Wednesday local band nights at Liquid Joe’s prove not as busy as other nights but can still provide surprising local bands to be a fan of. This week’s local Wednesday started with Red Dog Revival, who classify themselves as Progressive Psychedelic Butt Rock. They had a turn out of loyal friends and fans not shy about thrashing their heads and swaying to beat. Their sound does pull you into such antics, most memberable being intense guitar riffs. During which, the lead guitarist’s hand looks like something out of The Matrix. A band to put on the ‘see again’ list. It could be said that their sound is a good mix of grunge, swing, jazz and classic rock. Surprisingly well put together. These guys will have listeners bouncing to the energetic notes and rhythms and wishing for a longer set.
The next band on the line-up was Kiska. An Indie rock band pretty new to the scene. While Kiska has a lot of potential and the direction of their music can be made out, the music does need a bit of polishing. Unfortunately, this band would definitely be the least appealing of the evening. That’s not to say they couldn’t shine with a bit more practice but perhaps doing shows is a bit early at this point. The meshing of the instruments was a bit off, the vocals were either drowned out or too loud and off-tune and the drummer’s kick mic came unplugged. Speaking of which, apparently, the drummer uses more electronic devices than necessary, for a drummer. More practice, some polishing and attention to instrument sound and they could be rocking the roof off places.
The last band of the evening was Grasp Infinity. Usually there are four bands but this week was a band short. The last band, certainly made up for any disappointment earlier in the evening. With their mixed genres of rock with a bit of metal flare, Grasp Infinity brought the evening to a whole new level. They’re extremely talented, playing covers of JET’s ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ and a song from The Cult. The lead guitarist/vocalist can even play some mean guitar using his mouth. Although is was obvious there was some inebriation in the band, that didn’t slow them down much. Except for when the lead told the audience, ‘I gotta push (guitar) buttons and think about singing…that really screws me up.’ This band, is for sure a band to keep going to see. If the club had been fuller, there most likely would have been a bouncing, crazy, rockin’ out crowd during this set. Hell, they could even get a free t-shirt. Score!