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Mindless Self Indulgence, Death Spells @ Irving Plaza 4.16.13 (review)

Mindless Self Indulgence

By: Terrance Pryor

On the last episode of MSI: New York, the four piece electronica rock outfit returned to the stage after a well deserved hiatus. While their set was an obvious success, many fans wanted something more from the band. On Tuesday's episode, Mindless Self Indulgence found themselves back at Irving Plaza, but this time with a brand new album entitled How I Learned To Stop Giving A Shit And Love Mindless Self Indulgence.

Anytime Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) and James Dewees (Reggie and the Full Effect, MCR, The Get Up Kids) get involved in a musical project, there's automatically some interest. The two formed the digital hardcore act Death Spells last year and got a lot of people talking even with only one official song released. Luckily, MSI were kind enough to have them open for a few dates on their tour. Frank and Dewees recently performed together in the hardcore band Leathermouth.

As the screen rose to signal the start of the show, loud screams (from mostly girls) were emitted from the crowd as the duo headed to their laptop-filled setup. With gruesome visuals from Japanese horror films being displayed, James and Frank growled their way through the first song. Death Spells' set fell into two categories: slower, industrial goth symphonies and faster paced jams that are reminiscent of Japanese bands The Mad Capsule Markets and Balzac. Many of the songs sounded quite pleasing live and would definitely be great to hear on the duo's upcoming debut release.

Mindless Self Indulgence are considered saviors to most of their dedicated fanbase so it was very apropos for the band to come on stage with George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" playing. Jimmy Urine looked as if he went back to the 80s as he arrived with blonde hair and a blinding white suit and shades to match. The band kicked things off with "Witness", but the crowd didn't let loose until the opening chords to "Shut Me Up" were played. Bassist Lyn-Z showed off her flexibility by bending over backwards to avoid Jimmy's wild micstand antics. Kitty laid down some mean drumming during "Stupid MF" while engaging in some dance moves with Jimmy. Guitarist Steve, Righ? managed to have a little fun during "Never Wanted To Dance" as he rocked out with some cat ears that a hyperactive fan threw on stage.

After "Prescription", Jimmy received an unexpected phone call from Satan. Apparently, Satan is a big Wu-Tang Clan fan which led the audience into an a capella version of the band's most popular cover song "Bring The Pain". Halfway through the track, Jimmy suddenly noticed that his fellow bandmates disappeared. Taking a page from every preschool TV show in history and using it as toilet paper, the slim vocalist had the crowd chant "One motherfucker, two motherfucker, three motherfucker" to bring the band members back on stage to perform "Ass Backwards". Unlike the rest of the new material played that night, the tune wasn't that well-received by the crowd. Mr. Urine helped some members of the audience who were musicians by giving them new band names. Anne Hathaway Redux and Lawrence Fishburned were among the outlandish names being tossed around.

Following "Tornado" (which was dedicated to the old MSI fans), came "Ala Mode", which had the crowd chanting "Ice cream will fix it" during the bridge. "Are you ready to embrace the love I'm gonna give you?", Jimmy said as he jumped his way to the barricade for "Seven-Eleven". The rambunctious audience tried to push and shove their way closer to the man of the hour. Knowing that MSI is everyone's dirty little secret, Jimmy declared, "We are the Rodney Dangerfield of bands. We get no respect." before launching into "Bitches".

The band left the stage but the crowd wanted another song. Jimmy took advantage of this and made everyone recite the ABCs. Things got really weird as the vocalist had the audience chant the names of classical music composers (Rachmaninoff, Vivaldi, Brahms and Beethoven) to bring the band back on stage for one more song. For the encore, MSI dished out "Straight to Video", which featured Jimmy doing an odd dubstep beatbox at the end. As the band left the stage, a green light came on and Jimmy (with a doll in one hand and a glowing orange bug light as a makeshift mic in the other) sang along to Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again", which is a pretty fitting ending for a band such as Mindless Self Indulgence.

Mindless Self Indulgence setlist

Shut Me Up
It Gets Worse
Stupid MF
You're No Fun Anymore Mark Trezona
Fuck Machine
Never Wanted To Dance
Bring the Pain (Method Man cover)
Ass Backwards
Evening Wear
Ala Mode
Planet of the Apes
Straight to Video

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