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Mephiskapheles, Hub City Stompers and 45 Adapters announce shows

Ska heavyweights Mephiskapheles and the Hub City Stompers have joined forces to give us a weekend of ska bliss. October 27th and 28th will represent the 6th annual Devils Night Danse. This years event will mark the 20th anniversary of the Mephiskapheles release “Maximum Perversion” which they will play in full.  Joining the two heavyweights for the weekend will be the 45 Adapters.

In case you forgot how awesome “Maximum Perversion” is you can check out a beauty video of them performing “Break Your Ankle Punk” here



DS Photo Gallery: NOFX, Direct Hit! and Mephiskapheles, Boston, MA (4/28/16)

We’ve all no-doubt heard the news that circa 2016, bands can’t rely on album sales to comprise more  than a sliver of their total earnings, and are this relegated to earning the bulk of their collective paychecks from the road. When a band has career longevity that stretches north of thirty years and isn’t actively plugging a new album, that can make for interesting decisions when it comes time to tour; take the easy way out and sleepwalk through a greatest hits set? Take a night…or two…or three… in each city and play your “best” (read as: best selling) album…or two…or three… in order each night? Join forces with a couple other aging bands that also don’t have new albums out for a national summertime touring nostalgia-fest?

NOFX obviously, and thankfully, chose a bit of a different option. Alongside former Dead Kennedy’s frontman Jeff “Penalty” Alulis, the band (including former members) penned The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, a captivating collection of tales from their entire career-to-date –funny, serious, sad, fucked up, heart-wrenching, and all things in between. (Editor’s note: full review to follow in the coming days.) In support of the book, the band hit the road for a joint book-signing/club show tour that featured stops at the Harvard Book Store and Paradise Rock Club in Boston, respectively. Dying Scene wasn’t in attendance at the former (stupid day job and stupid traffic), but was at the sold-out latter for a performance that can really only be described as “stellar”…and not just “stellar for a punk show.”

It’s no secret that part of the allure of a NOFX show is that there’s always the realistic chance that things careen dangerously off the rails. This particular evening, however, say the band rip through more than two dozen songs (I won’t bore you, just check the setlist here) and, in the process, sounds probably the tightest that yours truly has ever seen them play. Inimitable frontman Fat Mike seemed to take notice of how just how solid the band were, joking that he was going to take a drink every time he made a mistake, and getting through four or five songs in a row without needing to drink, only to ask the band to play a harder song so that there was a chance he’d screw up so he could finally drink. Hyperbolic stage banter, perhaps, but the band and current touring keyboard player/backup vocalist Karina Denike (whom you should be familiar with) seemed especially engaged (not always a given) and in good spirits.

Well, until the fight, that is. Toward the end of the evening, a fight broke out in the crowd on guitarist/tromboner/occasional vocalist El Hefe’s side of the stage. While fights are not entirely rare at punk shows by any stretch of the imagination (seriously, read The Hepatitis Bathtub…), and while the details of what exactly happened remain a bit fuzzy (though it does appear it was a “long-haired dude versus a skinhead”), it’s worth nothing that not only had yours truly not experienced a “band stops and takes their instruments off” kind of donnybrook for a quite a while, even Fat Mike noted that that he hadn’t seen such a thing in quite some time. Still, the band were able to regroup and finish out the show in fairly epic fashion, as Mike took his bass back off and sang most of his parts in “Kill All The White Man” from the crowd. While the show and the setlist did a pretty solid job of spanning the duration of NOFX’s career, it also did a pretty solid job of avoiding “greatest hits setlist” territory, and even featured a few tracks from their upcoming full-length, the as-yet-publicly-untitled album due out on Fat Wreck this summer.

Direct support on this run was provided by none other than recent Fat Wreck signees Direct Hit!. The Milwaukee-area four-piece were on-point, leading the crowd through a blistering set that included songs from their own upcoming Fat Wreck release, “Wasted Mind” (due July 24th). Direct Hit! don’t present as a band that takes themselves too seriously, however they do appear to take seriously the fact that they’ve become the latest signing to Fat Wreck and the honor that comes with not only sharing a label but sharing a stage with an act that they’ve looked up with for years and years. Made for a particularly fun and inspiring set.

The album’s first act, Mephiskapheles, kicked things off in throwback fashion. Their trademark NYC Satanic ska-core sound certainly isn’t like anything that’s come since, and may have presented as a bit sonically overwhelming for those that aren’t familiar with their place in the genre.

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