Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bloodhorse

I was excited to see the reunited Bloodhorse at Beerland on Tuesday. They've only played one show in a long time, so I was excited to see what they had up their sleeves. I have to say I wasn't disappointed; they were awesome. Their loud, bombastic and intense style of playing really stood out to me as original and very interesting. They played several short, concentrated songs that packed all the intensity of a lengthier song into a minute or so. Although this made their set a little short, I didn't feel deprived or like I was missing anything. The length of the songs really didn't effect how good they were. They nimbly covered Bewah by Dead Horse, adding their own interpretation while still staying true to the original. They gathered quite a crowd who seemed to really enjoy their show. Pretty much, they were awesome and I hope that they play again soon!


Tim (guitar), Calvin (bass), Gus (vocals, drums)


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

FreeTown Hounds

On the way back from Nola, my friend and I followed the Blood Royale (see post here: Blood Royale) to Lafayette, LA. At their show at the Wild Salmon, I had the pleasure of seeing a band called FreeTown Hounds. They refer to their music as "fun rock" which I think is quite appropriate. Their upbeat, kind of swingy, kind of trashy music totally rocked and the audience was totally into the show. They were just plain good ol' rock and roll fun and they clearly enjoyed ever minute of their set. The band really engaged the audience and made them a part of the set. Guitarist Ricky Williams donned a wig at the end of the show and put his guitar down to do only vocals. It was hilarious and very appropriate for their show. Overall, it was a great, fun, upbeat show that everyone seemed to enjoy.


Ricky Williams (vocals, guitar), Shannon May (guitar), Roy Harrison (bass), Wess Bennet (drums)

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Windhand

Saturday I went to New Orleans to see Windhand play with The Blood Royale (see post here: Blood Royale). I heard about Windhand a few months ago and I really like their music and they aren't coming to Texas so I decided to head out to Nola to see them play. I have to say, it was totally worth it. They began their badass set with the song Winter Sun off their self titled album. The rest of the songs they played were new which was kind of disappointing because I had wanted to hear the stuff off their album but they were awesome none the less. Winter Sun is also my favorite song of theirs so I was happy that they at least played that. I think the best way to describe their music would be ethereal doom. While they are definitely a doom metal band, they have a kind of distant, airy quality to their music that really sets them apart from other doom metal bands. They are clearly influenced by Black Sabbath but I don't think that overshadows their originality. Dorthia Cottrell's vocals can best be described as beautiful, floaty and, like I said before, ethereal. Her voice just seems to soar through the music, emerging as a separate entity while still being firmly grounded in it. Guitarists Garrett Morris and Asechiah Bogdan create an impressive, delicate and unearthly sound that soared through the room. They were backed by the rhythm section consisting of bassist Parker Chandler and drummer Ryan Wolfe who really kept the music moving forward. Pretty much, they totally rocked and I was so glad that I made the trek out there to see them. Blood Royale kicked ass as always and overall the show was a great experience. Check out their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Windhand/115952841804204. Hopefully they'll come to Austin soon!


Dorthia Cottrell (vocals), Garrett Morris (guitar), Asechiah Bogdan (guitar), Parker Chandler (bass), Ryan Wolfe (drums)

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Amplified Heat

Friday night I saw Amplified Heat play with Sabbath Crow (see post here: Sabbath Crow) and the new Jamey Simms Band at Headhunters. I've seen them a few times before and really liked them, so I was excited for the show. I caught the last half of the Jamey Simms band, but didn't have enough time to get any pictures. But they were really badass so I'll definitely be covering them soon. Sabbath Crow put on an amazing set, as always. Headliners Amplified Heat played a kind of psychedelic, blues-y rock and roll, with a strong emphasis on rock and roll. They manage to escape straight categorization and really do their own thing. I really liked their blues influence because, while it was pretty obvious, it didn't seem to restrict them. Brothers Jim, Gian and Chris Ortiz really made the venue explode with noise, in the best way possible. Guitarist/vocalist Jim has a very distinct voice and really knows what he's doing on guitar. Gian was on bass and kept the rhythm section moving forward while adding his own interpretation to the songs. However, with Chris on drums, the sound really exploded. I mean he is an incredible drummer and I was really blown away by his loud, fast and intense drumming. Overall they were awesome and I can't wait to catch them again.

Jim Ortiz (guitar, vocals), Gian Ortiz (bass), Chris Ortiz (drums)


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