Posts Tagged ‘Vial Experiment’

Well, first off, apologies for this being sooooo late (nearly a week) – call it Turkey Day – A – Phobia, or just a lack of time while trying to get EVERYTHING else done on this three-day work day work week…  but I do apologize to all three bands for this being so way freaking LATE… then the technical difficulties attached to going offline and all that…

nevertheless, we have PHOTOS and COMMENT from last Saturday’s show at Quackers (and a Spotlight for the venue to boot, go TCC!) so here we go, ready or not!  And as this is our final and last column before we go off the grid (with downstairs neighbors pounding on the ceiling/floor below us, guess we need to take it down a notch maybe???) we give you….

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Open – Dead Set Life (no info online for this band!)  I would get you set up with how to contact this band, but they have very little online info available unfortunately….

Photographer Jeanice and I absolutely LOVED these guys, who evidently wish to remain anonymous online (huh?!!) as we could find nothing about them on the internet at all but some blank FB and old myspace pages with no band member names etc.  So….  going just on the basis of what we saw of them live, while only 3 members were in this night’s show, I understand another guitarist was unavailable for this show but they still completely awed us.  I think they have played this venue previously and we just missed them but we won’t do that again if we can help it, trust me.  The first thing I noticed was their vocals – I could understand them (and lyrics that made sense), and that each of these guys make this incredible wall of sound look so easy –

drums were so simple, eloquent and tight, heavy on cymbal (with one cymbal? WTF? evidently the rest of the brass was forgotten until the show started!)

So yeah, we won’t mention how the brass rack arrived via friend in the middle of the set… right?  Damn, I just mentioned it, didn’t I?

Bass knows his business, keeping it snapping and lively while running backup vox – nicely done!

And lest we forget, frontman on lead/rhythm guitar AND vox extraordinaire… if we said his guitar weeps and wails, would you hear it?  If we said his vocals were clear, pretty one moment and biting the next, would you hear it?!!

Face it – if you weren’t there, you DIDN’T hear it… your loss!

I loved the repartee between the band members and the audience.  I liked that they work with what they’ve got to KICK YOUR A$$!  I can’t honestly imagine what they sound with four members playing…  we especially loved “Rat Race” opening and absolutely LOVED “STRAIT JACKET” – and that the bass player hung out with us most of the night, chatting and trading impressions of the other bands – thanks for the awesome night!

       

     

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Second up – Vial…Experiment (see FB and ReverbNation pages, right?!)

The last time we saw these guys it was a very short set at 2am…  Coming on after Dead Set Life as second up, this was our first chance to see them play a full set – and that not in a cramped, rushed venue – right?

Call them stoner psychedelic metal (if there is any such thing) – they feel almost oriental in their chord progressions and patterns, not to mention their time signatures… 

We were bludgeoned!!  Absolutely loved their cover of AIC’s “Junkhead”….

Kevlar (we know him by another name but no matter!) is completely captivating as frontman lead vox and guitar – we would almost forget what we were waiting for  –

Gary’s guitar just RIPS (and yes, darling, your hair is gorgeous as you whip your head around).

Tony on bass just stands there, pounding sound around everyone, mohawk standing standing proudly.

And their temporary drummer (who is nameless at this moment but not without image, right?!!) absolutely nailed every song, every time… HIRE THIS MAN NOW… need I say more???

 

I’ll always love how Kevlar switches it out from screamo to lead vox (me being the NOT screamo fan, right – except for Slipknot/Stone Sour and the like)…  Also love how Kev and Gary play guitar in unison between guitars which is really unusual…

should be payed more and kept on – he was seriously SICK – and was that a Gladhander shirt Gary was wearing???  gotta love Eugene’s serious support in the music scene here!!

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Last up… Gladhander

What can I say about these guys??? We loved them when we saw them in Last Band Standing, but this was the first time we could see them play a full set – they are the fully elemental hard rock band definition.

Mitch is completely beyond description with his clear and cutting vocals and searing lead/rhythm guitar licks.

