Butthole Surfers, Metro, Sydney

10/10/2001

"Thanks for the toilet paper!"

Upon entering the room the first sensation I experienced was a reverb hum that caused everything and everyone in the audience to vibrate.

Further entertainment was provided by the video images projected onto a screen behind the band (and onto them as a result.)

The lead singer seemed pretty laid back, the gruitarist/drummer was going for it and the other guitarist played with his eyes closed.

It was difficult to tell which songs they were playing sometimes but their performance was very impressive.

The best use of vocals was not when they were being sung, it was when when the lead singer put them into a loop using his FX box and the band went off on a musical tangent.

Also interesting was when the band played some of their new songs- 'Shame of Life' for example, they didn't seem to take it too seriously and did lots of variations with the music. (The Tex Avery cartoon wth the wolf they played in the background would make a good alternative film clip.)

As it has been their biggest hit, they also played Pepper. (which the crowd gave a good reaction to.) As usual they twisted it so it turned out completely differently to the single version.

The band went off the stage for the first time to cheers, coming back to do 'Who was in my room last night' and an extremely loud song that they guitarist who had his eyes closed screamed on and the crowd had a heavy mosh.

Although I was a bit dissapointed they didn't play Hurdy Gurdy Man or 100 Million People Dead (they might have, but I arrived late), it was an excellent show.