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Be Alright, Werewoman, and Blackened Lungs at Distortion

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Be Alright, Werewoman, and Blackened Lungs at Distortion
Friday November 18, 2011
by:Vanessa Wade

 

 

 

Fridays nights show at Distortion wasn’t overly packed due to cold, snowy, slippery weather but for those who braved the elements it was a pretty late and wild night. The show kicked off with an energetic set from the up and coming Blackened Lungs, a side project featuring members of Mopey Mumble Mouse(Curtis Kilfoy on guitar and vocals, Bart Pierson on bass and vocals, and Ryan Wade on rhythm guitar) and Be Alright(Matt Wall on drums) respectively. With that much talent packed in a band, and with the addition of drummer Matt Wall who replaced old drummer Curt Poirier, Blackened Lungs have really hit their stride. They continue to develop their sound which is very much informed by noise rock and punk rock with obvious inspiration coming from Eric’s Trip and The Fall thrown in for good measure. An after set chat with Ryan Wade revealed a lot more gigs coming up as well, most notably a set on December 3rd at Scanlon’s Bar.

Hitting the stage at around 1am was Werewoman, a band that St. John’s will hopefully see more of. A trio featuring Matt Cull on vocals and guitar, Shaun McCabe on drums, and Adam Roberts on bass and synth, Werewoman gained some notoriety over the summer due to an allegedly offensive show poster. That debacle far behind them, Werewoman’s music took center stage Friday night in a set of bluesy, hard rock with a groove. It’s definitely drinking music and though the crowd was small Friday night, Werewoman brought them to their feet as the show continued to gather momentum.

Capping off the night in fine style were Be Alright, the Steve Abbott led trio, with Matt Wall on bass and Devon Milley on drums. By this point the rather tipsy crowd was very into the music, moshing, thrashing and head banging up a storm at the foot of the stage as Be Alright jammed and shredded their jazz infused math rock to perfection. There’s a reason Be Alright play as frequently as they do for sure, they’re always on in performances and they don’t disappoint, fans can’t get enough of them and they’re always winning over more.

If you can only make it to one show on any given weekend, if it involves any of the bands mentioned, it is well worth it, you’re in for a rockin’ night. All three bands mesh well in terms of musical style but they all bring something unique to the table which makes for a lively night with an even better soundtrack.

by:Vanessa Wade
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