Cameltoe, Thorazine, DecanonizeD

Cricket on the Hill October 8, 1999

By Alex Teitz

The Cricket on Hill is a small club filled the smoke, the clanking of beer glasses, and the sounds of bands that have played there before. Stickers from passing bands cover columns and paper the walls. The Cricket is a crucible for an emerging band.

On Friday the place was the site for three women bands from three parts of the nation. Cameltoe made their first Denver visit from San Francisco. Thorazine made their fourth time through from Philadelphia, and DecanonizeD played home turf.

Beginning the night Cameltoe electrified the night with a hard hitting set. Elizabeth the lead singer was joined by Lisa, both on guitars. Carmela, in green hair, took up bass, and Joe was on drums. The set was loud and strong with such songs as “Bad Thoughts”, “Dogs”, and “No.” The songs’ edge was like Cameltoe’s self-titled CD, blunt. The band performed as a cohesive unit although being troubled by the altitude. If heading West check out Cameltoe.

Next came Jo-ann Rogan and Thorazine. Jo-ann took control of the stage, and didn’t need to let go. Her vocals are powerful and controlling. Thorazine plays punk that can’t be ignored. The songs are not subtle, and don’t need to be.

Among the songs played during their set include “Food”, “Don’t Need None of Your Shit”, “Dis-Town”, “Dirtynastysex”, “Slice The Vein”, and “Vicious Cycle.” The songs came with barely a breath in between. Even near the end of the set Thorazine was more charged up and probably could have gone on for another hour without being winded. Thorazine is continuing West through November. If you like good punk, check your schedule, and be there.

The last band that night was DecanonizeD, a goth band. DecanonizeD separated themselves from the others that night with the use of a strobe, and a smoke machine. Dressed in black, Talea doesn’t so much sing the songs as live them. She uses pantomime, and most dramatically, in the song “Bound”, props. In a song “Rain”(?) the words meld into the smoke as she describes being “…drunk on sensuality.”

DecanonizeD’s lyrics are dark, and have shadows written across their surface. In a song called “Come Back to Me” the narrator describes a murdered lover. The love songs are passionate, and speak as splinters of darkness permeate them.

The evening as a whole was fabulous to see. Three bands from three regions ruling a Friday night. For the Cricket it is rare to see three female fronted bands have an evening. After this night’s success, we hope there will be more.

For more information on the bands reviewed here, visit their websites at:

Cameltoe – http:///www.twirlme.com/bands/ctoe

Thorazine – http://www.thorazine.org

DecanonizeD – http://www.decanonizeD.com

November 1st, 1999