(stub courtesy of Brian Comiskey)
After ten years spent raising hell onstage and conducting musical trials that would lead to the establishment of country-acid rock genre “cowpunk,” Meat Puppets had successfully piloted through their musical identity crisis by the time their 1990 appearance at Metro rolled around. And this Phoenix, Arizona, quartet didn’t come unprepared, equipped with a myriad of albums drawing from influences as polar as The Byrds and shades of opaque punk. But the real focus was thrust upon recent release Monsters, a lengthy 10-track cap to their near-decade as a band. The album featured the Puppets’ trademark experimentation with the sharp hum of synth beats creeping into Curt Kirkwood’s dense guitar riffs.