Blood, Sweat and Tears
The grinning Swami and his noisy cohorts, played their last gig on these hallowed shores last night, and I feel like I have to say I few words. First of all, this gig was originally billed as a Ted Leo and the Pharmacists show and i'm happy to report that they were in inspired form. You just can't fault enthusiasm like this. And as three-pieces go, it doesn't get much better either. They kicked off with "Dial Up" and proceeded to play a lot of stuff from Shake the Sheets, which was good because it's the only album of theirs that I really know. Of course, under normal circumstances, these guys wouldn't warm up for anyone; but they were extremely gracious of their guests. Ted Leo even proclaimed himself a fan of Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu and Rocket From the Crypt - which was nice.
Anyway, moving swiftly on....
It was late when Hot Snakes finally crashed the party, and for a while, it all looked in the balance. Technical difficulties shall we say, came with the inevitable delays and it wasn't good if you trying to get that last train. That aside, when the band finally took to the stage, they quickly got into the swing of things. Opening with "I Hate The Kids" John Reis, Rick Froberg, Gar Wood and Mario Rubalcaba proceeded to career through a host of tracks from tracks from Automatic Midnight, Suicide Invoice and Audit in Progress. The highlights being "If Credit's What Matters I'll Take Credit" "Who Died" "Light up the Stars" "Gar Forgets his Insulin" "Audit in Progress" and "Why Does it Hurt", but all of their songs were a high last night; a slingshot of swaggering hard-guitar-riff rock and roll, these guys age like a fine wine.
Not being known for their on stage banter, they do have a few words to say tonight; the most notable being from Rick whose first words were: "this is our last show, and we're going to suck so fuck you." - He did claim to be drunk though. Apart from this - and a few stupid moments courtesy of the worst stage diver, EVER - it was all business as usual. And if there's one thing that Hot Snakes will be remembered for, it's for not messing around - twenty songs over an hour is not an exception, it's the standard. John Reis and Rick Froberg conjure some seriously powerful riffage, and as Audit in Progress testfies, Mario can't half whack those skins. It's slightly spoiled at then end, but no matter.
Let's hear it for Hot Snakes. And remember: play loud, play fast, and don't look back.
Hot Snakes - Light Up The Stars
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