night with
“Gnarcissist” from their Helium Head EP. Between their killer songs, crazy chops and
energy put into their performance, and the zany lolz/hijinks they bring onstage, you’d be
hard-pressed to find a more entertaining band than Mutoid Man these days. At their last
LA gig at The Echo, an inflated sex doll wound up on Ben Koller’s drums. On this night
at The Resident, the crowd was blessed with random dolphin sounds spliced through
the PA. Both seem weird on paper but at a Mutoid Man show, feel right at home. The
crowd ate out of singer/guitarist Stephen Brodsky’s hand all night, singing along at his
request and even whipping up a wicked mosh pit by the end of their set.
The crowd didn’t mind the oppressive heat inside the venue, it’s hard to complain when
you’re watching future metal classics like “1000 Mile Stare” and “Date With The Devil”
unfold before your eyes. Be sure catch Mutoid Man in concert when they roll through
your neck of the woods. Unless you’re allergic to good times.