Mothership with The Satanic Overlords of Rock and Roll and The Dirty Seeds - Rudyard's 6/10/16
Thunder and the glory returned to Rudyard’s Friday night with one of the most compellingly heavy triple bills in a long time. It was a Texas Bowl in the making with hometown heroes The Dirty Seeds and The Satanic Overlords of Rock and Roll representing the City of Syrup, paired with the Big D’s conquering heroes Mothership, fresh from their Texas Takeover of Europe with Wo Fat .
The Dirty Seeds started the evening off with the ritual invocation to drink beer and bang some heads in the process. So it was written, so it shall be done. The Seeds sound mixed doomy passages with blues based boogie that keeps the neck snapping. These guys play around a lot and are getting seriously good, with drummer Chad Leibold in particular leaving it all out there and leading the band to some great crescendos. They were joined tonight by Project Armageddon’s Doomstress Alexis for a singalong chorus of American Zombie off of the King Kush EP - I’m hoping for a full length soon.
Next up where the Satanic Overlords - a punky, sonic palate cleanser. These guys are fast heavy and in your face, a hell of a lot of fun to watch. They really do manage to distill down all the most wicked things your spinster aunt warned you about in the Devil’s music into one joyful facefull of pitchforks. Frontman Donnie Stokes is picture perfect - Anton Lavey meets Rob Halford, accosting the crowd from the monitors like some possessed figurehead one moment, fellating a guitar for it’s birthday the next. Hail, hail rock and roll.
Mothership wears their influences on their sleeves - literally in the case of Kelley Juett’s Hendrix and SRV Tats (did I see Lightnin’ Hopkins in there too?). The trio - also including Juett Brother Kyle on Bass, and Judge Smith on Drums - bring a doomed up version of classic rock riffs and moves moves to the stage, at once comforting and familiar, but spurred on by metal crunch and aggression. Kelley comes across as a mix of Angus Young and Noddy Holder, full of restless energy, exhorting the crowd and gurning his face as he digs in for a solo. The rhythm section is just as vital - the brothers Juett meet in the middle of the stage to goad each other on. Standout tracks included Lunar Master, Priestess of the Moon, Astromancer, and Hot Smoke and Heavy Blues. They also played a couple of new tracks that sounded as good as the old, Wise Man and another whose name I missed, with a cool looping riff. They rounded out the night with the obvious cover - Whole Lotta Rosie, which left Kelley nowhere to go but to end on the full Angus. All in all it was an amazing performance. You can get a good taste of it on their Live over Freak Valley release. I’ll be spinning it again myself if my hearing ever comes back