Music » Livewire

Nine Shocks Terror

With Misery Index and Disfear, Wednesday, May 17, at the Jigsaw Saloon & Stage.


Tony Erba, bassist and founding member of hardcore stalwart Nine Shocks Terror, could be called a trailblazer; he's resided within the Cleveland music scene for decades, proclaiming himself Parma's "Greatest Natural Resource" for nearly as long. Driving down memory lane with Erba is bittersweet -- we rarely hear the names Variety Theatre or Speak in Tongues uttered in the shadow of the House of Blues era -- but his stories are pure Cleveland legend, like their show with the Subhumans: "Some girl OD'd, there were fireworks . . . The show ended up being delayed for over an hour because fire trucks showed up," Erba recounts. Celebrating 10 years of tooth-grinding punk preeminence, the band has recorded a new seven-inch for release on Havoc Records.

Also on the bill, East Coast metal group Misery Index is giving kids new reason to break out their bullet belts. Combining brutal double-bass drum assaults with vocals ripped off from Mephistopheles himself, the band easily crosses the line, leaving heads of metal and hardcore fans alike with stiff necks. Having toured with Napalm Death and Behemoth, the Index is likely to unleash an onslaught of shredding.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.