Over the weekend: Nobunny at Denver Creative Co-Op Studio
|Thee Goochi Boiz|
Nobunny, Thee Goochi Boiz, Lust Cats of the Gutters, Shanty Vamps, the Manxx
Friday, August 21, 2009
Denver Creative Co-op Studio
Better than: A persistent case of scabies
I didn't get to the show Friday night in time to catch opening act The Manxx, but I certainly didn't leave thinking I'd had anything short of enough garage rock. If the MC5 itself had played a nine-hour set in the prison cell of my own personal hell, I couldn't have left more satiated.
Okay, it wasn't that bad. It wasn't bad at all, really. But I was tired, and the warehouse was really hot.
As indicated by the name and confirmed by tunes like "Meet my Unreasonable Demands," a thirty-second blast consisting of two chords and that lyric, Lust Cats of the Gutters is riot grrl at its most unadulterated. The musicianship was not what you would call virtuosic--most of the songs had to be started over after the first try--but the two girls of Lust Cats, despite their obvious nervousness, managed to nevertheless exude a magnetic sort of sincerity that won me over. And I wasn't the only one -- Lust Cats had the crowd dancing.
|Lust Cats of the Gutters|
Performing in skull makeup á la the Misfits and the drummer decked out, for some reason, in tiki lights, Thee Goochi Boiz -- spelled as such, presumably, to avoid confusion with the several similarly named hip-hop groups out there -- brought it from firmly established punk rock to a more '60s-rooted garage sound. With 2/4 beats replaced with 4/4 and Ramones-esque oh-oh-oh vocal melodies, the band reminded me more than a little of the Black Lips, particularly in terms of spectacle -- the set concluded with the guitarist jumping into the drum kit.
Personal Bias: I am a sucker for weird-ass stage antics
Random Detail: There happened to be two other Westword folks at the show--Tom Murphy and Noah Van Sciver
By the Way: Rock n Roll Adventure Kids was scheduled to play as well, but didn't--the reason for their absence wasn't clear.