haarp Crushes The Locals Of New Orleans
Not the first venue on the metal circuit, the Allways Lounge was clean and quiet. A pair of boots covered in disco ball mirrors hung from the ceiling lighted by a single stagelight. A decrepit paino sat next to the low, round stage. The bands of the night were all different from each other; each had a style miles away from the next. Punk, jam, and sludge; what a tasty mix. Of course, every band was incredible in their own way. And although it didn’t take place in the smelly, dank places we’re used to, it was kind of nice to breathe semi-fresh air.
Crotchbreaker was very full of energy. Their style is metal with a grindy/punk feel. Intense, political, and faster than a politician around ladies of ill-repute. All four musicians kept their places through the set, never venturing from their spot. Brian yelled out his extreme lyrics as guitarist Mikey and bassist Mark focused on nothing but their respective weapons. Crotchbreaker’s songs, in true grind/punk/thrash fashion were mostly very short, so they played many songs for our enjoyment. Their agenda-aimed setlist included “Oil Rig,” “Manuel Labor,” “Torture Tree,” “Priapissed,” “Protect / Serve,” “Brown Brown,” “Bag of Marbles,” “Methods of Entrapment,” “Shitstorm,” “The Dusk Rapist,” namesake song “Crotchbreaker,” “Fuck Homeless People,” “Rippin’ Thru,” and “Three Fingers of Death.”
Mountain of Wizard, referred to as Mountain of Lizard that night because of a flaw on the sidewalk sign, was also full of energy, but in another way. They are more of a jam band who have so much fun playing. The threesome specializes in a kind of classic metal sound. Mountain of Wizard’s songs have very few vocals, but the music is amazing and does not need them. Instrument store owner Paul Webb, the man gracious enough to host an all-day punk and metal festival featuring Eyehategod out of his store in the sweltering summer heat, is the master of riffage on the guitar. The guy with the coolest name ever Bennett Bartley is on the bass. Mountain of Wizard was obligated to play their song ”Black and Gold Superbowl” for the megafans of our team. The show was actually delayed an hour or so due to the Saints’ preseason game. And, I must mention, we’re going for Two Dat!
haarp, of course, is slow, low, and highly interactive, and lucky for us, they are playing more regularly now in anticipation of their full-length coming out this year. Vocalist Shaun can’t help but to stumble around the audience, bumping into people, falling to his knees in the middle of the floor, putting his face up to yours like a drill sergeant and screaming as loudly as possible. SWEAT ALERT! If you’re lucky enough to catch Shaun’s attention, beware the moisture he will pass on to you. Always a good time. Most people don’t know how to react to this and simply not move, wondering when the hell he is going to move. Others headbang with him or give him slaps on the back. The whole band feeds off their music’s vibe, moving together. Guitarist Grant and bassist Ryan close their eyes to just listen to what they’re playing and make it as heavy as possible. Keith pounds his drums in a trance as he leads the beats. haarp played “A New Reign,” “All, Alone,” “Peerless,” “Minutia,” “Here In The Dark,” and a new song that has yet to be titled.
A nice, tidy venue for some filthy music. Those mirror-ball boots were certainly shaking and the neighbors cringed with each rattle of the bass. And I'd like to thank Molly for the delicious tamales she sold out of her cart. Too bad the Twix Tamale was sold out.
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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