Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Misery Signals at Santos Party House

Misery Signals are a Canadian-American metalcore band with complex meters and emotional lyrics that usually lead to 12/8 choruses over clean singing. In the flesh, they look like a Breakfast Club of jocks and math nerds, and on paper, they should be one of the worst bands in the world.

Yet these Wisconsin boys put on a disarmingly likeable show last Saturday at Santos. Perhaps it was their humility--Karl Schubach is an outright jolly, surprisingly charming frontman, and brothers Ryan and Branden Morgan unleashed every breakdown and time signature change with an easygoing attitude. Maybe it was hearing songs from 2008's Devin Townsend-produced Controller out of context, where they shine as individual compositions. Maybe it was watching the band cherry-pick the best songs from their earlier albums, including a genuinely spontaneous encore but not their Pink Floyd cover. But most likely, it was seeing Misery Signals make lemonade from some of metal's worst ideas. Metalcore is never this much fun, unless you're super talented.

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