THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS": RAT ROD, LADY DIESEL, BABYLON SHAKES
I am of the opinion that it’s the hole in the wall that often has the best music. The smaller bars and venues, where you can get up close, and truly take in a great show. Half Time Sports and Music in Newark, Delaware knows how to put on killer shows. The stage set up with a corner stage, makes sure that everyone gets a great view. In fact this is one of the nicer set ups I have seen for a bar their size.
I have been a fan of Rat Rod for a few years now, when I was given a copy of their first release, “Do You Remember Rock N’ Roll” by Bay Ragni, of Totally Driven Radio, to review. It has been some time since I have moved on to form outlawreview.com and joined 106.6 The Blast as a radio personality, and show creator, that I have worked with Totally Driven; but I have not forgotten how much this band kicks ass. If you want the Bon Scott era of AC/DC, maybe some Motorhead, or even a little bit of that eighties feel with bands like Britny Fox, Rat Rod is your band. However, these guys borrow from these influences and put their own spin on original music, about fast cars, loud music, and down and dirty Rock N’ Roll. What’s not to love?
When I saw that Rat Rod would be playing I hit the band up to see if I could cover the show, and catch an interview for The River Bottom Radio show. Timing was perfect, as Rat Rod is getting ready to release their sophomore album in the coming months. The guys played several killer tracks from the album, “Do You Remember Rock N’ Roll” as well as a few to be released off the new album. I will have a full album review published soon. Classic Rat Rod favorites from the first album were “Ride it (Like You Stole It)”, “Beds on Fire”, and of course the title track, “Do You Remember Rock N’ Roll”. Be on the lookout for the new album release, because songs like, “Lightning Strikes”, “Memphis Belle”, “Light Em Up” are definitely going to Rock your face off. These three songs prove that Rat Rod is on fire more than ever, with a powerful does of Rock N’ Roll, that will get you moving, singing along, and having a good time. From the days of Chuck Berry isn’t that what Rock Roll is supposed to be? Rat Rod delivers. Rat Rod kicked off the night and got everyone ready to Rock. These guys are true entertainers and light up the stage, bouncing, moving, and dancing to the music; sometimes even leaving the stage and playing in the crowd.
Next to take the stage was Lady Diesel, who describe themselves as, “bourbon soaked down ‘n dirty Rock ‘N Roll” and this is precisely what you get. These guys take a page out of the times where stage wear and creating a look was important, and bringing a larger than live stage presence was everything. They truly brought that to Half Time. These guys will entertain you and get you rocking with a mix of songs that border from seventies style Rock, a bit of sleazy swagger, and raunchy roadhouse Blues. Vocalist Phil Michaels is a showman, and knows how to work the crowd, crack jokes, and even engage a rowdy patron. Lady Diesel is certainly a fun band to see live.
Headlining the night was Babylon Shakes, who have made a regional stir surrounding there central Virginia stomping grounds. Taking a page straight from the seventies with bands like Aerosmith, or even The Rolling Stones Babylon Shakes will bring you a vintage flare to remember. Somewhere between Classic Rock, and Sleaze with a harder edge and a bit of a Punk Rock attitude, is where Babylon Shakes falls. They know how to put on a killer show, dancing, head banging, and hair whipping around the stage, completely lost in their music. Babylon Shakes recently released their first full length album, “Exile to the Velveteen Lounge” in February of 2019, which you can check out on major outlets and streaming sites, and played many of these tracks off the album. Later into their set Babylon Shakes invited both Lady Diesel and Rat Rod back onto the stage to perform the Rolling Stones cover of “Honky Tonk Woman”. The three bands did a fun and entertaining rendition of the song which got everyone dancing, and singing along.
The entire night was a blast, every band brought their own dose of down and dirty Rock N’ Roll, and good time music. The kind of music that you want on a Saturday night, a celebration to the weekend, the end of the work week for many, and an invitation to party! All three of these bands play shows often throughout the region, find them of social media and find a show near you, and be prepared for a good time, all three bands will get you to remember just what it is to Rock N’ Roll.