Tell me about some things you won’t forget . . .
Our first tour. Six guys sweating to death in a van, with no radio, no AC, no food, no place to sleep, and we loved it. We were so hungry and wanted it so bad. I’ll never forget playing on the Ozzfest in 1998 or touring with Slayer. And the Living Room show where we filmed the “Hang Time” video. Sold-out crowd going nuts to the same song filmed numerous times. And Randy Hein with that goofy hat, telling us how proud he was of us.
What’s it been like playing the old songs again? Is there a chance we’ll hear more from Kilgore in the future?
It’s been really cool playing those songs, especially when I thought I was never going to play them again. I’m actually feeling more comfortable singing them now. I’m in better shape and quit smoking years ago, so they are easier to sing now. The whole band sounds so good to me. And man, we’re having so much fun. Who knows about the future? We have some new song ideas as well as maybe finishing some songs that were never completed in ’96, but we’re still thinking of this as a one-off. Just living it one day at a time.
Kilgore + The Brimstone Assembly + TheWrong Reasons + Jon Tierney + The Paul Brockett Roadshow + Pete Yorko & The One-Man Band | May 19 | 6:30 pm | Jake’s Bar & Grille, 373 Richmond St, Providence | $15 | 401.453.5253 |
LITTLE BIG BAND: Route .44’s Worthless Lessons is a must-hear
You have to hear Route .44’s new disc, Worthless Lessons — not just because it’s good, but because it’s one of the best local discs released so far this year, led by Jess Powers’s force-of-nature pipes, the rollicking Epiphone of Lefty Lacombe, and the dirty saxes of Matt Swanton and Paul Choquette. Lacombe and Swanton started out as minimalists, an acoustic duo playing cafes. But their sound expanded, as did their lineup, which grew to a total of eight. “We’re more an orchestra than a band right now,” says Lacombe, who released Worthless Lessons last week. An orchestra that totally rocks. The opening “Pushed It Too Far” and the closing “Fadin’ ” bookend a record that isn’t afraid to mine a vast spectrum of bluesy rock, ranging from Clash-style rootsy punk to sexy, soulful Morphine-style rockin’ R&B. The saxes dovetail nicely with Powers’s voice, while Lacombe provides a good foil with a gritty rock vox and axe. All of a sudden, or so it seems, we’ve got a sweet and nasty band on our hands that deserves your ear.
Route .44 | Providence Roller Derby Asphalt Assassins | May 18 | 7 pm | Bank of America Skating Rink, 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence |
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