THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
1000mods, Telekinetic Yeti and Beer Wolf, Will’s Pub, Feb. 28
Whatever their name may evoke, Greek hard-rockers 1000mods
have about as much to do with dapper scooter boys as 1000 Homo DJs
have to do with fabulous turntablists. Instead, these riff riders roll with heavy intent and the fuzz and heft of vintage analog gear.
Of all the European rock that makes its way stateside, Greece is not an especially big exporter. While this tour is finally North America’s first live look
at them, 1000mods have been crushing for over a decade. And they arrived as an exceptionally finished squad, dropping tonnage with killer precision. Their stoner rock is already a well-calibrated beast,
as heavy as it gets without losing its rock & roll. But add on the fact that they’re a total machine of execution live and you’ve got something that comes on like a fit, groomed mammoth. It was a stunning debut that proved that 1000mods could be one of the ripest undiscovered heavy bands out there right now.
Also making a pretty nuclear Florida debut of their own were Iowa tourmates Telekinetic Yeti.
Unlike the usual lean muscle that typically defines two-piece bands, this stoner doom act deals in epic widescreen rock that can go from heroic Wolfmother stampedes to heavy-lidded odysseys.
Live, though, their sound is considerably, beautifully dirtier.
The tsunami riffs come with much more hair and teeth. In person, the two-piece thrill and aesthetic come back into play, only with conquering metal intent.
They’re nimble but gigantic, triumphant yet tough. And they will deafen you. There are plenty of good ones out there, but Telekinetic Yeti are one of the absolute heaviest two-piece wrecking crews alive.
Opening were Tampa’s Beerwolf,
a heavy band that’s very retro and very committed. If a trio all sporting vests – two denim, one leather – is one thing, it’s serious about its rock. They’re not the tightest ensemble around but they lay down the doom grooves thick and trick ‘em out with some tall vocals and acid-rock guitar burnouts.
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