Starting off this week’s Listening Party, we have local old-time and roots-music band The Queen Anne’s Revenge. Taking their name from Blackbeard’s infamous pirate ship, the group seems to have a clear grasp on their musical inspirations, proudly claiming “roundpeak style old-time music, deep-South old-time, country blues, hokum, maritime music, a dash of Cape Breton and a pinch of archaic early country” as their own. But, the fundamental question is still unanswered: Are they any good? That’s where you come in. We suggest starting with their version of the song “Poor Ellen Smith,” one of the few tunes on their MySpace page with vocals.
Next, we have a local act that couldn’t possibly be more different than the Queen Anne’s Revenge if they tried. Kareem Abdul Guitar is a thunderingly powerful metal act, but not one without occasional (if rare) touches of subtlety. Their self-proclaimed mission? To “destroy the jam band scene.” While most of the band’s recordings are somewhat raw in quality, they don’t seem to suffer much for it. We suggest starting with “McAss Kicker,” which gets right to the point.
Closing out this week’s Listening Party, we have a suggestion from our ongoing Xpress forum discussion. Taking their name from a Stone Temple Pilots song, Silvergun Superman is a four-piece rock group that, not surprisingly, takes quite a bit of inspiration from the ‘90s grunge movement. We suggest starting with the song “Rx,” which will be featured on the group’s upcoming album (currently being recorded at Giraffe Studios).
Now, it’s your turn. Tell us your thoughts on these performers by posting into the comment fields below. This is your chance to be the music reviewer, so praise and pan as you see fit.
Also, if you’d like to suggest a band for Listening Party, or have questions about the column, visit this thread on our Mountainx.com forums.