When: Sun., May 19, 8 p.m. 2013
After the 2009 departure of dangerously charismatic front man Hank Von Helvete, 20-year-old Norwegian “death punk” institution Turbonegro would’ve been justified in ditching their denim and calling it a day. Instead the band went on hiatus while seeking a new vocalist and eventually picked Tony Sylvester, a burly Englishman who cut his teeth singing for hardcore bands such as Dukes of Nothing and served as president of the London chapter of the Turbojugend—the band’s rabid fan club, whose seemingly omnipresent denim-clad legions undoubtedly contributed to Turbonegro’s choice to soldier on. Last year’s Sexual Harassment (Scandinavian Leather) proves that decision sound. Coated in Kiss-style glam and sometimes just as flat-out ridiculous as that band (“Shake Your Shit Machine”), the album benefits from Sylvester’s gruff, throaty vocals—a departure from Von Helvete’s relatively sassy singing—and the hard-ass rock ’n’ roll licks that guitarist Euroboy can lay down at will. Though Turbonegro are experts at anthemic party rock (“Mister Sister”), an evil punk ’n’ roll track such as “Dude Without a Face”—which is so over-the-top it’d make Alice Cooper blush—deepens the band’s weirdo mystique. Over the years their collective image has evolved into some kind of cross between a sailor, a 50s street tough, and Ziggy Stardust. —Kevin Warwick Mount Carmel opens.