Hookers, Against the Grain | Reggie's Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Hookers, Against the Grain Recommended 17+ Soundboard Image

When: Wed., Aug. 21, 8 p.m. 2013

How badass is the stage name “Rock ’n’ Roll Outlaw”? Give it to a guy wearing spiked leather arm braces and singing in a raucous, guttural Danzig yowl, and that’s a front man—it’s also basically Hookers vocalist Adam Neal. He founded this Louisville hardcore-punk-turned-metal-punk band in ’94, influenced by the likes of the Dwarves, and ended up under the same sleaze-punk umbrella as Zeke, Nashville Pussy, and the Candy Snatchers. The Hookers’ nearly 20-year catalog of seven-inches and LPs includes memorable tracks such as “Hometown Slut” and “Ball Crusher Love Machine,” so it’s safe to assume they’re neither the most romantic nor the most PC of dudes—but if you’re expecting candy and flowers from long-haired, bearded evildoers, well, the problem might be with you. Hookers’ most recent full-length, 2011’s Horror Rises From the Tombs, perfectly blends the straight-up nasty punk from their ’98 debut, Satan’s Highway, and the more metal-flavored horror rock ’n’ roll of 1999’s Black Visions of Crimson Wisdom. —Kevin Warwick Against the Grain opens.

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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