A LowView, Lowbrow, Tiki Issue Release



Sat, September 20, 2014

Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 4:00 pm (event ends at 7:30 pm)


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

3 bands, burlesque, LowView featured tiki and Kustom kulture artists and vendors. Burlesque performance by our magazine cover and feature beauty: Pyrrha Sutra from Scandalesque *** ONly Pyrrha Sutra will be performing solo performances. Website to Scandalesque: http://scandalesque.com//

For those arguing that rock 'n' roll is truly the devil's music, they might just have the evidence they need in the form of Grave Danger. It's not the band's sound -- which isn't really satanic rock, but actually a powerful melange of surf, punk and rockabilly. Nor is it the songs -- usually sprite instrumentals or tales of drunken and homicidal revenge. It's just that whenever this trio hits the stage, the audience -- composed of normally upstanding citizens and community members -- follows the band down a road of booze-fueled hedonism, excess and good old-fashioned destructive fun.

Led by veteran Arizona wildmen Kevin Daly (Hellfire, Grant & the Geezers) Rich Merriman (Keltic Cowboys, Rumble Cats) and Vince Ramirez (Flathead) the trio has been earning praise, popularity and costly repair bills for performances that have seen band members wreaking havoc, destroying stages and shaving their heads onstage (among other things which, for legal reasons, we can't mention here). Taking their cues from well-imbibed showstoppers (Janis Joplin, George Jones, Foster Brooks), a Grave Danger concert makes folks forget God, good manners and city ordinances, leaving most venues drowning in a post-show ocean of blood, sweat and broken bottles.

Now Grave Danger is bringing that sense of unbridled mayhem to its self-titled debut, produced by Daly and Jeff Farias and released as part of a joint venture between Rustic Records and Truxton label head Dave Ramsey. This 11 song platter finds the group mixing a fiery set of instrumentals with cleverly written odes to drinking, love, loss, drinking, hatred, drinking and murder...oh yeah, and drinking.

The group will be leaving its desert breeding ground soon and heading on tour in an effort to spread its unholy gospel across the country, with a plan for global domination by 2001.

One listen to this disc and you'll agree that the group's sound truly splits the difference between Link Wray and Anton LeVay. Forget the old bit about a rock 'n' roll heaven. If there's a rock 'n' roll hell, Grave Danger's gonna be the house band.
It’s not that Scorpion Vs. Tarantula does something new and different when they get up on stage that makes them one of the best bands in the Phoenix metro. It is that they do something familiar and in some ways nostalgic when they get on stage, and they do it extraordinarily well.

In the world of 2014, music fans have millions of songs at their fingertips at all times, and while bands struggle to find the right words to describe their sound, like “post progressive noise rock,” or “proto industrial Americana,” in an attempt to shine brightest among the masses, Scorpion Vs. Tarantula punches out their lights with their brand of straight forward, high-energy rock and roll.

Each member of SVT is individually talented but front woman L. Hotshot is obviously the star of the show. Her presence, with the teased-out hair and spandex outfits creates an atmosphere at their shows that no other band in the Phoenix metro can even hope to accomplish. Combine that with her rock and roll growl of a voice that she accentuates with ferocious lion like roars in certain songs, and L. Hotshot is easily the best lead singer in the area.

Most SVT shows feature Hotshot leaving the stage (or raised platform depending on how “divey” the bar is) and stalking through the crowd like a rabbit jungle cat, screaming in people’s faces and being a badass rock star in general. Every member of the band brings something strong to the table, but L.Hotshot is the one who brings the signature experience.

Bass player Tana Satana acts as somewhat of a foil for Hotshot. While L. is all revved up and bringing the high powered craziness, Satana is the most laid back member of the group. She acts as the Dean Martin to Hotshot’s Jerry Lewis, often wearing all black and hanging back sipping a beer while Hotshot and guitarist Jay Bennett exchange banter and sometimes mouth fulls of beer. She brings the cool factor to the band, because obviously Rock and Roll should be high energy and off the wall. But it should always been cool.

The bands drummer “Cappy,” is so intense that it’s a little bit scary. While the rest of the band is hanging out and drinking beer before sets, “Cappy” is often listening to his iPod and warming up in the parking lot. He seems to hit his drums about as hard as Mike Tyson would hit an opponent in 1986.

He’s just an absolutely monstrous drummer. Every time he hits the drum it looks like the instrument is going to explode. When seeing SVT for the first time it is hard to look away from whatever L. is doing. But after seeing them once or twice it’s easier to see the whole band and “Cappy” banging on the drums is definitely a highlight.

On guitar, Bennett is just rock and roll through and through, he’s got the facial expressions, the moves, including his signature kick, and his sound is just loud and abrasive. His guitar tracks can hit you in the face almost as hard as a misplaced Hotshot dance move. Bennett’s level of engagement on stage seems to have a direct relationship to how much he has had to drink before the show. A Bennett on the sober side will play it cool and share more in common with Satana than Hotshot, but a more imbibed guitarist will lead to more on-stage antics and shenanigans between the husband and wife team of Bennett and Hotshot.

The group's last album Claim to Fame is spectacular and is worth a download.

- Jeff Moses
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014