If there was anything positive about having a bunch of crappy bands play before Pissed Jeans last night, it was that it gave me a lot of extra time to go through all the used boxes of 7"-ers that Redscroll brought along with them. I ended up with a whole bunch of good stuff for cheap, including the one-sided Homostupids 7" on Richie, and a Death Penis EP (yes, Death Penis) that I didn't even know existed... Pissed Jeans started off with Matt booming out the opening verse to Stone Temple Pilots "Dead and Bloated" ("I aaammm smelling like a rose..."), and then they immediately tore into their set, which was a total barn-burner to be sure. Standing on the stage meant that I was behind the PA, which made it harder to hear the vocals, but it also put me right in front of the guitar amps, making the whole set sound like one glorious ass-heavy riff after another. I guess a lot of people like to say that Pissed Jeans are channeling Flipper and Drunks With Guns, which I think misses the mark a bit, because their use of hard rock riffs goes well beyond either of those bands. I think Pissed Jeans are more aligned with stuff like Thee Hydrogen Terrors, or maybe Unsane Lite when they're at their noisiest... I'm not sure if they did any covers; one of the songs towards the end almost sounded like "Whole Lotta Rosie" sped up (which would be totally killer if they actually tried it), but without the vocals it wasn't easy to tell... The two rips I'm posting here are from their first two LPs; I'm picking "A Bad Wind" as one of them mostly because some little twerp once told me it sounded like something off Nirvana's "Bleach". Motherfucker.
"A Bad Wind"