I will not be reviewing any of the shows that I post on this website because I've never been good at analyzing beyond a simple "I like it" or "it's not my thing". All I ever really ask of music is that it brings something to the table. I'll leave the critiquing and dissection to others that are better at it than I.

Thanks always to the bands/artists for the great music and for allowing me to do this.

Wildcatting – 2008-08-08

August 27th, 2008

The Pike Room, Pontiac, MI

Wildcatting has been known as a powerhouse live act ever since they started performing four years ago. Their sets tend to charge at you full throttle with little time for a breather, propelled along by the rhythm section of bassist Nick Jones and drummer Brandon Moss (ex-Bear vs. Shark). The angular guitars of Ben Audette and Scotty Iulianelli weave back and forth through the beat from syncopation to ambient texturalization, often taking songs through long, noisy build-ups that crash back to the original beat (sometimes multiple times in the course of the same song).

This show they were opening for the last performance of Detroit’s Ancourage at the Pike Room, probably the best sounding small-venue in the area. Most of the songs they played this night did not appear on last year’s How to Survive a Sneak Attack, so here’s a bit of a sneak preview of their upcoming second album. The set finished with a blistering 9-minute long version of the fan-favourite ‘Lipping’. Not only did they put on a great set, but after they finished they went and talked to Ann Arbor’s Aleph-1 in the Crofoot Ballroom and scheduled another set later that night. Unfortunately, I couldn’t hang around for that one but I’m sure they killed once again.

In a not-to-be-missed performance, Wildcatting will be performing at the wonderful Park Bar on November 1st as part of a 40th Anniversary celebration of MC5’s seminal album Kick Out the Jams. Now get this – John Sinclair will be singing and reading poetry with the Detroit supergroup Pinkeye, Wildcatting is performing the entire Kick Out the Jams album and DUENDE! are releasing a CD. It promises to be one of those nights that people keep talking about for months after, so don’t miss out!

Wildcatting – MySpace Page
Next show: September 05, 2008 – The Elbow Room, Ypsilanti, MI – 9:00 PM
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Listen to “Muskratting” from this show.

2 Responses to “Wildcatting – 2008-08-08”

  1. John

    this site is fantastic! found it through Wildcatting’s blog. Thank you.

  2. The Millionaire

    I present to you… currently the best local band in Detroit!
    These guys ROCK so hard they make Mt. Everest look like a grain of sand.

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