Friday, November 22, 2013

Cool band Alert - Fatalists. New track "The Old Hag"

Hailing from Edinburgh's here are Fatalists.

Blending Jesus Lizard meets Queens of the Stone age it is sure to impress!

Check out the single The Old Hag


15-60-75 (The Numbers Band). Re-issue news!

Exit Stencil recordings is excited to reveal news of a re-issue of the long out of print (and underrated) 1975 debut album from 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band).  "Jimmy Bell's Still in Town" is an album who's members went on to form Devo, and inspire Pere Ubu.  Need more names, Chrissie Hynde (the Pretenders) her brother is in the band too.

The album re-issue will include 500 deluxe, 2 x LP gate fold copies of the album.  Expanded liner notes (David Fricke of Rolling Stone) and unreleased tracks.

The album blends blues and punk, soul and rock and roll.

The album is released on December 3rd.

Need a taste?  Check out this great  live clip

Friday, November 15, 2013

Black Sabbath - Comcast Center August 12, 2013


Black Sabbath
Comcast Center, Monday August 12, 2013
(another one that I should have posted a bit ago...)

Okay, yes lets get this out of the way. Black Sabbath pretty much influenced well over half of the bands you listen to. That is okay. Their songs are timeless, their shirts sold in Wal Mart and every few years we get that “one more chance to see” the band in concert.

Hitting the stage shortly after 830pm to the wailing sirens of “War Pigs” and flashing red lights any doubts you had about the band, or their abilities were quickly tossed out the window. Original drummer Bill Ward is not touring with the band due to some contract issues and the seat was filled by the very capable Tommy Clufetos. To the front it was Geezer Butler (bass) Tony Iommi (guitar) and Ozzy Osbourne front and center.

The band was very tight with Ozzy being really the only weak link. He wasn't out and out bad, but living the way he has, and the fact he is sixty FOUR you'd be hard pressed to be unimpressed. Ozzy paced the stage like the wild man you'd have expected. Sure he has slowed, but he keeps it fun and the fans involved. When Ozzy says “Lemme see your Hands!” you do as he says.

Butler and Iommi were solid in their roles and are just legends unto themselves. Iommi dressed in his trademark long dark coat had spot on and clean solos all night. Butler was sharp too, but the focus was heavily on Clufetos. Given a drum solo at the mid point of the set he showed his flash and speed, and sure there were the mounted tom to floor tom beats synchronized with the lights and the “stand up and point the stick to the sky” moments, but it was a drum solo and at a show like this not only did I expect it...but I demanded it.

The set covered many of the classics and they did dip their toes in the waters of their latest release “13”

Overall it was a fun evening, seeing parents walking about with their young kids, instilling the rock and roll philosophy is always a plus, and really there are no better professors than Black Sabbath.
War Pigs
Into the Void
Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes
Age of Reason
Black Sabbath
Behind the Wall of Sleep
End of the Beginning
Fairies Wear Boots
Rat Salad
Drum Solo
Iron Man
God Is Dead?
Dirty Women
Children of the Grave
Paranoid (Sabbath Blood Sabbath intro)


Baroness - The Met Cafe August 13, 2013

Baroness – The Met Cafe, Pawtucket RI
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

(this should have been posted a while ago..none the less...)

Almost one year had passed in a major chapter in the career of Baroness. August 15, 2012 the band was involved in a bus crash in England. The crash would leave nine passengers injured. Band members suffered a wide range of injuries and two members would leave the band while they recovered.

Their most recent album “Yellow & Green” had been out for less than a month. With all the happenings it is remarkable the band has hit the road in the states. Adding Nick Jost on bass and Sebastian Thomson on drums, guitarist Peter Abrams and lead vocalist guitarist John Baizley seemed to have pushed forward and brought their sludgy metal to the ravenous Pawtucket crowd

The 17 song set opened with “Ogeechee Hymnal”, a track from their 2009 release “Blue”. Abrams flashed the Les Paul and would do the big theatrical arm waves and hair shakes, the bearded Baizley would often almost look like he was about to say “whats up” with his head bob before approaching the microphone.

The band ran the spectrum of their three releases and Thomson and Jost fit right in nary missing a cue and Jost would even play a few keyboard lines at the into of a few songs. The band worked themselves and the audience in to a frenzy and deep in the set, when “The Gnashing” was played you could see the sweat on the walls, it was a perfect set closer.

Returning for a three song encore the band seemed at peace with all that had happened in the last year and with the wild smiles on their (and our) faces we all took another step towards healing.
The set list:
Ogeechee Hymnal
Take My Bones Away
March to the Sea
A Horse Called Golgotha
Little Things
Green Theme
Swollen & Halo
Board Up the House
Sea Lungs
The Line Between
The Gnashing
The Sweetest Curse
Jake Leg

You can grab that gig poster here