Wounds (Live Action Report)

Rock ain’t dead.  Rock is a virus that can’t be cured by any amount of pious vaccinations. It may be a fact that Rock is best served in the deep. dark cracks of the earth anyways. Mahalls, a bowling alley is not the darkest of places, but the surrounding neighborhood will not make anyone’s top ten list for places to raise a family. I felt safe enough parking there though. There was very little street life outside of the action around the entrance to the bowling alley. I would go back there to see a show again, but there is an oddness to it compared to other venues in the northern Ohio area. The acoustics of the room are no match for a place like the Grog Shop, but the ease in parking and getting to the joint provides some advantages over other small musical venues, and if you love to bowl, there are twenty lanes available.

One benefit of following bands from The Island region is that when they do tour the states, the access and experience is big time in small time venues.  These bands are very experienced and professional with solid fan bases over there. They know well how to perform. Witnessing Wounds last night in a bowling alley was priceless. Seeing a smash your head into a pole band, stuffed between two math rock bands was worth the price of admission alone to the writer. Wounds is pure in your face energy, but they get up in it, kindly.  The other bands were great, and I have shared Math Rock bands on here in the past, so I do enjoy their sounds, but the crowd that is drawn to Math Rock, on this night, was more of the marriageable type by appearance . They were not there to see Wounds, as I was.  Lot’s of sweaters and one dude wore his seeing glasses way down on his nose like an old nanny would, but he acted as if he owned the joint.

One could sense apprehension in the crowd as these scruffy, tattooed fellas were setting up for their set. I sensed that my head would be banging on it’s own.  I took advantage of this situation and moved up next to the stage.  The crowd was so apprehensive, that the lead singer gave instruction for them to come to daddy so to speak before starting into their set. I laughed a little inside and it was a beautiful moment. Kind of like a southern baptist preacher trying to gather in a group of heathens before a tongue lashed sermon is to commence. Wounds just thrashed, mashed and rocked like a modern version of Motorhead infused with some deep seeded beautiful madness. Aidan Coogan, the lead singer, was bouncing all over the stage and into the crowd, which moved out of his way like water moved for Moses. I am quite certain that Aidan has crowd surfed with fans in Ireland, but tonight in Lakewood, Ohio the tide was not willing to carry his weight. It didn’t seem to matter to the band, as they just performed as if they were playing before a thousand, and I write out of appreciation for it. I got my energy’s worth.

Wounds just recently signed a recording deal with independent label Razor and Tie.

Maps and Atlases was the headliner, and Helen on Earth played before Wounds. Both are very good and worth checking out.

Here is the original post on Wounds from July.

“Gene Simmons is a dickhead” Aidan Coogan

Remaining tourdates

Wounds Tour Dates:w/ Finch and Maps & Atlases
October 15 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
October 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
October 18 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
October 19 – Philadelphia, PA – EFC
October 20 – Boston, MA – Paradise
October 22 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
October 23 – Raleigh, MC – Lincoln Theater
October 24 – Jacksonville, FL – Freebird
October 25 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
October 26 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
October 28 – Houston, TX – Warehouse
October 29 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
October 30 – Austin, TX – Red 7
November 1 – Tucson, AZ – TBD
November 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Joes Grotto
November 5 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
November 6 – Sacramento, CA – Slims
November 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy
November 8 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
Read more at http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/wounds-sign-to-razor-tie-see-tour-dates-album-trailer/11198845#aFzDal4irCfP1Lxw.99

 

Crobot

This is simply bad ass heavy dosed pure hard rock. If this band was a strain of medicinal cannabis, Sour Diesel would be the strain. This isn’t music designed to be taken with wine and cheese. No sirs, it is crafted for bourbon and burnt corn on the cob from a fierce raging bonfire. There is nothing not to like about this band, unless you don’t care for a little dirt in your rock.

The writer was going through the old original list of groups last night. This group was added right before Front Porch Step which was posted on 04/03/2013. How and why I didn’t share Crobot around that time escapes me. Crobot is from Pottsville, Pennsylvania, where Gas Station Disco is also from. They are also signed with Wind Up Records. It’s nice to share one from Columbus’ s Hell.

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The first video is a song that will not be of interest to church choirs. I enjoy the myth of Satan and when artists take on any establishment of folly, I tend to be drawn to the naturalness of breaking free from duality head on. The flow of life, energy or the unknowns seems most fluent to a natural awareness of being, which includes everything. Big minds are difficult to offend spiritually and materially from the balance of nothingness. The second video has the most views and there is a measure of truth to the title. The third is a rocking tune that the title attracted me. A bearded child, sometimes is an accurate description of this writer. :). The Soundcloud share is their latest release.

“We should treat our minds, that is, ourselves, as innocent and ingenuous children, whose guardians we are, and be careful what objects and what subjects we thrust on their attention. Read not the Times. Read the Eternities.. Knowledge does not come to us by details, but in flashes of light from heaven.” HDT