Music Seen: AC + PanzerBastard + AoK Suicide Forest, live at Geno's, January 15
"I don't know what genre they are, but they're the Black Flag of that genre," said Covered In Bees frontman Boo Leavitt after local newcomers AoK Suicide Forest finished their set. Featuring Michael Anderson (Loverless, Johnny Cremains), David Joy (Sunrunner) and Leif Sherman Curtis (Moneycastasia, ex-Conifer), AoK have only been around since last summer and have quickly honed their blend of '70s proto-metal, psychedelia, and Japanese noise rock to a razor-sharp edge through relentless gigging. The band members' eclectic musical backgrounds are evident in their fluid, dynamic instrumental compositions.
Next up were Bostonian maniacs PanzerBastard, who assaulted the stage with brutal, vicious rock and roll. With amps cranked to 11,000, filthy denim, bullet belts, and tattoos galore, PanzerBastard are as subtle as a cinderblock to the groin and uglier than Motorhead on a bad day. Look for them to return to Portland soon.
Anal Cunt are a difficult band and they like it that way. Their performances are legendary for their unpredictability and frequent outbreaks of violence. Their music is designed to be as abrasive and offensive as their name. So it was a shocker to fans when they released the self-parodying Picnic of Love album in 1998. Gone were the distorted guitars, blast beats, screamed vocals and hateful, misogynistic lyrics, replaced with soft acoustic guitars, frontman Seth Putnam's laughable falsetto and songs with titles like "Saving Ourselves for Marriage." As they took Geno's stage, guitarist Josh Martin told the audience, "If you were expecting a regular AC show, you're not getting your money back," before launching into songs from the aforementioned album. Some people left, some sang along, some heckled, and the rest of the crowd just laughed.
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