Sunday, May 4, 2003 @ 9:40 AM
HToM Live at The Stone Pony in
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REVIEW BY: Mike Black
Asbury Park NJ - I wanted to hold off on a write-up on Hat Trick of Misery until I saw the most excellent Documentary Video they just released on their website. Well, it's available on their site as of April 28th.
The Pony Show was another example that these guys are simply ready to make it big. In fact, seeing the video and their set at the Pony, you'd think they already were huge, given their attitude, chops, and sheer professionalism. Sadly missing these days in the angst-rock post-grunge ocean are acts like HToM that actually give you a show. Not explosions, strobes, or glam; I mean they really give a fuck about what they are doing, and believe in it, and best of all… can pull it off live.
This gig follows a slew of dates where HToM opened for national acts; this was there first non-support show on the Stone Pony stage. I was interested in seeing how a crowd that wasn't waiting to see King's X would react. Or even show up. Well, show up they did. 200+ for a band that plays 90% originals. And they stayed. And HToM played the set already reviewed on many sites, but the best was saved for last. How often do you see a band at 1:30am, being called up on stage for a fifth time? I mean this crowd wanted more -- they didn't wanna leave, and HToM were more then happy to strap the guitars back on for another tune. And how often, when a band is egged-on for a cover tune by Van Halen, busts out frigging "Mean Street" including the intro, perfectly?! Whoa!
That's the show they're giving and the labels should be drooling, given the buzz the documentary is getting . Maybe ‘cause it's about the best I've seen. No attitude, no faked concerts, no Just-Another-Press-Kit-Vid vibe… just them talking about what they are, with some great stage and rehearsal footage. There's gonna be a lot of labels going, "Where the hell were Ww when Hat Trick of Misery got signed?"
A great night for a band you'll be seeing soon, for sure.
For now, go to www.hattrickofmisery.com and see what the bands all about.
Great live set. Great website vid. Highly recommended.