When it comes to bands, I am most interested in musical substance. While I don’t really care that much what a band’s appearance is, bands that start to get too interested in their clothes or their image are usually not for me. Not knocking these bands, but it usually isn’t my cup of tea. That’s especially true when bands take on gimmicks. Naturally, from my perspective, I didn’t give Masked Intruder much of a second glance. This was wrong of me. Not only does this band write music I absolutely love, their “gimmick” goes much further than I’d initially realized.
Masked Intruder only goes by the color of their masks. This is also their autographs when they do signings with fans. The color used as their name match the color of their masks matches the color of their Chuck Taylors and also match the color of their instruments. On stage, they talk and sing with immensely thick New York accents and sing about breaking the law. Ya know. Robber things. And not just on stage…if they were walking around the Warped Tour festival grounds with the masks on (which they did very often), they were in character. And if they didn’t have their masks on, you’d never know. But trust me….they never didn’t have their masks on. I learned the level to which they lived their characters, and I have nothing but respect for it. This isn’t normal gimmick; this is an identity. And I love it. They aren’t just up on stage in identifying colors. They wrap themselves in the persona of bumbling crooks, much akin to the Wet Bandits, or a group of robbers that Ralphie has to fend off with his Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and “this thing which tells time”. They even have an officer with them in the band – Officer Bradford – who doesn’t actually sing or play an instrument, but acts as a hype man. Their dynamic works. And as I said before, I love their music.
Intruder Blue came to the first Save Our Scene workshop – the same one Mikey from Old Wounds came to. He was so amazingly kind and supportive of our cause. And even though they couldn’t wear our shirts or talk about us really as they have a pretty strict onstage look and persona, they did do a signing at our tent. And when we were worried about not having an order of tee shirts on time, they put us in touch with their printer and even offered to go pick them up for us to make sure we had them. I loved getting to know these guys, and I really hope I get to see them again soon.
Masked Intruder is wrapping up a tour with Reel Big Fish. They have music out on Fat Wreck Chords as well as Pure Noise Records. Give them a like/follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And grab their music on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, or wherever else you get music. Or maybe go to one of their shows if they come near you and steal it from their merch table. We don’t typically condone theft, but I feel like if anyone would understand, they would.