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Clyde and Clem's Whiskey Business-Tuesday nights-The Hole in The
times. Great Music. Nice Men. Good crowd. Everyone gets laid.
Red 7, Austin, TX 11.12.11
Upon the 1993 release of their debut LP, !Destroy-Oh-Boy!,
the New Bomb Turks became criticsí little darlings and garage-punk
heroes instantaneously. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, the band
would go on to release five more full-length records before calling
it a day somewhere around 2003/2004. Since this time, they have
reunited two or three times a year, often traveling halfway around
the world to collect major euros. In 2007, the band was flown
to Tromso, Norway to play a festival
with The Stooges and Turbonegro.
photo by Jerry Milton. See
NBT frontman, Eric Davidson, has most recently written
a new book entitled We Never Learn Ė The Gunk Punk Underguy, 1988-2001. I believe this is a must read for the
average music snob. Davidson is has a vault of knowledge about
everything you should be listening to. Eric currently lives in
Brooklyn and plays in a new band called The Livids.
Following absolutely killer warm-up sets from OBN IIIís, Grand
Champeen, and High Tension Wires, New
Bomb Turks ripped through a one-hour set of classic face melting
punk ní roll. They ripped through a host of songs including many
tracks from fan favorite records, !Destroy-Oh-Boy! and
Information Highway Revisited. By the time they were nearing
sets end, I was nearing the end of a 12-pack. I want to say I
remember hearing Pirate Love and definitely remember hearing
the NBT classic, Defiled. It was in the middle of this
song Davidson commanded silence in the room and brought the crowd
members down to their knees.
photo by Jerry Milton
After toying with audience members for about five minutes,
the band erupted back into the chorus and the audience members
burst into the air! It was nothing short of glorious.
As usual, Eric was a complete live wire onstage. Any fan of
the Turks will tell you that the guy is a lunatic onstage. He
has the flare of Mick Jagger, commands
a crowd like David Lee Roth, and brings the Iggy-blend of danger
to your front door. I canít imagine any band having to follow
a NBT set. Ouch. I would venture to say local favorites, Riverboat
Gamblers, may have taken a page out of the NBT playbook. Itís
just that kind of rock show.
Iím not sure what the plans are for the NBTís in the future,
but one can only hope they return to the stage time and time again
so the next generation can get a taste of how itís done. New Bomb
Turks are and will always be sitting on the top of the late 20th
century punk rock ní roll totem pole.
once in a while you go to a show and you see a band where they sound
a lot like their recording. Ok. This rarely happens. The beauty
of the live sound is, it's a LIVE sound. To capture that sound quality
on a recording, the likelihood of it coming close to the live sound,
is pretty fucking rare.
Hull's second recording, Beyond The Lightless Sky is a good, damn
good recording. Their live sound, matches it pretty damn close,
too. But, Thank Baddassery, it also kicks it's ass.
kicked OUR ass at the Red7 on November 3rd, 2011. It was a brutal
slaying of 3 whole songs from their two recordings Sole Lord and
Beyond the Lightless Sky.
is five guys from Brooklyn New York; Bassist Seanbryant Dunn, Guitarist
Nicholas Palmirotto, Drummer Jeff Stieber, Guitarist Drew Mack,
and Guitarist Carmine Laietta. Average dudes, not snotty, not demonic,
not driven by libido or ego, just five guys who like to play the
music. And fuckme...no no no...fuck you, they do it pretty damn
do not list a vocalist on their website, recordings, press releases,
etc. Why? They all sing. Lead guitarist? There are three of em.
"Lead" depends on the song.
setlist at the Red7:
Earth from Water
Funeral is (almost) 17 minutes long. Did you miss a deadline because
your life has been sucking the life out of you? Do you hate the
thought of the holidays..period..alone or with your family? Did
your coworkers surround you like a creepy bunch of old people who
look like they are going to eat your cat? Does all of it make you
wanna crush something?
do it. Listen to this instead and let the blood flow: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/listen/hull-viking-funeral-streaming-mp3/
ok. Listen to it as many times as it takes. Get that creepy smile
across your face. Go ahead, scare some work bitches.
is pure catharsis.
more songs: Hull
Mayhem at The Hole in The Wall.
(drummer), Rio Norris (singer/guitarist), and Andy Khan (bassist)
are Power Chief. On Thanksgiving night, they were joined onstage
by a lot of drunken friends and fans. The Hole in The Wall is home
to many smiling faces. They are so nice there they cooked a free
Thanksgiving spread. All you had to do was buy your own beer and
if you so desired, watch Texas beat Texas' ass for the last time.
great Southern grind. Then after a short break that consisted of
whiskey and well, more whiskey (AND beer), Power Chiefs took to
the stage and entertained us some more. They play exactly where
they belong. The band consists of three bartenders and a cook. Everyone
loves their food, their jokes, and their drinks. Singer/guitarist,
Rio's favorite drink to make is the Brojob. Go get yourself one...or
setlist? We don't need no stinking setlist! It was a Thanksgiving
jam session on The Drag at one of Austin's fine musical establishments,
The Hole in The Wall. Power Chief's played a mix of rockabilly,
old time country and rock n roll, bluegrass, and mixed it up just
fine, like a Honky Tonk should. Good. Times.
On a sidenote:
Nathan Hill and Denis O'Donell veteran's of The Hole in The Wall
will be opening, The White Horse Bar located at 500 Comal St Austin,
TX 78702, (in between 5th and 6th street on Comal) the weekend of
December 9th, 2011. Those of you who know Denis and Nathan can attest
to the good times and well, the Damn. Good. Times.
October 27, 2011
I’ve been lucky enough to see Mastodon at a smaller venue
before this night (Emo’s in Austin), but most present had
only seen them at arena spectacles like Ozzfest. The excitement
was palpable but the anticipation for the headliners did nothing
to dampen the audience’s appreciation of the supporting acts.
Openers Venomous Maximus (featuring Drunken Thunder alum Trevi
Biles) killed, rocking the swiftly swelling crowd old school. Maybe
it was the leather vest or the squealing guitars, but these guys
have a cool take on classical metal that somehow eludes falling
into ironic cliché or the threat of being slapped with the
retro label. While still a modern metal band, VM evoked Iron Maiden
and Judas Priest on more than one occasion this evening.
Black Tusk, a Georgia power trio that often sound like a thrash
band with a spiky metal veneer, tore through a slew of ripping songs
that left more than one audience member dizzy trying to keep up
through head-banging. But they still have a very southern feel about
them, unable to shake the influence of the Kudzu state. Think Celtic
Frost meets the Georgia Satellites.
At this point, I should stop to thank the management of Fitzgerald’s
for reportedly slightly under-selling the show. Though it was probably
just to give the rickety floor a break from a horde of beefy bouncing
metal fans, the little extra breathing space it provided was most
But not as welcome as Mastodon when they hit the stage, opening
with “Dry Bone Valley” off their most recent album The
Hunter. They would re-visit the newer material several times throughout
the set. They played at least a half-dozen songs off the new one,
including the single “Curl of the Burl,” my personal
vote for most annoying song of the year. Love the band, don’t
dig that particular ditty.
But they more than made up for that song by hitting plenty of highlights
from the past including “Crystal Skull”; “I Am
Ahab” and “Sleeping Giant” (a personal fave) before
ending the night with their signature anthem “Blood and Thunder.”
Keeping it loose and fun while simultaneously virtually replicating
the recorded material, Mastodon once again proved why they are one
of the best metal bands on the planet.
- Trevor J Wallace
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