Last Saturday, we were invited to return to Buzzbin for the third and final day of Rabid Fest. There were some great bands playing on both Thursday and Friday night, but I have to admit that I was most excited by Saturday’s line-up! We were once again tortured with rain, and the outdoor stage was mostly shut down as a result, despite a sizable investment to get plenty of clean, tasty power run to the patio stage in recent weeks. More on that later…
In typical super-dad™ fashion, we couldn’t get down to Canton until about 6:30, so we missed a bunch of bands that probably melted faces (Close The Hatch, The Negative One). I’m not sure who all we missed, as there were some bands added and some bands that dropped from what was initially advertised. I know that Dump Cake hopped on (and we missed them), while Sog City and Nine Layers Deep cancelled. There could have been more, I suppose. That’s rock and roll.
Upon our arrival, we were informed that we could load in straight away to the area that formally housed the original Buzzbin stage, so many years ago. It’s been an Arcade for a while now, so we were pretty pumped to squeeze our pile of amps in between all the flashing lights of pinball machines and driving games – not to mention the pool table that was ratchet strapped on it’s side to the wall! We were shocked to learn that only us and Divorce Horse would get to play in the arcade, so it felt special. Turns out, it was only us, more on that later.
As we loaded in, Canton’s local faves The Said So reunited on the main stage after several years of hiatus. They had a good crowd watching them tear into their brand of up-tempo rock and roll. They sounded great! They did a cover of Cherry-Bomb, which is kind of weird to hear sung by a dude, but whatever, they nailed it! Good stuff.
Lansing, Michigan’s Wormfoot took to the stage next. I didn’t realize it, but this band is fronted by one of the dudes from The Goddamn Gallows. Wormfoot is much uglier, nastier, and scarier sounding, however! A three-piece, they delivered a mountainous slab of sludge and filth with just vocals, guitar, and drums. Heavy. Intense. They ripped off all the scabs and suckled at the bloody wound of existence. Brutal.
By now the radar was showing no signs of rain and we were asked if we wanted to relocate all of our crap to the patio stage. Many of our smart-phone weather apps still threatened precipitation, so we declined and forged ahead with the original plan. Divorce Horse opted to play outside, leaving the arcade all to us! Woah! We felt super special now, being the only band playing in the arcade.
Lashes from Cincinnati was up next on the main stage, pummeling with a shredding drummer and intense vocals. Unfortunately, the singer’s bass tone was so bottom heavy, it was essentially just a drone instrument, with no discernible riffs to latch onto. She was a wailing vocalist, however! I’d like to hear them again, with some top end or mids on that bass to allow the riffs to breathe. They kind of had a Made Out Of Babies bit of promise to them, which was rad.
As best as I can recall, we were up next. The PA was reserved only for vocals, but that old Buzzbin room is so rich, it sounded incredible. I love when the soundman tells me to turn up the SVT! We jumped right in and rocked our brains out! At one point, one of the ladies from Dump Cake fell or was pushed (there was a bit of mosh pit happening) and she landed on Kyle’s pedal board. Nate didn’t see her fall behind him and he brutally curb stomped her in error! He was mortified! Sorry!!! It all happened so fast, and she was back on her feet and seemingly ok. Whew! The crowd was smallish, but the room was smaller, so it felt nice and cozy! We jammed the following tunes: Trouble’s Afoot At The Circle K, “Gold Record”, Souvenir, Cadaver Dogs At Dawn, Black Galaxy, Colliderscope, “Dr. Drone”, and Fast Times. Gold Record is still pretty new and in flux, but it mostly worked. I’m sure we’ll tweak it a bit more before we call it “done.” I actually bothered to do my backing vocals for this set and that was fun. It was fast and loose and heavy and glorious for us. The crowd seemed to like it as well! I wandered out during Cadaver Dogs to mingle with the audience, and Kyle took to the seat of the Tokyo Drift arcade game during Fast Times. People don’t seem to know what to do when the band is playing amongst them! Fun was had. We sold some shirts.
We were told Flesh Mother was up next, but it was actually Dead Hour Noise‘s turn on the main stage, while the PA was carted back out to the patio for Flesh Mother and Divorce Horse’s benefit. We were so busy tearing down and putting away our crap, that I couldn’t pay a ton of attention to DHN. They were plenty heavy, for sure, and seemed to play a much slower and less overwhelming set than I was teased to expect earlier. By no means, a complaint, as they dished out the goods for sure, wrecking necks with ease.
Flesh Mother hit the patio stage soon after and I had to listen from afar as we continued to deal with the aftermath of our performance (an interview with Project Concert 150, of course!). They sounded nasty! Heavy and evil are just the first two words that come to mind, as the band possessed that same nihilistic streak that powers sludge pioneers EyeHateGod. I heard they were pretty intense to watch, and I’m sorry I missed it! Aww Nuts!
I thought Caustic Casanova was going to play next on the main stage, but Divorce Horse actually wound up playing on the patio stage. This was the first time I was able to see this band, and they did a great job. They definitely sound heavier live than on record, playing an energized set that reminded me of bands like At The Drive In or Quicksand. Good stuff! The pop-punk influences that are more apparent on their recent debut LP “Death Mountain” were less pronounced in the dark, electrically charged post-storm outdoor air, and the guys appeared to be having a great time kicking out their jams. Check them out, for sure!
Washington DC’s Caustic Casanova was up next and I was pretty excited to finally see them as well. They’ll be back in NEO this fall as part of the Blackout Cookout at Westside Bowl in Youngstown, so this was an orientation for me. The diverse sound present on their recordings was faithfully reproduced live, with the band covering the gamut from smokey Sabbathian phrases to proggy, guitar harmony-laden tangents, straight up rock and roll romps, and all in between. They certainly impressed! Hot dang! Check them out at BOCO, for sure!
Finally, Night Goat took to the stage and ripped through their set of riff-centric bangers. They sounded great. Heavy, edgy, abrasive – it was cool as hell, as expected. I’m still waiting on that LP they recorded over the winter… I wonder when it’s coming out? I love when they do the dual vocals, it sounds so huge!
So, there you have it! Another gig in the books for your friendly neighborhood supercorrupter. We’ll see you all back in Canton for Ohio Doomed & Stoned on July 26th. It’ll be both Keith and Kyle’s birthdays, so be sure to bring them tributes. See ya!