Saturday, April 30, 2011
Here they are, your San Francisco Kowloon Walled City. This was my first time seeing them after having missed multiple chances. I'm glad I finally caught them because the band hinted that they probably won't play for another six months. KWC ripped through a set of sludgy, downtuned riffery that pulled some bruising songs from their excellent Gambling On The Richter Scale album. Another great local gem. While the addition of Megaton Leviathan was welcome, it did push the show past the 1 am mark.
Long live ISIS!
Sludgy metal band Fight Amp played Thee Parkside with the other third of the excellent three-way split LP "Lose Lose Lose" out on Brutal Panda. Go to Aquarius and see if they have any left. This New Jersey three piece are a long way from home and well into an exhaustive tour but they sounded huge.
Local lords of weird Tigon steered the night in a different direction, and then about three other directions. This band remains unclassifiable. They do their own thing and they don't sound like anything else but themselves. I don't know what to call them except awesome.
Portland doom squad Megaton Leviathan were added at the last minute. It's a good thing too because they were really great. Their performance included a ritualistic element which is always cool, and they incorporated visuals as well as samples of noise and soundscapes.