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.
Here is the original post on Wounds from July.
“Gene Simmons is a dickhead” Aidan Coogan
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
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