Warlock Pinchers at the Gothic, 12/31/10

Aaron Thackeray

with Il Cattivo
12.31.10 | Gothic Theater

Around 9 p.m., the safety videos started up and it looked and sounded like something straight out of Wonder Showzen. Puppets and people in a gorilla and a robot costume interacted as they would on a warped, faux kids' show: surrealistic, vaguely or completely disturbing, and yet funny if you're in the right frame of mind. Perfect to break the ice, as it were, for this show.

Aaron Thackeray
Holland Rock-Garden of Il Cattivo

Aaron Thackeray
Matt Bellinger of Il Cattivo

Il Cattivo came on stage to the strains of the theme music from A Clockwork Orange -- fitting, given the group of miscreants who make up this group. Fronted by Brian Hagman, the five-piece also features guitarists Holland Rock-Garden and Matt Bellinger, Matty Clark on bass and Jed Kopp on drums.

Aaron Thackery
Brian Hagman

Musically, it was as if a metal band decided to stop boring us to death and rock with much more freedom and dynamism. Same sounds we're used to, just used much more creatively and with guys in the band who play their instruments as though they're not fully in control. That and a gifted frontman who is never at a loss for compelling and creative body language, and who also seemingly sings and howls at the same time.

Aaron Thackery
Matty Clark of Il Cattivo

The dynamics were tight and tense as Clark and Kopp locked in together with a focused intensity, while Rock-Garden and Bellinger played off each other with speed, precision and raw energy. "Fresh" and "Weary Bones" were high points in the set, following one another at the end.

Aaron Thackeray
Jed Kopp of Il Cattivo

Location Info


Gothic Theatre

3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO

Category: Music

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Il Cattivo are not miscreants. May the fleas of a thousand camels infect your balls.


Miscreants is kind of a harsh label for the Il Cattivo guys.Fun show. Good times.

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