Tijuana Death Shot - Live Review
Black Neon Knights play classic rock with a degree of individuality missing from other bands of their ilk. In between the drum kit continually falling apart and a ridiculous number of guitar changes they played some good songs like Reverance which was catchy with a Thin Lizzy twin guitar break and with its intro Rise-Up should have been the set opener but slower song Fires Of Oblivion didn’t really light my fire.
Next up were Dead Blonde Stars and they hit the ground running with a solid, professional performance of their grungy alt-rock and with three guitarists it was a big sound they produced (think Pearl Jam/Soundgarden). The singers voice worked really well and suited the songs expect the high notes in Limo, they really need to be avoided!
As a five-piece they did look very cramped on Grand Central's small stage but they didn’t let that affect their performance. Jesus Fly off the new album was great and overall they played some fine material. If the Seattle-sound is your cup of tea then you would be foolish to miss this band, they certainly gave the headliners a run for their money.
Finally Tijuana Death Shot hit the stage and this is something of an interesting gig for them. It is the first one with their new bass player, Oli Griffiths, and they have only had a couple of short rehearsals with him. Joking with their singer Jo Quincy before they went on that they could always turn the bass down if its not working out!
It is also good to see a decent mixed crowd in the venue that had built up to greet them. The band opened with Smoke And Liquor and at which point any worries about their new bassist were instantly allayed as he isn’t just capable, he is astonishingly good and looking a little like a younger Frank Zappa with a green beard!
Disco Killer continues their brash, punky set with guitarist James Binnie playing like Tom Morello and drummer Tom Harris playing like a demon even if he only looks about 10 years old. Oli’s technical bass playing is adding another dimension to the depression influenced The Devil’s Soiree but the band move into Dead Kennedy’s mode with Generation Y with Quincy sounding eerily like Jello Biafra. That sound continues with The Rainbow Blackout with the singer walking around the pub with a megaphone!
Their set culminates in a furious rendition of Trust No One and the last song, Pansy Blood, has the band kicking up another gear with Quincy spewing blood all over himself and his guitar.
With Oli now initiated it will be interesting to see how he helps to develop the bands sound, but for now Tijuana Death Shot are alive and kicking!
Words/Photos: Anthony Firmin