In his quest to get as many bands into as many venues on as many nights as possible, Steve Rastin re-ignited Offas Tavern for this Sunday evening of noise and lipstick on your fresh pint glass…
It was sparsely populated, random chavs came in trying to be funny (none of us got the joke and they left). The other bands applauded politely and we were entertained as each took turn to beat the fuck out of their instruments.. Those other bands were Victim of The System and BBR who I’ll be reviewing next week at The North in Rhyl.
Tonight, my handwritten attention lies with Denbigh’s Bad Earth. Never heard of them before, although the name intrigued me because of that brilliant Alien Matter song Bad Earth. So I was slightly preconceptually interested just by the name, and there’s a lot to be said about choosing a name for your band… Will it Google easily? Is it shit? For the record, Bad Earth is an ace name.
Looking at their camp and noticing the check shirts and 1910’s sideburns and moustache appearance while the other bands were on, images of them living in log cabins leapt through my head. The kind where they’re shooting bears, shagging chickens and chewing tobacco. First impressions can be so wrong, as when they took to the stage, it was more than evident that they actually shoot tobacco, shag bears and chew chickens!
Stoner rock is the dish of the day… Yet it’s played as if they’ve been snorting amphetamines with the transvestive bar staff beforehand. It’s cracking stuff, it’s fast stoner rock; either that or they just wanna get home quicker (back to the cabin where Momma Bear awaits). Good guitar work and their style reminds me of Soundgarden if you take Black Hole Sun out of the repertoire. They look the part, they sound the part and where there’s loads of bands playing loads of other stuff, Bad Earth are a band apart. If I was a booking man, I’d be booking them for Focus Wales next year and if I was in the band I’d be looking to play all those biker festivals too like The Rock & Blues Bash etc…
A good find…