Sundown Showdown IV: TOAD, Sleep Money, Destruction Unit, Radio Moscow, and Graveyard at Yucca Tap Room, 1/27/12
Sundown Showdown IV (Night Two): TOAD, Sleep Money, Destruction Unit, Radio Moscow, Graveyard
Jason P. Woodbury Graveyard
Yucca Tap Room
Friday, January 27
Let's contrast, for a minute: During opening band TOAD's (it's an acronym: Take Over and Destroy) second song, "Midnight Hunger," a few straggling Yucca regulars, a little more keen on country and western than distorted guitars and tasteful blastbeats, headed for the door. But then there was "The Mad Alchemist," a feller old enough to be your grandpa, standing off stage, projecting oil bath visuals behind TOAD, Sleep Money, Destruction Unit, Radio Moscow, and Graveyard (he's on tour with the latter two).
Some folks just stick around.
Not that it was entirely easy to do so at the Yucca last night. Night two of the Sundown Showdown festival (the previous night featured Mr. Wax, Avon Ladies, and more at Palo Verde Lounge, and tonight features Otro Mundo, Mangled Men, Tokyo Electron, and more at Yucca) was packed. Like unintentional feel-ups, beer spills, elbows-to-faces, they-stopped-letting-folks-in packed.
Given the breadth of stylistic ground covered -- TOAD plays fast, black metal-inspired riff rock, Sleep Money does drum machine and bongo-fueled art-pop, Destruction Unit does psychedelic desert punk -- there was some bitching from the fans showing up to see the headliners, Iowa's Radio Moscow and Sweden's Graveyard.
Jason P. Woodbury TOAD
If you were looking for a stylistic thread, well, everyone was loud. Other than that, the crowd reflected the disparate nature of the bands. There were greasers, crust punks, metalheads, and record collector nerds.
"We're going to be quick," mumbled Ryan Wong of Destruction Unit as the band took the stage. And they were, at least in comparison to the last few shows I saw from the band, which found them lumbering over riffs at a sandworm pace. Playing fast is certainly nothing new to Wong and company, but the brisker tempos made for an energetic crowd.