Posted in metal | music | pictures on July 23, 2012

words by Doug Moore, photos by Caroline Harrison

Mike Scheidt, 7/21/2012
Mike Scheidt


Saturday night (7/21) saw an unusual double header at Saint Vitus. The intimate first offering consisted of metal dudes playing decidedly un-metal acoustic music: Mike Scheidt (YOB), Nate Hall (US Christmas), and Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia). Prurient's post-midnight set offered latecomers a noise-addled second helping. (More on that later.)

Kevin Hufnagel is best known for shredding guitar performances in NYC prog-metallers Dysrhythmia and the death metal legends Gorguts. As a solo performer, Hufnagel cuts the volume dramatically; his recent run of live shows have focused on his baritone ukulele compositions. Though the medium has changed, Hufnagel's voice remained audible. His labyrinthine pieces demonstrated both scary chops and a gift for ghostly melody.

With a broad-brimmed hat casting his face in shadow, Nate Hall cut a Neil Young-esque figure onstage. His plaintive voice tended to wobble off pitch at times, but it's endearing--the kind of mistake that signifies sincerity. Hall fell in line with seemingly every metal musician who dabbles in acoustic balladry (Scott Kelly, Wino, Dax Riggs, Steve Brodsky, etc.) by paying tribute to Townes Van Zandt --his covers included "Kathleen" and "The Rake."

Mike Scheidt is one of the most talented musicians in metal today. His set made it clear that his voice is just as potent as his guitar work. (His considerable fretboard skill did make an appearance via a Doc Watson-influenced flatpicking exhibition.) Scheidt's vocal tone is simply superb; it reverberates with a fluid vibrato that many dedicated singers would envy. His voice illuminated a short but enthralling set that featured a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers" alongside a string of originals.

Kevin Hufnagel will return to Saint Vitus on August 22nd for a date with Wino of the bar's namesake band and others (tickets).

Pictures from the early show at Saint Vitus are below.

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Comments (34)

The St. Vitus regulars must have loved this. There must have been a lot of bottoms in the crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 6:00 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/mikescheidt/saintvitus/12.jpg

Is this the hedge fund manager?

lulz


still waiting.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 6:10 PM

6:10, shouldn't you be heading out to the Wilco show, or are your khakis still being ironed by mummy?

Posted by One day your sausage will come. | July 23, 2012 6:18 PM

Wilco? pffttt...you're not very bright. But I bet you like troubadour sausages cooing sweet nothings in your ear.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 6:21 PM

6:21 is Mr. Anti-Sausage and a Wilco fan!

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 6:38 PM

Thanks for sharing :)

Posted by Peggy | July 23, 2012 6:41 PM

^6:38, I'm 6:21 and I've never even heard a Wilco song. Take your meds.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 6:54 PM

6:54 has never left his mother's apron either!

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 8:58 PM

That backdrop is awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 9:29 PM

still waiting.

Posted by maroc | July 23, 2012 9:41 PM

Mike Scheidt is one of the most talented, under-rated musicians out there. He has an encyclopediac musical brain, is not afraid to break boundaries, and is an amazing guitarist/vocalist. An added plus is he is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. The dude is good people.

Posted by Matt | July 23, 2012 10:22 PM

^ Dumb as fuck right there. Music is dead.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 3:59 AM

Yeah 10:22, I'm sure he is a Truman Scholar as well.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 6:47 AM

Didn't I see that Mike Scheidt guy in a movie about rafting in Georgia right before they dammed some river?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 7:13 AM

Listens to Tune Yards every day to cop licks and ideas

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/kevinhufnagel/saintvitus/6.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 7:33 AM

Kevin Hufnagel >>>>>>>>>>>> any of you

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 9:02 AM

6:00: I guess you would know. Seeing as though how much you were salivating at them when you went to see Hot Chip.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 9:27 AM

^that doesn't even make sense since Hot Chip played T5. must be all that man meat you have filled your life with hee hee scrambles your brains.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 9:39 AM

Meaning you were at another venue there, genius. Or doth the HIV scrambled your brains from all that sausage with "tzatziki" sauce, there? But I guess T5 or any other venue is a welcome break from your usual festive workout at the Glasslands Gay Bath House, eh?

:)

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 10:13 AM

This shit is Fucking WEAK!!!!

WhiteZombiesSoldsouts...

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 11:21 AM

still waiting

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 11:32 AM

Who???
Who gives a MIKE SCHEIDT!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 4:02 PM

still waiting

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 4:06 PM

10:13 = weak sauce. such as we've come to expect from you. sad old gay fake sausage queen. so sad. can't even give it away, no boys will touch that sad old shit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 4:21 PM

Have a great day!

Posted by Matt | July 24, 2012 9:48 PM

your game and give play and have fun with our late game grades

Posted by linkkei | July 26, 2012 6:30 PM

6:00: I guess you would know. Seeing as though how much you were salivating at them when you went to see Hot Chip.

Posted by mobawab | July 27, 2012 5:12 AM

I love it when hipsters expose their racism. Lucky for yous your behind a computer screen anonymous. Enjoy your privlieges!

Posted by Clever | September 27, 2012 5:53 AM

Very interesting article, I look forward to more research coming out regarding the remaining two thirds

Posted by Youtube | September 28, 2012 4:46 PM

Me to! I post to let people know how cool is this page. I don't know is about the money but is cool! I just wait until the next time!

Posted by Arab Ladies | September 28, 2012 10:32 PM

Yea, But I guess T5 or any other venue is a welcome break from your usual festive workout at the Glasslands Gay Bath House, thanks!

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This is my favorite type of music.

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