Live review: Pam and Mark Schaff
Photos: Pam and Mark Schaff
After two highly anticipated, and widely praised, Misfits reunion performances at Riot Fest Denver and Chicago, this past September, guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein and his band Doyle, have set out to lay waste to eardrums across Europe and the US. The band is about to release the follow-up to their 2013 album Abominator, with their new album called ‘Doyle II: As We Die’, which has a release date of June 2nd on EMP Label Group and Doyle’s own Monsterman Records.
Opening for Doyle was the band Element a440. We weren’t sure what to expect from the band. But these guys and gals put on one hell of a show for the fans and got the crowd warmed up for the headliner Doyle. They are self-described as an edgy, hook-heavy, dark, melodic, and electronic rock. One thing we can say for sure is they love to play to the crowd. Singer Halo, guitarist Graven, bassist Katt and drummer Seven played an intense, high energy, punishing set. Halo is a great frontman and really gets the crowd pumped and involved in the show. His custom made microphone stand is very cool and looks like something out of a twisted nightmare. We would love to see these guys again. If they come through your area, we highly recommend checking them out. Be sure to check out their Facebook page.
Nigger Drag Queen
Some Young Moon
When it’s finally time for Doyle to take the stage, there is no lack of energy. This is a fast paced show with no letting up. Kicking it off with the title track of their first album, guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, singer Alex Story, drummer Brandon Pertzborn and bassist Brandon Strate take the stage and get the crowd worked to a frenzied level almost immediately. Alex starts off just about every song with the words “This is a love song, you can dance to it if you want to”. But there are no love songs here, and if head banging is dancing, then we’re all doing it. Ripping through songs from the first album ‘Abominator’, the guys show what it is to play a show and get a workout at the same time. Doyle doesn’t simply just play guitar, he punishes it into submission. He’s been know to break a few guitars here and there, but not on purpose, just from his powerful playing style. Watching Doyle perform is like watching a predator stalk it’s prey with deadly precision.
The band incorporates Misfits songs throughout the night. Playing favorites from years spent with the legendary horror punk band. ‘Queen Wasp’, ‘Where Eagles Dare’, and ‘Skulls’ come early in the set. Alex does a tremendous job on the Misfits songs. Their stage presence in commanding, and they’re always moving about with Doyle stomping his circles into the stage. As the sweat starts to pour, not only from Doyle but the fans as well, They get to the middle portion of the show with three songs from ‘Abominator’, before a drum solo from Brandon Pertzborn, who gets to show off his skills. They play a great cover of the Kiss song ‘Strutter’ as a surprise, something Alex says they like doing. It was awesome to hear them play a song off the new album called ‘Run For Your Life’, and if this is any indication of what the new album is going to sound like, then it seems like it’s going to kick ass!
The band closed out the show with ‘Last Caress’ and ‘Die Die My Darling’ and finish it up with one last song from ‘Abominator’ in ‘Hope Hell Is Warm’. The band will be kicking off the second leg of their US tour June 1st in Raleigh, NC with Davey Suicide as the support band. Wrapping up on June 29th in Niagara Falls, NY. We plan on catching the Niagara Falls show which will be just down the street from us! If you haven’t seen Doyle live before, this is a must see show.
Keep an eye out for our interview we did with Doyle and Alex before the show. They answered some questions and talked about the new album. Don’t forget to pick up the new album ‘Doyle II: As We Die‘ out June 2nd.
Learn To Bleed
Where Eagles Dare
Valley Of The Shadows
Strutter (Kiss Cover)
Run For Your Life
Dreaming Dead Girls
Die Die My Darling
Hope Hell Is Warm
DOYLE | SECOND LEG US| JUNE
6/1: Raleigh, NC – The Maywood
6/2: Spartansburg, NC – Ground Zero
6/3: Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
6/4: Jacksonville, FL – Nighthawks
6/5: West Palm Beach, FL – Respectables
6/6: Winter Park, FL – The Haven
6/7: Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
6/8: New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
6/10: San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
6/11: Dallas, TX – Trees
6/12: Austin, TX – Come & Take It Live
6/13: Houston, TX – Scout Bar
6/14: Oklahoma City, OK – Thunder Alley
6/16: Mesa, AZ – Club Red
6/17: San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
6/18: Santa Ana, CA – Malone’s
6/19: Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
6/20: Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
6/21: Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
6/22: Merriam, KS – Aftershock
6/23: Duluth, MN – RT Quinian’s
6/24: Waterloo, IA – The Reverb
6/25: Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar
6/26: Toledo, OH – Frankie’s
6/28: Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
6/29: Niagra Falls, NY – Evening Star Hall