Metal-punk mania, underage blues 

Wednesday 13, Vains of Jenna, Only Flesh
Ugly Monkey
Sunday, Jan. 14

The stresses of out-of-town shows — bad directions, late nights, sleeping on fans’ floors, an overabundance of alcohol, pop and drive-thru food — didn’t phase the bands at the Ugly Monkey Sunday night, who stayed afloat with energy drinks.

A crowd of 15 sent smiles, gasps of awe and cell phone camera clicks toward Only Flesh as synth master Shrapnel pierced Lower’s back with four flesh hooks, sending him dangling and swinging in the air while still singing “Broken Doll.”

Soon, the audience doubled in size with fans from as far away as Illinois, but a handful of underage Kentucky kids were shamefully turned away at the door.

A cover of “Bang Your Head” later, the screeching metal sleaze of Bam Margera-endorsed Swedish band Vains of Jenna followed. Harsh like rabid stray cats, the bandana and high-top-wearing quartet thrashed metal with a Guns N’ Roses undertone. Smokin’ guitar licks from Nicki Kin on “Baby’s Got a Secret” caved into “Don’t Give a Damn,” which will make an MTV appearance in a few weeks.

Horror rockers Wednesday 13 and his band soon strutted to the stage, cheered on like mini-celebrities. With multicolored dreads, Wednesday 13 brought the monster metal-punk sound back to Indy, performing “Home Sweet Homicide” and “Morgue Than Words” (dedicated to recently deceased Munsters’ actress Yvonne De Carlo) off Fang Bang and older Murderdolls tunes like “Die My Bride” and “197666.”

In response to the small but attentive crowd, Wednesday 13 joked, “They offered us a sold-out show, and we said, ‘No, we’re doing a private party!’”

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