Unlike last summer’s sold out co-headliner tour with Napalm Death, the veteran looney tunes riff rock trio were solely accompanied by the streetcleaner-heavy Brooklyn duo and Ipecac labelmates Spotlights. While some may decry the band’s lack of live percussion, the precise massiveness of its guitar-and-bass attack delivery was a joy to witness – not everyone gets it right when using prerecorded drums in performance but Spotlights clearly know their tech – every drop was pristinely timed and synced to the performers, who dutifully monitored each others’ execution and maintained the onslaught of rigid Godflesh-like riffage accompanied by impressively harmonious washes of shoegazey guitar treatments. Similar to the textures heard on Ipecac supergroup Palms’ first record, Spotlights approaches heavy music with a dynamic, emotional perspective in mind yet giving pride of place to devastatingly catchy rhythms. Observe “Learn to Breathe” from the band’s forthcoming release Seismic and inhale deeply:
Melvins delivered a polished set of classic tunes and highlights from their just-released full-length, “A Walk with Love and Death”. Largely dispensing with interim chatter, the trio pitched one home run after another, beginning and ending with slow-burner tracks from “Lysol” and repeatedly dipping into the most recent discography additions. If there is one non-festival touring show to check out this summer, this is it. Now, on to the photos!