Can’t believe a week ago at this time we were hopping into the car and headed to Cincinnati for the Bunbury Festival. Over the course of 3 days we saw a lot of really great acts; it seemed like whichever band we saw most recently was the one we tagged with “best set at Bunbury” tag. When I think back about the act that truly stood out for me, without a doubt it was Austin, Texas trio Ume.
While I had heard the band’s 2011 release Phantoms on Spotify, I was unprepared for the HEAVINESS that was unleashed on a steamy Sunday afternoon. Describing Ume’s sound to fellow festivalgoers, before seeing the band, I said, “It’s like The Joy Formidable if they were influenced by Black Sabbath instead of ’80s and ’90s British rock.” That description was right on the mark. Singer/guitarist Lauren Larson was the fiercest guitar player I witnessed over the course of the festival, playing heavy riffs and bouncing around the stage as if possessed by a demon. This type of performance will serve the band well on the tour they are kicking off with The Toadies and Helmet (dates after the jump). Before seeing them, I wondered if they would be able to hold their own with those two bands. After seeing them, I have little doubt.
Connie and Olivia, our two 11-year-old budding rock journalists, were able to snag a few minutes with the trio following their blistering performance.
It’s always cool to be able to chat with guys in bands that you’ve been listening to for nearly 20 years. A few months ago Helmet rolled through Columbus on the Seeing Eye Dog tour and founding Helmet member Page Hamilton was kind enough to let us hop aboard the band’s tour bus to chat for a few minutes.
Though Helmet’s style of music and Hamilton’s barking-style vocals may lead you to believe that he’s an unapproachable guy, that couldn’t be further from the truth as you’ll see. We’ve boiled down the 25-minute conversation to a digestible 4-minute overview here.
Thanks to Jason Sidwell and Nathan Photos of Electraplay for filming, producing and editing this video.
Metal Rob tells me to put all my money in Intronaut stock. “They have the potential to be the next Mastodon,” he says. I have little reason to doubt Metal Rob as he is all knowing. Intronaut’s third album, Valley of Smoke, was released this week and is full of proggy, post-metal with jazzy instrumental Sabbath-y breakdowns. The one thing that always kept me from digging this band as much as Metal Rob were the gutteral, barking vocals but they’ve remedied that on Valley of Smoke with, dare I say, melodic singing?
Intronaut opens for the legendary Helmet who released Seeing Eye Dog last month. While Page Hamilton is the only original member of the band that formed in the late ’80s, even the most current material retains the heavy, chunky signature Helmet sounds. Last time these guys headlined a Columbus show (at the Ravari Room), they melted faces. Expect the same on Friday night.
Doors are at 7, show starts around 8. In addition to the main attractions (Helmet, Intronaut), two local bands – Bastards and Absolute Magnitude – get things started at Skully’s. Tickets at the door are $18.
I have totally developed a serious love/hate relationship with you over the past two years, this year was way better than last year and I had the best fucking time/the worst fucking time. I met a lot of straight up cool motherfuckers and a lot of straight up uncool motherfuckers.
Rock on the Range 2010 also solidified my belief that there are two kinds of people in this wonderful world we live in-Dudes that get it and motherfuckers that straight the fuck up do not. Guess which campground I camp at??? Continue reading →