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MUSIC: Viking Jesus Brings About Armageddon At The Met

Saturday, December 22, 2012


Music for the end of time: Viking Jesus capped off an end of the world night at The Met. Thankfully, life--and music--goes on. Photo: Bob Karambelas.

If it is true that the world is going to end on Friday then The Met in Pawtucket was the prime destination on Thursday with Viking Jesus celebrating the release of its self-titled album to the masses. Consuelo's Revenge, Nicky P, Jay Berndt & The Orphans and Big Jon Tierney were opening the bill for what was promising to be a spectacular evening. Maybe the Mayans were wrong or maybe they were right, regardless it was going to be an evening filled with awesome music and good vibes.

Consuelo's Revenge

Coming off their dynamic performance this past Friday at Dusk in Providence, Consuelo's Revenge started off the night with their fantastic brand of Rustic folk that exuded sheer brilliance. "Black Ball Row", "When I Die", "Pasadena", "Freedom", "Just The Drugs", "Wake Me Up", "Leave The World Behind" and "Henry Lee" set the stage ablaze with emphatic energy and infectious rhythms. Consuelo's Revenge has a show coming up on January 11th at The Spot On Tour located on the factory district of The Creative Capital. You better see them because they are burning up like a fire from a match and a must see to check out.

Nicky P

Up next was Nicky P, a fantastic singer-songwriter with a soulful voice and a groovy acoustic guitar. "Queen of Tomorrow, "California Sunrise", "Open Spaces", "Hope Street" and a version of Martin Sexton's "Can't Stop Thinking About You" filled the room with some great folk- blues that reminded me of Amos Lee and William Elliott Whitmore. Marvelous music that soothed the soul and was absolute excellent.

Jay Berndt & The Orphans

Jay Berndt & The Orphans brought old school rock & roll jams to go along with Berndt's voice that sounds like a bat out of hell and it was bombastically excellent "Hilo", "Different Things", "Other Ones", "Long As I Have You", "Feel Like You", "California", "How Do You Mend A Broken Heart?" "More Than I", "Mama", "Gasoline" and "The Judgement" shook the floor for an outstanding set.  Jay & The Orphans will be playing with Consuelo's Revenge at The Spot on January 11th as well, so why not catch two of the best acts in Providence?

Big Jon Tierney

Big Jon Tierney went up next with his acoustic guitar and a voice sounding like Otis Redding & James Brown combined.  "Best Get Paid", "Uncle Sam & Me" and "Bobby Kennedy" highlighted a set that only Jon can deliver, having the full power of a band only by playing by himself and a simple acoustic guitar. Its always a treat to see Jon play, you have to catch him next time he plays for a time that will blow your mind.

Viking Jesus

Up last basking in the joy of putting out their kickass self-titled record, Viking Jesus with by singer, songwriter and guitarist Kris Hansen and featuring lead guitarist George Dussault, drummer Nick Iddon, keyboardist Uriah Donnelly and bassist John Amatrano brought their unique style of mind-blowing psych-pop-folk and it was a thing of beauty. A magnificent performance including "Ebola", "Traffic Song", "Reinventing The Square", "Porphyria", "My Disclaimer", "Hit And Run", "I Need Someone", "Big Brother Blues" and "3.5" was an otherworldly experience with George's shredding riffs and Kris' poetic words on the mic. You can get Viking Jesus' self-titled album pretty much anywhere on the internet and wherever Kris and his band plays, I guarantee that it'll rock your socks off.

Another night of infectious tunes with a wonderful atmosphere at one of the best music venues in New England, log on to www.themetri.com for the next show that will make your jaw drop.


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