I first heard about Diamondsnake literally the day before this gig and had my interest piqued due to the inclusion in the lineup of Tomato, the drummer/lead singer from Sound of Urchin, and Moby, well-known for his electronic music. Rounding out the band is Phil Costello, of Satanicide and Valley Lodge fame, and Dave Hill, also from Valley Lodge. Even after perusing their website, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect: despite what you’ll hear alluded to during the concert, this was their debut and the first time they had performed in front of a live audience as a group. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, they will invariably draw comparisons to Spinal Tap and Tenacious D. The difference being that the members of Diamondsnake can play really well. And by play really well, I mean play their asses off. Phil, on lead vocals, was at times channeling Bon Scott and Bruce Dickinson and hitting notes that could shatter glass; he also strapped on a guitar or bass for a few songs. Tomato spent the show trying to beat his drum kit into a smoldering pile of debris and nearly succeeded. Dave, alternating between bass and guitar, played the stealth role, amazing the fans with his bass lines and 6-string chops when you least expected it. And Moby… shredding on the lead guitar: who knew? Topping it off are very well constructed songs; they just sound great. Wearing their influences on their collective sleeve, I heard bits of ’70’s hard rock and metal (AC/DC, Blue Oyster Cult, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin), ’80’s hair metal/glam (Motley Crue, Poison, Cinderella) and hints of the Bad Brains/Melvins punk-metal crunch. Add their salacious and sexy dancing girls, the Snake Charmers, into the mix and you had a good, old fashioned rock spectacle. Not being familiar with their material didn’t matter as the crowd had no problem getting into it. If you want biting social commentary and topics ripped from the headlines in your music, well, you’re mostly out of luck here. But if you want to rock out and have fun, then you’re in the right place. I strongly recommend you check out “D-Snake” if you’re in the mood for a great, loud time.
Our location in the venue was at a corner of the balcony which gave us a commanding view of the house and a direct line of sight to the P.A. Other than the enthusiastic hollering of some attendees – which testifies to the vibe of the show – the quality and clarity of this recording is very good. A big thank you to the staff at Highline Ballroom and especially to Diamondsnake for giving us the greenlight to record this awesome concert. Hope you like what you hear as much as we did. Enjoy!
Stream “Rock and Raw”:
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Thursday, June 17, 2010
New York, NY, USA
Source: AUD > DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > USB > PC > Adobe Audition (adjust levels, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > Trader’s Little Helper (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC conversion) > FLAC ( level 8 )
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
[Total time 1:12:20]
02. We Wanna Love You
03. Switch Hitter
04. Rock and Raw
05. Lady of the Mornin’
06. Woman, Yeah
08. What the World Needs Now is Rock
09. Wrong Woman to Love
10. [banter / band photo]
13. [encore break]
14. D-Snake Riot
16. Storm the Fucking Kastle
17. I Want Roll
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