BY VINCE ANDERSON
Hey, local bands! Wanna know how to get press? Invite us (me) out to your show, and put us (me) on the list because if I had to pay for every local show…I couldn’t, so it’s a trade-off for you. That is exactly what happened when I ventured out to see a cool ass show at a cool ass venue, The Metro.
Sometimes I arrive late, as I did tonight, missing the opening band Old Eastern. I’ve seen, Old Eastern, and I love those guys. Finger Pistols was on when we arrived and from what I saw they played straight ahead Rock and Roll with driving rhythms.
Next up was Red Valley Nursery. Affectionately known as RVN, brought back what I missed so much from previous projects from members of this band. Helping out tonight was Yesterday’s War’s Denny Norris. Denny may feel naked without a vocal microphone but his guitar playing is the perfect complement to Steven Thomas’ guitar playing and haunting, sexy vocals. Drummer Dylan Shwacke reminds me of Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) or Chuck Biscuits (Danzig) either way, this band meshed together like peanut butter and jelly, or Sonny and Cher or Yin and Yang…you get the point.
The reason everyone was at The Metro on this night (I know I was, because Jamey invited me. Take note bands) was to celebrate the band’s new E.P. entitled In Threes. I haven’t seen this trio in some time but I remember how they tore it up at Rams Head Live leaving quite an impression on me, so I was excited to see them again tonight. They came out not to disappoint with a bombastic tune, not sure what it was called but the band plays with influences or Grunge throwing a pinch of…Nirvana specificaly and possibly even the Foos. For the life of me, I’m not sure what these three boys are so angry about, at least their fans seem happy. Incorporating a little diversity with a cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” while being joined by Steven Thomas, a very nice surprise. This trio entertains with the less is more concept, three guys, kicking ass, the whole band is energetic but Jamey McElroy on vocals and is far more animated than his counterparts, Nick Cove on vocals and drummer Trevor Kiscadden. Grungy, angry reminiscent of Nirvana or comparable to Queens of the Stone Age or Middle Class Rut are the elements in this little cocktail of fine music there’s also a little tribal element in there. I’m told you should wear a “pair-a-dry” pants when you go to see these guys because you will surely pee yourself when rocking out with these Pennsylvania boys.