As you, my readers, certainly know by now, this endeavor will truly never be gone, as I am still on this planet and I still venture out into the world to be a part of the up-and-coming music scene. At last night’s “finale” for the RockShop Magazine, there was plenty of great music, great atmosphere and the awesome bantering with all the “behind the scenes” issues. The magazine itself (just the HQ is being taken down) is a beautiful addition to the literary world that, literally, is a rock-n-roll necessity for the music industry, chock full of interviews, local club listings and all the wonderful stories of the music scene.
Last night’s show at the RockShop (which just happened to be my first time seeing the place) was nothing short of spectacular. With the usual format that Gina loves to pull off (local, original/cover/local, original), the music and scenery both took center stage for what was an exceptional finale.
Starting off the night was original New York band, WDFA (We Don’t F*** Around), whom I’ve spoken about here before…and, although their set was marred by a couple of “breaker” issues (lights and amps on stage cancelling each other), they didn’t disappoint the crowd, as they played the most magnificent music that this writer has seen in a while. Without getting too behind-the-scenes here, I will say that the group knows how to work the crowd and the music RAWKS harder than anything you’ve seen; Cesartheczar’s guitar-workings are phenomenally wicked and he makes it look so effortless, Jabo’s vocals are reminiscent of a cross between Lamb of God and Testament, Danny Supa’s drums (especially his solos) should be illegal because they are that damn awesome, and Johnny Horsepower (bassist) loves his wireless amp so much, he was all over the place.
With amazing songs like “Coincidence”, “Storm In Your Eye” and the crowd-pleasing “Creature” in their repertoire (and a lot of other brilliant tracks), the four collectively lit up the stage with their awesome ambiance that will make you fiend for more. In this volatile music scene that we all know and love, WDFA certainly lives up to it’s name, as they will keep kicking your ass with awesome original tunes which this industry sorely needs.
Next on the list for last night was the ever-impressive (although it was my first time seeing them) Motley Crue cover band known as Wild Side (yes, we know…based off a song title, blah blah blah), and I really must say that they were also an excellent choice for a Crue band, as they really did look the part. They covered everything Motley Crue from “Live Wire”, “Piece of Your Action” and “Smokin’ In The Boy’s Room” (both with the lead singer of the headlining act Demon Boy) to the eponymous “Wild Side” and “Helter Skelter”. They were definitely a really class act and led the crowd awesomely for the middle show on this card.
Last on the list was an extreme (but also ingenious) metal band known as Demon Boy, which featured the aforementioned lead singer in a pair of black wings and completely original stage show (which was as macabre as their stage setup) featuring everything from fog machine, black-painted (and lit) jack-o’lanterns, and big gravestones which you just had to see to appreciate the brilliance of. The whole band, which had original tracks such as “I Kissed a Dead Girl”, “Ravenous”, “Zombie Dance” and their upcoming smash “This Halloween”, is a beautifully dark and “evil” addition to the industry that just has to be experienced LIVE in order to appreciate the brilliance that is Demon Boy.
With all the nuances of a Rob Zombie-type stage show, however, complete with big-head mascot Skully and the awesome make-up that they wear, this band has definitely leaped into the spotlight as a band that you truly cannot miss.
In closing, I would like to thank everyone involved in last night’s show, as it will truly be a show that I will remember (and speak about in future endeavors, I hope) for years to come. Also, I am wishing nothing but the best for Gina and Scott from the RockShop magazine, as they hosted a brilliant evening of music that this writer is certainly glad he was a part of.
/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\