words and photos by Ilya Blokh
Saturday (5/15) was my first time at the relatively new Party Expo, to see Divider, Beauty Apes, Chambers, Tiger Flowers and The Abominable Iron Sloth. Mixed feelings on the space - I like floor shows and the sound was better than expected, but the crowd was anemic at best. Not that I particularly miss windmills and spin-kicks, but I'll take them over glazed eyes and sullen stares any day.
Divider opened with a jaw-clenching set of hardcore/metal crossover, followed by Beauty Apes' filthy sludgecore, though I wish the bands' Neurosis and Kylesa shirts showed through a bit more in their music.
Chambers - from NJ - were on-fucking-fire! Doomriders are a decent reference point, but Chambers tread much further into drunken, psychobilly-style guitar rock, colored by Dan Pelic's raspy shout-alongs. Though steeped in metal and punk, this is pure beer-swilling, fist-fucking, bar-fight rock'n'roll at the core. Their "Old Love" debut is out June 22nd.
Not sure why, but I dug Tiger Flowers much more here than at their Public Assembly show a few weeks back. Maybe it was the DIY venue and the floor set-up, but the boys put on a fierce, fluid and raw performance, despite the iffy sound.
After briefly blowing out the power, The Abominable Iron Sloth finally took the floor for a short but massive set. Guitars tuned down to the ground, The Sloth feels like one massive rhythm section, slamming a giant sledgehammer into your chest with every sludgy chord. Apparently they only had 20 minutes of material ready due to a new touring drummer (or is he full-time?) - a damn shame. Check out their recent The Id Shall Overcome album and the song "Hats Made Of Veal And That New Car Smell" off their first record - the riff will bury straight into your brain.
More pics from the show and dates are below...
The Abominable Iron Sloth...
CHAMBERS - 2010 TOUR DATES
Jun 5 2010 Boonton Knights of Columbus Boonton, NJ
Jun 25 2010 Dingbatz w/ The Empire Shall Fall, Bled For Glory, Tiger Flowers Clifton, New Jersey
Jun 26 2010 Maxwell's Hoboken, NJ
TIGER FLOWERS - 2010 TOUR DATES
Jun 11 2010 SHAUN LUU HORROR FEST Syracuse, New York , US
Jun 12 2010 ALBANY'S SUMMER BIRTHDAY BASH @ VALENTINE'S Albany, NY
Jun 25 2010 DINGBATZ w/ EMPIRE SHALL FALL (EX-KILL SWITCH ENGAGE), CHAMBERS, BLED FOR GLORY Clifton, New Jersey
Jun 26 2010 THE ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY w/ PAINTED IN EXILE, FROM BLISS TO DEVASTATION, THE JUDAS SYNDROME Garden City, New York , US
THE ABOMINABLE IRON SLOTH - 2010 TOUR DATES
May 18 2010 The Milestone Charlotte, North Caro, US
May 19 2010 529 Atlanta, Georgia , US
May 20 2010 Spring Street Firehouse Birmingham, Alabama , US
May 21 2010 Warehouse Jackson, Mississipp, US
May 22 2010 Exchange Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas , US
May 23 2010 Conservatory Oklahoma City, Oklahoma , US
May 24 2010 Tree House Albuquerque, New Mexico, US
May 25 2010 Skrappys Tucson, Arizona , US
May 26 2010 Rouge Scottsdale, Arizona , US
May 27 2010 Ramona Mainstage Ramona, California, US
May 28 2010 Thee Parkside San Francisco, California, US
May 29 2010 Cafe Coda Chico, California, US
May 30 2010 Satyricon Portland, Oregon, US
May 31 2010 Rendezvous Seattle, Washington, US