This week’s opening act is Asheville-based metal act Ironhead. On the surface, the band presents themselves as being a gritty rock outfit much like local “sleazerockers” Crank County Daredevils (with whom they share guitarist Scotty P.), but Ironhead’s sound is decidedly less aggressive. Their new album, Road Whore is due out early next year. We suggest starting with the track “Crying Shame.”
Slowing things down a bit, we have local alt-rockers All Good Things. They describe their sound as a “healthy mix of the heavy, the clank-y, the elegant, the poppy, the noisy, and whatever else catches our collective ear for a day.” It’s a fitting enough description, although the band’s sound seems to be stuck in looking in indie rock’s rearview mirror for inspiration. Although there are worthy tracks on the band’s homepage, we suggest starting on their MySpace page to hear the bittersweet song “8mm.” Also, in the event you’d rather watch them perform (kind of) live, check out their featured performance on URTV’s Mount Dungeon
Finishing out this week’s selection we have Albatross Party. Unusual arrangements make it nearly impossible to neatly categorize the band’s sound, but vocalist Tiziana Severse’s talents seem to be the constant focal point in each song. We suggest starting with the tango-inspired track “Laid Me Down.” The group also recently taped a performance for Mount Dungeon, although it doesn’t appear to be available online yet.
Now, it’s your turn. Tell us your thoughts on these groups by posting into the comment fields below. This is your chance to be the music reviewer, so praise and pan as you see fit.
— Steve Shanafelt, A&E editor