Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, May 9, 2014

Satan's Satyrs, Ultra Electric Mega Galactic, and Sasquatch in Paris

It's been a long time since I was at a pure and simple rock show, so much of the modern stuff simply doesn't do it for me. Yet I still love rock music, give me Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath any day and I'll be happy. That's why I was especially excited for tonight, three rock bands who I very much enjoy. I got to the venue early to get some interviews done and had a good time talking to Satan's Satyrs and Sasquatch. Both bands know whats up to say the least. Now it was time for me to hold my own sort of unholy rock and roll communion, beer, broads, and extremely loud music.

Satan's Satyrs were the first act that I got to see, and let me just say, this was one of the best shows I have ever seen, from any band, ever. Their is a sort of magic to a Satan's Satyrs performance, the unforgettable power of the seventies. The combination of youth, raw energy, and beautiful passion found in this bands music is a potent mix and showcases a group who will never be silenced. Earlier in the night, the bands singer Clayton had said to me something like "Black Sabbath played in front of 300,000 people at CalJam in 1974, why can't we make that happen again?" Satan's Satyrs seem destined to succeed, the kind of loud and proud, pure, and most of all, very honest hard rock that the world needs right now.

The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic were the next band on the night for me, and while it took me a couple of songs to get into it, their certainly is a lot of cool stuff  Though they didn't showcase extreme chops, the band had a marvelous drive that kept me engaged throughout. There is definitely a lot of interesting stuff going on here. See, The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic are powerful simply because they don't mess around with jazz frills or pretentious solos, instead, they create an immense general vibe that draws you in, and will never spit you back out. As you fall into the magic of their sound, The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic capture your heart, and soon, have the entire crowd grooving along.

The final band of this most excellent rock and roll evening was the powerful Sasquatch. Their riff heavy stoner rock is always a blast on the record and proved to be fun live too. Reminiscent of groups like Red Fang, Sasquatch have big choruses that have the whole crowd singing along. I think part of what makes Sasquatch such a fun band to see live is the fact that they play actual songs, 4 minute long boppers with clear structure. This immediately draws you in and gives you an easy way to connect, toss in powerful grooves and some very talented musicians and I think it's pretty easy to see why a lot of people consider these guys to be one of the most happening bands around right now.

This evening was one of the best I had in a long time. After the show I went and met up with an old friend and talked over a few beers and came to a realization. There is a certain magic in pure rock and roll, a certain rebellious triumph that no other genre, even metal, has. That's what made tonight really special in my mind, these bands were turned on to the pure rock and roll energy that got me addicted in the first place. Satan's Satyrs in particular are perhaps the most legit hard rock band out there today. So, brothers and sisters, I want to see a sea of hands out there, go out, rock hard, ride free, and remember the magic that these three groups have birthed upon the world.

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