CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
Crowbar, Weedeater, Mothership
308 N. 2nd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85003
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
Corrosion of Conformity are reuniting with guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan for UK/European and North American dates. Other than a few surprise appearances, this will be the first time Keenan has toured with the band since 2006. This will also be the first time the "Deliverance" lineup of the group has played together since 2001.C.O.C. recently emerged from hibernation as a trio and released 2012's eponymous album and 2014's "IX" to wide acclaim, but many have been eagerly awaiting the return of Pepper Keenan.The band were originally an influential hardcore punk/heavy metal crossover act before reaching critical success with a new lineup on 1991's "Blind" album. That trajectory continued with wider appeal as Keenan took over as primary vocalist on "Deliverance" (1994) and "Wiseblood" (1996).These two recordings in particular fused the raw energy of the previous albums with some great strides forward in classic rock inspired songwriting and more spacious production and execution, which were often copied but rarely equalled.This juggernaut gained mass and momentum with relentless touring alongside Metallica, Clutch, Eyehategod and many more.Eventually following "In the Arms of God", 2005, Keenan focused all energy on his hometown band Down.Untilnow, that is.Recent internet chatter on the subject of a reunion turns out be true.
For nearly three decades, the name Crowbar has been synonymous with HEAVY.Since rising ominously from the swamplands of New Orleans in 1990, they’ve beenhailed internationally as one of the world’s foremost purveyors of crushing, melodicsludge. Crowbar’s eleventh and latest album, The Serpent Only Lies, is both anaffirmation of the band’s staying power and a nod to their legacy. “To me, it’s afreshsounding version of oldschool Crowbar,” says vocalist, guitarist andmastermind Kirk Windstein. “I intentionally went back and listened to a lot of oldCrowbar stuff, like the selftitled and Broken Glass albums, to get a feel for what mymindset was 20plus years ago. I also went back and listened to the bands thatinfluenced Crowbar in the beginning, like Trouble, Saint Vitus, Melvins, and the firstType O Negative record. So it was kinda me doing my homework.”The result is an album that stands toetotoe with those early Crowbar classics whilemaintaining the lumbering hooks of midperiod standouts like 1998’s Odd FellowsRest and 2000’s Equilibrium. Bolstered by massive riffage, new songs “I Am TheStorm,” “Embrace The Light” and the title track explore the themes of life, loss andspirituality, respectively. “Even lyrically, the approach was a little more oldschool,”Windstein offers. “Some of the songs have less lyrics to let the riffs breathe a littlemore, which I had kind of gotten away from over the years. It was a conscious thingto go back to that.”The album’s bruising centerpiece “The Enemy Beside You” opens with the line “Ifyou grow a set of balls, you might just change your life.” It’s a rallying call towoeisme types everywhere. “The song is not about anyone in particular—it’sabout negative people in general,” Windstein explains. “People who bitch abouteverything, but don’t get up and do anything for themselves. I know a lot of peoplelike that. If you need a job, get off your ass and get one. If you need to get off dope, goget help. Don’t just sit there and whine about it.”The tour cycle for The Serpent Only Lies marks the return of original Crowbarbassist Todd “Sexy T” Strange, who left the band back in 1999 but now joinsWindstein, drummer Tommy Buckley and guitarist Matt Brunson in forgingCrowbar’s future. “Todd helped start the band, so having him back is important tome and, I think, the fans,” Windstein offers. “It’s a great feeling to be standingonstage next to him. It’s a breath of fresh air for the band and makes us stronger.”“Having this be our eleventh record, we’re very fortunate because so many bandsdon’t last this long,” Windstein adds. “My whole outlook on music as a career is theMotörhead outlook, which is that slow and steady wins the race. If you continue toput out killer records, continue to kick ass onstage every night and continue to treatyour fans with respect, that’s the stuff people will remember.”
Kirk WindsteinMatt BrunsonTommy BuckleyTodd Strange
Sludge band from Wilmington, North Carolina, USA.
Supersonic intergalactic heavy rock trio Mothership based out of Dallas, TX give a real sense of hope that all is well in the universe, and that pure honest rock and roll has once again returned to the planet on a mission to unite true believers. Consisting of brothers Kyle Juett on bass/lead vocals, Kelley Juett on guitar/vocals, andJudge Smithon drums. Mothership’s goal from the beginning has been to carry on the tradition of the classic rock style of the ’70′s, updated and amped up for the modern day. The band has been non-stop road warriors since the release of their debut album in February 2013 on Ripple Music successfully invading the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe playing either on festival stages, night clubs, or outdoors under the sun at motorcycle parties. Do not miss your chance to hop on board and TRIP ON THE SHIP