The stage was bare, yet everyone still pushed forward. As the audience roared the opening riffs rang out over the speakers and the lead singer leaped into the crowd. Bodies were pushing against each other all trying to get a glimpse of the musicians playing amongst the fans. With so many people all trying to be involved in the show, it was evident that personal space was going to be nonexistent.
When a band travels from a far away country, they set out to put on a great live show for the crowd, however, Monotonix traveling from Tel Aviv, Israel played a phenomenal show for Austinites at the Mohawk Saturday night, January 29th. The buzz around the crowd before the performance made it clear that this was the show to see, but it was far more amazing than words could have described. Within the first seconds of the opening song, beer and water were flying in the air drenching the spectators while the lead singer, Ami Shalev, was floating over the hands of the audience. As the drummer and guitar player were immersed in the crowd, the energy was immeasurable. With so many fans trying to get a glimpse of the band, it was hard to find Mr. Shalev as he was constantly moving and dragging the chord of the microphone with him around the venue. Looking at the vocalist one could never imagine that he had the agility of a twenty-year-old, but he was constantly climbing on every imaginable structure available around the Mohawk. Scaling everything ranging from a tent near the entrance of the bar, to the brick structures of the Mohawk, the crowd was always on alert constantly waiting with their hands in the air to catch the spontaneous lead singer. One of the most memorable moments of the night was when he was hoisted up in the crowd with a floor tom borrowed from the drummer, and played along with the beat of the song.
With the energy of the crowd at an all time high, the lively front man asked for the attention of the audience for the only serious topic of the night. As he took the stage for the first time, he said, “I have to talk about a serious issue. Austin is the best place we have ever played, and after six years of constant touring, we have decided to stop. This will be our last show in Austin.” It was a momentous occasion to see a band that gives so much energy at every performance to finally call it quits. After the announcement, it seemed the morale was down, but it was evident that the true fans will never forget a great band such as Monotonix. It was clear by the end of the night that the band will never be forgotten and they will always be welcomed in the great state of Texas. It was a great send off to a truly amazing band.