The Missionary Position Gives Boise the Old In Out In Out

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The Missionary Position onstage at The Shredder.
  • Josh Gross
  • The Missionary Position onstage at The Shredder Friday, Aug. 24.

Sometimes a band is so damned good, you want to go shout about it on the housetops like a crazy person, perhaps even clutching a fiddle to cinch the deal. Such a band are Seattle sleaze-rockers The Missionary Position, who played a lonely show at The Shredder Friday night.

Perhaps two dozen were on hand for its set, a frustratingly low number. Even more frustrating was that only a handful seemed to be there without some sort of familial connection.

The band hit the stage with the sound of a pounding tom, quickly launching into a set of dirty blues licks over electric piano riffs and solid beats. On top were the gruff laments of vocalist Jeff Angell, whose voice is a rare combination of intoxicating and dangerous. It pulls you in, then punches you in the gut before winning you back over again.

"Once again, all love songs tonight," Angell said after finishing a song called "I Wish You Were Dead."

When the band cut into its megahit waiting to happen "The Key," what audience there was fell into a deep and powerful swoon.

Between the quality songs and the wide variety of bizarre drummer faces, things were breezy and entertaining.

The Missionary Position is getting set to record its next record when it returns from its current tour, but probably won't release it until Angell finishes up a tour with Walking Papers, a band he is in with former Guns and Roses guitarist Duff McKagen.

But when that record drops and the band comes back through Boise, drop whatever the fuck you are doing and be there. Bring a fiddle. Because you may well find yourself on the roof after the show.

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