Concert Review: Opossum Holler / Outhouse Etiquette / Roundheels
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!