Club XS May/21/2016
Broken (from Santa Cruz county/ Nogales area)
Waysted Youth (Tucson)
Tridon (from Phoenix)
Many months ago both Feind and myself, and a long-time friend (who excused himself from several appointments to be able to assist that night) organized an interview of sorts at a local eatery, one that would’ve broken the virginity of the visual realm for the site (Feind has already torn asunder the audio realm with an appearance on the Metalheads podcast). Suffice it to say we were all very excited, giddy even, too excited in fact to overlook one small (it would seem not too important) detail - we neglected to ask for permission first before recording. Although (in hindsight) we did spend more than a handful of paper (“green”) in the establishment first in consuming delectable treats and beverages. Long story short, both the band and the Thydemonsbescribblin crew were building up quite the rapport over snacks and when it came to the interview itself it was going quite swimmingly (great word that!) although to quote the cameraman Cult did manage to ‘weasel his way out of the shot’ that was until a rotund manager decided to enter frame to ask what the hell it was we thought we were doing. It was then that it ended and we left posthaste dragging our tails and issuing apologies by the bucketful. The interview has yet to be aired for fear of pending lawsuit and to my knowledge neither any member of the Scribblin collective or Tribulance has eaten there since.
Please note that several email batches have yet to be answered, in any way even in mere recognition, nor has permission been given. I do believe the word BASTIDS about covers those involved and the whole F’d up scenario here!!
Onwards and again my apologies and huge thanks to Tribulance for being such great sports and making time for rookies such as ourselves in our shamble of a quest to break the visual barrier’s cherry! One day soon my scribblin’ partner, one day soon!
*Feind is now working on transcribing the interview to share with you anyway. Please be patient guys and I’ll have that ready to go soon!
So there I was inside Club XS – for those that have yet to visit it’s an impressive venue that boasts more than ample elevated stage space and a wide open audience area but unfortunately lacks adequate advertising in my humble opinion. (We can help guys if you’re reading this!)
I was flying solo, all by my lonesome (note I wasn’t drowning my sorrows in beer, or reminiscing over the last sad country song I’d heard on the radio), when Brandon from Tribulance introduced himself, his family, those he came with and then surprised me by virtually dragging me into the ‘family’ circle as it were. Now if truth be told I’m not at all a social butterfly at the best of times and nothing but extremely awkward in most of the moments that remain. This was, though, to my amusement relatively easy and I opened up easily especially when “harassed” (in the nicest possible way) by a smiling individual whom was new to Tucson, was uber- friendly and donned a Slayer shirt (another metalhead- the shirt was a dead giveaway!) who had nothing but questions and pleasantries to offer.
*Feind sincerely apologizes to Tribulance for missing the show. An out of town guest ushered in a pretty bad anxiety/panic attack that made facing a public venue a living nightmare.
The first act of the night…
Even more impressive is the fact that Kurt McCormick stepped in at the last minute for bass duties, an all-round impressive showing!
The music itself is a wicked blend of many a style ranging from alternate, punk, grunge and garage which also incorporates riffs that might not be so familiar to long-time fans/listeners of either. Crushing riffs made me think of an underrated and short lived act by name of Chum (Century Media label) who also displayed a quite diverse style. Impressive vocals including a double attack of sorts that put me in mind of an early The Used though to be blunt their overall style really can’t be pigeonholed. Theirs is a performance laden with well-placed effective emotion, energy and youthful promise sporting a diverse ensemble that delivers.
Have no doubts this is an act who are going places!
Firstly, Push deliver a style which can best be described as electric charged, energetic hard rock (similar to Buck Cherry) an act with a style I didn’t think I’d be witnessing in this event which brings me to the second and more important point…I actually liked them more than I thought I would.
Jon Cornely, vocalist, has a definite presence and voice talents that one cannot ignore. Overall a fantastic combination of fluid melodies, clean vocals and undeniable talent.
Push perform with confidence and captivate, if only other acts (not any in this article) would take note, their delivery is powerful and the style though not usually my ‘cup of tea’ (to quote my site partner) is one with a huge appeal bringing back recollections of late seventies/early eighties legendary rock acts performing to millions across the globe. Not surprising then that the same style is to be found in most local strip clubs (though I don’t know how it is how I would know that!)
Catch these guys when they come to a town near you.
Upcoming shows include a showing in Phoenix
@Nile Theatre - July 8th with Tridon.
Tridon’s set introduction had me honestly expecting a musical style that I’m accosted to (apocalyptic heavy/death metal perhaps?) and was absent thus far from this event. It turned out however, to be quite different. Tridon deliver more of an anthem hard rock vibe more so than anything mentioned above with that in mind though the music itself is intriguing and well-constructed incorporating interesting breakdowns, ‘crunchy’ beats and the occasional driving aggressive riff. Again to be honest this really isn’t a style (that is) in my wheelhouse but I can honestly say that Tridon are a band I cannot knock - they have a great presence, the melodies though impressive are grounded more in the radio friendly arena of rock what is truly undeniable is the level of musical talent on display.
Rick Fredrick, the vocalist and front man, displayed his vocal attributes perfectly within a Chevelle track though didn’t stop there accompanied by excellent guitar and drum percussion proving that Tridon are a band to be reckoned with. If only there were an appreciative sizable audience in attendance to raise a glass to their stellar performance.
It’s been a while since our last meeting (my scribblin’ partner in crime - Feind - has yet to see them live, poor chap!), results posted elsewhere on site, in which time the lads have produced, constructed and compiled a new collection of audio delights (new CD “The Aftermath of Lies” out very soon!) a few of which they debuted at this event.
Sal, Gino, Brandon and Mike have managed to construct a modern fluid imagining of heavy metal with powerhouse vocals bringing to mind Chuck Billy (Testament) and Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) complete with emotional passages, punishing riffs and excellent percussion to enthrall those listening.
This showing was no different. Mike Vidals owned the stage with his wholly impressive range while Gino shocked those in attendance with his ‘glare’ and driving backbone bass attributes. With riffs and rhythm provided by Sal Flores the lineup was complete and the night a stunning success.
Again the only downfall the lack of those in attendance, the talent on display demanded, nigh, screamed for an audience something I’m hoping will appear in due time when the venue kicks up its promotions department. (We’ll do whatever we can at the site to help guys.) Seriously five dollars for five acts all of whom brought delicious diversity and top notch performances.
Until next time do yourself a favor and enjoy local talent, support the scene and make an effort to be in attendance, trust me you won’t be disappointed.