1/13/06 - 9th Wave
and The Outpatients
in Brooklyn, NYC
Saloon in beautiful Brooklyn, NY was hopping Friday (1/13) as
9th Wave &
Outpatients cranked out the reverb and burned the house down. With
flames adoring the walls outside of Hank's, it seemed fitting to have
tiki torches burning inside as well.
9th Wave took the newly built stage at Hank's promptly at 10 pm. The
crowd had begun to fill in and every bar stool was full. They opened
with several originals including the reverb-iest version of Ridin'
the Chop, before kickin' into a few 9th Wave classics, including
Mule Train and Short Board Action. The biggest surprise of the night
happened when Staccato called
up on stage for an impromptu version of Cocaine
Blues, one of Negative Ed's favs. (PS - Ed's b-day is Tuesday). This
was the night for firsts as Mike decided to introduce the newest 9th
Wave tune, Creepsters From the Deep. This is a funky toe-tapping
twangy tune, with a much more upbeat sound than the name would
imply. I had a lot of fun hearing it and 9th Wave had a lot fun
playing it. I might refer to it as psycho-lite. The set ending with
two powerful songs, 9th Wave's hotrod melody Full Throttle (aka WFO)
and the infamous Miserlou, which rounded out an almost hour-long
Which brings us to The Outpatients. This was the first time I have
been able to catch a full set by this band and I was truly pleased
with their clean surf-a-billy, garage sound. Eric, on his Fender
Strat, was able to bring this band to new heights, especially with a
kick-ass rhythm section like Tony & Steve. I wouldn't consider The
Outpatients a surf band, but more of an instro band a la Link Wray,
with a bit of rockabilly and country as well. In fact, in honor of
Link they played the very popular The Shadow. A few other highlights
of the set were Swampfire, Caveman, and Midnight. You don't get to
hear this type of fuzz guitar played too often or this well. The
sound wasn't exotica, but more in the in burlesque vein, and The
Outpatients certainly had the women shimmy-ing to their all-instro
sounds. I look forward to seeing them at the next
Otto's on February 4.
I was pleased to see several other NESMA bands in the joint
supporting and networking as only NESMAniacs seem to be able to do.
In the house that night were members of
, and the
. An new honorary member of 9th Wave, Sean Kershaw(New Jack
Ramblers & Blind Pharoahs) recorded the show that night with his
brand new toy that Santa left under his tree.
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