About Me

My photo
In lieu of cold statistics, nationwide bamboozlement and the usual mind numbing malaise, Sean Yseult (White Zombie), vocalist Von Hesseling, guitarist Donna She Wolf (Cycle Sluts From Hell), and drummer Dustin Crops offer up Star & Dagger: A subwoofer's cauldron forged by functional alcoholism, pharmaceutical voyage and junk drawer hallucinogens, steeped under a heavy contraband haze that hangs low enough to embrace the Almighty Downtrodden so they can revel in it.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Last Hurrah Record Release Party and One Eyed Jacks Show with Helmet

Pre-Halloween voodoo and brimstone were in the New Orleans air for the 10/22 Star & Dagger show (opening for Helmet). It was also the Last Hurrah release party at One Eyed Jacks for Star & Dagger's newly released 3 song vinyl record consisting of 2 original songs: "In My Blood""Stories" and a cover of the Blue Cheer song "Out Of Focus". Poster and album cover artist Lindsey Kuhn flew in from Denver to meet the band, and join Last Hurrah label owners Chad Hensley and the lovely K.K. has they got down to business of handling the gorgeous (limited edition) merch.  There was also much in between merry making, as evidenced in photos below. Label mate and new buddy Keith Hammett of the legendary Alabama punk band, Vomit Spots was also on hand to take part in the debauchery. As expected it was a packed house on the night of the show. The band Sunrise, Sunset (formerly War Amps) tenderized the crowd with their own special brand of scorching riffage, as a throbbing crush of revelers descended to the stage. This Star & Dagger performance stood out like no other with guitarist Dave Catching (Eagles Of Death Metal) accompanying the band onstage. Dave also co-produced Star & Dagger's yet to be released full length LP, Tomorrowland Blues. Star & Dagger commandeered the stage with twice the usual heavy guitar action, now being offered in two anvil dropped on head flavors, Bogner and Marshall. Next, the mighty Helmet unleashed onslaught over the frenzied mosh pit with their uniquely distorted, genius riffs. It was a huge privilege for Star & Dagger to open for them. Aftershow jollification and blatant ruckus was had later by friends & family alike, including Chris Lee, Page Hamilton, Dave Navarro, Pepper Keenan and others.

The debut vinyl put out by Last Hurrah is as an impressive a package as one could imagine. The record is transparent vinyl that looks as if it's been dipped in actual blood. Linsdey Kuhn bloody skull graphics on cover and inner sleeve fit the sound nicely.
A Side is the song "In My Blood" (produced by Ethan Allen at Hicksville Studio). Von Hesseling bewitchingly pays homage to New Orleans, a town as seductive as the vocals that evoke it's beckoning. B side contains 2 songs recorded at The Graveyard, new Orleans with producer J. Yuenger. "Stories" is a velvet-lined rant, inspired by and written about those who indulge in the evils of tongue wagging. Suitable for lounge listening with cocktail in hand (preferably a green one). It would be remiss not to also mention J. Yuenger's killer guitar solo at the end of this song, accompanying the menacing Go To Hell chorus. 'The B side also boasts Star & Dagger's first released cover: Blue Cheers "Out Of Focus". To say that Blue Cheer has been a big influence would be an understatement. R. I. P. Dickie Peterson. Autographed unstamped copies of this vinyl release will only be available at live shows, the foil stamped version can be obtained at Last Hurrah's website.



No comments:

Post a Comment