Soilent Greeen is Doled Out to New Orleans Citizens
It truly was a night to remember. The club was packed to the gills and filled with smoke from various substances. Everyone was chattering away while the bands mingled with old friends and made us wait with ardor to until they would make music for us. First on the bill was a crust punk band called Tire Fire, the singer of which is out of his fucking mind. In previous performances I’ve seen, Matt throws himself on the floor which would normally knocked the wind out of somebody, but he just keeps singing (or screaming). As the audience knocks him around, picks him up to throw him back down and kicks him, he just keeps going. He was not as crazy this night because there were barricades along the stage in anticipation of a rough night, but he still managed to kick the faces and chests of the people in the front row while he said, “Fuck barricades.” If you ever see these madmen live, check out their merch table where you can purchase a bottle of Asian whiskey that has a cobra and scorpion in it for just over $100.
Next after Tire Fire was Outlaw Order. Outlaw Order (rumor has it the name comes from when all five members were in jail) is Eyehategod without Jimmy Bower. The guys were getting sick of waiting for Jimmy to come back from touring with Down and created this band to keep New Orleans rocking while he was gone. But if you ask anyone there, Outlaw Order is amazing in their own right. There are still hints of sludge in their music, but they also plays fast and furiously. They have an incredible energy that electrifies everyone in the room. Even if you are the mildest-mannered person, watching them perform would turn you into a raving psychopath. Brian Patton strums quickly and the others try to keep up. Drummer Joey Lacaze keeps a perfect beat that the others hang on until he bangs the drums just one more time. And then when they decide it’s time to stop, you’re left in a daze and they casually pack up their stuff. One of my friend’s friends was telling him before the show that he was going to get naked for Outlaw Order…and he did. As he stood in his naked glory, security was roused and Mike IX was amused. He was just told to put his pants back on. I believe he deserved a mention for getting naked for Outlaw Order.
The final band was the infamous Soilent Green. Ben Falgoust ran from one corner of the stage to the other only stopping to head band his gorgeous, incredibly long hair in the middle of the stage. He belted out the tunes in his trademark voice, berating the audience to understand what he was talking about. Brian Patton again played great. This time it had a tinge more grooviness, but it sounded great. The band played some of their crowd pleasers, but they also played a good bit of songs off of their latest album “Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction” that were bluesy to break up the monotony of metal. Soilent Green had so much energy just bursting at the seams; they were really a sight to see.
It was a great night. The music was so loud it shook the stone floor. Everyone went away beaten from the mosh, tired from the energy we gave back to the bands and happy to that we got to see such incredible musicians perform.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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