Monthly Archives: July 2013
Featuring Pennyrilers, Outhouse Etiquette, From the Barn, Cameron Whitman, & Mark Whitley Band
Reggae, experimental, progressive, modern, new wave… just a few words to describe the sounds and Tidball’s last Friday night. Bowling Green’s The Hungry Ears and Chest Rockwell performed along with Nashville’s Jo’shua Odine.
Unfamiliar with the music of Jo’shua Odine, I did some research (I asked THE’s Cindy Darst) and found out that The Hungry Ears had witnessed one of his performances and invited him to play; needless to say I went into this with virgin ears. A few minutes before Odine’s set, two gentlemen with crocheted hats and dreadlocks began to set up, which didn’t take long as Odine only needed a mic and his beat-up acoustic guitar.
He was joined on stage by Adam Quellhorst on electric bass and back up vocals. I would describe their music as very laid-back, acoustic reggae, but what stood out most during their set was the way in which Odine played his six string. He not only used his guitar as a string instrument but a percussion as well. Using the palm of his hand, he would strike the body of the guitar with his thumb and palm as he strummed; a technique that, over time, has cracked and dented his guitar. Damaged instruments or not, Quellhorst and Odine were very impressive (I’m a sucker for a good bass line and love reggae – of course I loved it!). I hope to see these guys up here again.
Next up was Chest Rockwell, a group of familiar faces to us Bowling Green “lifers.” This July will mark their 9 year anniversary, and it showed during their tightly knit performance. This experimental/prog rock band kept the chill atmosphere going with their ethereal instrumental numbers which would later escalate to heavier tunes and lyrics.
their rhythm section was tight… I liked the color the keyboard added… the lead guitarist added a lot…
-Dale Adams, audience member
The crowd was definitely into it with random shouts of “hell yeah,” friendly banter with the band, and a few first-timers in the audience standing in awe of the band’s talents. The guys debuted their latest song, “Preparing to do Battle with the Devil,” a haunting yet dreamy song that made me wish it was Fall again. They also performed old favorites and songs from their latest EP Weep and You Weep Alone. You’ll be able to catch them again on August 31st in Evansville, Indiana.
Closing out the night were The Hungry Ears, the 6 member group from Bowling Green self-described as Sexy Sci-Fi New Wave Grunge. Before they began to play the band gathered together and threw their hands into the circle as a pre-show pep cheer (I love the new phrases I come up with! Call Merriam-Webster!).
The Hungry Ears have been around the scene with their latest lineup for a year now. A lineup that is not your typical band line up which includes a clarinet (Melissa Mikolajczyk), two keyboards (Cindy Darst and Eric Curtis), and an Apple laptop/syth all of which contribute to the band’s multifaceted sound. They began their set with “Sway” followed by crowd favorites “Failure to Speak” and “Spy Rock.” (bee-tee-dubs, J.D. Minor shreds the guitar solo during “Spy Rock”)
Their 7″ single of “Failure to Speak” will be out the first weekend of August!
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It was a rocking night to be at Tidball’s this past Thursday. Bowling Green’s Opossum Holler and Outhouse Etiquette shared the stage with Roundheels, a three-man band from Saint Louis. And the professional photographers of VintageQueen54 were nice enough to lend their photos!
When I arrived, Roundheels were warming up; when I heard Eric Moore on drums perform his test-run, I knew that we were in for a great night of rock ‘n roll! The Bowling Green first-timers put on a great show and proved that Saint Louis is also home to a pool of talented musicians.
…they sound like a psychedelic Black Crowes meets Wolfmother!
Their high-energy performance was intensified as lead guitarist/vox, Justin Fremont, jumped off stage for his solo during their song “Swift,” about none other than Taylor swift. The crowd was very pleased with the show and the guys had fun performing for their Bowling Green audience.
…you’re kickin’ their ass!
-Fremont tells fans during the Roundheels set on the Nashville audience vs. the Tidball’s audience
Roundheels wrapped up their set with a cover song. Now, I am very critical when it comes to cover songs particularly Led Zeppelin covers. As I heard the opening riff to “Livin’ Lovin’ Maid,” I was hoping for at least a good attempt at covering the iconic song… Needless to say, I was extremely impressed by the cover! Fremont nailed the solo and the crowd loved it!
Next up was Opossum Holler. As always, the guys brought their A-game. Cranking out the psychobilly tunes, Opossum Holler had the crowd pumped as the bar-goers crowded the stage. Lead vocals/guitarist, Lloyd Nicely’s veins on his face looked like they were about to pop as he belted out songs about Beelzebub, apparitions, and overall sinnery (I made up a new word, ma!). Nicely was not alone with his impressive stage presence as Brad Ausbrooks picked away at his bass and Matt DeVore KILLED it on the drums!
They also performed songs from their album “What’s Done is Done” and a few newer songs, such as “Sawdust,” a song I was very impressed with. The audience was impressed as well…
[I was thinking] damn, look at his fingers move!
-Quinna Sydnor on Nicely’s guitar playin’
The guys closed out their set with “Spider’s Kiss,” a tune which starts out with a slower tempo but ends in absolute bad-assery. I must say that Opossum Holler is destined for great things and are definitely a band to keep an eye on.
Last, but not least, to take the stage was Outhouse Etiquette. Anytime these guys play I always have a great time. They have a sound similar to that of Opossum Holler that is a bit heavier and with a little more twang; twang courtesy of Cody Meek on the lap steel. Outhouse Etiquette was the perfect band of the three that played that night to close down Tidball’s during it’s infamous penny beer night. By the time midnight rolled around the socially-lubricated crowd was ready to take whatever these guys threw their way; gritty/raw riffs and lyrics about, well, I can’t really can’t think of a better way to describe their lyrics other than it’s going to make your granny blush… or disown you if you were to sing along 🙂
For those who stuck around, we got to hear two new songs, “Blues Rock Blues” and “One-Eyed Snake.” This was definitely a classic Outhouse show as members were requesting beer from the audience, Rob Needles teasing the ladies about the possibility of losing his shirt (he kept it on, sorry gals), and exchanging unpleasentries with their friends in the audience. You can catch Outhouse Etiquette again with Thee Japanese Schoolgirls at Tidball’s on July 26th.
As always, check back with us for more reviews, pictures and show dates! Thanks again to all the bands, fans, and to VingtageQueen54 for the awesome photos!