photos by BBG, Cough photos by Samantha Marble
Slow Southern Steel blew into town on a typhoon-like Saturday night (8/13), bringing with it late night performances from Cough (with special guest/film director CT on vocals!), Apostle of Solitude, and Earthling. Though an unfortunate accident prevented the Jaegermeister from appearing as advertised, the show was an excellent night that both celebrated southern music and celebrated WITH it.
The main attraction was Slow Southern Steel, the oft-delayed documentary on the southern-fried metal phenomenon that has given birth to bands like Eyehategod, Buzzov*en, Rwake, Dark Castle, Kylesa, Zoroaster and more. Ninety minutes in length, the NYC showing was the first time that the film had been screened outside of director CT's (of Rwake) native Little Rock, Arkansas. While SSS does feature all of the usual suspects and pieces on the influence of bands like Eyehategod, the film focuses more on the people, culture, and the human side of southern rock. The influence of church, growing up with livestock, Katrina, and the hotly debated rebel flag were given as much attention as Buzzov*en. As a result, Slow Southern Steel is a broad but intriguing look into that music scene. With deliberate-pacing and an excellent sense of humor, this is a film for music fans of any genre or anyone interested in understanding the different cultures that exist within our own borders. Here's to hoping this documentary receives a proper release sometime soon.
Following the film, we were blessed by performances by Earthling (a Richmond thrash-meets-black metal crew), Apostle of Solitude (Indianapolis doom) and headliner Cough, who hadn't played NYC since The Charleston late last year. Earthling was a pleasantly-solid band and considering that they only have a demo to their name, they'll move quickly. Apostle of Solitude features Bob Fouts (ex-The Gates of Slumber) on low-end, and the band's traditional doom jams were much-better represented live than on their recent release. See them live if you can. Cough, as usual, delivered a killer performance of slow-crawling doom destruction and closed their set with a cover of "Tired of Being Alive" by Danzig with CT on vocals. It was an excellent end to an equally excellent night.
More pictures from Knitting Factory on Saturday night are below.
Earthling by BBG
Apostle of Solitude by BBG
Cough by BBG
Cough by Samantha Marble