We’re ramping back up our show-playing activities here at Omotai Central and we had a great time diving back into it on Sunday with True Widow and Slimey Member. All the bands did their thing and did it well, but let’s all give it up for the real star of the show: the Satellite Bar.
April 17, 2016: The Satellite Bar (Houston) with Slimy Member and True Widow
The Satellite used to be a DIY spot with the irritatingly un-Googleable name “The Shop,” which I first heard of when Connecticut’s excellent Empty Vessels (new record!) played there last June; sometime in the last few months it officially opened as a venue. None of us except for Melissa had been there before- I had never even been to this area of Houston before- and I think we were all pretty impressed with what they’ve done with the place: attractive and well-organized space; legit sound system and roomy, stable stage; diverse and unconventional beer selection; pinball gallery; bathrooms that are not hellish pits of despair; and as you can see above, a backyard that is downright romantic at nighttime. I mean, it’s next to a Whataburger but that’s pretty romantic for Houston.
Jamie has a brand-new Steamboat full-stack that he’s itching to break in, but for this gig he opted for one of Sam’s brand-new cabs from Monarch. TWINSIES!
We closed out with the inaugural performance of “Tusk Aurora,” and for our first full gig in a little while, I’d say we did OK. I mean not to brag but we did manage to score the Satellite Bar’s first official noise complaint. Chalk one up for the good guys!
Dallas’s Slimy Member followed up with a committed set of KBD-style punk.
Their drummer reminded me a little of Josh Wolf’s work with No Talk and the Energy- very fast right-hand work.
Also, their guitarist looked a hell of a lot like a punk version of a certain guitar player for a certain band that a certain Omotai drummer used to play in.
Slimy Member are out on tour for the next two weeks with True Widow and SSTD– go see em!
True Widow are a very interesting band- dark and heavy, but not loud or aggressive. They’re a little like a heavy version of Low.
I quite enjoyed their drummer’s array of warm, dark crash cymbals.
Melissa picked up their 2013 LP Circumambulation and found herself jamming it all day at work Monday. It’s now in its second pressing and won’t have another run so get one while you can!
Thanks very much to John Baldwin and the Satellite for having us. We’ll be back over there in a couple of weeks on May 5 to play with Philly’s U.S. Bastards, Human Ottoman from Oregon, and Vulgarnaut. See ya then!