So. How do I start with this one? Let’s start with just the facts, ma’am! On Sunday, May 28th, in Houston, TX, Samothrace, He Whose Ox Is Gored, and Omotai jammed some pajama jammy jams at Rudz. Minus the pajamas but with metalhead clothes on.
For the uninitiated, Samothrace and He Whose Ox Is Gored are from Seattle. As fully and painstakingly documented on this website, we have played with Screamin’ Lisa and the Ox Boys, as we lovingly refer to them, a few times in exotic locales. We love to share a bill with these dudes/dudette because they are extremely talented, creative, and are excellent humans to be around and and and…
We opened the show and played the same set as on April 6 — just the hits, ma’am! Steve did us another solid and subbed in on drums again. He showed off his shiny, new 25th Anniversary tri-color Ludwig Vistalite kit in Black, Blacker, and None More Blacker. J/k it’s clear, smoke, and black tri-tone. He also broke his snare, borrowed another. Later, John Ox broke THAT snare, and had to borrow another. Good thing there was an endless supply of snare drums at this show!
Samothrace & HWOIG have been out touring relentlessly, HWOIG pimpin’ their new Paralyzer 7” and Samothrace flashing their 2014 Live a Roadburn LP. Btw, who do I need to send an edible arrangement to in order to perform at that fest?
I’m just going to post a video of the last song from Ox’s set. No point in me blabbin’ on. I can feel the keys to the blog being taken away from me already…
Samothrace took the stage afterward and mesmerized us with their heavy, blues-based doom. They’ve been around since 2006, and I’ll be honest, I never listened to this band before the show. Look, I’m sorry, sometimes I’m just a lazy ass! As the date approached, I wanted the first time I heard it to be experiencing it live first-hand. And I’m glad I did. I mean, YOU don’t wait if you haven’t heard them. Go ahead and have a listen now! Go ahead and buy something, too, if you want! OH JUST KIDDING, because ALL of their stuff is sold out because they are RAD! HAH. Well, at least on their Bandcamp page, you can probably get it elsewhere.
Anyway, they really surprised and delighted me with their incredible restraint and pockets of very beautiful, interwoven, spacious, guitar lines. I have a great amount of appreciation for how difficult it can be to write, practice, and perform something that takes a lot of patience to really lock-in on. You need the right chemistry of people, and Bryan, Monte, Joe, and Brian have “it”. WELL DONE, GENTLEMEN!
They must have summoned the clouds with their performance, as a quintessential Houston thunderstorm dumped about 87 inches of rain on us at 2 in the morning during load out. Nothing like turning the Rudz stairs into a slip n’ slide!