Skinny Puppy - The Observatory - January 24, 2014
Skinny Puppy, one of the most prolific bands of the industrial music world, started their new tour in the Observatory Santa Ana last Friday. They opened the show with "Cholalone," a song they haven't performed since 2000. The classic song set the tone for a night of gloriously abrasive nostalgia for most die-hard fans who rarely (if ever) get to see the band perform in OC, as well as debuting songs from the latest chapter in their history.
Of course, what would a Skinny Puppy show be without a some (ok, a lot) of frightening on-stage antics. Co-founder Nivek Ogre sported a seriously creepy mask throughout the set alongside cEvin Key and Mark Walk, but it only added to the affect his devilish voice had on the crowd. It was as if it were a mad scientist at work, feeding off the energy of the audience as he slipped into madness. At one point Ogre took out water that was set up on stage and made it look like some strange potion then drank it down like Dr. Jekyll.
With 30 years under their belt, many bands can get in the habit of phoning it in during their live show, however that definitely wasn't the case on Friday. The vocals were spot on and the band's sound felt extremely tight inside the Observatory.