Canada (Toronto), October 12, 2009 Review

artist: Revolting Cocks date: 10/21/2009 category: live concerts

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Revolting Cocks: Canada (Toronto), October 12, 2009
Robot hookers, sexy incest, rough nights in Vegas... its all open season for The Revolting Cocks.
 Sound: 10
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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Canada (Toronto), October 12, 2009 Reviewed by: Nolan Whyte, on october 21, 2009
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Sound: The Revolting Cocks are an industrial scene institution, and although the lineup has undergone a major youth movement, they've stayed true to their roots. They played a long set containing a mix of older material but with a heavy dose of the riff-heavy, electronic-infused industrial dance tracks from the band's 2009 album Sex-O Olympico. Vocalist Josh Bradford, guitarist Sin Quirin, and keyboardist Clayton Worbeck form the core of this current RevCo lineup, along with touring bassist Murv Douglas and drummer Aaron Rossi. They blasted their way through a fourteen song set, to the glorious entertainment of the crowd at the Reverb on Queen Street in Toronto. // 10

Perfomance: Robot hookers, sexy incest, rough nights in Vegas... it's all open season for The Revolting Cocks. Their songs are full of heavy riffs, screaming, distortion and samples, light S&M and cross-dressing, plus a good dose of grinding with the chicks in the audience during the Encore. Although there is a stylistic difference between the new material and the beat-heavy catalogue they inherited from previous incarnations of the band, the performance was seamless. Although all the band members were clearly enjoying themselves, the focus was mainly on vocalist Bradford, who is a hyperactively engaging performer. He goes beyond charismatic--he is engrossing. He is campy and ridiculous, goading the crowd to participate and engage with the band. And he backs it up with slamming vocals. // 10

Overall Impression: Who wants to get whipped? screamed Bradford, pulling apart a coil of blue nylon rope. You? he asked, pointing into the audience, before hopping down into the crowd and flailing at willing victims. The RevCo set is dominated by songs about sex, drugs, and all things unsavory-in-a-good-way. This is in addition to Bradford's constant references to whacking off. Do you girls whack off? he calls to the ladies in the audience. Do girls call it whacking off? How many girls here masturbate? And in response to the crowd's cheer, he asks his follow-up: How many of you girls have masturbated with your own tears? But the constant sex gags are only one element of the performance; the other is serious musicianship, led by Sin Quirin and his flying-V Schecter guitar. Whatever you're there to appreciate, it's clear that the Cocks have a great time performing, and it's a perverse pleasure to watch them get their freak on. Ten out of fickin' ten. // 10

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