Live Review: Hyro Da Hero — Club Nokia, Los Angeles
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 07:21:28
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"We some mad motherfuckers," smiled Hyro Da Hero on stage supporting Mindless Self Indulgence at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles Saturday.
Hyro and his band mates are mad in a good way though. On his Ross Robinson-produced debut, Birth, School, Work, Death, Hyro rails about getting out of "Section 8" and "Ghetto Ambiance". However, the fact that no one else is speaking up in hip hop really pisses him off more than anything. In a landscape dominated by laptop-playing DJs, flaccid rappers, pop stars, and rock bands with no balls, Hyro is just the hero that we collectively need.
Remember in the early '90s when Rage Against the Machine, Tool, and Korn cleared out the vestiges of the '80s cheese with raw, real rock music? That's what Hyro's doing, and he's doing it the right way—on the road one fan at a time. Flanked by an airtight band, he injected 'hood attitude into a hulking post-hardcore stomp for a transcendent set no one would forget.
The twanging guitar at the beginning of "Ghetto Ambiance" slid into Hyro's incendiary, irresistible flow. "Beam Me Up Scotty" exploded with screams that matched the staggering intensity of the toughest moments of Korn and Slipknot's legendary debuts. Then, "Dirty South Rock" shimmied with a groove that could get asses shaking from Hollywood Boulevard's hottest night club to the Download Festival in England. "The World's Stage" smacked with lines like "We owe you the truth" as the audience heeded Hyro's command of "Get off the ground and hang from the motherfucking roof."
The anger converged with the riffs, drums, bass, and scratching for one final rallying cry on "Sleeping Giants". It was painful, powerful, and utterly poetic like all classic rap and rock should be.
Jumping around the stage, Hyro needs his own "Air Hyro" sneaker line, and if he keeps it up, that'll be happening very soon—along with headlining spots at Coachella, Grammy Awards, and stage-bashing performances at shit that MTV puts on…
Stay mad, bro...—Rick Florino
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