Masked Intruder

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Music

Let me paint the picture.  STL Cardinals were in the playoffs October 15, 2012, Game 2 of the NLCS was on the TV and Teenage Bottlerocket was playing the Firebird that night.  Sad to say, the opening bands this night were not going to get the attention that they deserved from this guy.   By the end of the 4th inning the Cardinals were losing pretty badly so we head to the punk rock show, including Masked Intruder.  As a window into my soul, although I avoid being the dumb sports fan who gets violent or aggressive when his team is losing, when the Cardinals are in the playoffs I am on edge and suceptible to depression.  I know, I know, what can you do.   Maybe I am not that punk these days, but this was a totally new band to me.  So Masked Intruder comes out to do their set and I think I am the only one who is surprised that they are wearing brightly colored face-masks.  They also have a Roadie/mech-guy who is dressed in a cop uniform with shorts and a fanny pack.  He stands on the stage arms crossed and at times gets in the crowd.  I think “gimmick band” and begin to shift closer to the TV over the bar until Teenage Bottlerocket takes the stage.  They put on a good show, but if I am being honest I didn’t give them much of a chance.

Fast forward, my buddy B sees them again at Lemmons and says they were great and that I really need to listen to their self titled self-titled debut full length which was originally released in the summer of 2012 on Red Scare, and is slated for re-release on Fat Wreck Chords February 5, 2013.  Time lapses, I ignore this request.  More time lapses.  I read a tweet from Fat Mike that he hasn’t taken this out of his discman (doubtful Fat Mike, doubtful that you have a discman) for a long time.  B sees Masked Intruder in Chicago opening for Brendan Kelley and the Wandering Birds.  B continues to insist I listen to this album and gives me weirdly specific instructions to listen to songs 5 through 8 without interruption a few times and tells me that I will be “du-wopping” by the third time through.  B is right.  Album has great sound and is a great listen.

Word on the street is that Toby will be bringing Masked Intruder back to STL this summer on a Red Scare tour.  I will be there (and less judgey, sorry guys).    As of now, this is the song that I like the most.  B wins.


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