Thursday, July 18, 2013

Live Review: The Rough Seven 5/4/13 Siberia, New Orleans, LA

The Rough Seven  
Siberia, New Orleans, LA 5/4/13

Late night shows around Jazzfest proper add extra spice to the festival weekend while keeping the party going well into the wee hours and at Siberia on Saturday night (and Sunday morning) things were anything but chill.

Opening the festivities were The Unnatural's, using their local flavor the trio of Kevin Bowles, Jenn Attaway and Dano Cardona played a blend of rockabilly and surf in a dirty style (think The Ventures scuzzed up) that is as intoxicating as a Whiskey Smash. Strictly instrumental the group let their fine chops do the talking.

Next was the Ratty Scurvics Trio, Ratty was on double duty tonight as he would later play piano with the Rough Seven, but with his trio he strummed acoustic guitar and sang with a powerful voice. Scurvics works with a theatrical flair, singing deep, recalling a stripped down version of David Bowie.  

When The Rough Seven took the stage they wasted zero time blazing into their tune "Meltdown" with the dueling guitars of front man Ryan Scully and lead guitar slinger Rob Cambre lighting up the dark bar.  The slow burning/building emotional tune was a clear set highlight, the band played as only a 5 piece tonight as the backup singers Meschiya Lake and Erica Lewis got a break from the chaos. "Golden Parachute" rang out strong and true as the band smashed out their low-down-mortgage blues with abandon. “Had A Home” speaks to the post-Katrina problems that still plague the city and probably always will. Ratty manned the piano for the Rough riders as C J Floyd popped the bass-line while Mike Andrepont kept the beat.

The pumping cover of the MC5's raucous "Kick Out The Jams" was a blast of pure balls out excitement; this group possesses the energy and passion that make live rock and roll vital for the soul.

We talked about this show in the Sazerwrap, but we needed a full on review of it.  Support The Unnatural's here, Ratty here and The Rough Seven Here. a few vid's of the bands below:
 The Unnaturals

Ratty Scurvics (With the Black Market Butchers)

R. Scully Rough 7 "St. Anthony"

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