State Theatre Portland
Weedeater

Weedeater

The Skull, High Tone Son Of A Bitch

Wed, April 24, 2019

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Port City Music Hall

Portland, ME

$20 Advance / $25 Day of Show

This event is all ages

Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. PCMH box office will open one hour before doors night of show.

Weedeater
Weedeater
Those infamous sludge outlaws WEEDEATER finally return with their long-awaited fifth full-length 'Goliathan'. Their new album marks the crossroads where true Southern rock and metal meet raw humour, old religion, as well as weed and whiskey. 'Goliathan' embodies the band's trademark shuffle and swagger at their fullest. Syrupy slow riffs are buoyed by canyon-deep bass and some of the hardest-hitting drumming since Keith Moon. Full-on bruisers such as "Cain Enabler", "Claw of the Sloth", and the aptly-named "Bully" demonstrate that 'Goliathan' is delivering a vintage WEEDEATER and the soon-to-be gold standard of Southern sludge metal. At its founding, the band rose like a doobie phoenix out of the ashes of BUZZOV•EN. When the cult sludge act called it a day, bass player Dave "Dixie" Collins teamed up with guitarist Dave "Shep" Shepherd and founded WEEDEATER in the harbor town of Wilmington about the year 1998. Their crushing and massive first full-length ‘…and Justice for Y’all’ (2001) created an immediate buzz, while critics were struggling to put a tag on their sound. Nearly everybody agreed that stoner rock, doom, sludge and some crusty elements were part of the mix, which the band simply calls "weed metal". The debut was produced by renowned engineer Billy Anderson (EYEHATEGOD, NEUROSIS) as well as sophomore album ‘Sixteen Tons’ (2002). WEEDEATER went out to perform live with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY among others. After some detours of Dixie Dave, who played shortly with BONGZILLA and SOURVEIN, third album ‘God Luck and Good Speed’ hit the world in 2007 and shifted the band’s focus slightly towards the stoner side. The latest full-length ‘Jason… the Dragon’ got delayed when vocalist Dixie Dave lost a toe due to an incident with his favourite shotgun. When the sludge driven album finally came out in 2011, shows in the US and Europe cemented the band's reputation as a fierce live entity. After signing to Season of Mist, WEEDEATER reissued their full back-catalogue on their new label. Yet the Bible Belt state of North Carolina, USA remains a fertile ground for hemp and stoner rock. 'Goliathan' makes the South smoke again. Lean back and let this monster record blow your mind!
The Skull
The Skull
Featuring vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner, formerly of metal legends Trouble, THE SKULL creates classic Sabbathian doom with a psych-tinged metal vision. The respected group's sophomore full-length, 'The Endless Road Turns Dark', benefits greatly from the pedigree and experience of the band’s members and pushes authentic, old-school metal to heavier and more foreboding places, fueled by burly riffing, metallic groove and a crushing punch. Ethereal and wonderfully moody with a heart of heavy metal beating at its center, the record delivers definitive doom metal full of powerful builds and mesmerizing dynamic range. More than a mere throwback, 'The Endless Road Turns Dark' is the work of a band that respects their fans, understands their own history, and still has their ears open to the current doom metal landscape. A wicked exercise in heavy metal majesty, 'The Endless Road Turns Dark'plays like a natural extension of the musicians exemplary work during their 20-plus years with Trouble and cements The Skull as modern day doom metal royalty.

Eric Wagner - vocals (Trouble)
Ron Holzner - bass (Trouble)
Lothar Keller - guitars (Sacred Dawn)
Rob Wrong - guitars (Witch Mountain)
Brian Dixon - drums (Cathedral)
High Tone Son Of A Bitch
High Tone Son Of A Bitch
Formed from the ashes of Oakland prog/doom sludge underground darlings Cruevo and preceding guitar player Paul Kott’s work in Sleep's Matt Pike-fronted Bay Area metal "supergroup" Kalas, High Tone Son of a Bitch was a "supergroup" unto itself. The band pulled together the talents of musicians who played with bands like Noothgrush, Hammers of Misfortune, Men of Porn, Neurosis, and others. Cut short by tragedy, HTSOB were true Bay Area pioneers.

