Sunday, November 29, 2009

Jesus Lizard

I've wanted to see Jesus Lizard since the mid to late 90's, but for one reason or another never got the chance. Finally got my chance Friday night at The Metro here in Chicago. The Jesus Lizard are legendary. The rhythm section especially. Goat is considered by some to be one of the greatest records ever forged. It's certainly up there.

The show was odd though. For the most part I blame the audience for this feeling; old drunks looking for fights and some exhibitionists in the balcony having sex for most of the second half of the show, all very distracting. Plus, Yow seemed to be holding back. I believe this is because of the filming they were doing for an upcoming DVD. Shame, because the rhythm section was blistering. They were jaw-droppingly staggering at times.

Jim DeRogatis review of the show is pretty accurate. But don't take our word for it, check out these obligatory YouTube videos from the show:

Jesus Lizard - Glamorous

“Yow sounds like a kidnap victim trying to howl through the duct tape over his mouth.”
Michael Azerrad from Our Band Could Be Your Life

Jesus Lizard - Destroy Before Reading

"For the record, the resuscitated Jesus Lizard is just as good as the regular old everyday one from the early 90s, and pretty much destroys any other band working right now. They have been playing brilliantly and blowing minds anew, and I hope they wring the sponge and get everything they can out of this revival."
-Steve Albini

1 comment:

  1. much different vibe on the floor. the pit was super aggressive, yet courteous enough to help a fallen brother up. everyone around me was having a blast. the show was tops. can't wait to see the dvd.