Speedealer, Nashville Pussy, & Fu-Manchu
and Where? 5/23/00 @ The Galaxy Theatre Santa Ana, Ca
This is what I was
waiting for all along. It never really went away, but for some reason it
had to take a break and sneak up behind me and crush my skull with a pipe
wrench. And I dug every minute of it! Motorhead w/Nashville
Pussy, Fu-Manchu, and Speedealer (formerly REO Speedealer). Where
has there been a tour like this as of lately? First up was Speedealer
from Dallas, Texas. This band was great and I know they’re going
places. I didn’t have a bio on the band, but I can tell you for sure,
they play music like we like it, Hard, Fast and Fierce! They’ve got
a good combination of Ramones Chainsaw guitar going, that they like to
mix up, and/or breakdown or slowdown with that classic Sabbath-y, Heavy
kind of riffing. The vocals weren’t up to snuff, probably due to inadequate
or no sound check, but everything I could understand coming from vocalist/guitarist
Jeff Speadealer I dug. The songs go over great live and there seems to
be real humor in most of their songs, which seem to be mostly about racing
hot rods and slamming dope. If you want to be thoroughly entertained,
see these guys live. In the meantime go buy the CD.
Next up was the band
that I had been hearing so much about. Fu-Manchu. These guys
have been compared to everyone from Black Sabbath to Jeff Spicoli.
The songs were hard and heavy and whatever they lifted from any of their
heavy metal heroes, they borrow their speed from some obvious punk and
hardcore influences. Not a slow song in the set, and that was fine
with me. The crowd was into it, giving the Ronnie James Dio salute
back to the band along with screaming, hollering and general chaos.
Guitarist Bob Balch and Drummer Brant Bjork(formerly of Kyuss) were the
standouts of this band. Balch has that less is more guitar style
that works killer with the bands songwriting. No shred guitar, just
playing what sounds best for the song. Bjork is just like Animal
from the Muppets. Hardhitting and doesn’t miss a beat, Awesome!
First I want to get
out of the way that I was into Nashville Pussy and I went out and bought
the CD over a year ago. How nice it is to be assured once again that
there is still a band out there playing music the way I like it, and as
a bonus has Corey Parks and Ruyter Suys, who look so good doing it.
Even when things don’t go just right, this band never fails to kick ass
and leave us fans wrecked and wanting more. After 10 minutes of not
being able to get his mic to stop electrocuting him, Blaine Cartwright
Yells into the mic, ”f*** it! We’re Nashville Pussy! And this s*** hurts!”
That’s when the mayhem starts, and this band does not let up until they
know they’ve hurt you and made you like it. There is not a woman
out there who plays guitar like Ruyter Suys! She plays better than
most guys out there these days! The set included favorites from “Let
them eat Pussy” as well as the new album “High as Hell” (out now).
Drummer Jeremy Thompson sets the pace with his relentless drumming and
everyone else does a great job of keeping up. This band is just a
big ol’ hunk of pure TALENT! See them live and go out and buy all
the Nashville Pussy stuff you can! And Blaine, or Pat the roadie! I need
a 3xl t-shirt!
YEEEEAAHH!! As Butthead
would say “THE RULERS OF ALL THAT WHICH DOES NOT SUCK!!” This is
the band that can do no wrong in my eyes. This is the band that has
influenced so many other bands and it’s fans too. Motorhead is in
my blood and Motorhead has always been, since the first time I heard Ace
of Spades almost 20 years ago. The line-up has changed over
the years but Motorhead will always be about the songs, and what they represent.
The current line-up of Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mickey Dee pummeled us
with songs off the new album “We Are Motorhead” along with songs drawn
from the 20 or so Years worth of Motorhead Archives. You’ve got to
hand it to Lemmy, no one else can regurgitate their songwriting so many
times over and still make it sound so new. Crowd favorites on this
night were Bomber, Iron Fist and the encore Ace of Spades, followed
by a medley of parts from about 10 different Motorhead songs with no vocals.
Pure Thrash!!! ALL HAIL MOTORHEAD!!!
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