Monotonix - Stereo, Glasgow, 20 Aug 2009 (3 stars)

Monotonix - Stereo, Glasgow, 20 Aug 2009

Their extensive touring and reviews hail them as 'The best live band you will ever see', honouring them with a cult status that has the hipper-than-thou kids out in force in every town to experience what can only be described as 'a circus'.

This 3-piece from Israel will never find themselves as the soundtrack to E4 on a Sunday morning. Their no-frills balls out (literally) rock and roll mayhem that bridges a divide somewhere between Borat and Spinal Tap may never be sonically engaging, but they do take performance art to another level entirely. Comfortably citing Freddie Mercury as an influence they encourage audience participation at every stage – which was often, and mainly involved going into the audience. Have you ever seen a crowd surfing drum kit with drummer? Neither had I. However tonight, Monotonix were preaching to the already converted.

Their live antics may disguise their lack of musical integrity, but you can't help but think that maybe there is a bit of thought behind this after all.


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