One look at the imposing figure of Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein
crunching out guitar riffs doesn't exactly conjure up images of dance-able, mushy songs. But that's what the crowd Saturday night at The Rock Box witnessed and heard. At least, according to the vocalist who delivered them.
Introducing every horror-themed tune but the opening number in deliberately creepy fashion with, "It's sort of like a love song. And you can dance to it, if you like," singer Alex Story joined Doyle, bassist Brandon Strate and touring drummer Wade Murff in dishing out tracks that punished in ferocity and subject matter.
While Doyle and his band released Doyle II: As We Die
eight days prior to the gig as the follow-up to 2013's Abominator
, the former Misfits guitarist shockingly did not play any tracks from the legendary punk band he joined as a teenager in the early 1980s. Stage backdrop littered with the Misfits' mascot likeness be damned. Instead, the 52-year-old Doyle relegated the set strictly to his two solo albums. As a consolation to those who were there, Doyle did discuss the new tunes and his elder band that consisted of vocalist Glenn Danzig and Doyle's older brother Jerry Only on bass with AXS prior to taking the stage (watch
As soon as the final note was struck on new tune and finale "Kiss Me As We Die" -- a track the soft-spoken Doyle talked about in detail (for him) during the chat -- Story held up his right hand, bid "good night," and the band departed following a 56-minute, 14-song performance with Davey Suicide and locals Los Tejanos Muertos and The Night providing support. Alfred Mejia, promoter of the show for Din Productions, told AXS that Doyle had been scheduled to play 90 minutes. The show ended so early for a Saturday (11:26 p.m., before most headliners at The Rock Box even take to the stage), some didn't know what to do with themselves afterwards.
Nevertheless, the band met with fans after the all-too-brief set that omitted Misfits classics and Metallica and Guns N' Roses covers "Last Caress/Green Hell," "Die Die My Darling" and "Attitude," among others. Despite the short performance, it was a stark upgrade from Doyle's 2015 visit when lightning prevented him from playing at the Diablo Music Fest.
For a taste of Doyle's band in action, watch AXS' footage of "Dreaming Dead Girls" and "Darkside" below.
With songs such as "Cemetery Sexxx," "We Belong Dead" and "Learn to Bleed" being sung by the Cancerslug vocalist who has "Wolfman" tattooed above his belly-button, Doyle and his mates delivered a punishing plethora of punk and metal, 2017 style. But the fact that at least a small taste -- even just a riff -- of Doyle's legendary past was devoid of being played left a void that those in attendance can take to their grave.
If they like.