Pin It
.
Favorites

The sizzle remains 

There is no mistaking the power of New York City's Helmet, the now-legendary heavy outfit fronted by its lone original member, guitarist-vocalist Page Hamilton, and featuring a constantly revolving cast of other members. This in-flux line-up has never been a problem for Page, as I've seen Helmet three times now and his attack is still intact. The band's amazing set at Warped Tour a few years back soared skyward as the band pummeled the kids along with the older punk fans (both older fans, and fans of older punk) with its beautiful brutality. However, the band's Water Street Music Hall show this past Saturday shook the walls, leaving the fairly large crowd nowhere to hide — we all needed helmets.

It amazes me that even after all these years (the band formed in 1989), Helmet stands alone in its "thinking man's metal" proto-grunge, dropped-tune mayhem. But honestly, Helmet is brilliant and untouchable. Opening the show was a band to watch, Anchorage, Nebraska, from Rochester (I know, it's confusing). Anchorage is bringing back grunge's disenfranchised sound and stance to clubs here in town. It's way raunchy and cool.

The John Cole Blues Band played to an oddly modest crowd at the Dinosaur later that night. With my ears still ringing from Helmet's onslaught, I was soothed by Cole's soulful voice and his terse, simple picking style on his old Jazzmaster. He makes it sound so easy. I assure you, it is not. Whereas a lot of blues players create flurries around the notes that matter, cluttering them with flash and fluff, Cole trims the fat as he cooks — but the sizzle remains. Phoenix, Arizona-based Tom Grills (brother of locally based slinger Steve Grills) joined Cole on stage for a little back and forth and boogie. Again, it was cool.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Music Reviews

Browse Listings

Submit an event
  • Re: Our national emergency

    • Harry, I see you care about education.

      Lesson #1-- America is a Republic

    • on February 19, 2019
  • Re: Our national emergency

    • Mrs. Towler, I wonder if youknow the song, "Democracy" by Leonard Cohen. Here is a…

    • on February 19, 2019
  • Re: RTS is thinking about creating 'mobility zones'

    • I would suggest RTS create a couple of loops in the suburban villages. For example,…

    • on February 18, 2019
  • More »
  • This Week's Issue

    Cover Story:
    Yarms: a profile in musical curiosity
    If you’ve frequented the folk and singer-songwriter circuits in Rochester in the last 10 years, you’ve probably heard Ryan Yarmel play. Every Wednesday this month at Abilene Bar and Lounge, Yarmel is hosting a stylistically diverse concert series called the “Yarms February Frolic.” read more ...

    Tweets @RocCityNews

    © 2019 City Newspaper.

    Website powered by Foundation.