Posted: Dec 9, 2002 4:08 pm
Mondo Topless played here at the Hi-Pointe in St. Louie last night and really shook the house. They'd just driven 10 hours straight from Pittsburgh (where they played with The Cynics at their CD release party) and still put on an incredible show. I'm not sure if they've played in Memphis before, but they've got a gig there tonight (at Murphy's), so I highly recommend going down and checking 'em out tonight. Hell, it's a Monday night... what else is going on?
BTW, make sure you make 'em come out and do an encore, too. Last night's consisted of their raunchy "Panty Sniffer" combined with a great cover of "Loose." Hell, those two songs alone were well worth the five bucks.
Oh, and their new CD is on Get Hip and really smokes... it's called "Go Fast!"
Here's the rest of their mini-tour itinerary:
Monday, December 9 - Murphy's - Memphis, TN
Tuesday, December 10 - El Matador - New Orleans, LA - with: The All-Night
Wednesday, December 11 - The Chukker - Tuscaloosa, AL
Thursday, December 12 - The Echo Lounge - Atlanta, GA with: Catfight!
Friday, December 13 - Go! Studios - Chapel Hill, NC with: Jimmy and the
Teasers and Buzz Sawyer
Saturday, December 14 - The Rotunda - Philadelphia, PA - Sick City Showcase
with: Famous in Vegas, The Low Budgets, Ten Tons of Kill You, and more...
Since Halloween night in 1992, Mondo Topless has been serving audiences a tasty concoction of fuzzy-spicy guitar, bubbly-thumpy bass, and crunchy drums, all topped with a thick cheesy organ sauce.
It's a simple concept, really: "Rock n' Roll is more about primal energy and erotic tension than deep meaning and introspection," says Sam Steinig, singer and organ grinder. This is also a clever way of avoiding people trying to figure out the lyrics. To further convey his music philosophy, Sam turned to Russ Meyer's classic 1968 travelogue for the name of the band.
Thus, armed with his third-hand Vox Continental organ, Sam Steinig took it upon himself to enrich the world with some really loud, fast and stupid rock n' roll. The latest incarnation of Mondo Topless features mad-scientist Tom Connors continuing to punish his drums, whilst bassist and coffee-achiever John Loxterman adds the requisite thud. Kris
Alutius, technician/guitarist/beef jerky spokesman, adds the squeals, pings, and power chords necessary for any garage rock ensemble. Stirred and heated to boiling, and you've got some damn fine song stylings, capable of inducing shaking, jumping and other irrational acts.
The influences are easy to identify: The Sonics, The Stooges, The Kinks, The Lyres, The Cramps, The Cynics, and that woman who plays the between-inning music at your local minor-league ballpark (provided she's had a couple of pops).