Hollywood Undead has one of the hottest tracking albums in rock. The Los Angeles band’s third studio album “Notes from the Underground” dropped on Jan. 8, and thanks to generous reviews from the rock and metal press, paired with enormous hype from fans on social networks, the rap/rock ensemble had no problem selling out its first run of shows in 2013.
So with all the buzz around the band, why choose the Bluebird for its Denver stop?
Playing such a small venue seemed like a terrible choice for a band in the peak if its career — but it was brilliant. Hollywood Undead started in small L.A. clubs and no matter how many festivals the group plays, nothing can compete with the vibe it emits in a crammed, sweaty rock joint.
Mask-bearing members of the Undead Army were treated to a rare two hour set from HU that featured tracks from all three albums. When asked if the band would focus primarily on new material for this promotional tour, HU vocalist Johnny 3 Tears firmly responded, “I think people would be pretty pissed if we did that. I hate it when bands do that.”
The set chronicled the band’s history, kicking off with “Undead” (the song that broke the band in 2008) and ending with the current single “We Are” off “Notes from the Underground.” HU’s signature off-color humor and affinity for drinking came through on tracks like “Everywhere I Go,” “Comin’ In Hot” and “Dead Bite,” but the highlights of the show were in the heavier, more rock-driven moments. Tracks like “Been to Hell” and “Young” are impactful on their own but there was something about hearing them live in that intimate setting that made you feel the angst and soul behind them — a feeling you don’t get in a larger festival setting.
The only down side to Saturday’s concert is that after watching Hollywood Undead get back to its roots, fans may not want to see group any other way now.