Bonehawk bathed the crowd in the purifying thunder of glorious rock at Bellâ€™s Eccentric CafÃ© in Kalamazoo with Blue Snaggletooth and Evil Deauxerz.
With delicious Bellâ€™s beer flowing, the crowd at the Eccentric CafÃ© moved up to the stage as Evil Deauxerz opened up the show. They played it dirty and loose with all the rough edges exposed to leave you with a nice cut. The Evil Deauxerz didn’t waste any time as they kicked out punk that brings to mind the sounds of Babes in Toyland, Lunachicks, or The Distillers. The song â€œDirty Magazineâ€ put a smile on many faces in the crowd.
With a quick set change, Blue Snaggletooth unleashed the gods of tube amp heaven upon the masses. As always, the band was entertaining both visually and sonically. With guitars held high they tore into â€œReptilesâ€, â€œSilver Goddessâ€, and â€œSerpent And The Kingâ€. The energy level in the crowd was outstanding as they bounced and sang along with the band. Bassist Joe Kupiec and drummer Mike Popovich laid a diamond foundation upon which Casey Oâ€™Ryan and Chris Taylor set their guitars ablaze on â€œTransmutationâ€. Blue Snaggletooth reached back into the vault when they jammed â€œStar Flightâ€ and â€œFireball Islandâ€. These Istari of rock delivered yet another outstanding performance.
With the crowd appropriately warmed up and ready to rock, Bonehawk took control. Bellâ€™s Eccentric CafÃ© was packed with people rocking out and dancing to their hypnotic grooves. Bonehawk are masters of the art of writing and playing riffs that burrow inside of you. Guitarists Chad Houts and Matt Helt laid down sweetly singing harmonized guitar runs mixed with fist clenching chord progressions while drummer Jay Rylander and bassist Chris Voss plowed into the fat bottom.
For those that have not heard Bonehawk before, their music may remind you of the sounds of Fu Manchu, Fireball Ministry, and a bit of the â€œAlbatrossâ€ era of Corrosion of Conformity. While the bandâ€™s Albino Rhino recording is great, itâ€™s live that they shine. Hearing â€œWarchildâ€ and â€œHot Maryâ€ played loud and live, the crowd was given every ounce of soul that breathes within Bonehawkâ€™s music. The heart of rock was pounding as loud as ever during this fantastic performance.