Dave on bass is headbanging amazing, and

Kasey on drums keeps everyone in line while keeping up the energy. 

 

One of the amazing things about these guys is their energy – cataclysmic….

We were completely blown away with this set… beyond words, sorry – I was left speechless…

   

all these bands have Facebook or ReverbNation or myspace pages – but more than anything else you want to CONNECT with them so LIKE THOSE PAGES – RIGHT?!!!

and always Always ALWAYS – go see LIVE LOCAL MUSIC when you can… enuf said…

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SPOTLIGHT – Quacker’s Last Stop – 2105 West 7th Avenue, Eugene

With no house PA system but a couple full-size floor speakers, that’s ok – the fact that this sports bar venue is sponsoring (no cover at the door) live local bands speaks volumes.  They have a decent-sized stage, nicely appointed, with real huge wood insets on the stage back and surprisingly good sound flow through the club.

Mitch Chamberlain (from Gladhander) tells me their food is amazing, with a wood-fired pizza oven and grill – it sounded amazing but with the holidays fast approaching and my pants already fitting tighter than I would like, I took a pass on the menu.

It was a very nice venue and we look forward to coming back to see more local live bands play here – ya’ll should seriously check this out!

  I knew we were gonna be pummeled but just could not resist the opportunity to follow Nancy Glass’ advice (see her Night on the Town column dated July 30, 2011: http://eugenedailynews.com/2011/07/30/night-on-the-town-16/) and see two of Eugene’s finest metal bands lined up with two bands from Roseburg to make a seriously hard freaking rock show for a Saturday night.  It was all that – we had an awesome time, and even got a chance to sneak in a few surprises to boot!

Dead Horizon (Ryan Gould-vocals; Jake Logsdon-drums; Rosco Perkins-bass; Paul Radon-guitar; Brandon Chapman-guitar)

  So, remembering that neither photographer Jeanice nor myself find ourselves seriously hard-core screamo fans (no apologies here!), we decided to focus primarily on the musicianship for this Roseburg-based band.  And we were definitely not disappointed – this is a very tight band, with a lot of energy and good stage presence.  Front man Ryan knows how to pull the crowd in, Shephard pounds on drums (without a shirt on which was a different kind of distraction!) along with Rosco’s ripping bass, and both Brandon’s and Paul’s guitars are hard-driving solid walls of screaming sound.  They did a great job of mixing up the music between the guitars, and it was so nice to see Rosco not playing the typical hide-n-seek bass player role – he was front and center, directing traffic alongside Ryan!  Ryan’s vocals did include some spoken/sung parts which were nice when they happened alongside Brandon’s occasional vocal contributions.  Their timing was perfect throughout the set which was also really nice – an excellent set by a great band!  Find them here: http://www.myspace.com/thedeadhorizon; http://www.reverbnation.com/thedeadhorizon; http://www.facebook.com/thedeadhorizon?

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Gladhander (Mitchell Chamberlain – vocals/guitar; Kasey Waite – drums; David Ghelfi – bass)

  The last time I saw these guys was during the 2011 Last Band Standing competition, and getting a chance to catch up with Mitch after the set tonight was awesome (thanks Mitch!!).  For a trio, these guys have a much bigger sound than the sum of their parts.  Dave’s bass snaps and pops, and Mitch’s guitar work is always a treat, with silky-smooth transitions from running rhythm guitar backgrounds while carrying the lead vocals to killer lead guitar riffs.  Kasey’s drumming is still flawless, using the double-pedal bass kick to full effect and keeping the different time signatures flowing smoothly within the songs.  I especially liked the two song medley (“Spit” which transitioned into “Fine”).  Always a pleasure to see these guys again, find them here:  http://www.facebook.com/gladhandermusic?; http://www.reverbnation.com/gladhander; http://gladhandermusic.com

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Lidless Eye (Matt Webber/vocals), Jay Stanturf /rhythm guitar, Brian Auer/lead guitar, Tony Marin /drums, Nick Kirby/bass

