The Swank Bastards, Leather Lungs, the Psyatics at the Double Down April 22, 2016
The Swank Bastards are the surf band that will seemingly play anywhere at any time, but are always entertaining and fun - sometimes despite, rather than because of, their corny, dirty jokes. For this set they opened with several of their own swingin' numbers, showing off their instrumental dexterity and guitar-man Jesse's showmanship - not to mention the lovely Ivana Blaize's dancing - before bringing on Daddy O Grande from the Straightjackets. Together they played a number of covers, several Bastards tunes and even a few from the Straightjackets. While there were some cool moments, Daddy seemed a bit uncomfortable or unfamiliar with much of the material. Still, it was a fun time and the crowd - and there was a large number of people there early on - dug it all. The Bastards went on to do a few more songs after O Grande left and gave the people a heapin' helpin' of quality instro coolness.
I don't believe that I had ever seen Leather Lungs before but was kinda fascinated with their brand of low-fi (the guitarist broke a string on the first number and never bothered to replace it), punky, garage-grunge. I was reminded of a trashier, less lead-centric Blue Cheer, while their look reminded me of 80's/90's LA garage-punk bands like the Supercools. The rhythms were fast-paced and frantic and got some of the crowd to form a faux slam pit that even DD's Cactus joined in on!
Of course, I'm a big fan of the Psyatics and they never fail to put on a fine show filled with interesting musical lines, cool lyrics and varied rhythms within the context of their own brand of garage punk. A good portion of the set was from their two albums, though they did pull out a new original rocker - "I Like To Die", I believe - before closing with their unique take on the Velvets "I Can't Stand It Any More". Ivana gave some visual interest to their set, as well, and a good time was had by all.
Unfortunately, it being the Friday of long week, I wimped out on seeing my pals, Water Landing with our friend Nikki sitting in of mandolin, but heard that they went over well, also. Another great night at the DD!