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Obits and The Night Marchers take up what Hot Snakes let go.

December 8, 2008
Phew! What a one-two gut punch! Obits (featuring Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes singer, Rick Froberg) and The Night Marchers (featuring Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes guitarist, John Reis) double-bill it up. Think they'll team up onstage to play at least one Jehu song? Pretty please? Hope for it. But regardless, expect to rock.

Let's start with Obits. Obits played their first ever show at The Cake Shop in NYC in January of 2008. They were the openers and packed out the venue like no other opener could. It was a hot and steamy mess as the fans clamored for more of Froberg's (and his three cohorts, including one from Edsel!) famously tight punk anthems of rhythm. The show is already somewhat legendary and you can find a bootleg recording of it with just a little help from Google. Now, 11 months later, these dudes are signed to Sub Pop. Well that was quick.

So what does Obits sound like? In one stupid sentence: kind of like Hot Snakes meets Drive Like Jehu meets Pitchfork meets some classic rock and blues.

Next up is The Night Marchers. It was a brutally hot and sunny day in Austin when we checked out these guys at this year's SXSW. How hot and sunny was it? It was so hot and sunny that I went to this booth not far from the stage and spent ten bucks on a pair of sunglasses with lenses outlined in silver rhinestones. It was so hot and sunny that just a few minutes before I watched fifteen minutes of stand-up comedy at the same venue's side-stage before realizing that I was at SXSW watching stand-up comedy. That's how hot and sunny it was. But it was worth it to bake in fake jewelry and have a head full of horrific jokes in order to see John Reis' new band. And let me tell you, The Night Marchers are a well-oiled machine.

The amazing guitar solo shreds heard in abundance on all those legendary Jehu/Hot Snakes albums (and lets not forget Rocket from the Crypt!) were a direct result of Reis, the mighty swami. He sings (using his now-famous scratchy vibrato) and, of course, destroys on guitar with The Night Marchers.

Think of these four dudes as getting down with the dirty punk, but with a little hint of garage and blues. And they're tight!tight!tight! A girl I was with at the show commented that John Reis looked like a movie star, all sweaty and determined in the ninety-five degree heat (ok, let's just say it was one-hundred). I told her, no, John Reis is not a movie star. He's just a rock star.

Pretty please? Just one Jehu song?


Obits and The Night Marchers play Santos Party House, on Wednesday, December 17th.


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