WASTED THEORY AT BAR XIII 3.8.19
I was fortunate enough to be given, by a friend who appreciates music as much as I do a copy of Wasted Theory’s, “Defenders of The Riff,” which was to my surprise, released in 2016. After one listen through the album I questioned myself. “Where had I been all this time, and how did I miss this band?” This album literally blew me away. The answer to my question is, I must have been under a rock, and if you are not listening to Wasted Theory, you must be under the same rock, I just crawled out from.
Every song on this album is a ripper, and it is a play through album from start to finish. It was oh so down and dirty, a gritty Rock album Lemmy Kilmister would approve of. It reminded me a lot of the heyday of AC/DC or Motorhead. Larry Jackson Jr.’s vocals were so super gritty and edgy, almost reminding me of Lemmy Kilmister himself, at times. The lyrics were wild, in your face, and even a bit crude at times; just the way Rock N’ Roll should be. The music is fast paced with a definite swagger, sitting between Hard Rock and Stoner/ Doom Metal; with just enough of the right mix of grooves and sludge. I have been playing the death out this album, on 106.6 The Blast’s, River Bottom Radio, since the start of 2019, and decided to search these guys out.
I checked out their social media sites and Band Camp, and discovered they had also released “Warlords of The New Electric” in October of 2018. Not unlike “Defenders of The Riff,” “Warlords of The New Electric,” is also a play through album from start to finish. This album will grip you, right from the beginning with songs like, “Rawhide Hellride”, a personal favorite of mine, and keep you rocking and hanging on every riff, all the way through. My goodness the riffs, and the grooves on this album. Possibly heavier than “Defender’s” yet more polished. Still as down and dirty, however. Favorites here are:
The Son of a Son of a Bitch
I was even more surprised to find that Wasted Theory was local to me, and would be doing a show at Bar XIII in Wilmington, Delaware March 8, 2019. I was amped, and I was going to this show. This for me was the band I had been looking for, having come off spending the last few years supporting a music scene, in the Midwest, that had since grown just a little cold. Wasted Theory was a homecoming of sorts, and a reawakening to the multitude of music right around my area. Music which I should have been paying attention to all along. Wasted Theory is a return to the good times of Rock music for me.
I messaged Wasted Theory and set it up, I was stoked to be able to go to the show, take photographs, and interview the guys.
Lucky for me the show was being held at Bar XIII, which was only about 30 minutes from home. For those who do not know Bar XIII is a gem, it’s a bit hidden and not a very big place, but I have seen some amazing music at this venue; right in my back yard. Bar XIII pulled out all the stops for this show, on the bill was Connecticut’s own “Mourn the Light,” and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania natives “The Age of Truth,” and “Kingsnake,” both of which have generated quite a bit of notoriety themselves, in the Doom Metal circuit.
The entire show brought the house down from start to finish. Every band slayed it, and held nothing back. Up first was Mourn The Light, making the trip all the way from Eastern Connecticut. These guys brought with them an arsenal of Doom laden battle hymns. Songs were full of booming riffs, and psychedelic trip moments; overall a great way to get the night going. These guys are definitely masters of their craft, and I am eager to check out more from them.
Then Kingsnake took the stage, bringing with them that Tri-State area Rock sound. A mix of Hard Rock, Doom, and Groove Metal with just enough guitar licks to get the girls dancing and shaking their hips. Kingsnake just has a sound that screams east coast. They are heavy, a little bit gritty, but with Blues and even hints of Funk dabbled within their sound. I do believe my Gearhead friends would approve on this band. They debuted a new song, “Plow” which is sure to be an instant favorite among fans, and attract new comers to the fold. “Plow” drips with acid like grooviness, and I am wearing this song out as we speak. You can check it out in the YouTube video link here. The video was shot at the show by Wasted Theory’s Larry Jackson Jr. and “Heavy Bite Productions.” Kingsnake will be appearing on The Maryland Doom Fest this year in Frederick, MD; a definite band to check out if you are headed that way.
Next The Age of Truth, also Philadelphia natives, took the stage. Vocalist Kevin McNamara Informed the audience, “I’m not going to be up here much” as he jumped off the stage, and rocked out from the crowd. Kevin was animated, a real live wire bending, moving, and putting his whole body into the performance. No wonder Age of Truth has reached so much acclaim in the Doom circuit, with many toting their 2017, album release of “Threshold” as a top album, according to “The Doom Charts”, “Obelisk”, and “Heavy Planet”. Every song dripped with in your face Stoner Rock, riffy as hell, yet catchy, and just enough melody to have you singing along. Even Bar XIII’s eldest patron, a gentleman well into his eighties, was up front and center, rocking out with Kevin, on killer tracks like “Caroline”. The Age of Truth will also be rocking Doom Fest this year.
Before the show began I was able to Catch Wasted Theory for a quick interview in the “green room” of Bar XIII. The guys were super chill, down to earth, and funny as hell; cracking jokes every few questions. The interview will be on outlawreview.com shortly, having debuted on 106.6 The Blast on 3/12/19. The guys were super fun to hang out with, and extremely down to earth. Guitarist Andrew Petkovic even leaned against a burlesque pole, which happened to be in the venue, for a quick pose and photo. I will definitely be headed to more Wasted Theory shows, this band knows how to bring a good time. This same sense of humor and good time antics were the same off stage as well as on.
Wasted Theory took the stage tearing into “Rawhide Hellride” and if you liked it off the album, you have to hear it live. Riffs all over the place, super heavy, fast-paced, dripping with sludginess, whiskey soaked vocals. Other notable songs were “Drug Buzzard”, and “Son of a Son of a Bitch”. I forgot all the recent bullshit I have encountered in daily life, for the duration of that set, and just rocked the fuck out. There were no false pretenses, no Diva attitude from fans or the band, no politics, just ROCK! This is what Rock music needs these days. This is the antidote to a world gone far too politically over the top, and self-absorbed. With lyrics like, “You bring the Weed, and I’ll bring the Coke” we know Jackson is here to party. Fuzz induced songs about sex, drugs, and Rock N’ Roll, are what Wasted Theory brings, and they add their own trappings of Doom and Groove to the mix. All I can say is Hell yeah, when is the next one boys?!! Lucky for fans, Wasted Theory has several shows this spring in the Baltimore, Maryland area; a Texas run, and will be back for the “Stoner Hands of Doom 20th Anniversary Celebration Official Pre-fest Party,” which will be held on June 20.2019 at Frederick, Maryland’s Café 611. They will be sharing the stage with Doom veterans like Earthride.
In all this was a killer show, every band fully brought it, leaving me with only one solution for the future, which is, to Doom Fest it is. I hope to see you there, this is a chance to check out some of the best band’s the east coast has to offer, and boy did I get one Hell of a preview Friday ni