  With screamo lyrics by front-man Matt that I could understand mixed with straight vocals, I actually enjoyed this hard-core set from the second Roseburg band of the evening.  They have an excellent, tight sound, with Jay and Brian’s guitars blending seamlessly, Nick’s bass in-your-face pounding, and Tony’s drumming was just spectacular.  Not to mention Matt’s serious energy (the pictures show nothing – it was just impossible to catch him standing still!) combined with this solid wall of sound – I kept saying “Wow!” over and over (to Jeanice’s annoyance after awhile!). Since these guys are based out of Roseburg, I didn’t do a lot of research on them prior to the show. It wasn’t until Jay popped a string right after the second song and Matt asked Brian to do a guest guitar solo that I realized there was more here than I first realized – for that you have to backtrack five years, when I lived for a year in Roseburg and got to know the most amazing cover band that has ever existed called “Silent Witness” (which I think has since disbanded).  They still have a video floating around (although someone completely over-produced it after the fact) called “Technical Difficulties” where you can see the lead guitarist playing the most amazing guitar solo… well, it used to be the most amazing guitar solo, until I heard Brian tonight.  But it was Matt’s use of the phrase that clued me in – he kept repeating, “we are experiencing some minor technical difficulties…” and then would glance at Brian.  After the second time he did that, I took a hard look at Brian – and realized it was the SAME guitarist from my favorite Roseburg cover band!  What he did tonight was so astounding (and it is probably just normal messing around for him) – I’m not sure who the composer is and title of the piece, but I can recognize classical music (especially piano) when I hear it, and the guitar solo Brian performed sounded like nothing I’ve ever heard before – a freaking harpsichord on steriods!!  Simply amazing, he is absolutely one of the most gifted guitarists I have ever seen, and of course we chatted really briefly after their set while they were tearing down.  Finally, you had to see Matt during the last song when he decided (with a cordless mic) to take a tour through the club while singing the vocals and ran out the door to the street, then back in and out on the floor with the crowd just screaming…  Who cares what the people outside the club thought – it was just awesome!!  Do NOT be surprised when these guys go national – I suspect that is just a matter of time. Find them here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lidless-Eye-Band/189361904415097?; www.reverbnation.com/lidlesseyemusic

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Vial Experiment (Kevlar/ guitar-vocals; Gary Hutchings/lead guitar, Tony Hahne/bass; Linn Wheeler/drums)

  It was so late by the time these guys hit the stage (2am) that their set was cut short, but I’m glad we stayed to catch what we could from them!  First, I really like their “grunge” drone sound, and Kevlar’s vocals that mix screamo with regular lyrics.  Their sound reminds me like a cross between Pink Floyd and Rush, but gone completely metal – Gary’s guitar drives freaking hard with Kev running alongside him, and Tony’s bass work is excellent.  Linn’s drums were awesome as well, timing dead on and without a flaw.  The lead vocal mic could have used a little less reverb, but otherwise it was a great set.  Being a huge AIC fan, I loved their cover of “Junkhead” with their own unique twist, turning this hard rock song into screamo-metal but it worked!  I’ll be looking forward to seeing them again for a full set.  Find them here:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/vialexperiment/103480626362242?; http://www.reverbnation.com/vialexperiment

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  Spotlight – John Henry’s , 77 W Broadway, Eugene, OR

What can I say about John Henry’s?  It felt like coming home (we spent ten successive weeks there covering the 2011 Last Band Standing competition), with Brooklyn Jay behind the bar pouring the baddest-a$$ drinks in town – always ready with a joke, snarl, or a grin (sometimes all three at once!).  The club is creepy, with cobwebs hanging from the rafters (untenanted as far as I can tell) that apparently are leftover from some previous Halloween party, your basic black and red flat finish paint for decor, a spacious black and white tile dance floor, and a killer house sound system – we just love the place!  Definitely one of my absolute fave clubs for live entertainment – they have fun stuff happening every night of the week so you have zero excuse for sitting on the couch bemoaning the fact that your social calendar is empty on any given day… Check out their Facebook page for regular and special events and be sure to “friend” them or you’ll seriously miss out!

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