Wow, what a show! Dropdead/Wasted Time/Cough/Ilsa

March 15th, 2011 by

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Ilsa (photo by Will Butler)

It has been a little bit since I’ve posted something for you fine folks. Of course, if you get the print version of MRR you can see my interview in issue #335 with the fine folks in DEVOUR. Speaking of a little bit of time, the almighty Providence grind/violence band DROPDEAD hasn’t played a show in DC in thirteen years! Well, on March 12th, 2011… all that changed when the band drove all the way down just to play DC and turn around and go back on with their normal lives.

Not sure if anyone likes a show review to be more like a journal or not but I think it makes it more interesting, and I’m the one writing here so you’ll have to deal with it for now. The kids of BURMA, a local Raleigh band, were nice enough to let me tag along with them on the way up to the show. Had an entertaining ride up. We then caught up with (sorry this seems to be shout-out heaven right here) Greg from DEATHRATS who was nice enough to show us around town for an hour or two before the show. We went to Smash and Crooked Beats Records, and then by Sticky Fingers bakery so that I could get a killer vegan cinnamon bun and some coffee to get me amped up for the night, and so that I wouldn’t crash early because I woke up at 9 a.m. As we roll back to the house, Greg starts to flip out as there is a van parked in front of the house. He looks over at me and says something to the extent of, “Please don’t let me flip out — Dropdead is over at my house now.” Awesome nice folks, I had met Ben a few times before as he has toured down with bands and when Dropdead played Richmond for Best Friends Day a few years ago. A quick aside: when they played Richmond it was one of the most insane house shows I’ve ever been to… The show got moved from a venue to a house; the house’s basement ceiling got ripped down during their set and I was clinging to the water heater for protection.

Cough (photo by Will Butler)

Fast forward to actual show time. The show was at a church a few blocks from Greg’s house and even fewer blocks from Sticky Fingers, where we had gotten some eats earlier in the day. Really awesome setup for shows. ILSA went on first. This is the only band I had no idea about before seeing them. Pretty good down-tuned sludge/doom. I noticed one person in that band that I recognized but couldn’t place it at all. I later realized he was in a two-younger-kid grindcore band I had seen maybe four years ago in Baltimore called WYLD STALLYNS. I had always wondered what happened to people from that band so was excited to make that connection.

Aptly, COUGH followed. Sludge jams, back-to-back. I saw the band five years ago and the singer was too obliterated to stand up, so the new configuration of the band was a huge improvement. I tried my darndest to get pictures of the band to where they didn’t have hair splaying in their faces but didn’t have much luck.

Wasted Time (photo by Will Butler)

Next to play was WASTED TIME. The band rips every time. Slightly different than any band playing the night, but was somehow a perfect transition between the sludge and grind bands. I was standing at oh so the wrong place during their set and was about to get my camera smashed by a stagedive when the guy realized what I had in my hand and made a feline-esque leap right over my head. Later in the set I turned around and saw three different people holding their noses, people were in the pit crowd killing and freaking out really hard for the band. Later in the night I had the pleasure of meeting Mark and Alex for the first time, and got to say hey to the lovely Brandon as well.

Last was cherry on top of an already awesome show, DROPDEAD… lords of grindcore and purveyors of animal rights. During the whole set people were clamoring to share the mic with Bob as he was belting out song after song. I really don’t even know what to say that gives them justice. I felt kind of awkward as I was the only person on stage during their set but I had a bird’s eye view of the maniacs in the pit. I saw even more people holding their noses as if each person in the place was systematically punch squarely in the nose. I think they did their thirteen-year absence justice. Lots of video cameras — please do yourself a favor and lurk video sites for a recording of the set.

Dropdead (photo by Will Butler)

So I am one to harp on the good things during a show. There unfortunately were a few fights, mainly near the end of the night. Both Michelle from SICK FIX and Greg seemed to do a good job keeping things under control. I thought Bobby Egger from Headcount Records was about to jump in and break up one fight. I’m an outsider to things that go on in DC so I hope nothing was more serious than someone got hit wrong in the mosh pit or something.

My night concluded back at a house with DROPDEAD, eating the biggest piece of vegan pizza I have ever seen in my life. Amazing show, good town, good trip, awesome friends. Thanks to Chris Moore for putting the show on.

13 responses to “Wow, what a show! Dropdead/Wasted Time/Cough/Ilsa”

15 03 2011
Kane (12:08:53) :

Best. Night. Ever.

15 03 2011
Punk (16:27:47) :

\13 year absence\? i saw Dropdead 7 years ago when they toured the west coast with Look Back and Laugh… where’d you get this \13\ number at?

15 03 2011
Will Butler (16:57:03) :

DROPDEAD hasn’t played a show in DC in thirteen years

15 03 2011
Allan (23:33:40) :

Did the pizza have figs?

16 03 2011
Alex Layzell (06:10:38) :

Jealousy levels rising.

16 03 2011
david (09:49:04) :

Didn’t magrudergrind play? Also didn’t chris the drummer of magrudergrind put on this show?

16 03 2011
MRR Web Coordinator (12:14:00) :

Yeah, you’re right. Will did write about them in this review, but it’s MRR policy not to cover bands on corporate/major labels, and Magrudergrind put out a record on Scion. This may trigger a slew of responses about what PC nazis we are, or what the definition of punk is, etc., and feel free. But no matter what, MRR will always stand its ground to cover ONLY non-corporate, DIY punk.

16 03 2011
david (16:41:20) :

Wasn’t magrudergrind covered in the dc scene report in the last MRR?

19 03 2011
Mariam (14:11:49) :

Yes, they were and aside from respecting the contributors scene report, I like to think of our decision to leave Magrudergrind in as an obituary of sorts. That is the last time you will see them in this magazine.

19 03 2011
Robby Kills (21:34:21) :

I was at that house show in Richmond near the water heater! haha, definitely the most insane fucking show I’ve ever been to also. If I remember correctly Pink Razors and Environmental Youth Crunch played as well. I heard a rumor from a friend who lived in RVA at the time that the damage to that girls house was in the area of $50,000+, if you went upstairs at all the first floor/basement ceiling was visibly caving in. Also apparently she had that show without her roommates knowledge. Again, rumor, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was true.

20 03 2011
James D (11:30:36) :

I respect your decision to exclude Magrudergrind from this article but I think it would have been appropriate to include an editor’s note within the article that part of it had been omitted and a link to read the full, unedited review at another website.

21 03 2011
david (11:12:53) :


11 12 2011
Paul (09:55:11) :


So you opted to respect the author of the scene report, by going against MRR policy and including Magrudergrind, but then decided not to respect the author of this show review to print the full piece?

Does MRR not have a barcode? Is it not sold in corporate chains?

Let’s examine what it is that we do not like about the major label. Is Scion doing any of that stuff? Are they pressuring bands to change their sound? Are they treating them well? I know this will not change your opinion, but it is still important to think about all angles here.

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