This show was sandwiched right in my first "Oh my god what the hell am I doing" weekends of press; right between Utech Records Music Fest on the 11th and the Mamiffer/House of Low Culture/RM74/Locrian show in Chicago on the 13th. It was this massive weekend, during my 10th month (TEN MONTHS? HOLY CRAP!) running The Inarguable where I really decided this whole press thing was something I could see myself doing for a long time. Running on beer, low sleep, and pretty awesome food from this place called The Tavern on the corner of Milwaukee and North Avenue (seriously, check this place out), I wasn't actually sure if I would make it through this gig. But there was one thing keeping me awake.
I needed to hang out with Wolvserpent.
Wolvserpent and I have a happy history. Those of you who have been with the blog since at least last October will remember my interview with Wolvserpent and their album Blood Seed's subsequent placement on my Top 10 of 2010. I couldn't miss these two. No way. So I found some extra adrenaline in my system and went for it.
The show was held at a small bar called Pancho's just off of the California and Milwaukee intersection. Having never actually been there, I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I must say it was nice. A bit on the small side, but the owner, Pancho, had a great sense of humor and he kept the place pretty dang clean, which is much more than I could ever ask of a small Chicago bar. Also, anyone willing to host a Wolvserpent show is cool in my book, right? Right.
Wolvserpent's touring mate, the low-key (a) Story of Rats, with whom they had recorded in the past, was a project with which I wasn't too familiar outside of some Facebook posts here or there. Having never heard anything, I was, to say the least, intrigued as to what might happen. After spending the entire previous day with noise and drone folks, my mind was already extraordinarily expanded and willing to take anything else in.
View the full post for video and live reviews for both bands.