Q: What do you do when you book one of the most renowned venues in rock ‘n’ roll history?
A: Get that mess on tape.
That’s exactly what Audiobender’s Jared Richard and company did when they booked one of the most notable spots in Hollywood: Whisky A Go-Go.
The Whisky is a sacred place for the up-and-coming musicians; from Hendrix to The Doors to The Byrds. The list goes on.
Armed with a set list filled with numbers off their first release, “Reverb”, and a couple off their forthcoming effort, “Dry” (slated for release this fall) the act recorded the live show off a master take in late February.
Audiobender treated their performance with the same gravity, tearing off an 8-song set, including previously released “Alright With Me,” “On and On,” “MFH,” “Sweet,” and “One In Hand.” Then the band segued in new material. “Venus” is an uptempo, post-punk, blues-tinged song with a driving bass line to match the song’s energy, while “Stop Talking” touts a heavy funk, mired in minor chords and rhythmically heavy disposition, ala Black Sabbath. The set closes with another older track, “Let It Bleed.”
Booking The Whisky is a rite of passage, and it’s a rite that came with appropriate gravity – a gravity that wasn’t lost on singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jared Richard. He explains further:
“Wow… the Whisky A Go Go. I first heard of the Whisky when I was a kid, listening to Gun N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction on cassette with my guitarist at the time — he said they used to put on epic, raucous shows at The Whisky in the mid 80s. Later I heard The Doors were discovered there when they were the house band, and then about the endless parade of legends who laid waste to the dressing rooms with parties fueled by booze and coke and groupies before tearing up the stage. Hendrix. Zappa. The Police. I literally dreamed of seeing a show there… imagine the utter disbelief in that kid’s eyes if I told him that he’d not only see the Whisky someday, but he’d PLAY IT. Insanity. I sat in the same dressing room that The Who sat in. I played the same stage that Zeppelin played. Unreal.”
All in all, Audiobender displays a live proficiency suited for the occasion. The new material points to an evolution of the San Jose act’s sound, conjuring a hard edge. We’ll wait with baited breath for the upcoming effort.
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