Loud, raw and wonderful, last night Israeli three-piece Monotonix launched what could only be described as a fun and welcome assault onto the sold out crowd of The Hideout. They are the type of band you go to see because they have the anything can happen quality to them and the constant anticipation of what they will do next keeps you enthralled.
Their music, of course, fits well within the context and it's astounding how well they can keep their rhythm when half the time, one or more of them is crowdsurfing and the other half of the time, the drummer is playing while raised from the audience or while a trash can is on top of his head.
Much like their previous performance at The Hideout Block Party festival this summer, the band was out of control and the crowd loved it. The major difference this time was the absence of fire and not as much space to crowd surf in. The mood was a similar aspect of camaraderie and awe. It's difficult for me to imagine being able to put on one of their records and merely hang out in my living room, but Monotonix is the type of band I'd gladly see live again and again with a bittersweet mixture of regret and relief each time their set draws to a close.