Black Pussy, Inner Altar, Youngblood Supercult, From the West @ Riot Room

Tomorrow at The Riot Room, Black Pussy, Inner Altar, Youngblood Supercult, and From The West will take over–filling the venue with heavy doses of psychedelic stoner pop, heavy rock, and distortion crushed guitars. All the bands land somewhere on the catchy heavy rock spectrum–all but guaranteeing a night of fantastic music.

From The West blends a Motorhead-esque snarl with a Mastodon-like complexity to make rock that simultaneously punches its listeners in the gut while spiraling through their mind. The Kansas City band has a sound that seems equally blaring from a boombox in a garage and swelling to fit arenas or dive bars with its grit and grind. From The West’s music burns with an energy that will translate well to the stage–bathing the audience with chugging southern riffs and growling vocals.

 

Inner Altar spins much differently than From The West. The band waxes more doom than rock. Combining heavy, smoke-filled riffs with over-affected vocals, Inner Altar makes dank dungeon-like soundscapes with their hazy guitars and driving percussion. Sinking well below the lowest frequencies, the Kansas City four piece puts on a show that is second to none. Tomorrow’s show at The Riot Room will be an excellent preview for their show at Mills Record Company on the 16th.

Another band that will be at both shows is Youngblood Supercult. The band unfurls like Jefferson Airplane meets Black Sabbath meets Tool. Heavy without losing the groove, Youngblood Supercult keeps their tunes sharp but fuzzy. Eking every gram of tension from their notes, the band knows how to craft songs with an ear to dynamic shifts. More immediate than their stoner rock counterparts and with a more brooding interiority than their rock roots, Youngblood Supercult, whether on record or stage, will not disappoint.

Black Pussy might be single-handedly saving rock music. Layering psychedelic rhythms with incendiary leads, the band injects every song with a supernova of rock. The Portland band, while staying firmly rooted in tradition psych-rock, manages to push the genre into new territory–never staying satisfied with what has come before them. The result is a sound that is complex and arresting. Combining this quality with a stage show that demands their audience’s attention, Black Pussy is certainly not a band to miss.

The show starts at 8:30 tomorrow. Featuring the heavy psych/stoner rock of Inner Altar, Youngblood Supercult, From The West, and Black Pussy, the show will be an excellent to burn through a summer night. The concert is 21+, so be sure to bring your ID. And if you show up early, cross Broadway and check out Mills Record Company’s new location at 4045 Broadway Blvd.–what would be better than live music or new records? Both, that’s what.

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