Saturday, June 26, 2010
Roky Erickson in Louisville
Haven't heard Roky's new album with Okkervil River yet (as a matter of fact, I've never heard Okkervil River), but you just can't pass the opportunity to see a legend. He played here live Friday night for Wild -n- Woolly Video's 13th anniversary party. It was quite a show.
Locals Bad Blood opened with some garage R & B (good set!), followed by local cassette underground star Montag. Phantom Family Halo psychedelicized the joint next, closing their set with a duet between Todd Brashear (Wild -n- Woolly's owner, bass player for Slint on Spiderland, and occasional Palace Brother) and Will Oldham.
Roky was not being backed by Okkervil River, as far as I could tell, but the band was very good. The sound was bad most of the night (why do Headliners soundmen hate guitar players?), and while they got Roky's band sounding good, Roky's vocals sounded like crap. Nonetheless, it was a great show, and Roky was in good form.
If Roky comes to your town, go see him. It's a strong show. And who knows? Maybe your soundman won't suck.