ROCK REPORT: JOE BUCK at DAVE'S AQUA LOUNGE (ST. PETERSBURG)

Joe Buck brought his one man band into Dave’s last week for a night of evil songs sung by an evil motherfucker from Tennessee. In return, the Bay Area hellbilly and Hank III fans made a respectable showing.

Opening the show was a local band I really wanted to catch after listening to their myspace offerings, Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander. These guys approach a live show the way I would if I were in a band…take your recorded material, increase the intensity two-fold, and rock the fuck out. Guitars were louder, lyrics previously sung were yelled, and the rock stance was a little wider. The crowd seemed to genuinely like these kids and I hope they make an effort to play on the St. Pete side of the water a little more often.

Up next was Joe.

Now, I’m gonna be honest. I’m not really a fan of Joe’s recorded material. I just can’t get past the muddy production and the songs really aren’t that interesting to me. That said, what fails to captivate on cd flourishes in a live setting. Turns out, Joe writes the kind of music you need to be in the same room with. Joe, hunched over a guitar, red uplight casting eerie shadows, his hyperactive left leg smashing out a back-beat on an old bass drum while he recites lyrics of murder and satan through gritted teeth. I started wishing I had listened to his cds more so I could join the crowd in singing along.

Halfway through Joe’s set he was joined on stage by one Mr. Shean Doe from Throwrag for about 4 songs. I really enjoyed their set together, but as a testament to what Joe was doing, I really just wanted Shean to finish up so Joe could get back to his business. By the end of the night Joe had made a believer out of me. If he comes to your town you should give him a shot, regardless of what you think of his cds. He might make a believer out of you too. And don’t be fooled by the mohawk, evil faces, and evil lyrics, the man himself is as nice as they come.

Joe Buck – Took Up With The Devil
Joe Buck – Dig A Hole
Joe Buck – Devil Is On His Way

I gotta say, I got the best pictures I’ve ever gotten at a concert on this night. You can check them out here.

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