There’s a lot going on in this world that doesn’t make sense. Things that boggle the mind and make you question humanity. Things like deforestation. Animal extinction. The arms race. But every once in a while, something comes along that doesn’t make sense, and it is EXACTLY what humanity needs.
Enter Mac Sabbath.
If you haven’t heard of Mac Sabbath, don’t despair. They are underground personified. They are a very formidable Black Sabbath cover band, who changed the lyrics and sing about fast food.
Think if Ozzy and Weird Al had a love child who was raised in restaurants that had a playground inside. Their songs include “Frying Pan” (“Iron Man”), “Sweet Beef” (“Sweet Leaf”), and their ode to frozen confections “Lord of the Swirled” (“Lord of this World”).
The band is comprised of four members: Ronald Osbourne, the affably maniacal red-haired clown on vocals, Slayer MacCheeze, a mash-up of Motorhead’s mascot Snaggletooth and a local government official on guitar, Grimalice holds down the low end on bass, and the Catburglar on drums, a cross between the original KISS drummer and the guy who steals hamburgers. No one knows how or why these four musicians from the Los Angeles metal scene got together in 2014. To hear Ronald Osbourne tell it, he came through a rift in the time-space continuum from the 1970’s to save the planet from the current state of sustenance and music, and wants to bring us back to a time when rock and food were real.
Manager Mike Odd recalls the first time he saw them. They played a gig in the basement of a fast food joint that was set up like a bomb shelter. He knew immediately he had to be a part of this phenomenon, and hasn’t looked back.
Word of the band spread quickly, and before they knew it, they were asked to play the 2015 Download Festival in England, along with Slipknot, KISS, and Judas Priest. At this point, the band hadn’t played outside California. Mike filmed the band doing “Frying Pan” and posted it to Youtube, and it went viral quickly. MTV picked it up. Black Sabbath themselves shared the video.
Three years later, the momentum hasn’t abated. They recently completed the Mockstrosity tour with Metalachi (imagine “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” “Hot for Teacher,” and “Raining Blood” done mariachi style), and the Okilly Dokilly’s, whose band members all dress up like Ned Flanders and the majority of their lyrics are quotes from the lefty himself. Ozzy recently brought the band up on his radio show “Ozzy and Jack,” and Zakk Wylde mentioned in a recent interview that he would like to tour with them. Whether this comes to fruition or not remains to be seen, but the possibility of a Zakk Sabbath and Mac Sabbath tour sounds like a great match.
The crowd at a Mac Sabbath show tends to be diverse: Black Sabbath fans, people who are drawn to weirdness, vegans and junk food junkies enjoying the show in harmony. And the band takes their “let’s not be too serious” attitude seriously. Mic stands are done up like super sized straws. There is a giant robotic clown with lasers for eyes. Water from condiment bottles is sprayed in to the audience. And the puns! If you are a Dad Joke Supplier, you are going to walk away with a TON of new material.
Mac Sabbath takes over Shaka’s Live at the Virginia Beach oceanfront Wednesday, March 14th. Doors are at 7, and local talent Just Standing and Fatal Karma open the show. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 on the day of show. Go. It might not be your cup of sweet tea. You might be wondering what the Hell you’re watching. But you’ll definitely be talking about it the next day. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll dig it.