The Lost Horizon was rocking last night with some killer original rock with locals the Born Again Savages and Amerikan Primitive opening up for ‘Hellbilly’ rockers The Supersuckers. Now, just to disclose; I took off just as A.P. was nearing the end of their set, kids first day of school and all so a parent has to be up and ready for anything. There, that is disclosed. I hated to leave with Hellbound Glory coming up and of course The Supersuckers, but priorities man, priorities.
Honestly, I had promised guitar Joe of Born Again Savages awhile ago to be here and damn it if I wasn’t truly stunned by those guys, and girl for a song, I believe her name is Lori Ann, she was a raven-haired vision and she fit in perfectly. The band, to me, has a lot of NYC punk influences, especially Tom Carpenter and his words within the tunes, a bit of F-this and sh*t on that with their own brand of ‘love songs’ mixed in. By love songs, the kind that tell that other person where to go and more. The band had plenty of in your face guitar work that had this writer banging his head a little. They have a new CD coming out soon so it is good to know that these guys will be out more and if you miss them, well, you just may be an idiot. Carpenter is part comedian onstage saying ‘we’re the ugliest band in Syracuse!’ Throw in that wild twin guitar attack with the wild tricks up Joe’s sleeve, the guy used a pole, the floor, whatever to make some really insane sounds, and these guys just blasted it.
Amerikan Primitive came on next and the volume went up just a little as the band simply knocked you in the chest with some ‘fresh rock’ as Jeff Moleski loves to say. Tight, loud, excellent original work on each song. I was always impressed by Sue Karlick’s guitar work, more so live. Yes, a female guitarist that puts an awful lot of local shredders and shredder wannabes to shame; solid, flawless work by the entire band. Each bridge, each tempo change within the songs were impeccable and a lesson on how to write a song, period. The band is simply bad ass.
Amerikan Primitive had a ton of energy as did Born Again Savages so maybe more of you young guns should take notes and check these bands out. The crowd filtered in slowly as The Supersuckers neared and it was quite an eclectic group of people as it should be at any rock show; so to the naysayers wielding their acoustics high and some writing with their noses even higher I say nay to you! Plug it in and turn it up, rock lives in Syracuse!