Faceless Pride, The Massacres, Crank County Daredevils
Bubba’s Bowling Club
Saturday, April 2
This weekend’s PRN was a strange show. There was a misunderstanding with one band, Broadzilla, who apparently thought they were only playing the Melody Inn and didn’t show up at Bubba’s, so only three of the four bands played.
It started out with a band called Faceless Pride, which couldn’t reasonably be called an actual band. The “members” spent the time before the set desperately trying to find someone to sing for them, which halfway through became someone to play guitar as well. Honestly, you could tell. Occasionally, you could decipher a cover if you knew the words well enough — attempts included “Die Die My Darling” by The Misfits, “Sonic Reducer” by the Dead Boys and even The Exploited’s “Sex and Violence.” They ended with “Sex and Violence” then gave the stage to The Massacres from Chicago.
They were the band that everyone had come to see and they didn’t disappoint. They were almost psychobilly — more that than anything else — stand-up bass and all, and at times had a Tiger Army-type sound. They were the best band of the night and although they weren’t mosh pit material, I saw the most movement during their set. North Carolina’s Crank County Daredevils finished off the show and surprised most of the audience with a sound and style that was more reminiscent of Motley Crue than anything else. They were a hit-or-miss type band where half the audience was interested and half wandered off, but the whole show was like that — at least The Massacres were worth it.