BML's proficiency is staggering, and the group's casual demeanor a little unsettling. The power that comes out of these three musicians is comparable only to their proficiency. Their individual speed and dexterity will melt your face. And despite all that might, every part is discernable. Things this heavy usually don't move this fast. BML played last Tuesday's Toys For Tots show at MontageMusic Hall with galloping, runaway thunder and G-force-inducing hairpin turns. I think Toby Bailey has extra fingers. Ronnie Lickers decapitated a cymbal stand during his set-long rhythm tirade and guitarist Brian Mason's guitar kissed the sky as notes cascaded in a screaming flurry and fury. A simply amazing band.
Inherence followed with crushing, bowel-cleansing volume. I particularly dug the old-school dive bomber guitar work. More in the classic vein of thick hardcore rage, this band's performance was cathartic for both them and the audience. Singer (and Montage owner) Brock Thrasher bounded about the stage like a seething pogo stick. See Inherence, and I promise you'll feel better.
Just back from rocking the Spaniards, roots-rock homeboys TheHi-Risers packed the Bug Jar Saturday night with the Dave-less Quitters. As always the band was tight and fun. Guitarist Greg Townson packs as much power and Duane Eddy twang into a one-note solo than most guitarists who let fly with millions. Fans sung along and twisted in one spot as it was too crowded flail appropriately.
Frank De Blase will be going abroad with a broad for the month of January. I Scene It will return in February.