Posted in metal | music | pictures on October 11, 2011

photos by Greg Cristman, additional Rwake photos & words by BBG

Rwake / Hull (by Greg Cristman)
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"Hey man, I'm Gravy," he said as he shook my hand.

The man was guitarist Kris Graves of Rwake. I wondered whether that nickname came from his abilities as a guitarist and where he is from (the comfort-food lovin' South - specifically Little Rock, Arkansas), or if it was simply a play on his last name. I'd like to think the former, judging by the soulful and unique sludge-doom of Rwake at Mercury Lounge last night (10/10).

Rwake were in town to help celebrate the release of Hull's Beyond The Lightless Sky, out today via The End Records. Though performing as a five-piece due to the absence of keyboardist/vocalist Brittany Fugate (aka "B"), Rwake performed favorites like "Crooked Rivers" next to material from the new record Rest, out now via Relapse. The show, which ended past midnight, was the only current East Coast date for Rwake until a scheduled appearance at MDF.

Hull's focus was Beyond The Lightless Sky, performing the LP in its entirety with assists credited to Sarah of Bezoar, Joe Merolla (Death First), and Fade Kainer (Batillus). Their hour-long set featured tribal drums, synth/noise textures, and (quite clearly) a wall of loud rumbling 4x12s.

Primitive Weapons were the first band of the night after a DJ set from yours truly, bringing their sludge-influenced post-hardcore to a 2/3 packed room that filled significantly by the end of their last overdriven note. Pictures of them, Hull, and Rwake await below...

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Primitive Weapons by Greg Cristman

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Hull by Greg Cristman

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Rwake by Greg Cristman

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Rwake by BBG

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Comments (13)

dude bro

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 2:34 PM

do the metal bands only play venues were there is no stage light? cause every photo clearly used flash. flash, regardless if one has the slow shutter trails, SUCKS!

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 2:45 PM

^ someday when this guy is a world-famous photographer, he'll look back to this thread as the beginnings of his revolution. Then we'll alllll pay.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 2:58 PM

the sausage bro with the x-men tattoos...he's been here before

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 3:01 PM

2:45 - learn that at summer camp?

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 3:07 PM

There were some really attractive women at this show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 3:42 PM

mmmmmmmmmmmm....gravy

Posted by homer simpson | October 11, 2011 4:21 PM

Rosemaries pizza is bomb.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 4:21 PM

these people have not showered in a long time

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 5:04 PM

Only darkness is real.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 5:36 PM

@ 2:45, and 2:58.

plenty of stage light at merc. light trails are for people who set their camera on automatic. and that dude has had like 25 years to be a famous photographer. I'm glad to see monster lighting is making a comeback.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 1:29 PM

for the record, I'm 2:58 and I was making fun of 2:45. I should have used the timestamp instead of the ^.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 1:33 PM

@1:29: "light trails are for people who set their camera on automatic"

That is not a true statement. I'd be happy to prove it/show you how to work your camera if you'd like.

Posted by YB | October 14, 2011 11:57 AM

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