For this Thursday, SSG Music is highlighting a pair of great shows featuring local bands at smaller venues.
The U-district’s Rat and Raven is playing host to an excellent evening of rock, raw and dirty blues, punk and psychedelia this Thursday. At the top of the bill is Mother’s Anger. Their music is a high energy mix of tribal drumming, punk rock, and psychedelia, and the listener may here whiffs of Fugazi, Black Sabbath, and Mission of Burma floating on top of the wild percussion. Their most recent album is 2011’s Escape/Revolution, which featured Soundgarden bassist Ben Sheperd.
This is definitely a concert that you want to be on time for in order not to miss the first set by Seattle’s 3-piece blues/rock/psyche juggernaut GravelRoad. Since the release of their first record in 2004, Gravelroad have refined their sound while touring nationally and internationally, including prominent festival appearances and two albums of collaborations with legendary 90+-year old Mississippi blues man T Model Ford. Their latest album, Psychedelta, is their most accomplished yet. The album’s ten songs sometimes call to mind an alternate history in which classic 60s blues-derived hard and acid rock was heavily influenced by the trance-like grooves of North Mississippi hill country blues artists such as R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. The entire album can be streamed here, and some highlights include the growling blues menace of “Devil Eyes”, the hard driving psychedelic blues of “Goin’ down that road again,” and the Eno-esque “Caves”. The hard rocking live versions of these tracks that were played at January’s CD release show at the Tractor has this author greatly looking forward to their set tonight.
Dead Man is a two person dirty blues man featuring heavy blues guitar, harmonica, and great vocals from “Uncle Hickory” backed up by hard drumming from Brian Nelson. Their first release is called Filthy Blues and can be streamed here. Dead Man is great live and they have been playing many dates in the area, including a memorable opening set for Reverend Deadeye at Slim’s Last Chance.
Preview by Bebe Besch:
This Thursday night, find three of Seattle’s most eerie yet colorful bands at the intimate venue Barboza, located below Neumos. Psychedelic sibling trio The Tempers will be headlining the night, bringing their shoegaze tunes to the new stage. Corina Bakker’s deep and haunting vocals will mesmerize as her sister Chalia tears on the drums and her brother James owns on keys and bass. The Tempers’ “sexually menacing electro” as described by SSG Music’s Daniel Ahrendt will dominate at this hometown venue with their charismatic edge.
Joining The Tempers will be local act Nightmare Fortress, which is lead by another powerful front woman and singer, Alicia Amiri. Her dark vocals are laid over a mixed set of guitars, synths, and beat machines – a perfect “nightmare-ish” soundscape to dance to. The opening band for the night is Secret Shoppers, brining their own lush pop in form of a trio to Barboza. Secret Shoppers’ Facebook promises, “We will make you dance.” If you attend this night filled with wicked pop, I’m willing to bet all three bands will do just that.
Other things going on tonight are a benefit for the Cafe Racer shooting victims at the Neptune Theater with a large set of musicians performing, and a Noise for the Needy show at the Tractor featuring David J of Bauhaus and Love & Rockets.