Thursday, March 29, 2012

1 SHOW PREVIEW: Helms Alee, Thrones, Sandrider at the Comet


There are some shows you go see that you’ll feel for the next 48 hours after. This Saturday at the Comet Tavern, Helms Alee kicks off a small West Coast tour right. Headlining the evening, Helms Alee doles out the heavy-yet-sugary riffs you should already know and love. After a very well-received LP last year entitled “Weatherhead”out via Hydrahead, and an equally awesome and funny video for the track “8/16” released in February, this show is enough to pack the Comet out by its own. For support, you’ve got Thrones, Sandrider, and Land of Pines. If you aren’t familiar with Thrones, Bassist/vocalist Joe Preston (Ex Melvins, High on Fire, Earth, etc) brings his one man, ever evolving project back to town. Always a hard band to pin-point genre wise, I can only explain it as sometimes sounding like Ween doing Black Sabbath covers, and high on Scotchguard. Any way you want to describe it, it’s a site to behold. Seattle’s own Sandrider never ceases to amaze me. One of my personal favorites in town, and after putting out (in my opinion) one of the best records of last year, the band will no doubt destroy your eardrums in the best way possible. Show up to this show early, you don’t want to get turned away for this bill. Land of Pines opens the show around 9:30pm.


By James Ballinger, founder of The Seattle Passive Aggressive music magazine

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