TVD Live: Mindless
Self Indulgence at the Regency Ballroom, 3/30

Electropunk, digital hardcore, industrial synthpunk, or whatever you want to call them, Mindless Self Indulgence pulled off one of the most uniquely captivating live performances I have seen in quite some time.

It’s a testament to their continued touring success and incredibly dedicated fan base. I remember first hearing about this band back in the day when Korn and System of a Down were at the top of their game and MSI were the opening act. Unlike these nu metal dinosaurs, MSI have adapted, and their forward thinking is why they continue to be relevant.

I can say with one hundred percent certainty that they are one of the most diverse acts around today, and their show here in San Francisco last weekend at the Regency Ballroom was nothing short of brilliant. The energy of singer Jimmy Urine (I know, terrible name) should be enough for Red Bull to use him as their new spokesperson, while his onstage personality and theatrics should prime him for his own Broadway show.

Bass player Lindsey Way may look familiar, as she is an accomplished artist when not on the road and married to the lead singer of My Chemical Romance.

MSI blasted through a very solid set including the insanely catchy “Never Wanted to Dance”; if you have not heard this song before, get ready for it to be your new favorite workout song. The rest of the show featured a nice selection from their very colorful catalog including the masterful “If” and the recently reissued and remastered “Tighter.”

Were you at the show here in San Francisco? Have you seen MSI live? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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