Ladies and Gents --
This show got off to a pretty late show with the opener sliding onto stage around 10:15. The Rocksteady Explosion played decent but definitely was not my cup of tea. It seemed that they were more of a reunion of a band that played together in college. Didn't really hear much rocksteady at all in what they played but they seemed to liven up a bit of the locals who were fans of theirs.
Bomb the Music Industry! was definitely a punk band on all accounts. The band seemed tight and presented their music well. I have not heard much of their material, but they were really rockin it out for quite a bit. The guitarist almost got slayered by us! (aka dude was wearing a slayer shirt and was about to get honored for it)
At roughly midnight, the Slackers took the stage and proceeded to execute an incredible amount of material from their most recent effort, self medication. I picked up the cd and am really enjoying this one for sure. It provides many tunes that are familiar in sound to something you might hear on previous albums along with a slew of very eclectic new tunes. As described by many recently, many of the new tunes harness a very far east reggae sound. You will quickly notice the weird tones Vic has been employing on his roland that are near psychedelic. Really great song writing throughout.
Glen Pine took the limelight on many new tunes such as "estranged" and "eviction". Glen's prowess as an up and coming soul singer for the band (as heard on covers such as "cupid" by sam cooke) make you barely miss QMaxx from the band. "estranged" is an excellent tune...and the organs on that...weird upsetters with a trippy edge?
They played many tunes from all of their previous albums, and even took a special moment to attempt "Red Light" and several other tunes from that album that they probably haven't played that recently. As usual, Hillyard and pine were wailing on those horns...and marcus, vic, and ara brought the riddim hard. Vic did a great job with new tunes such as "Leave Me" and "Happy Song" and all their older material is well...excellent as always.
We also - as a crowd - received a quick education of the psychology behind blade runner...not sure what that was all about, Vic. : D
Overall - we were out of there around 2am and journeying back to Rochester, where I barely made it home all types of delirious at around 4am.... : D