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Shot at the Burgundy Room, Hollywood, CA. One of the world’s finest drinking establishments.
Shot at the Burgundy Room, Hollywood, CA. A good place to get drunk!
I do wish some bands wouldn’t play in the dark!
WARBRINGER + LAZARUS A.D. + LANDMINE MARATHON
West Hollywood Key Club, October 3rd, 2011
Holy shit! What just happened there? One minute there was this petite looking girl on stage, all t-shirt and sneakers, and now there’s a rabid banshee, snarling and spitting and spewing rage. That’ll be Grace Perry, apparently channeling the ghost of Phil Vane, and her band, Landmine Marathon, have a few things they’d like to get off their chest. They are nothing if not explosive, a blistering assault that draws a clear evolutionary line to bands like Rudimentary Peni, Napalm Death, and Extreme Noise Terror. The new album’s called ‘Gallows’ and you need it.
Unfortunately the same can’t be said for Wisconsin’s Lazarus A.D. who sound like the perennial opening band: in the 90’s they’d have opened for Exodus at the Marquee, today it’s Warbringer at the Key Club, same deal, different year. It’s not that they’re bad by any means, great players in fact, but that wasn’t enough then, and it sure as hell isn’t enough now. Throw a stone off the roof of this building and you could hit a dozen bands who sound the same. Rehashed thrash.
But then, talking of perennials, California thrashers Warbringer have been earning it the hard way for many years now and this is their first ever headline tour, the first gig of the tour in fact. They have good reason to be pleased: the Key Club has long been metal friendly, but making the 600 capacity venue look busy on a Monday night is still no mean feat. Better still it feels like they’re ready for it, honed and toned, not a beat out of place, frontman John Kevill commanding the stage. There’s a good, solid set-list too, ‘Total War’ from ‘War Without End’ standing out as particularly vicious, but more tellingly the new tracks go down a storm, already sounding road tested and headbanger approved. 37 dates in 38 nights? No problem, Warbringer are ready to bring it.
KYUSS LIVES + THE SWORD + CHUCK DUKOWSKI SEXTET + MONSTRO
Pomona Fox Theater, October 8th, 2011.
There are other bands playing tonight, and, on any other night, you would probably care. Monstro, for instance, open with some better than average stoner vibes, followed by Chuck Dukowski of Black Flag fame with his trademark bass sound, getting all experimental, if a little too shrill at times with Lora Norton’s vocals hitting notes that only canines can fully appreciate. Then there’s The Sword, from Austin, Texas, headliners in their own right, with their slightly derivative stoner metal, not a bad band by any means so long as you’re not looking for something life changing. Tonight it’s all just something to wait through.
And fuck, we’ve been waiting: sixteen years now, for those of us lucky enough to see Kyuss the first time around, a lifetime for those who didn’t. There is a palpable sense of excitement in the building, a charge of anticipation made stronger by the fact that this is, a near as dammit, a hometown show. Scott Reeder and most of the Garcia family are hanging out at the bar. Sky Valley’s not much more than an hour away. It is, not to put too fine a point on it, a very special night. Kyuss are back in town. Kyuss Lives.
And in case you’re wondering, good doesn’t even come close. Good is an insult. Sure, it may not be the original line-up, guitarist Josh Homme having moved on, his sizable boots being filled by Bruno Fevery, but tell that to ‘Gardenia’ and ‘Hurricane’, the back to back openers. And don’t let the don’t hit you in the arse on the way out. This isn’t just good, it’s the sort of show that makes everything within a thousand mile radius of it, completely pointless. ‘One Inch Man’, ‘Thumb’, ‘Freedom Run’….there is no better place on earth than here right now. Mag-fucking-nificent!
My first ever photography job…so yes, I know the photos are shite, but I have this band to ‘thank’ for it. And thanks to Christoffer Röstlund Jonsson for finding the feature.