Preston Maddox (vocals, bass), Jim Moon (synth), Jake McCown (drums)
Thursday, May 31, 2012
So I saw Bloody Knives for like the 18th time last night at Beerland. I really like them and they used to play with my bff Mel's band One Good Lung (see post) a lot. But I hadn't seen them in a while and I have to say, they've gotten even better. Most of the shows that I go to are played by bands with terrific energy and intensity. But I have to say that Bloody Knives rivals them all. I don't know how they do it; they were jumping around and headbanging the entire time. As far as their music goes, it's really hard to pin down into one or even three genres. They've definitely got some heavy stuff going on but it's very industrial and psychedelic-y as well. They've decided to opt out of having a guitarist and instead totally make it work with a bass, synthesizer and drums. It was loud and intense while being kind of trippy but not in-your-face or overdone. Vocalist/bassist Preston Maddox's ethereal and unabrasive vocals contrast well with the instrumentation but are definitely well suited to their sound. Overall, they're a great band and really nice guys. Their music is a nice change from the harsh, hardcore punk and extreme metal I've been hearing a lot lately. Props to the guys for producing some awesome, very original music!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Last night I finally got to see Bible of the Devil (they haven't played Austin in about three years) along with Broken Teeth at Red 7. Bible of the Devil played an awesome set that exemplified their unique sound. Combining classic American rock and roll with metal, their interpretation is relevant and distinct but still characteristic of their niche genre. With some badass guitar hooks and anthem-type songs, they totally rocked out and put on a great show. Although their set was unfortunately cut short, they took it in stride although I know the crowd was disappointed. Their music is badass and something that has to be experienced. They also hung out afterwards and chilled with their fans which was cool. Broken Teeth played after them and didn't disappoint either. Their characteristic crude, angry rock and roll really got the crowd going. They played some intense songs, had great energy and really rocked out. The show was emotionally charged in that it seemed that everyone was anticipating what they would do next. Well what followed was badass rock and roll and a great set. Props to both bands for a successful, crowd-pleasing show.
Bible of the Devil: Nathan Perry (vocals, guitar), Mark Hoffman (vocals, guitar), Darren Amaya (bass), Greg Spalding (drums)
Broken Teeth: Jason McMaster (vocals), Jared Tuten (guitar), David Beeson (guitar), Travis Weiss
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Friday night I finally got to see Brewtality, Inc. perform at Red Eyed Fly. Guitarist and vocalist Houston Ritcheson recently went into cancer remission and is able to perform again. Everyone who knows Houston has been thrilled about this since he's such a badass person and a great musician. The show itself was awesome and full of energy. They conjured up some great old school punk with typical short, fast, lively songs. Their predominate themes centered around being part of the working class, drinking beer and saying "fuck you" to authority. But they weren't your typical, run-of-the-mill punk songs because they obviously had put their own twist on it and owned every song. Houston's raspy voice brought a different, distinct sound to the mix and really made the songs stand out. I definitely had one of their songs stuck in my head the for the rest of the night. They ended the set with a cover of Cock Sparrer's Because You're Young which they asked that the audience sing along to. There was quite a pit going for much of the show and clearly everyone was really happy to see Brewtality, Inc. on stage. Overall I would call the show a huge success and props to the band for really showing us what great punk is all about!
Houston Ritcheson (vocals, guitar), Nikkoli Kade (guitar), Mike Danger (bass), Chris Hall (drums)