Monday, October 24, 2011

Pierced Arrows, Krum Bums

I've been to some great shows this year, but I have to say seeing Pierced Arrows at Lovejoys last night tops the list. Guitarist/vocalist Fred Cole has been involved in the music scene for a long time which is made evident by his badass instrumentation and confidence on stage. He's clearly a maverick doing his own thing. His wife Toody threw out some incredible bass lines that betray her years of experience. Both Fred and Toody are alumni of their previous band, Dead Moon, a rough rock and roll band that disbanded in 2006. Toody, who shares vocals with her husband, had an awesomely acerbic voice that I heard compared to a spitting cobra. Kelly Halliburton held it down with his impassioned drumming. I'd have to say my favorite song of the evening was the last one, called Paranoia. The lyrics were agonizing and exposed their exceptional skill and powerful love of and dedication to their music.


Earlier, on Saturday night I went down to Red 7 to hear Krum Bums play for my weekly dose of good ol' punk rock. The whole band spent the entire show tearing up the stage and murdering their instruments. Luckily the stage didn't collapse while lead vocalist Dave Tejas demanded the audience's attention with his biting voice. Guitarists Trae Dog and Justin Hall and bassist Ry Meyer raced through the songs at an unstoppable pace, while Nick Kasten kept up with some fierce drumming. Although the set list was diverse, the execution of it was cohesive and showed that they clearly know what they're doing. The audience responded enthusiastically so props to Krum Bums for putting on a great show.


Pierced Arrows: Fred Cole (vocals, guitar), Toody Cole (vocals, bass), Kelly Halliburton (drums)

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Krum Bums: Dave Tejas (lead vocals), Trae Dog (guitar), Justin Hall (guitar), Ry Meyer (bass), Nick Kasten (drums)

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Danava

I wasn't sure what to expect from the Oregon-based band, Danava, who played at Mohawk last night. I had heard positive reviews so I trekked down there to check them out. Their sound was very unique and unusual and their music captivated me within the first few songs. While clearly influenced by Black Sabbath, I also heard Clutch references thrown around quite a bit. Their heavy emphasis on guitar riffs and drawn out vocals contributed to their singular sound. Considering the large, boisterous crowd, the show could have easily taken place on the outside stage. When the show ended, the persistent crowd demanded an encore and they happily obliged. The show was deemed a success by everyone and I hope to hear more from them in the future.


Gregory Meleney (vocals, lead guitar, synthesizers), Zachariah Dellorto-Blackwell (bass), Andrew Forgash (rhythm guitar), Matt Oliver (drums)

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lower Class Brats

So last night I was happy to be able to see Lower Class Brats at Red 7. I saw them back in July and they had put on a good show, so I was interested in seeing them again. They didn't disappoint. Well executed straight punk rock always makes for a good show. While I can name a few bands where the members just stand there and play, the same can not be said about Lower Class Brats. They played with the energy of a band playing their most important show. The audience, although smaller than usual, started a mini mosh pit and clearly loved their fast, heated show. Vocalist Bones DeLarge, red faced and passionate, commanded the stage, violently spewing his lyrics at the crowd. After 15 years, they're still rocking like the day they started.


Bones DeLarge (vocals), Marty Volume (guitar), Evo (bass), Joey the Kid (drums)

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sabbath Crow

Last night was the benefit for Houston at Headhunters, and I was thrilled to finally be able to see Sabbath Crow. After a year hiatus, they returned to the stage a few weeks ago at Red 7. The show last night I have to say, was unlike anything I have seen or heard before. Their sometimes eerie and almost psychedelic sounds coupled strikingly with guitarist and vocalist J. Bybee's rough growling voice to produce a very unique sound. J. and his wife, bassist Kristin Bybee, were awesome together on stage and obviously fed off of each other's energy. All in all, they executed their particular brand of hard rock boldly and passionately, to great effect. The night was a great success and it seemed that, given the number of people there, a lot of money was raised for Houston.


J. Bybee (guitar, vocals), Kristin Bybee (bass), Jeff Chavez (drums)

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

One Good Lung and The Dirty Charley Band

Last night I had the opportunity to see two very different but awesome local shows. First I went down to G and S Lounge to see One Good Lung. They're all friends of mine and I always look forward to seeing them play. They're a very dynamic and animated all chick stoner rock/metal band. Guitarist/vocalist Aimee Lane clearly enjoyed being on stage, while bassist Mel Krenek did an awesome job of holding down the bass line. Amber Lucille rounded out the trio with her solid drumming. Their set consisted of several original songs as well as covers of songs by both The Melvins and Roky Erickson. After that show, I headed downtown to Beerland to see The Dirty Charley Band. They're another one of my local favorites. Although the band seems to be influenced by country, they consider themselves more stringband metal than anything else. The back of their shirts say "Death to False Country," which I find to be very witty.  They always seem to have a blast on stage and their energy is contagious. The obvious absence of drummer Sean Weingartner was perplexing, but they carried on well anyway. Overall, it was a great night and I was happy to be able to see both bands.


One Good Lung: Aimee Lane (guitar, vocals), Mel Krenek (bass), Amber Lucille (drums)

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The Dirty Charley Band: Charley Marquez (guitar, vocals), Nikoli (guitar), Scott Higby (upright bass), Sean Weingartner (drums) not present

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