#3: Mango’s, July 25th with Lions of Tsavo and Silver Snakes
We were the only locals in this bill supporting our Austin buds Lions of Tsavo and Silver Snakes from LA. Forced Fem were originally booked as well but they had to drop off because their (guitarist?) had a conflict, which I’m guessing was that he had to watch muthafuckin MORBID ANGEL (!) with Dying Fetus on the Summer Slaughter tour! Which unfortunately was the same night as our show.
This show wasn’t amazingly attended- although Andy Putman, who played lead guitar in the first band I was ever in, and who is now a tenured math professor at Rice, showed up, as did a bunch of Jamie’s friends, who I believe I heard are jazz musicians? I’ll have to check with him on that.
With Forced Fem out of the picture, we opened up. Unlike last time, it’s no trouble for me to remember the setlist for this show, because Melissa wrote it out on this cool souvenir scroll paper!
Melissa shared with us the reason she has this paper (get ready for this): she and her husband Chris got it to use in a zine they were making together for their anniversary! AWWWWWWW!
In addition to playing “A Ruined Oak” for the second time, we also played two other new songs: “Welcome to the Adder’s Land” (which had been performed live before when Anthony was in the band) and “Lesbian Cycling Drama” (which we debuted here). These songs are very challenging for me to play, for opposite reasons- “Adder’s Land” is fast and busy, with a lot of rolls, almost like a High On Fire song, whereas “Cycling” is almost painfully slow and requires significant restraint to perform accurately. We’ll be playing both of these on tour.
I had never seen Lions of Tsavo before and I quite enjoyed their set. I particularly liked the “natural” sound of Josh’s drumset, which Ryan captured very well on their recent LP Traverser. What’s funny is that Josh plays a kit by ddrum, which is a company that prior to 2005 made exclusively electronic drums. The drumset at the place where I rent practice time in Austin has one of these kits as well, and it’s a good kit, but the drums and all of the hardware are white, which is a little odd. I feel like I’m renting practice time in 2001: A Space Odyssey or something.
This concludes the drum nerd segment of the recap.
Silver Snakes– who had driven all the way from Atlanta that day!- had that “heavy but clean” thing going on that’s semi-hot right now. Reminded me of Kowloon Walled City a little bit, but with butch hardcore vocals. They had a light show too. Really strong stage presence. Their drummer was a monster- every time he hit his kick drum it was like getting kicked in the chest. And his cymbals had that awesome midrange roar that I love, like Art Blakey in a blast furnace or something. He told me what kind they were but I forgot. . .
I lied, this post is 100% drum-nerd shit.
After the show, Melissa and Sam and I took the Lions guys to Spanish Flowers for enchiladas and carne guisada, it was delicious, the end.