Last Friday at the Echoplex, concert attendees experienced an electrifying sold-out show with Seattle originals Mudhoney followed by L.A. Punk Legends The Flesh Eaters. The unsurprisingly packed house, filled with fans old and new alike, seemed to carry more of a subdued energy than the bands onstage — however, that didn’t stop a small mosh pit from forming in the front of the stage.
Mudhoney’s characteristically caustic sound had everyone, despite varying levels of bodily awareness, consistently thrashing their heads throughout the entire set (leaving me with a stiff-neck the next day). The pummeling ardor, the insistent low-end, and tumultuous vocals never once let up throughout the entirety of their set. I was particularly excited to hear my old favorites “F.D.K” and “Touch Me I’m Sick” along with recent gems “Paranoid Core” and show-closer “21st Century Pharisees”. To say the least, the Seattle foursome’s latest and timely album truly captures their live spirit.
With raucous energy and quick time changes, the iconoclasts’ politically-aware anger surged throughout the entire audience — and we all felt it. Standing right next to the speakers, my ears are still ringing.
I just hope that Mark Arm’s vocal chords are okay.
Be sure to check out their latest album Digital Garbage out now on Subpop.
Words by: Libby Hsieh
Photography: ZB Images