Stage Diving, Sex on Stage, and Masks Rule
By DONNA BALANCIA
The Black Lips brought the toilet paper and opener Starcrawler cleaned up the accolades at The Regent Theater.
Timmy’s Organism was in keeping with the punk-themed night with an interesting if not completely bizarre performance that included blue paint on the frontman’s face, a blond-haired-mask and silver cape on the floor. They’re worth checking out.
The headlining Black Lips never fail to bring the stage divers, but the people jumping were bigger than usual this time around. Some of the many leapers ended up on the floor or squishing smaller people in the front. The carnage is a good reason to have a stage-dive weight limit.
But it’s all part of the fanfare as the Atlanta-born band has endured the afflictions of many punk bands — personnel changes as well as the ups and downs of a fickle music industry.
Cole Alexander, on vocals and rythm guitar and Jared Swilley on vocals and bass have been around since 1999, enduring the toilet paper being hurled on stage as well as the occasional accidental tumble into the pit. They are complimented by Jack Hines on guitar and vocals who was with the band in the early 2000s and then again from 2014 until now and Oakley Munson on drums and Zumi Rosow on sax, both of whom came on in 2017.
The band has been faithful to Vice Records and its 2014 album Underneath the Rainbow hit No. 143 on the Billboard 200. Its latest is Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art? also on Vice Records.
The band played some of their classics and mixed in some new cuts. On the set list, which was so mangled it can’t be printed: Raw Meat, Smiling, Scab, New Direction, Rebel Intuition, Occidental Front, Family Tree and more.
Starcrawler opened for The Black Lips and put on a performance that left mouths agape as front woman Arrow de Wilde threw herself — and the crowd — into a frenzy. Included in the act is the singer-cum-mental patient look, autoeroticism as she has no problem touching her own body parts in public, stage-lying and visits into the audience.
In the case of Starcrawler, not only is the song a good punk song, the performance is outstanding. Arrow de Wilde with her wide-eyed gaze and bone-thin appearance is the ultimate front person, she takes on an androgynous presence and slams the audience with her wild physical act.
Henri Cash doesn’t fool around either, leaping sky high and his half of the aggressive act takes on a whole other, but complimentary tone. Drummer Austin Smith should be applauded for driving the wild sound and keeping the energy high.