Thursday at The Comet was exactly what the The Comet should be like: dirty sweaty, heavy, and full of denim. Opening the set was Seattle’s Ubu Roi, noisy and fuzzy and a band I will look forward to seeing around again. Next, Occult SS, a band I had heard a lot about but had yet to see. It lived up to the hype. I don’t know my metal genres, but I would guess this would be thrash with black metal vocals. Unfortunately after Occult SS much of the crowd left and missed what ended up being one of my favorite shows since being in Seattle. New York’s Dirty Fences are thrashy, catchy, with some garage punk thrown in. They are channeling Motorhead, (complete with mikes up high, Lemmy style), and MC5 – and they do it well. Dirty Fences’ touring mates The Shrine closed out the night and were another pleasant surprise. Similar in style, (70’s influenced without being another Black Sabbath tribute), there is something about guitar solos while crowd surfing on 20 people that has a way of making a show magical. If you get the chance to catch Dirty Fences/The Shrine on one of the few more west coast dates they have left, do so. Otherwise, check out Dirty Fences new album “Too High to Kross”, (out April 9th), and The Shrine’s “Primitive Blast”, available now.
(review by: jake ramnes)