PitBlog 12/15/11: A Night of Shredding Metal
One of the best things about living in the 21st century is the wide variety of new adjectives available to us as writers these days. For example, back in the late 80s, early 90s, if I would have said that Black Tusk is sick, you would have presumed them to be under the weather, ill, not feeling well. Similarly, if I said that Kyng, Monstro, or Burn the Boats were fly, dope, or crackin’, you would have had no idea what I was talking about. Nowadays, though, these words make perfect sense, and are spot-on to describe an entire night of brutal headbanging put on by four bands who know how to get it done.
Kyng are two bands that I was unacquainted with, and still largely am, but both
played hard and well! Kyng is from
Which brings us nicely around to Burn the Boats, the band I had originally come out to see. Rivethead goes back a little while with this band, as I can remember seeing a very raw video for ‘Release the Kraken’ posted on our Facebook page like almost a year ago. One time I did have the chance to visit them in the practice room at Francisco’s Studios (nice to go down there again, for sure. Place ain’t changed a bit, and still smells the same too!) but that’s not the same as an actual gig. It was nice to see them on it, though. I don’t know who got them that slot or how, but for national touring bands to invite small, unknown local acts, not in any sort of pay-to-play setting but just to get them some exposure is refreshing to me. Taking full advantage of the chance, BTB tore through a near-faultless set of their musical repertoire to include such terrific numbers as ‘Lost At Sea’ and ‘Boatman’, as well as ‘Second Smile’ and the soon-to-be classic hit ‘Kraken’. Someday, if you were at Rudyard’s early enough last Saturday, you can tell your kids you saw them play back when they were still nobody! That’s the beauty of covering very local music. To watch Stevie and Floyd screaming into their mics, Floyd thumping away on the bass the whole time while behind him Brandon rhythmically beats the hell out of his drumkit, with Charles off on the side tearing through searing riffs or heavy chunks of metal grit, just because they love it and love to show it off, is to watch performance art in its purest form, free of commercial concern or ambition, just music for the sake of making it and sharing it with others.
No mention at all will be made here of any slip-ups or small little mistakes the band may have made during their performance, as such mention is irrelevant and doesn’t matter to the overall analysis of the show. Neither will any mention be made of Black Tusk’s mistakes, which makes everything even. It’s only rock-n-roll, after all! BTB put on a fine set of headbanging tunes and warmed the place up nicely for the acts to follow. Someday soon other people will be warming up the crowds for them, and you can say that you read that here first! That’s what Rivethead does. We bring you what you like before you even know you like it!
closing out this PitBlog I have to shout out to a couple of people who were
also on-hand to see Rudyard’s get blown away last Saturday. Tracy Huston, a longtime supporter of local
music and longtime fan of live music in general, was there and took some great
cellphone video of BTB doing ‘Kraken’.
Several other great videos of their set have been sent in to us and will
be posted soon on our Facebook page, if not already by the time you read this,
and if anyone else has pics or videos please shoot them our way! Another longtime friend of
ago I was asked why we bother covering small unknown local bands when we could
reach a much larger market writing about bands that people already know and
listen to. This may or may not be true,
but it is the pure passion in the local unknown music that attracts us. We are not now nor have we ever been in this
for popularity or to make a profit, we are here to give exposure to and shed
light on local bands that would otherwise be playing largely in the dark. Burn the Boats is one such band; another is
Epic Death, who did a fine set at the Exposed Music Festival last month. There are many others out there that we have
yet to see but will, eventually. We’re
always looking for new music to cover.
If you’re in a band and want some free mention, hit us up. I myself had the cool opportunity to
guest-host the Throne of Metal radio show on the afternoon before the concert;
Metallord and I were able to throw some good