Posted by Christine Tsimbis.
The spacious area in the Croxton Bandroom was steadily filling up with people as Tim McMillan played his quirky tunes onstage, and he successfully pumped up the crowd for Dallas Frasca to then light up the stage with her booming vocals and raging persona that was determined to show everybody what rock ‘n’ roll is truly made of.
Once Frasca had everybody begging for more, Ugly Kid Joe took over the joint and started hammering out Neighbour, which naturally drove everybody insane since it’s a classic from their most well-known album America’s Least Wanted. A lot of the crowd consisted of people who have been fans of the band for 25 years since they released that album, which made their performance extra special to witness. There were so many nostalgic vibes from everybody who had grown up with the band, especially since the band had initially broke up but then reunited again, and everybody was appreciating the band’s enthusiastic team spirit.
Jesus Rode A Harley was humorous to witness played live, since the lyricism is cheeky and shows the band likes to have fun with their music. C.U.S.T was rough and relentless, as Crane’s animalistic growls and screams in between lyrics captivated his audience and depicted his impressive vocal range. The rest of the band intensified the set with their heavy guitar streaks and pummeling drums, adding fuel to the rock ‘n’ roll fire that makes Ugly Kid Joe such a distinctive band since the late ‘80s.
After playing classics such as No One Survives and Devil’s Paradise, Ugly Kid Joe showed some love to their crew from the UK and their supporting bands, even inviting Frasca and her parents onstage and asking the audience to ‘give it up for mum and dad’, which was a really endearing sight to witness. Crane then dedicated their song Cats in the Cradle to mum and dad in general, performing it wonderfully and providing a nice contrast to the other punk songs.
This temporary switch in musical style didn’t last long – Ugly Kid Joe jumped straight back into skater grunge mode, the Goddamn Devil being one of those songs that evoked a frenetic response in the audience that matched Crane’s own crazy energy on the stage. At one point, the band decided to let some of the other acts play to the audience – there was Soldier with his wicked guitar solo that absolutely killed it, there was Tim McMillan who played two songs with extremely catchy hooks – and at one point, a whimsical rap that was sung way too fast for me to understand any of its lyrics – and some psychotic guitar strumming that didn’t last long but really made you admire Tim’s randomness onstage.
Crane was regularly challenging the audience, getting them to shout as loud as they could, just because Ugly Kid Joe wanted everybody to expose their raw selves and just let loose and have fun. They performed a few more songs, and even invited Frasca back onstage to sing AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap with Crane. Their duo act was almost too much to hot to handle; their blazing vocals and fierce stage presence were just addictive to witness live, and the audience loved every moment. Ugly Kid Joe threw a hell of a fucking awesome performance, proving that rock ‘n’ roll certainly isn’t dead.
Highlight: Cats in the Cradle – it really brought back that ‘90s nostalgia within the audience.
Crowd favourite: Goddamn Devil
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