Mike Hard, formerly of the God Bullies, hit Ann Arbor with his new team, the Mike Hard Show, featuring music aces from his former band, Sons of the Gun, and BONK.

Police Blotter: May, 30 2014 – Man found wandering the streets after an incident at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Victim appears to have suffered from blunt force trauma to the head and neck as a result of sonic field distortions causing massive convulsions. Assailants identified as the bands Fuckknot, Blue Snaggletooth, and the Mike Hard Show. Victim reported that he enjoyed every minute.

I wandered into the legendary Blind Pig in Ann Arbor with very little clue as to what I was getting myself into. I had become an instant fan of Blue Snaggletooth when I saw them at Fuzzfest in April. I figured, they were playing the Pig, so what the hell! Imagine my amazement when I looked toward the stage to see a mechanical chimp smoking a bong!

While waiting for the show to start, I saw a familiar face. It was Brad Erwin who had done some time with the infamous band, Harms Way. Turns out he is the frontman and vocals for Fuckknot and the chimp is part of their stage ensemble. I immediately started thinking “Why the fuck not?” Fuckknot brought hardcore attitude with groove to the stage. For an opening band, they drew a hell of a crowd and everyone got into the unrelenting in your face intensity of the band.

Fuckknot finished up their set with shots poured out of a plastic sheep’s ass. Yes, you read that correctly! Not exactly sure what the drink was. I’m thinking it was Jagermeister? Brad poured it from a gas can into a blow-up sheep’s ass and presto! Sheep Shots!

Fuckknot online:

With barely a break, Blue Snaggletooth took the stage. They hit the ground running and never let up. That is what I love about this band. They play heavy and with abandon. You can see in their faces they love playing live and loud.

If you aren’t familiar with the band, I’d say they sound something like The Sword and Red Fang. I failed to grab a set list, but I know I heard the sword anthem of Zweihander along with the furious focus of Fireball Island. This band is infectious, uncompromising, and just plain awesome. If you love dueling lead guitars, bestial bass (finger style baby… no fuckin picks!), and absolutely devastating drums, you will need to check out Blue Snaggletooth. They have new music coming out this Fall too!

Blue Snaggletooth online:

The Mike Hard Show felt like a sermon on the mount fueled with LSD. It was fantastic! The band cut a groove that emanated raw power. I’ve never really experienced a band like this. Mike Hard started out on the stage, but quickly joined the audience and extolled the virtues and sins of rock. He laid hands on the faithful and anointed them in the sweat of his labors. The crowd was a bit tame as I could easily see a hungry crew churning this punk revival into a swirling maelstrom.

Once again, I didn’t end up getting the set list, however I’m pretty sure I heard Lets Go To Hell with the great line “you’ve got Satan in your pants!” Hell yeah! Then there was the climaxing and mega-heavy groove of Jack Off. Just a great performance and entertaining as hell!

I don’t think it gets much better than to wander in to see one band and end up with a full evening of music and spectacle that you never dreamed of. It makes me happy to know that there are so many ways to create, express, and share our experience in this world.

Mike Hard Show online:


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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