When: Fri., Feb. 3, 8 p.m. 2012
You know, I'm not sure anyone has ever said to "Dixie" Dave Collins, "Your only problem is you aren't in enough bands." The grody, shrieking, one-big-toed wonder—you may know him as the bassist in Buzzov-en, Weedeater, and Bongzilla—is nevertheless back again with this sludge supergroup, which also includes drummer Erik Larson of Alabama Thunderpussy, guitarist Vince Burke of Beaten Back to Pure, and vocalist T-roy Medlin of Buzzov-en and Sourvein. Since the only other Hail! Hornet album was nearly five years ago, I suspect a lot of people weren't seriously expecting a follow-up, which made last summer's Disperse the Curse (Relapse) a pleasant surprise. Its sticky, dirty, bone-simple riffs move the way you'd expect backwoods zombies to walk, once they'd gotten completely shitfaced by eating already well-fermented redneck brains—and that stays true whether you favor the slow-zombie or fast-zombie theory, because "bone-simple" doesn't necessarily mean "monotonous." Hail! Hornet share the bill with openers Zoroaster and a real special treat: a screening of the long-awaited documentary Slow Southern Steel. Codirected by Rwake vocalist CT, the film includes footage of and interviews with a slew of bands from below the Mason-Dixon: Eyehategod, Zoroaster, Buzzov-en, Torche, Black Skies, Sourvein, et cetera. It does its damnedest to put the southern underground metal movement of the past 20 years in a social and cultural context, refuting some stereotypes and taking great glee in others. —Monica Kendrick A screening of the southern-heavy-band documentary Slow Southern Steel accompanies Hail! Hornet's performance.
Price: $20, $16 in advance