The Misfits Play Spooktacular Show at Levels
With Halloween upon us, it’s only fitting that the inventors of horror punk, the Misfits, made a stop in State College last night.
Opening acts can definitely feel like filler sometimes, but Jasta certainly entertained. Despite being a relatively new group, their energetic rock got the whole crowd moving and warmed up for the main act.
The Misfits were founded in 1977, and have been touring even after undergoing a series of lineup changes. Despite the fact that Jerry Only is the only original member of the band still performing, the group still drew a huge crowd. The leather-clad line stretched around the block by the time doors opened.
If you think a nightclub might be an odd place to have a punk show — you’re right. All the leather and spikes seemed somewhat out of place surrounded by the trendy club vibe of Levels, but it didn’t stop the misfits from creating an amazing atmosphere.
The stage was covered in spooky decor, including skeletons hanging from microphones. Only rocked the stage wearing a huge spike-covered vest, fitting for a band that’s known for incorporating elements of horror movies into their act. All the band members had the Misfits’s signature skull makeup around their eyes, too.
They played a good range of older and newer songs. “Where Eagles Dare” and “Fiend Club” drew huge reactions from the rowdy crowd, giving security a hard time keeping crowd surfers from making it onto the stage.
For a band that’s been around for five decades, they certainly weren’t lacking energy. Whether a fan, or “fiend” as the Misfits call them, or not, you couldn’t help but pump you’re fist along to the music.
All in all, I left the show with ringing ears and a whole new appreciation for the Misfits.