The young, local four-piece rock outfit known as Real Mad Decent were setting up to take the stage at 9:45PM on March 31, 2012, and the crowd at Joe’s Apartment already seemed riled up for some sort of emphatic aural assault to come off the stage. An in-house emcee took to the microphone and told the crowd that video cameras were set up to shoot a promotional video of the performance andÂ went to explain the context of the curiously humorous blow-up dolls dressed in Bruins jerseys which were set to be launched off of the upper floor of the venue and into the crowd front.
The guys of Real Mad Decent, fresh-faced and all, finally struck their first guitar chord and proceeded to deliver their first song to the restless crowd. Five seconds into the song and the crowd seemed to react positively, headbanging and vigorously moving to the intensely heavy sounds coming off the stage. This was straight up hard rock with inflections of hip-hop undertones delivered by the band’s vocalist Zac McMillan who would frequently engage in “rapping” the lyrics over the backdrop of the heavy rock guitar of Nik Dagsvik,Â the funky, deep bass of Mitchell Santaga, and the sharp drum beats of Marco Di Spirito.
Several songs into the band’s performance and everything was still as full-sounding as it was from the kick-off. The most notable aspect of their performance is undoubtedly the energy brought to the set by the band who saw the stage as much more than a platform to stand on. All the members of the band physically mirrored the crowd’s excitement, moving frequently to the ultra-hyper sounds coming out of their instruments.
Real Mad Decent seems to have honed their sound when it comes to a live set and while a lot of the material may seem repetitive and only appeal to a certain type of crowd and hard rock enthusiast, credit should still be given to the energetic performance delivered.