The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower
February 20, 2005 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
by Melissa Mueller

The stage is set at Neumos, and the crowd is restless. Full of energy and restive, they wait for The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower to come on stage. They’re ready; ready to mosh, ready to slam themselves against each other in a fit of youthful rage, ready to tear each other apart.

When Plot takes the stage finally, all hell immediately breaks loose.

Loud and furious guitar riffs echo throughout the venue and the crowd immediately takes it as a cue. They start to mosh violently as the band continues to play, the lead singer’s maddening screams just what they want to hear.

Plot is from Southern California but listening to them at this show you’d think they were from England. There is something about them that is reminiscent of older punk days, the Sex Pistols style of sheer attitude and mayhem when they take the stage. Granted, you cannot grasp quite what either of these bands are saying, but that’s the beauty of the raw punk music scene, and that common link parallels the two bands quite nicely.

If Plot’s main goal is to add an element of disorder and chaos to their show, they undoubtedly succeeded, especially at Neumo’s. The crowd moshed to every song, sang along, and furiously grabbed the lead singer whenever he reached close enough. He spat on them, threw water bottles at them, and they loved it.

The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower put on a true punk show at its finest - angry, raw, and unapologetic. For anyone who is wistful of the older days of The Sex Pistols and The Ramones, attend one of Plot’s shows and join in on the pandemonium.
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