The Slip @ Brooklyn Bowl, 7/14/11
Seeming to explore nearly every style of guitar music last Thursday night at the Brooklyn Bowl, Boston trio The Slip took us from pedal distortions to Delta blues riffs, through heavy, Black Sabbath-like metal jams, even throwing in a few licks as clear and definitive as “Wild Thing.”
Their truly impressive, nearly two hour-long set showed just how talented the group really is. The band often led into expansive songs with building, experimental instrumentals (occasionally a bit too jam band-y for my taste) just before guitarist and lead singer Brad Barr exploded into epic, wailing, volatile guitar riffs almost reminiscent of Hendrix’ “Star Spangled Banner.” Marc Friedman’s bass playing could literally be felt vibrating through you, tingling your arm hairs, and Andrew Barr’s (brother of Brad) drums were thrashing, and prominent and definitely not there just to keep the beat.
Definitely a band to keep on your radar, if you weren’t able to see them this time around, be sure to catch them next time they’re in town.