words & photos by BBG, more photos by Greg Cristman
Indian headlined two shows in NYC over the weekend. The second took place during and near the epicenter of the Pride celebration (at Generation Records on 6/26). The first was a proper nighttime gig featuring the NYC debut of seven-piece Chicagoans Bloodiest (featuring Bruce Lamont on vox), and the return of Hallux. Saturday's Union Pool show started a bit late due to the free K-Holes gig outside, but ran past curfew with all bands getting their full (booming) sets.
Hallux, who shares a drummer with D. Charles Speer, opened the Brooklyn show at 9:45, playing a ripping set of sludgy pummel. It had been a while since I last saw Hallux's awesome early-Melvins riffs... definitely way too long.
The seven-piece (all fitting on Union Pool's stage!) Bloodiest followed, and the Relapse-signed band played a post-rock influenced set with touches of later Earth and Morricone, punctuated by Neurosis style riffing on three guitars. Passages from the 40 minute set were dressed up with keyboards and the unique vocal stylings of Bruce Lamont, taking it from more standard post-metal fare to something more interesting. Following their set, Bloodiest quickly loaded out of the venue to return to Chicago for a double-header of shows with Califone the next day.
The Relapse-signed Indian headlined the night, playing uber-evil sludgy doom with members of favorites like Wolves in The Throne Room and Lord Mantis. The band's booming full stacks bellowed tracks from their latest monster Guiltless, which has recieved some significant rotation over here at casa del BBG.
More pictures and some video from Union Pool, below...
Hallux by BBG
Bloodiest by BBG
Bloodiest by Greg Cristman
Bloodiest | NYC @ Union Pool | 25 Jun 2011
Indian by BBG
Indian by Greg Cristman
Indian | NYC @ Union Pool | 25 Jun 2011