Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction hit the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano with a scream Sunday night. The British band has yet to release a record in the United States--but it should, judging by the audience's response to its crunching songs.
After striding on stage in a frenzy of smoke and strobe lights, Mindwarp and his band regaled the audience for an hour and 10 minutes with a beat-heavy, double-guitar-driven set that focused on girls and cars. With such numbers as "High Heel Heaven," "Primitive Rapture" and "Bad Girl City," this band won't endear itself to the feminist cause. But its anthem-like brand of machismo is definitely in tune with your average teen-age male sensibility.
There's an almost cartoon quality about this band that hits so hard, snarls and growls its lyrics, and swaggers as if this were Errol Flynn's last stand. When Mindwarp barks, "I'm the god of fertility. Hey, baby, you can worship me," during "High Priest of Love," he almost makes you want to laugh.
The sweat-soaked singer may realize that: For all his musical bravado, his stage patter had none of the conviction that marked the songs. He almost seemed to ask the crowd for more applause--unusual behavior in a musical genre that's usually so intent on taking what it wants.