Live Review: Bass Drum of Death, etc.; A Sunny Day in Glasgow tonight…

Category: Blog — @ 6:41 pm November 23, 2009

Ah, O’Leaver’s, where everybody knows your name. Quite a show there Friday night. The highlight was the first band, John Barrett’s Bass Drum of Death, an electric guitar-drums duo with a raw, gritty delivery on spare songs that were as subtle as a machine-gun tearing a hole in your living room wall. Their recipe was lightning-fast riffs over scatter-shot drums and Barrett’s barking yowl vocals — twitchy, nerve-rattling garage rock played at blazing speeds. As pure as it gets. The second opener, Lover!, was a four-piece that consisted of former members of Jay Reatard’s band playing ’70s-style rec-room rock loud and fast and, unfortunately, unvaried from song to song — kind of boring. Last up was Brimstone Howl, sounding about the same as they sounded when I heard them at the Barley St. last month, though this time they only played for around 20 minutes — disappointingly brief, especially for a “CD release party.” Oh well…

O’Leaver’s had another marquee show Saturday night — the Omaha return of Mercy Rule, along with Wagon Blasters — but I missed it, figuring I just saw them at Lincoln Calling and will be seeing them again at the Mousetrap reunion show Dec. 23. Tickets are still available to that show, by the way.

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It’s an evening of shoegaze (sort of) tonight at The Waiting Room. Philly dream-pop band A Sunny Day in Glasgow headlines a show with Drakes Hotel (remember them?) and Honey & Darling. $8, 9 p.m.

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