From the outer-lands, the bands hit Frankie’s Inner City with funky dance moves, guitars orbiting recklessly, sweat pouring down, and water bottles filled with cheap whiskey.

Another wonderful Innovation Concerts show happened to go down at the world famous Frankie’s Inner City. In another hot night in the Glass City and the bill was stacked from top to bottom in great rock and metal vibes all night long. Opening was Snake Head Ritual, followed by the Drunk As Shit Tour members Mothership, Detroit natives Wilson, and Crobot.

William McCullough (guitar), Kevin Chez (vocals), Chris Graham (bass), Tim Swartz (drums), and Matt Vogel (guitar) make up the old time rock and rollers Snake Head Ritual. They were well received by the local crowd and being from the Toledo, OH area didn’t hurt either. Starting off at 8:00 pm and playing a 40 minute set, the gentlemen in the band showed every bit of their 30 plus combined years of experience to the delight of those in attendance.

Next up was the surprising trio of Kelley Juett (guitars/vocals), Kyle Juett (bass/vocals), and Judge Smith (drums) all the way from Dallas, Texas. Floating around the universe since 2010, Mothership is still in support of their second album, Mothership II. Brothers Kelley and Kyle played on a level with one another that showed not only many days on the road with each other, but also a sense of ease and comfort that had been built between them by more then just blood. Judge is a perfect fulcrum between the brothers and is somehow able to keep both in check from spiraling out of control on a solo of no return. The 70s hard rock soul with the flying v guitar of a more modern day are in a good harmony with this three Texas boys.

The third band out to support the headliners just happened to be a small band of 15 year-old boys from Detroit that haven’t grown up yet in the loose association of Lost Boys known as Wilson. Jason Spencer, Chad Nicefield, Kyle Landry, Puhy, and James Lascu make up the full blast fuckery that just recently got signed to the Razor & Tie label. Coming on stage at 10:00 pm, the boys were so ferocious that the youngest fan seen at a show in her pink headphones couldn’t wait to get her time at the end of the show with the guys for a well deserved photo. Starting off with “Friends,” the guys did “Doods,” “Windows,” and others before ending the set with “Susan.”

And last, but certainly not least, from Potsville, PA was Crobot. This foursome is made up of Brandon Yeagley (vocals), Bishop (guitar), Jake Figueroa (bass), and Paul Figueroa (drums). Starting out in the summer of 2011, this self described dirty, groove, rock band brought energy, sweat, funky dance moves, and a passionate embrace of their craft that made for one hell of a hard act to follow.

Fearsome swinging guitars, lip licking vocals, funky bass lines, and staggering drum routines are good reasons for the band’s growing success and were all present for the night’s show. The band played songs like “Legend of the Spaceborne Killer,” “La Mano de Lucifer,” and “Chupacabra” from Something Supernatural but also a handful of new songs as well. The aforementioned audio interview will be following in the next few days if you’d like a glimpse into the world of Crobot as well, stay tuned.

If you happen to like the old rock with lace frilled open chested shirts and leather vests mixed with raw talent and modern equipment, check out this tour if it rolls close to your part of the galaxy. You can also read the Nation Rock Review write-up of their current album, here.

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After getting the photo bug in the far, past days of black and white film, Erich continued to develop his eye for photography which lead to stops in the sporting, art, wedding, and eventually concert music worlds. Now, doing more writing for National Rock Review, he has entered into the journey of getting to know the artists and the industry, not just the faces on the other side of the lens.

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