Thursday night, radio station 100.3 The X gifted Boise rock fans with another stellar free show. This time it came in the form of Pennsylvania’s Crobot and Missouri’s Shaman’s Harvest with local talents Cure for the Fall, and As Fire Falls opening. Weeknights are always a tricky proposition for live music, but The Knitting Factory crowd were ready for a rock and roll party and they got one.
Jefferson City’s Shaman’s Harvest was set to headline a free X show last winter but poor weather led to the show’s cancellation. Fortuitously, the Treasure Valley did not have to wait too long for the boys to return. The quintet has been heating up active rock radio this year with its newest album Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns. The guys wasted no time giving fans a healthy dose of the record with tracks like “Blood in the Water”, “Hero”, “Country as F**k”, “Here it Comes”, “Dangerous”, and their sleazy take on Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana”. The band closed it out with its 2009 hit, “Dragonfly” from their Shine album. They also performed “Devil’s Gift” and “Turn it Up” from the same record, and dipped back to their 2006 March of the Bastards album for “The Offering”.
Founded in 1996 by vocalist Nathan Hunt, guitarist Josh Hamler and bassist Matt Fisher, Shaman’s Harvest blend elements of Southern-tinged hard rock and post-grunge, with a little metal edge and a country attitude. Drummer Joe Harrington and guitarist Derrick Shipp are the band’s recent additions, and the group delivered a fun and infectious set.
Hailing from Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Crobot built its foundation in late 2011 when vocalist Brandon Yeagley and guitarist Chris Bishop connected. The group was rounded out by the rhythm section of brothers Jake and Paul Figueroa on bass and drums respectively. The quartet plays its own mix of groove-filled, old school dirty rock and roll. The band’s debut album, Something Supernatural dropped last fall and Crobot has been touring non-stop, delighting crowds with its phenomenal live performances at every stop. Thursday night proved no different as they brought their Drunk as Sh*t tour to town.
Yeagley is an electrifying frontman, and held sway over the crowd throughout the band’s set, even climbing onto Bishop’s shoulders at one point. The band opened up with two tracks that is not on their debut album, “Welcome to Fat City” and “Not for Sale”. These led into “The Necromancer” and “Night of the Sacrifice”. The latter is the second single from Something Supernatural. Other tracks performed included; “Legend of the Spaceborne Killer”, “Chupacabra”, “Skull of Geronimo”, “La Mana de Lucifer” and “Fly on the Wall”. The full setlist can be found here.
Boise rock fans received a real treat Thursday night, and hopefully both bands will find their way back to the Treasure Valley sooner rather than later.
To get a true feel for the show, check out the photo slide show by the amazing Katarzyna Cepek Photography.
As always, a huge shout out to the amazing staff at The Knit.