It was easy to see the uncomfortable heat wave make its way through the Belmont crowd Monday evening. Audience members began removing articles of clothing to match the rising temperature of the room. The Sideshow Tragedy intensified their onslaught with a thunderous downshift fueled by Jack Daniels and gasoline. Guitarist and Vocalist Nathan Singleton showed no remorse for the climate change and continued his furious attack. His right heel might as well have been the second floor tom as he stomped the downbeat with each strum of his vintage Resonator. Drummer Jeremy Harrell led the ground attack laying a foundation of precision and untamed ferocity. Again, this was a Monday night! Free Week delivers once more.
The power blues duo released the follow-up to their defining sophomore album, “Persona,” mid last year. The album,“Capitol,” did not disappoint. The sliding Resonator guitar sounds cut through on tape like a rusty blade pulled straight from the Mississippi swamps. The low-end tone produced by Singleton’s guitars mixed with the vulgar dexterity of Harrell’s percussion removes the necessity of becoming a trio.
The Belmont was instrumental in capturing this delta rock sound. Great front of house work by the engineers on staff. We’ll be peeking through the pages of the Belmont events for the next round of shows once Free Week concludes.
-Rene De La Mora TipCow