MONOTONIX at the Reverb (651 Queen West, 416-504-0744), Thursday (June 12), 11 pm, $20; Bovine (542 Queen West, 416-504-4239), Thursday (June 12), 2 am, $10; Sneaky Dee’s (431 College, 416-603-3090), Saturday (June 14), midnight, $12, all free w/ NXNE wristband (see page 62). Sonic Boom (512 Bloor West, 416-532-0334), Saturday (June 14), 3-5 pm. Free. Rating: NNNNN
In rock music’s arch-cool world of skinny jean wearers, it’s a no wonder there’s an appetite for bands who look and sound like Borat and whose performances might be better described as riots.
In the wake of feral Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello and their fondness for audience participation and facial hair, Tel Aviv’s Monotonix have been treating audiences across North America to a regular ear assault of sweaty blues-punk-metal since their onstage antics (stealing concertgoers’ drinks, setting fire to equipment and overuse of the volume knob) got them kicked out of the Holy Land.
Unlike the decadently moustachioed Eugene Hutz, whose love of comically butchered English is mirrored in his humorous songs, the words of Monotonix frontman Ami Shalev seem to come second to the noise-making and are rarely heard above the primal riffing that spews unexpectedly from one set of drums and a guitar.
In between all the sweating and partying on their last tour, Monotonix caught the ear of Drag City, which released the band’s Body Language EP in April. But for all intents and purposes, the six-track EP (produced by the Fucking Champs champion recorder Tim Green) should only be a souvenir of their raucous revolutionary live shows.