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THE LAST OF THE BAD MEN
+ KEG KILLERS
+ START WITH THE CONRA
Logan’s Pub, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Thursday, May 22, 2008
By ANDREW MOLLOY
Deniz Tek had never set foot in this sleepy burg before to my knowledge so this was an occasion to be celebrated, to say the least.
My girlfriend Sarah and I got down to the club a little late and caught the end of locals’ The Keg Killers set-fun, basic punk rock with a Ramones cover thrown in ("Danny Says" from "End of the Century" done up-tempo) for kicks.
I’d met Deniz at the annual Sip’n’ Dip in party Montana 10 years ago and excitedly told him about our then-current Birdman tribute band, Murder City Knights, and he seemed pleased and a really nice guy. Got to say ‘hi’ again tonight courtesy of Jack Tieleman of Lance Rock Records fame. My friends and I represented the older, music geek demographic in the crowd to be sure, most of which was made up of members of the Jaks skate gang/fraternity-all power to them, too, ‘cos they sure were enthusiastic.
I’ve gotta admit I’m not that familiar with The Last of the Bad Men material but it sounded good-anthemic, rowdy rock’n’ roll with plenty of sing-along hooks. Frontman Danny Creadon kept calling for violence and he managed to incite a bit of a pit at the front of the stage. Deniz didn’t bring the Crestwood but was playing a Dan Armstrong Lucite (I’ve got one myself) and he sounded freakin’ wicked, especially as the set began to pick up steam.
About 45 minutes in we got what we wanted in the form of "Hit ‘Em Again" -Tek firing on all cylinders at this point, ripping leads out in a wah-assisted frenzy. The set proper ended a couple of songs later as closing time came and went.
We managed to get the band back on stage for a raucous "New Race"and damn, it was fine. The group began to pack up but the crowd were having none of it and, after being told they’d do one more if someone smashed one more bottle (readily accommodated), we got a loose but raging "Hand of Law" with plenty of singing along into the mic by the jazzed crowd. The crowd, small but mighty as they used to say, left drained and thoroughly satisfied.
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