Pineapple Jack’s PA system has two settings: loud and off. And it certainly wasn’t off Friday night as Rock ’n’ Roll Social Club strangled and pummeled its instruments in an intense and fun set of energetic hard rock. This band is essentially BoneYard minus king of the multi-octave wail, JJ Lang, and with the addition of the king of stomp and twang Little Keith. The band is still in its transitional period as far as composition and comfort goes, but has already arrived at the intensity level afforded by the band’s collective experience, even with the new line-up’s stitches still showing.
Charlotte, North Carolina’s Blanco Diablo followed with a blend of hard rock a couple of clicks past Motorhead and Thin Lizzy and into metal territory. For just three cats on board, this band was downright slick and ferocious. By the time the rock subsided and the smoke cleared I stumbled to the door with my head ringing. This was hard rock done right. Right on.
Humped the Chevy across town after that to catch the tail end of Brian Lindsay’s set at Lovin’ Cup. Lindsay and his band were in the home stretch when I rolled up and were nice enough to break out one of my favorite tunes of theirs, “Summerville.” Lindsay’s rock ’n’ roll is rivaled only by his prolific pen. Lindsay is our Boss.