6 STAR GENERAL
The Parlour, Providence, RI
Winter is winding down but it is still bitter cold as I brave the frozen tundra to ride my sled dogs to Providence to see two great bands for a 75orless records night. Where are all the sunny tundras? The Parlour is a nice place to play a show or see one. I just don’t like the paintings of giant Marshall amps on the rear of the stage. I think it makes the real amps look small and is distracting, it makes it cheesy if you videotape your set or take pictures, but hey, what do I know about sliced bread? 6 Star General have small amps but big sounds. Singer and bassist Mark is ever entertaining as a frontman, with asides, introductions, observations, and conversations between songs. 6 Star General have been winning hearts and minds with their blend of 90’s college rock and punky alternative for over a decade and they have this down to a sweet science. Well placed covers of Daniel Johnston, Grandaddy, and Camper Van Beethoven give you a glimpse of their influences. The night might have been running late, because their set seemed a bit short to me, but that’s rock and roll sometimes.
After a short break Sick Pills storm the stage, like well mannered Vikings. Singer/ guitar player Chris Evil has been playing around New England in Blood Moons and Chris Evil & the Taints for many a year. This band mixes his punk and garage influences with a bit more straight up rock ’n’ or roll. They do a cool version of “Goodbye Horses” from Silence of the Lambs, but rely mainly on their well crafted catchy punk nuggets. This is their first show in a couple of years with their old drummer, but they sound pretty well rehearsed. These two veteran bands of the Providence punk and whatever scene make the frostbite worthwhile. (Eric Baylies)
No Main St
with Six Star General, Empty Vessels, and Worst Days
Pre-Fest Pizza Party & Rhode Anchor’s Hot Rod gathering / Pre-Ty Jesso’s Soul Power Dance Party
with Junior Beat, Sonic Grifters, Six Star General
What’s the perfect way for a film to ring in its glorious transition to DVD? With live music, of course! That’s what was on tap at The Parlour on North Main in Providence last Saturday. Local musician and comedy whiz Adam Theroux (who you might know as Hank Sinatra Jr. ) recently directed a thrilling suspense film called The Final Obsession and a bunch of The Creative Capital’s finest gathered to celebrate the film’s DVD release. Singer-songwriter Dan White (who also acted in the film), indie fuzz fiends Six Star General, Theroux’s revival of his music project Bi Anal Ham Sandwich and hair metal maniacs Teazer put on a rocking array of riffs and laughs. As the saying goes, if you weren’t here then you weren’t anywhere.
Igniting the festivities with an acoustic guitar and keyboard, Theroux as Bi Anal Ham Sandwich took the stage with heavy doses of hilarity. Spelled wrong but on point, “Hyroglyphics” had Theroux singing about creating drawings of himself in his own image and how cool they’d be. An homage to an essential appliance, “Extension Cord” gave a long neglected outlet some love. Rick-rolling the crowd with a keyboard rendition of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” as a whistling take on No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” had everyone chuckling. He ending his performance with a request from the crowd, “Girl With Pink Eyes.”
With an elegant backwoods style, Dan White went up with an acoustic of his own for a soothing array of tunes. White has a booming and soulful voice that comes straight from the heart; it took over the room and it grabbed everyone’s undivided attention. A mix of songs telling stories of evading outlaws, heartbreak and self-doubt made for a magnificent set. It was really good to see White back playing again after a little hiatus. Make sure to catch him next time he plays in your neighborhood.
Straight out of Warren is a band very much loved by a certain columnist who writes for Motif — Six Star General got highly amplified. Old school punk in the vein of Husker Du and Built To Spill resonated throughout The Parlour with thunderous authority. The trio of Mark “Slick” MacDougall on bass, Kyle Jackson on guitar and Daniel Ulmschneider on drums kicked total musical ass. Slick’s bass has that raw, fuzzy tone you have to fall in love with. Jackson nailed the solos on his red hot rod fashioned guitar with precision. Ulmschneider proved he’s one of the most underrated drummers in The Ocean State by how powerful he is with his sticks. Six Star General should be putting out something new in the near future; keep track of MacDougall’s label 75orLess Records at 75orLess.com
Finishing the night off was a band that’s always a treat to see live. One of the best metal bands in Rhode Island, Teazer have a distinct habit of bringing the house down and on Saturday, they brought an epic amount of scorching guitar riffs and sheer, unadulterated intensity. There are few quartets as talented as Ray Manzera on guitar, Bobbi Deluca on bass, Bobbi’s brother Scotti “The Hammer” Deluca on drums and frontman Denny Palmari. These guys always bring the goods on stage, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden fans take notice. You’re guaranteed to have a good time when Teazer is playing, so go out and see them live to get rocked.
Overall, a very fun night. Fantastic music all around and for something equally fantastic, get a DVD copy of The Final Obsession. It features a few local celebrities showing their acting chops and it’s bound to send chills up your spine. Also, head over to The Parlour if you haven’t yet. They have something happening every night, and they have all the whiskey and beer you can ask for along with some fantastic food.
Order Your Copy Of The Final Obsession Here: http://thefinalobsession.weebly.com
The Parlour’s Website: http://theparlourri.com
Bi Anal Ham Sandwich On Last.Fm: http://www.last.fm/music/Bi+Anal+Ham+Sandwich
Six Star General’s Website: http://sixstargeneral.com
Teazer on BandCamp: https://teazerrocksyourfaceri.bandcamp.com
with Dan White, Lame Genie, Six Star General, and Teazer
No Main Street
Free all day fundraiser featuring a crapload of bands from the 75orLess music label –
local beer breweries, kids activities…..grassy fields and hills….fresh air!
featuring performances by….
Bob Kendall Band
Jets Can’t Land
Six Star General
Matt Fraza Band
The Lincoln Tunnel
Jeff the Postman with Prescott Cronin
Burr’s Hill Park (across from the Warren Beach)
600 Water Street
Warren RI 02885
$11.00 S&H Included
$11.00 S&H Included
Limited to 25 copies. These singles consist of clear poly-plastic with holographic, kraft, white, or clear numbered jackets. The four options are shown in the photo above. All styles while supplies last.
There is no digital download for this release. However, both songs are available on albums.
Jodie Treloar reinvents a song from Six Star General’s vinyl-only release “These Woods Smell Like Grape” and Six Star General contributes a song from their full-length album “Hair Supply,” which features choral vocal contributions from Mark Cutler, Suicide Bill, Jodie Treloar, and Dan Ulmschneider (Coma Coma, Bob Kendall Band) with piano from Tom Chance (The Propellers.)
This is not vinyl.
opening for Local H and Aeges