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Punk rock is a genre that can take on many forms. One band using that flexibility to their advantage is Masked Intruder from Madison, Wis.
Currently on tour in support of their newest album, III, Masked Intruder bring their “Spring 2019 Crime Spree Tour” to Welch’s Ale House March 27. Truly a band you need to see in a live setting to fully appreciate, Masked Intruder are known for wearing different colored hooded masks on stage, not unlike the more famous Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot.
Though the origin of the story behind the group is a bit murky, the band claims it was formed when Intruder Blue met Intruder Green in jail and found that they had common interests in music. Whether that’s true or not, it does add a layer of intrigue to the listening experience.
And what an experience it is. Sounding somewhat like The Ramones and Simple Plan had an illegitimate child, Masked Intruder put forth the best of the early punk scene and marry it with the pop punk revolution of the late ’90s and early 2000s.
With a lead singer and two backing singers, vocals are key to their sound as they throw out more than the requisite punk rock “oh-ohs,” choosing to harmonize rather than yell, which is pretty forward thinking for a bunch of guys who claim to be petty Midwestern criminals.
Opening the show are one of the pillars of the Fort Wayne punk scene, Flamingo Nosebleed, and local newcomers Rehab After Party.
And for an added bonus, Intruder Green and Officer Bradford DJ will host an after party from midnight to 3 a.m. at the Brass Rail.