Review: Hollywood Undead at The Fillmore Charlotte (7.19.2013)

| July 20, 2013 | 2 Comments
Hollywood Undead performing at the Fillmore Charlotte on Friday, July 19. Photo by Patrick Bogans

Hollywood Undead performing at the Fillmore Charlotte on Friday, July 19. Photo by Patrick Bogans

From the moment the masked men of Hollywood Undead hit the stage on Friday night, the crowd at the Fillmore Charlotte knew an insane party was about to start.

The Los Angeles band’s hard rock/rap brings out the hardcore heart in any listener. With their electric rock, Undead uses defining electronic elements and unforgiving rap lyrics – just imagine a strong mix between Eminem and Linkin Park.

And though their music is heavy, it isn’t hard to listen to – if you’re okay with some pretty uncensored lyrics about sex, drugs and alcohol. The lyrics have a simple, but strong delivery and their most popular songs tend to have repeating choruses and bridges.

At the Fillmore, members of the crowd were already drunk from the beginning, but the aggressive energy of these rock-rappers from California had the crowd completely wasted. Middle fingers were in the air and the mosh pits commenced before the band decided to take off their masks.

And aggressive is describing it lightly. In particular for their first three songs, which included the beloved “Undead,” the energy from the stage was unrelenting.  Strobe lights didn’t let up, nor should they have. It’s one thing when a band isn’t delivering nearly enough energy to match the lights show behind them. It’s another thing when they are Hollywood Undead.

The forefront vocal members consistently rotated at the mic for certain songs. Their powerful vocal chops made it easy to wonder how they could deliver such forceful performances night after night.

And the bass was severe enough to knock out most of the confetti still stuck in the ceiling from Paramore’s performance at the venue in mid-May.

At one point, Jordon Terrell (vocalist/lead guitarist) brought a kid up on stage to introduce the song, “Comin’ In Hot.” (Yes, this show was all ages apparently – despite the somewhat violent mosh pits and strong lyrical content.)

Terrell spoke about how he smoked some “Carolina Kush” before hitting the stage and mentioned how this was one of the best show he’s ever performed at. He also spoke about their almost rained out performance at Carolina Rebellion earlier this year. “They told us to stop, but we just kept going,” said Terrell.

That pretty much sums up the mentality of Hollywood Undead. Just when you think they’re going to stop or a least bring it down a notch, they crank their levels to 100 and keep on going. And their levels were about at a 101 in Charlotte Friday night.

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Patrick Bogans Patrick is a former Community Editor and A&E editor for the Niner Times. He is pursuing a Communications major with minors in Film Studies and Journalism at UNC Charlotte. Contact him at pbogans@uncc.edu.

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  1. Paul says:

    “Terrell spoke about how he smoked some “Carolina Kush” before hitting the stage and mentioned how this was one of the best show he’s ever performed at.”

    They teach you to end a sentence with a preposition in your Journalism class? I’m a UNC Charlotte alum with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a Minor in Journalism. Your editor (or whoever checks your work) should be ashamed. This is bush league, even for a college fish wrap.

    The article is difficult to read, flows poorly, and offers no information about the actual event itself. Have you ever read a concert review that doesn’t have a Set List in it somewhere? I realize you’re in college and you’re still learning, I just feel like at this stage in the game you should have some of this figured out already.

  2. Robert.....aka...the "kids" dad says:

    I have to agree with Paul. Poorly written and hard to follow is a grotesque understatement. Not here to bash…but i guess it was apparent that it was an all ages show based on the fact that there were quite a few kids there. Must have had a boring closet living child hood huh Patrick. Instead of making remarks that no one cares about, how about you tell about the show, name some other bands that were there…let me help

    All Hail The Yeti
    3 Pill Morning
    Escape The Fate
    and of course
    Hollywood Undead

    anyways..review the show don’t read the Wikipedia page next time

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Patrick Bogans Patrick is a former Community Editor and A&E editor for the Niner Times. He is pursuing a Communications major with minors in Film Studies and Journalism at UNC Charlotte. Contact him at pbogans@uncc.edu.

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