Skinflower & The Rubber Girls at Don Hill's
New CD Releases by Crazy Mary & The Living
by Penny Lane
Skinflower, showed a little apprehension
when they first hit the stage at Don Hill's on October 10th, but when the
groove 'hit', they blasted the audience out of their shoes. Not only did they have
the crowd dancing, but the band had most of the front line either wearing huge smiles,
moshing to the hard hitting sound, or both. Drawing from Nine Inch Nails and
Ministry, Skinflower take a seductive and passionate approach.
Drawing from Nine Inch
and Ministry, Skinflower take a seductive and passionate approach.
The band's most memorable songs are "Clean
Getaway", "Torque" and "Seven Pounds of Sunlight". For their
Don Hill's show, they saved these gems for last, so as to really send the audience
into a dazed and excited frenzy.
Skinflower are not afraid to use unique instrumentation.
During their set, Keg, the band's guitarist, puts that instrument aside to
pick up the bass guitar, and later, the electric sitar. At one point, lead vocalist
Steve, and Kegwere both playing bass guitar. At another, they were simultaneously
The Rubber Girls, a contortionist duo
who opened for Skinflower, were nothing less than amazing. These girls claim
to be born to Mortanian gypsies as Siamese twins connected at the butt until
a German scientist disconnectedthem and sold them off, separately, to two American
families for 100 dollars each.[hmmm -ed.] Once reunited, -- not surgically, mind
you -- 'fate' ensued. Professing a telepathetic connection and a dream to create
a 'world domination' act, they launched their human pretzel making business.
Crazy Mary's recent release, 'Passion
Pit,' is energetic and well put together . They have a great, fun-filled attitude,
and the mood is contagious.
Crazy Mary reminds me of The Cramps or any good garage band.
Crazy Mary reminds me of The Cramps
or any good garage band. Best cuts are "Look But You Better Not Touch",
"Pigeon Disease", and "Lightnin' Strikes". These songs possess
a great twang that generates the urge to get Crazy.
If you long to be living in the 80's, check out
The Living's guitar and drum laden CD, "Moment in Time". And who
better to put on drums but a lovely lady named Shir Terror. This one may not have
broad appeal, but you glam rock kids will appreciate it. Though the material may
need a little more creativity in the lyrics department, tunes to check out are: "Lost
Around the World" and "Sunshine".
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