JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

December 8, 2013
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Mike DiQuinzio
Photos by Fabien Castro

Wayne Static

Icy Cold Night Of Hot Rockin' Metal

When Wayne Static brought The Defiled to Trees in Dallas, TX last month, in the middle of the worst ice storm since 2010. Having the show go on as planned was itself a small miracle, to say nothing about whether or not anyone would even show up. Predictably, the turnout was less than half-capacity, but both bands rocked as hard as they would have if they were playing a sold-out arena.

Britain's The Defiled kicked things off with a burst of energy that gave the audience no choice but to keep up. Mixing the spectacle of the Murderdolls with the attitude of Marilyn Manson, the Defiled rocked from their first note and didn't let up until the curtain closed. Heavy-hitters like "Call to Arms" and "Unspoken" were delivered furiously, with keyboardist ADV dedicating the latter to an ex-friend who did him wrong by screaming "fuck you, Rory" before literally attacking his instrument. This energy was kept for the duration of their set and by the time they were finished, it was safe to say that they had earned some new fans, myself included.

It's not always easy for a headliner to maintain the energy level set by an opening band like the Defiled, but if you have the catalogue that Wayne Static has, it comes naturally. Drawing almost entirely from his previous band's output, Wayne thanked the small crowd for braving the weather before diving into "Sweat of the Bud" from Wisconsin Death Trip, which immediately opened the pit and got everyone's adrenaline pumping. "Black and White," "Bled for Days," and crowd-favorite "Cold" kept the momentum going before "Assassins of Youth," one of only two selections from 2011's solo outing Pighammer, got the crowd going for another reason: the first sighting of Mrs. Static herself, Tera Wray.

It seemed as though Wayne divided his show into two parts - the good stuff and the GREAT stuff - because "Destroyer," from 2007's Cannibal album, kicked the energy level up a few notches for the second half of the show. Following that with "Stingwray," "Destroy All," and "Cannibal" kept the crowd bouncing furiously along until the familiar opening of "Push It" sent everyone into complete hysteria. As if that weren't enough, Wayne urged everyone to dig deep inside themselves for their last bit of energy before ending the set with "I'm With Stupid" and the short encore of "I Am" and the brutal "Get to the Gone."

Having seen Wayne Static with and without the band that bore his name many times over the last thirteen years, it is easy to say that you know what to expect from his shows. Set lists have remained relatively constant and surprises have been rare, but none of it matters when you are in the presence of the man himself experiencing Evil Disco live. The bottom line is that Wayne Static consistently gives you an experience that only he can provide and that's what keeps us coming back every time, even when the weather is more evil than the music.