The Koffin Kats bring their dark parade of hard hitting rockabilly punk to the Token Lounge to get crazy with a packed house of fans.

The biggest bar night of the year kicks into high gear as Dead In 5 take the stage. This hard rocking band from Detroit blends elements of White Zombie and Prong with Detroit determination. This band is electric and the crowd knows it. The driving rhythm of James Trunko (drums), Dana Forrester (bass) and Peder Seglund (guitar) lays a rock hard foundation for the searing vocals of Robert Libres. If that wasn’t enough, the deadly terror of lead guitarist Brent Hall takes the crowd on a sonic joyride. This is Detroit rock with plenty of attitude and style.

Pulling an all-nighter to get to the Token from Joplin, Missouri, Brutally Frank is on fire from the first note. Rockabilly and blues stained with the raw power of punk define the sound of this band. Steevo is trying hard to pop the strings off his upright bass and Mell kicks up a foot stomping groove. Meanwhile, Klyntt’s gritty vocals fit in squarely with his rocking guitar riffs. The pace is quick as Brutally Frank takes us from one jumping tune to another. This fun and lively music get a few hardy souls revved up and bouncing around in the pit.

The Token Lounge is full of happy people ready for more music and the Koffin Kats set out to deliver. Drummer Eric Walls is dressed as a turkey and gets quite a few laughs and cheers from the crowd. However, when he gets behind the kit, he is all business.

The Koffin Kats are psychobilly punk vets and they effortlessly get the crowd amped up and dancing. The fans up front sing with Vic Victor as he puts his upright bass to the test. We should call the Koffin Kats rock and roll acrobats as John Kay climbs up on Vic’s bass while kicking out some ridiculously infectious riffs.

In the midst of all their original tunes, the band throws in a great cover of “Maneater” by Hall and Oates. There is hardly a moment to catch your breath as Koffin Kats race through their set. The rowdy crowd cheers madly as the band comes back for a quick encore to put the final touch on a great evening of rock and roll.

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About The Author

Chuck is a native Michigander. He grew up in Detroit, and later Pinckney. He now calls Ann Arbor home. Running is in Chuck’s blood. He has run several marathons and numerous other races. His favorite race is Dances with Dirt in Hell, Michigan. Chuck was first exposed to photography in 7th grade. He has been a photographer ever since, honing his skills shooting landscapes and most recently concerts. In addition to experiencing music from behind the camera, Chuck is a musician in his own right. He has been playing guitar since his teen years. He played in Detroit area metal band, Battalion, recorded two independent releases, and toured. Today when not covering concerts, you can find him online at his blog, Life In Michigan.

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