MUSIC: Shotgun Blows Away The Salon
Friday, December 07, 2012
The Salon across the street from City Hall in Providence, rock & roll dominated the landscape with a trio of local bands blasting eardrums into smithereens. Gill Moss, Northern Lands and Shotgun were on the bill, guaranteeing an experience that you couldn't resist diving into. Loud guitars, ground-shaking drums and good vibes made The Salon the hotspot for kicking off the end of the week into high gear.
First up were Gill Moss and their groovy, soulful sounds starting things off. I usually know every band in Providence, but it was my first time ever hearing of these guys and they left a really good impression on me with their feverish rhythms and cool bass lines. It was almost like if Billie Holiday & Cab Calloway started dabbling in folk-rock instead of big band jazz, definitely something you don't see everyday. "Blow Up The Moon", "Go Fly A Kite", "New Girl", "Just Off Broome" and "Breakdown Lane" had people shaking their hips and enjoying themselves. A fairly new band, expect to see Gill Moss playing around Providence for a while and showcasing their infectious sound that'll put you into a frenzy.
Northern Lands and their emphatic brand of rock & roll lit up the room like a powder keg in the middle of a burning building. Josh Wallace's drumming was so fast that watching him work his magic made you dizzy, Peter Hayden's spine-tingling solos sent chills all over your system, Aaron Jaehnig's incredible skills on bass was the glue that held everything together and Josh Cournoyer's beer-soaked voice to go along with his dynamic playing of his stratocaster highlighted a fantastic performance that was simply spectacular. "All The Pain", a rendition of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire", "Lucky", "Sydney", "Burnside", "He Took A Dive", "The Gallows" and "With Regards To Gregg Allman" brought pandemonium to the floor, everyone was dancing like there was no tomorrow. Northern Lands are currently working on their debut record, I'm absolutely excited for it's release and you should be as well.
Shotgun was locked, loaded and ready to rock with their bluesy tunes that had the crowd roaring in applause right from the start. Reminding me of a lot of classic rock bands like ZZ Top, Deep Purple and Humble Pie but with a modern tinge, Shotgun had me hooked like a fish on a line. "Let Her Down", "Ballerina", "I Won't Go", a cover of The Beatles' "Come Together", "You Can't Lose" and "Devil Scent Woman" was loud and raucous, I definitely want to see Shotgun next time these guys play. Another great night of local music in The Creative Capital, for all the details on what's going on at The Salon you can stop by and check out the calendar on the door or you can log on to www.thesalonpvd.com for everything you need to know.
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