Awesome show, although the crowd could've been much better. Lots of people just standing around for most of Vitus' set except for the last two songs, which seems to be kinda typical nowadays, unfortunately. The band sounded great, though - Dave Chandler's tone is straight out of the late 70's and Wino sounds great. He was goofing around with the crowd in between songs and got down to let them sing with him on some parts. And Dave, of course, ran out into the crowd on the last insane solo for Born Too Late, rubbing the strings on random patron's heads. He just threw his guitar on stage at the end, put both fists in the air, and walked to the merch booth while the reverb kept going. So awesome.
It was my fourth time seeing Weedeater, and it was probably the loudest
I've ever seen them. They're already playing on blown out amps, but they
just proceeded to blow them out even more. Dixie Dave was just as nuts
as ever, and he seemed to have a good time joking along with the other
members of the band. His vocals sounded fantastic, too. "Jason...The
Dragon" was massive and "Weed Monkey" is still one of my favorite
closing live metal songs. Probably consistently my favorite band of this
type of genre.
Sourvein was the first touring band to play. I'd seen the vocalist in
Hail!Hornet twice earlier this year, and he's still just as good in his
main band. It took a few songs for the crowd to warm up, but they got a
great reception. Very, very loud and very sludgey. Some of the best
sludge/stoner vocals I've heard. I might want to see Hail!Hornet again
next time, but I won't complain with Sourvein.
Opening the show was local band Death Valley Wolf Riders. They are
basically what happens when you cross Speedwolf with Alabama
Thunderpussy. Cool southern speed metal/rock. Fun kinda-southern vocals
about motorcycles, werewolves and guitars - good fun and good opener.
All the bands had a lot of merch. Saint Vitus' main draw was a shirt
with their logo on the front and "FUCK THAT WEAK SHIT" in the Vitus font
on the back. Also a nice long-sleeve and other stuff. Was really hoping
they had the pink/blue Born Too Late tees still, but nope. Sourvein had
one design that was their logo in the Sunn amps logo, but in a million
different colors. Weedeater had a million different shirts, too. I
picked up a Vitus patch!
Saint Vitus (the order might be a bit off, but these were all the songs):
I Bleed Black
War Is Our Destiny
Let Them Fall
The Bleeding Ground
The Waste of Time
Born Too Late
Jason... The Dragon
God Luck and Good Speed
For Evans Sake
Gimme Back My Bullets
Sourvein (out of order, but all songs were played):
Dirty South was written, but not performed
Saint Vitus: 9/10
Death Valley Wolf Riders: 7.5/10