HOLY SMOKE CLEANSING WAVE FRIGGIN' KILLED LAST NIGHT
Holy shit, I can't remember it being any more muggy at The Whitney House than it was yesterday. There was actually a bit of a breeze outside which was keeping things sort of cool, but as soon as you'd open the downstairs door to take a half-step inside, the air would hit you like a wall. There was so much humidity in the basement that walking around inside was like wading through a loaf of bread.
I really like the Cleansing Wave demo (and the 7" EP now, too, naturally), but the first couple of times I saw them at Whitney House, the sound was kinda murky and I couldn't really get into it (plus there was the matter of the smoke machine and the green lights, too). Last night was totally different, though -- Cleansing Wave ripped right from the start, and every song crunched and every riff was punchy as hell. I literally stood there afterwards with my mouth open going, "wow, these guys just played a hell of a set." Definitely a great band.
Oiltanker played their first show in about a year, and understandably were a bit rusty, but they still sounded like a thousand jackhammers. Jim Martin was there, shooting video of their set; he had a separate lighting set-up to try to make everything look good, it'll be interesting to see what comes out of it. I finally got to buy the Oiltanker split 12" with No Tomorrow, which is on really neat-looking swirly green vinyl, you should pick it up (plus No Tomorrow are pretty good, I'm just starting to figure that out).
Cleansing Wave -