Live: Five bands in a taco shack | Music
Music
INDY Week's music blog

Archives | RSS

Friday, January 27, 2012

Live: Five bands in a taco shack

Posted by on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Spider Bags, Paint Fumes, Flesh Wounds, Brainbows, Snake
Thursday, Jan. 26
La Salamandra, Durham

La Salamandra isn’t designed for hosting rock bands, and it shows. The unassuming taco shack on Hillsborough Rd. features a long, narrow floorplan, divided by an elevated bar and chest-high barricade. The stage, if you want to call it that, is little more than a nook set back into the middle of the room’s length, just large enough for a drummer and some amps and placed so that, last night, most of the crowd would be treated to a side-view of the five performing acts. The sound was problematic, too.

But none of that really hindered the benefit concert organized as a fundraiser to help alleviate the medical bills that local artist Dan Melchior and his wife, Letha Rodman Melchior, have been accruing since Letha’s cancer diagnosis more than a year ago. The show, despite the less-than-ideal setup, roared away.

Plagued by feedback from the PA, and inaudible backing vocals, for instance, Spider Bags started their headlining set at a disadvantage. Still, through the course of it, and especially in their more well-known songs—“Que Viva El Rocanroll,” “Teenage Eyes” and “Dog In The Snow”—the band managed a solid performance.
That handicap was exacerbated by their placement behind a double header of scrappy, relatively new bands. Charlotte’s Paint Fumes slobbered through a half-hour of addictive garage rock, sneaking flashes of 13th Floor Elevators psych-rock and Cramps surf into their set (which ended, naturally, with a busted Silvertone and a cymbal tossed off the drum kit). Flesh Wounds—the Chapel Hill trio of Last Year’s Men’s Montgomery Morris, The Moaners’ Laura King and The Future Kings of Nowhere’s Dan Kinney—offered a set of Oblivians-inspired garage favorably shaded with early-Jawbreaker melodies.

Brainbows’ post-punk rumble and Snake’s fluid twang-jam served as capable openers as the audience, which eventually spilled out onto La Salamandra’s large patio, filled the room. It’s easy—and probably unavoidable—to wonder if the show might’ve been better in a different venue with stage lighting and a better sound system, but that actually misses the point.

Craig Powell—the Durham promoter who often books shows at his nearby house, The Layabout—took the mic between sets to remind the gathered crowd why they were here, and why he’d organized this gig. Dan Melchior Und Das Menace, the band in which Letha Melchior Rodman plays with her husband, played both Powell’s 29th and 30th birthday parties, he said. This was about returning the favor, he said: “It’s the least we can do for them."

Donate to Dan and Letha Melchior at melchiorfund.blogspot.com.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Music



Twitter Activity

Comments

Can you fix the link to the MP3 download?

by jefftb on Airiel Down cuts new N.C. State fight song: Intense, bro (Music)

SocialMonkee is a must-have for anyone wanting to take their online business to the next level, so don't miss out …

by jyothi chipbyte on The Monkees understand: Micky Dolenz on the band's reunion (Music)

Most Read

Most Recent Comments

Can you fix the link to the MP3 download?

by jefftb on Airiel Down cuts new N.C. State fight song: Intense, bro (Music)

SocialMonkee is a must-have for anyone wanting to take their online business to the next level, so don't miss out …

by jyothi chipbyte on The Monkees understand: Micky Dolenz on the band's reunion (Music)

All I can say is: War on Drugs: Suck My Cock! I saw Sun Kil Moon at the Town Hall …

by Sebastian Harley on Hopscotch, Night Two: A picnic (Music)

Hey Patrick, I wrote a press release in April for Spider Bags. Merge opted not to use it, except for …

by David Klein on Spider Bags Ride Again with a New Record in August—Listen to Two Tracks Now (Music)

I was proud to be apart of Mr. Willie's sister *Mary Alice Lowery Tyler ....I learned this family was music …

by Crystal Lowery on Proud to call him Lumbee: Willie French Lowery, 1944-2012 (Music)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation