Sunday, November 4, 2012
Posted by Pennny Pepperstein | at 6:03 PM
So, I went to a local venue tonight to support a friend's band, Vizagoth. This same friend asked to write a blog for his band earlier in the week. At first I hesitated, I wasn't sure if I had my writing mojo ability anymore. I had turned down so many opportunities that when I logged in tonight I worried that my blogspot had been deleted from lack of activity.
On the drive out to The Shamrock, a local venue that supports original local musicians, I made up my mind that I would make my decision to write the article when I heard the band perform.
When Vizagoth took the stage (and I do mean took it, stole it and owned it) I immediately felt my mind race as I saw this band avalanche onto their audience a unique blend of Punk, Metal, Goth and good ole fashioned Rock and Roll.
I watched in awe as the first song was executed, I hadn't seen anything quite like it. Bob Hudson, a burly man with a mohawk and lungs that James Hetfield might envy, scolded me with Full Moon Baby.
The incredibly talented guitarist Adam Murcek created a feeling of chaos and clarity simultaniously. Bass player Paul Vecca drove home a deep, dark mood to each song, specializing in the "Black Feathers" song. I closed my eyes and felt that song in my soul.
Not every band is lucky enough to have a keyboardist, however Vizagoth's Dave Vosburgh made this band more than lucky, he armed them with a sound that is now signatured.
And last but never least, Shelly Graham, the drummer who brought all the instruments, voice and sound together and delivered it up to us on a silver platter. Every head in the house was nodding in perfect rythmn to the beat.
As the performance wrapped up I managed to throw myself into the path of each one of the band members as they carried equipment off the stage. I began my question with Adam, and realized I had not asked the question in so damn long that I nearly forgotten it. When I found my voice again, I asked him whom he would bring back from the dead and jam with if he could. He thought for only a moment when he answered "Dimebag Darrell." Thinking to myself "new answer and a fantastic one at that." I turned my attention to Bob who had heard my question and shouted out "The Rev." I shouted back "AWESOME!"
Paul first mentioned Jim Morrison when I approached him with my question but then thought a little more and decided that Elvis would be his final answer. I had never heard this answer before either and almost decided to take my interview to another level by asking him why. And may in the future go a little further with my inquistions.
Still intruigued by the Elvis answer I turned to Dave the keyboardist and inquired "what famous musician would you bring back from the dead and jam for 10 minutes?" After a long thoughtful pause he told me of somone I had never heard of before "Skinny Puppy's Kevin Ogilvie". I replied to Dave that I would "Google" this artist as soon as I got home. I am now humbly pleased to say they are an electronic music group from Canada, with some of the wildest music and lyrics. Thanks Dave for the education, LOVE when I learn about someone new!
Impressed with myself and gaining my confidence back I walked outside and found the drummer Shelly, who is also the friend who approached me for this review, we smiled at each other and answered in unison "John Bonham." I knew this because Shelly and I had many late night discussions on this topic.
Do you think that these Famous Musicians knew the impression they had left on the world? With every interview I have done, some published, some not published. I always hoped to breathe life into a musician from beyond the grave as they hear their name shouted with loyalty, appreciation and respect.
This is Penny Pepperstein signing off and telling to get you some Vizagoth!
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Full Moon Baby
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