The "Better You Than Me" EP is the first and only physical release from this San Francisco and Oakland, CA band. It's a solid, epic stoner rock album. It’s not as darkly psychedelic, or as doom metal-tinged as HTSOB's second, unreleased album "Velocipede". "Better You Than Me" is notable in part for it's connection to the legacy of a number of other notable Bay Area bands, and for the participation of Neurosis bass player Dave Edwardson on Moog synthesizer on the outtro of the final song "Last Dance". High Tone Son of a Bitch was in some ways a precursor to the Matt Pike-fronted project Kalas, a band guitarist Paul Kott and early HTSOB drummer Scott Plumb would later play in together. HTSOB, it could be argued, was formed from the ashes of the popular Oakland psychedellic sludge/doom crust band Cruevo, which Paul and Scott had founded. Cruevo had a single release out, a split with fellow Oakland sludge band Brainoil, and Cruevo was playing Oakland house parties with bands like High On Fire as they were first coming up in the very early 00s. Ron Nichols was playing bass in Cruevo's final lineup when the band broke up in an explosive fashion typical for so many underground bands. Lineup changes, sex, and drugs all played their part in Cruevo's demise, but it was differing visions of their rock n' roll legacy that led guitarist Paul Kott and bass player Ron Nichols to part ways with drummer Scott Plumb early on. Paul's brother Andrew Kott had joined the band on guitars, and Scott's main concern was Paul, Andrew, and Ron's interest in exploring melodic vocals instead of the crusty punk rock screaming style that Cruevo had been known for. "Better You Than Me" was written in very fluid fashion, with the brothers quickly spitting out riffs, and Ron's bass lines fitting like puzzle pieces. The guitar riffs are all catchy and heavy, but it's Ron's bass lines that set the songwriting on this album apart from a typical stoner rock band. HTSOB teamed up on this record with well-regarded drummer Andee Conners, known more for a more eclectic style in previous bands like A Minor Forest. On vocals, the band brought Portland, OR transplant Scott Wagner. Scott's vocal power helps set the band well apart from their contemporaries at the time the album was recorded and released. "Better You Than Me" was released by Shifty Records and Unknown Controller in the United States, and by Spain's Throne Records in Europe. HTSOB toured with Brainoil on the West Coast to support the release of the EP, but the release was better received in Europe than it was in the US even though the band never toured overseas at all.

"Velocipede" is the second EP by HTSOB. The band were exploring a return to melodic vocals in a much more classic doom style on Velocipede before that stuff was cool or hip. Velocipede definitely explores more of the obscure 70s rock and doom metal influences the band had, along with the more eclectic influences that were creeping into the band's sound. The album was recorded in late 2004, and was slated to be released in early 2005. Andrew's drug addiction, which eventually claimed his life, was beginning to interfere with the band’s success toward the end of the recording process. HTSOB unfortunately broke up before a scheduled European tour designed to promote the release. The break up resulted in both the English label, Organ, shelving the CD release of the EP and the Spanish label, Throne, axing the planned release of both "Velocipede" and "Better You Than Me" as two sides of a single Vinyl LP record. On "Velocipede", HTSOB are more mature musically, with a darker and more psychedelic doom side of the band emerging. Andrew's leads are far more complex and soulfully developed, his pain is audible in every lick, and shared by his brother in the agonizing dual bends and leads on this EP. "Better You Than Me"'s vocalist, Scott Wagner was replaced after he moved back to Portland. OR for a job and home ownership by Russ Kent, guitarist for lauded underground sludge/doom band Noothgrush, and vocalist for early Bay Area thrash metalers Messiah. Russ brings a more metallic, classic doom sensibility to the sound, and he also played Moog synthesizer live and at pracitce, so the band was able to explore more synth elements on this EP. Andee Conners was replaced on drums with a revolving, Spinal Tap style pantheon of drummers, until the band finally found a match in Johann Zamora, who had played drums for other Bay Area stoner and sludge/doom type outfits like Totimoshi and Men of Porn before joining HTSOB. The band did tour the West Coast prior to the planned release date to generate excitement, but tragedy struck, and with Andrew's death in 2008, there seemed to be no possibility of a reunion, and "Velocipede" served as the final testimony of this interesting, creative Bay Area band.
Venue Information:
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101