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Summer's Dead Festival

DieMonsterDie, Spawn, Victims Willing, Wanna! Gotta! Gimme! & Simian Greed at Burt's Tiki Lounge.

By Austen Diamond
Posted // August 24,2010 - Take your pick: A. a traditional love ballad, probably including something about trains, or B. a horrific love-death song dealing with gruesome train wrecks and undead prom queens?

If you chose B, you probably prefer the music of local horror-punk band DieMonsterDie. The band, known for their heavy thrashing, bloody costumes and special way with balladry, are cleaning out their seasonal closets with the mantra “Out with the old, in with the ... er, dead” by hosting the first Summer’s Dead Festival at Burt’s Tiki Lounge.

The veterans of the tiny niche of horror-punk have steadily gained recognition, says bassist Shane Diablo (Hansen), whose stage name is Meat. “We started out because we wanted to blend the theatrical stuff with the music. We’ve been around for 10 years and have a huge following all over the world because this tight-knit genre of music is so underground. There are kids as far as Russia that love it.” The theatrics, at one time as extreme as hanging a bloody bride on stage, have been toned down through the years. “We’ve been banned from a couple of clubs,” Diablo says. "We put on a bloody good time and sometimes it gets out of control. The [theatrics] were starting to overshadow the music."

MusicShortFeat_DieMonsterDie_100826.jpgDieMonsterDie isn’t just a bunch of morons in monster masks who hang out with hot zombie chicks; they’re philanthropists, too—in a sense. They’ve been known to open up bar tabs for their fans to swill down, and this festival is no exception. Starting a half-hour before their set and going until the tab runs out, drinks are on them (tips are on you)—same goes for the barbecue, brats, burgers and brains (for zombies only) if anyone in the costumed crowd can’t afford them. “If we supply all the drink and food for them and they go home and say, ‘That was the greatest and cheapest night of my life,’ we’re satisfied with that,” Diablo says.

MusicShort_DieMonsterDie2_100826.jpgDiversifying the lineup each night, DieMonsterDie will share the mayhem-laden stage with horror-punk Spawn Atomic, punk-metal Victims Willing, punk rockers Wanna! Gotta! Gimme! and stoner-rock/punk band Simian Greed, each performing a 45-minute set.

So, should you dress up for the shocking sci-fi spectacle that’s arriving just after a full moon? Yes, but no one’s judging and all are welcome, says Diablo. “You can’t go wrong with a good zombie or any type of bloody mess like car accidents, vampire masks and Frankenstein heads. Or, just come as you are.”

Burt’s Tiki Lounge
726 S. State
Friday, Aug. 27
8 p.m.

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Posted // September 5,2010 at 02:13

Ouch, the sting from the scathing opinion of the Black Mamba. Don't care that it's not your cup of tea, man. It would be cool if you'd remember that you really, really hate us until the day you die, though.

We don't have to buy the audience drinks either. Have you ever invited friends over for a barbeque? That's what we did at a club rather that our backyard. We threw a party, simple as that.


Posted // September 1,2010 at 21:46

Black Mamba, I am curious as to what you consider "Good Taste" Kurt Bestor? The Osmonds? Killswitch? Red Bennies? Bob Marley? Clutch? what exactly is "good taste" in your eye's?


Posted // August 24,2010 at 19:52

hahahah... "Yer Mom" that was awesome... You know it's some dildo listening to Creed and Dautrey as he looks in the back of his newest Penthouse wondering which penis enlargement product to purchase.


Posted // August 25,2010 at 12:22 - You two have a seriously funny imagination. How does " good taste" even enter into a comment about this band? Bonesaw, I already have an enlarged penis and I don't read Penthouse. (Who the fuck reads Penthouse?) Can't stand Creed and don't know what a "Dautrey" is. So, now what have you got? The point is, this is a joke band, right? I love the video clip where the drummer tries to keep his mask on straight while he's playing and the singer sounds like an amatuer bank robber whose mask is messing with his demands for money and no "dye-paks."


Posted // August 24,2010 at 10:09

Ok,, seriously, listen...tell me what possible, possible value or talent or contribution to the local, or galactic for that matter, music scene this kind of stupid shit produces. The f*cking dude in the costume can't sing, even if the cheap latex mask wasn't flapping against his mouth, making him sing,"oh der, dee dacka der, alla-walla derka do..."

It's sounds like borrowed surf punk, only it's not as focused and, what's the word? Oh, yeah, in tune or on time.

I can full appreciate why they wear masks and are forced to buy patrons drinks.


Posted // August 24,2010 at 11:25 - BlackMamba, you're dumb and lack good taste. Go put on an glittery areopostale shirt, drink a tall Budweiser with Clamato Juice and go find your mom.. she misses you.