S.A.W. Events Presents
Mushroomhead's 20th Anniversary Tour
One Eyed Doll, XFACTOR1, The X Members
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM
This event is 18 and over
Mushroomhead - are one of the most unique and adventurous alternative metal bands working today. Known for their stunningly theatrical live show and artsy masks, this innovative band has forged new ground in the rock world and influenced many other bands to push the envelope and bring art into rock. Formed in the early-1990s in Cleveland Ohio, the band’s combination of metal, rock and atmospheric elements has struck a chord with thousands of fans worldwide.
Mushroomhead have been performing incognito since 1993, when drummer Skinny founded the band. The band was meant to be a side-project so they wore masks to go unrecognized, but after only a few shows they developed a rabid and loyal fan base in Cleveland. Mushroomhead released their 1995 self-titled debut album independently and it went on to became an underground hit. This was history in the making because the band really had no proper distribution. Superbuick followed in 1996 and M3 in 1999, all released via an underground street effort. After the band felt its image and hyper-melodic, heavy style of music was being diluted by other bands jumping into this space, the band started to change their look to reflect nothing out there. After a brief stint on Eclipse Records, a move to Universal Records saw the release of XX (a combination of the past independent releases) in 2001 and XIII in 2003. The band’s last album sold over 200,000 units in the USA alone. Mushroomhead released Savior Sorrow for the pioneering rock label, Megaforce Records (Metallica, Anthrax, Ministry, Warren Haynes, Bad Brains) in 2006. Mushroomhead released “Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children” in the Fall of 2010 and it debuted at #44 on Billboard charts.
It can be said that Mushroomhead’s musical ascendance was a singular, original, aesthetic of eight guys decked out in matching jumpsuits and artsy masks, playing unbelievable, unsettling music. No other band was wearing masks and jumpsuits and purveying this type of ultra-melodic, ultra-dynamic music at the time – Mushroomhead sounded like nothing else. The band’s merging of metal, atmospheric elements, rock, and theatrics mixed with a punk DIY attitude has inspired and spawned other bands. Even though Mushroomhead’s music is rock-leaning in thought, the group remains firmly committed to pushing the envelope and trying new things. Influences range from the driving rhythms and breakneck turns of Pantera, to the dark melodies of Faith No More, to the atmospheric stylings of Pink Floyd, but all done in Mushroomhead style.
One Eyed Doll
Genre: Goth, Punk Rock
Similar to: Creature Feature, The Dirty Youth, Straight Line Stitch
Described as Strawberry Shortcake meets Gwar and Valentine’s Day meets Halloween with the visual impact of Japanese Anime, One-Eyed Doll is an award-winning Austin, Texas power rock duo with a loyal global fan base and extensive international press exposure. In 2009, 2010, 2011, the group swept the SXSW Music Awards in categories such as Best Punk Band, Best Metal Band, Best Goth Band, Best New Band and much more. The group has independently released three full-length albums, they appear in Revolver, Guitar World and Guitar Player magazines and has left several national tours in its wake including major anime conventions. Blazing the band’s wildfire, amongst their growing legions or religiously crazed fans, is One-Eyed Doll’s cult leader: the impossible-not-to-love Kimberly Freeman, whose punishment is so sweet you’ll beg for more.
Genre: Metal, Rock
Similar to: Age of Daze, Mr. Bella, Uncrowned, V Shape Mind
XFactor1 was formed during the brutal winter of 2006 with the intent of bringing decadence, intensity and the true meaning of music back to a rock and metal scene that was sounding pretty tame and had lost its connection with the people that matter the most, the fans. To date, XFactor1 has sold over 50,000 units combined of their EP “Something Inside”, 1 CD/DVD combo, and in 2011 charted for 4 weeks on Billboards Heatseekers charts for the NE/Central US region. In 2012 they were signed to MRi/Megaforce to extend the reach for the release of their most ambitious and rock solid release to date, Famous.Last.Words. The defining formula that personifies who they are, what they believe in, and the dreams that we all live for.
The X Members
Genre: Punk, rock
The X Members are birthed in musical freedom, bathed in whiskey, and bred to destroy. A beautiful train wreck of punk, rockability, metal, swing, and hard rock. Greasy, mean, and good at it. Comprised of several current and ex members (…get it?) of prominent Cleveland bands, (Pitch Black Forecast, State of Conviction, The Missing, Keratoma, Horror Madonna), The X members were looking for a new musical outlet. To be shoved straight out of their comfort zones. To attempt to create a brand new genre of music, based on having no conceptual grounds or stereotypes. Equal parts Astro-Creep and Horton Heat. We dig it… do you?
$18.00 - $22.00