WEDNESDAY 13 - live album review added 21st January 2009
Album Review: F**k It, We'll Do It Live (2008)
For fans of: alternative metal... and songs you can't play to your grandma
Wednesday 13, perhaps best known as the lead singer of the Murderdolls, takes his eponymous band to Crocodile Rock in Allentown, Pennsylvania for this twin disc release. Featuring a CD and a DVD covering the same basic material, F**k It, We'll Do It Live is as fresh from the stage as it gets. To quote Wednesday 13 himself, "If we make a mistake, you will hear it. If my voice cracks, you hear it. This is as close to a live experience as we could give."
My only experience of the band before this is 'Put Your Death Mask On', a stompingly loud track that'll have you dancing like a nudist on hot coals. Not sure how most of this material would translate to a studio produced album, but played live it's a revelation.
The lyrics are as serious as plasticine, the guitars are more punk than a mohican and the song titles are brilliantly off the wall. Can you imagine Abba doing 'Gimmie Gimmie... Bloodshed'? Add 'Happily Ever Cadaver', 'Till Death Us Do Party' and the church-friendly 'God Is A Lie' and you have a track list that'll either make you p*ss yourself with laughter or scream in distress.
The performance is frenetic to say the least. The songs race like cars round the Nurburgring and the crowd spend the entire concert going ballistic. If anyone left the night without bruises I'd be surprised.
Down sides? The music is a little one dimensional and there isn't a great deal of technical skill on show. It probably isn't ideal if you hate profanity either.
Overall, F**k It, We'll Do It Live is a riot and you're all invited.
Check out... The cover of Tom Petty's 'Running Down A Dream'. Hard to decide if it's awesome or sacrilegious.
Track List (for both CD and DVD):