The Call Me Lightning drummer gives the nod to an insane Israeli punk band
More Ringing Endorsement
This week, Shane Hochstetler of Call Me Lightning and Howl Street Recordings gives his ringing endorsement of Israeli metal-punk power trio Monotonix. CML played with Monotonix at Milwaukee’s Echo Base in March.
I remember standing with Dave from Get Rad on the side of the stage, and the was squeezing lighter fluid onto his drumsticks. Then the drummer lights his drumsticks on fire, and the whole crowd is like, “That’s kind of awesome! And kind of scary!” The drummer also had goggles on, because the singer would spit mouthfuls of beer into his face. And the drummer never missed a beat. Later on, the singer grabbed a garbage can that was halfway full with beer bottles and cans and dumped it over the drummer, and there was junk just spilling out of this thing. It was so gross, but again, the drummer didn’t miss a beat. Awesome! Then, about halfway through their set, while still playing, they moved all their gear to the other end of the room, through the crowd, and they finished the second half of their set on the other side of the room. Then, somewhere around the last song, we saw people lifting the band. There was a kid holding a snare drum, and a couple of kids holding the bass drum, and three kids hoisting the drummer under his ass. And the guitar player and singer were bodysurfing. I felt like I was 16 again. It was the craziest, wildest show I’d ever seen.