It's been said that the problem with rock 'n' roll is that there are too few genuine madmen in it. Iggy Pop certainly pulls his own weight, but there aren't many others who walk on the crowd smearing peanut butter on their chests and describe their music as being inspired by the sound of a pneumatic press.
But genuine madness doesn't have to take the form of antics. Sometimes it just comes in wild-eyed delivery of Danny Elfman in his Oingo Boingo days, or even Arrington de Dionyso, whose howling vocals as the front of indie-cult stalwarts Old Time Relijun somehow managed a perfect balance of semi-deranged musicality and semi-deranged theatricality. It helped that he generally performed stripped to the BVDs.
But chances are I lost you on the last reference.
Well then, it's lucky for you that Mr. Dionyso is playing in Boise tonight with his new solo project Malaikat dan Singa, in which he sings entirely in Indonesian and appears no more chemically balanced than in his previous efforts. As you can see from the video below, the music still reeks of precisely executed madness and is sure to frighten, confuse and enthrall live.
The show kicks off at 5 p.m. at Bricolage, (in the basement of the Idaho building) and will feature With Child and La Knots opening up. $5 donation at the door.