Waid's is a shitty dive bar in Seattle's Central district that picks up where the old Comet Tavern left off. Cheap drinks, sketchy employees, sketchy clientele, and great rock and roll shows from solid local, regional and national bands that were seamlessly transitioned from the old Comet Tavern by the wonderful local booker and promoter Michelle Smith.
Opening the show were Weed from Bainbridge Island (not to be confused with the band from Bellingham with the same name). Explosive and spacey, these young rockers took on plenty of improvisation throughout their set. The songwriting could use a bit more maturity and tightening up, but they'll get there at some point and they're certainly headed in the right direction.
The Spinning Whips are local legends for their wild and engaging performances that often include audience participation and some sort of acrobatics. Vocalist and guitar player Jordan West is one of those performers that will draw the typical Seattleite out of their shell and force you to engage in the music experience with him and the band. It was one of their best performances yet and literally brought the entire crowd to their knees. At one point Jordan handed his Gibson SG to Ancient Warlock's guitar player Darren Chase so that he could get deeper into the crowd and further incite the situation, while Darren was throwing out some tasty riffs. Spinning Whips have a new drummer that seems to be working out quite well but only time will tell. I think they've burned through a couple in the past year. You can check them out next at the Blue Moon Tavern's (Seattle) 80th anniversary party on April 18th.
Mos Generator has been a steadfast fixture in the northwest heavy rock and metal scene for far longer than most people in Seattle realize. They've been a working and recording band for 14 years and put forth a seasoned and mature performance. Tony Reed, a ripper on the guitar and vocals, is a completely engaging performer who feeds off the energy of the crowd and throws it right back at them in the form of monsterous crunchy guitar shredding and an aggressive vocal style without the typical indiscernible screaming. But more than just that, the songwriting is tight and well thought out. It’s not just riiffing and shredding. The rhythm section gives the band so much dexterity and flexibility to go between full throttle rocking and soulful grooving. The band uses the mix of the two tastefully to create an extremely dynamic and articulate version of heavy rock and metal. Bass player, Scooter Haslip is probably one of the best I’ve seen in years. Insanely good. As the nonstop pulse of the band, Scooter alternates between deep soulful grooves and chunky bass lines so seamlessly you don’t even see it coming. A very gifted player on so many levels.
By the time the final set of the night rolled around the crowd had been whipped into a frenzy by all of the booze, weed and rock and roll. They were more than ready to jump on board the Mystery Ship and set sail wherever it was headed. In this case it was interstellar-space. Mystery Ship took on a wide swath of material that covered both of their EPs and their 7" record that was released in February. Pushing the notion of experimentation even further, drummer Travis Curry broke out a thunderous drum solo near the end of the set which is something you just don't see very often these days. You can also check out Mystery Ship at the Blue Moon's 80th Anniversary party on April 18th when they perform again with Spinning Whips.