The Union Dead
Last week I experienced something unique… I went to
a show in Philly and actually saw a band that was good. The
Union Dead brought a high energy show to a low energy venue
and managed to be entertaining.
Their kinetic performance was reminiscent
of old school G ‘n R and Iggy and the Stooges. I managed
to get their demo EP and gave it a listen. The only fault
I have with the disc is that it comes up short in capturing
the raw energy from their live performance. Other than that
the songs are solid. The first track, “Silence on the
Radio”, is the best on the disc. The song starts with
a pretty straight ahead hard rock feel and has a great chorus.
The vocals are nasty and fit well and the guitar playing really
rips through the songs.
During the performance, the lead singer demanded
alcohol, threw things, and berated his enemies, just like
any self respecting rock and roll singer should. One key moment
was the intro to one of their songs about nun raping or fucking
or something along those lines. It’s not often you hear
that topic broached in music.
Overall, the Union Dead grabbed you by the
throat when they hit the stage and didn’t let go til
it was over. Maybe rock and roll isn’t really dead.
They are definitely a band on their way up...
expect to hear more from them in the future.
May 19th, 2006