Music — It's Christmas With The Devil's Music

It's Christmas With The Devil's Music

By Robert Greene

Screaming vocals, shredding guitars, crashing drums and a hearty, “Merry Christmas to all,” are what the good people at The Bomb Shelter are offering next week.

On Friday, Dec. 10, The Bomb Shelter will host a concert benefiting Toys for Tots, a U.S. Marine Corps charity that aims to put toys in the hands of needy children. The show will feature a half dozen bands, including Sleep Walk, Mongrel, Disorder by Design, Thrust 13, Edgewise and DCM. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Rock lovers older than, or just at, 21 get in for $7. Those folks languishing in the tender years between legal voting and legal drinking must pay $12.

Ah, but there is a loophole. Donate a new toy, unopened and in the box, and you get $2 off your entry fee, whatever your age. Don’t be a shirker — don’t try to slip under the wire with a donation of Silly Putty or a cheap G.I. Joe clone from CVS. Santa’s watching you, too, so donate a good toy.

The event was organized by Gott Bands head Alicia Gott. She said she empathizes with people who need a little help from time to time.

“I was a single mom with three kids,” Gott said last week. “There was a time, eight years ago, I needed help from Toys for Tots. I understand how it helps.”

Members of the bands involved say it will be a great cause, as well as a great show.

“The holiday season is a tough time of year for a lot of kids and families, even more so in these times where the economy isn’t so great,” said Adam Savage-Adalman of Mongrel. “Heating prices are high as we’re heading into winter, and a lot of people don’t even have health care, let alone money to get their kids something for the holidays.”

Savage-Adalman, whose band has been described as “an amalgam of punk, rock and metal,” said playing the charity gig is the least he can do, considering he can help out by doing something he loves.

“This is supposed to be the time of year where we’re extra aware of those around us and of giving,” he said. “By being asked to do this show, we were given the opportunity to raise awareness for those around us who may not be as well off as we’d hope they could be.”

This from the former guitarist of Shockwave, a band that in 2002 released an album called Nihilistic Humanists. At their high point, Shockwave opened for LA Guns and Dope, and no one ever accused those bands of having the holiday spirit.

However, Mike Palmer of Disorder by Design shared a sentiment similar to Savage-Adalman’s.

“We enjoy helping others with our music,” Palmer said. “Typically people do not relate a good honest deed to a heavy metal concert. But it is the people and the community who have helped the band become what we are. It is only right for us to give as much as possible back, after all the kids we help today may become our fans tomorrow.

The lyrics on Disorder’s website,, do show an empathy with people in dire straits. “These dirty streets have seen me, do some stupid things in my time /So I run away and spend the rest of my life, dreaming of home,” the group sings in “A Thousand Days.”

Savage-Adalman says old-school punk bands such as Minor Threat, Black Flag and Dead Kennedys are  influences not only on his music but also on his attitude.

“I definitely have a strong influence as far as music ethics go from the old Fugazi or Ian McKaye school of thought,” he told The Hippo back in February. “ The more people you can get your music out to without compromising your integrity is key.”

For more information about the show, see The Bomb Shelter’s website at

Robert Greene

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