Iggy and his band of Stooges brought their brand of earth scorching punk to the Vans/Fat Possum SXSW showcase last night, and it was by all accounts the sort of wild scene you'd expect. After the generally poor critical reception their 2007 effort The Weirdness, many in Austin were eager to hear what the new songs from Ready To Die, out April 30th, had to offer.
According to all reports The Stooges did not disappoint, mingling the high energy new cuts with classic songs like "I Wanna Be Your Dog", "Raw Power" and "Gimme Danger". At this point in their storied career, that's pretty much the formula for The Stooges: new tunes mingled in with the classics while Iggy flys around the stage like a mental patient who just took a great quantity of LSD and is rather upset by it. When your backing players include James Williamson on guitar, Mike Watt on bass, Scott Asheton and Steve Mackay's saxophone behind said mental patient, the results tend to be exceptional.
Welding all this experience and power makes it possible to overcome things such as the mix getting blown out and unfortunate new lyrics like "I'm on my knees, for those double Ds". Overall the consensus seems to be that the new songs are sloppy and fun, which is really what you should expect at this point from The Stooges, who are still, amazingly, a can't miss live band.