Oct 23, 2022

The Toadies / Nashville Pussy - Fillmore

Category: Live Reviews

THE TOADIES / REVEREND HORTON HEAT / NASHVILLE PUSSY

10/23/22

Silver Spring, MD

The Fillmore

 THE TOADIES Set List:  Little Sin, Polly Jean, Push The Hand, Closer To You, Song I Hate, (Rubberneck) Mexican Hairless, Mister Love, Backslider, Possum Kingdom, Quitter, Away, I Come From The Water, Tyler, Happy Faces, Velvet, I Burn, ENCORE:  The Charmer, Rattler’s Revival, I Put A Spell On You

 REVEREND HORTON HEAT Set List:  Big Sky, Baddest Of The Bad, One Time For Me, Five-O Ford, In Your Wildest Dreams, Yeah Right, Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’, I Could Get Used To It, Liquor Beer & Wine, I Can’t Surf, Jezebel, Rockin’ Dog, 400 Bucks, Psychobilly Freakout, Galaxy 500, Ace of Spades (Motorhead cover)

 NASHVILLE PUSSY Set List:  Struttin Cock, Piece of Ass, Wrong Side Of A Gun, Cincinnati Drunk Daddy, Come On Come On, She Keeps Me Coming, CCKMP, Til The Meat Falls Off The Bone, Go Motherf**ker Go

 
Despite being often overlooked, 90’s culture truly shaped what became the current norm in society.  Styles which were once considered counter culture; tattoos, colored hair, piercings, and grunge aesthetics - all are things that became normal standards in American Society thanks to the 90’s.  

 Alternative music in the 90’s was a beautiful thing due to there being no true formula for how it was done; 90’s Alt rock was free form and edgy, there was an abundance of great music and record labels supported their artists.  MTV was still a “thing” throughout most of the Grunge era and this helped to make those bands a household name.  

 The Toadies were a proper mix of hard rock, grunge, and alt rock; their single “Possum Kingdom” was a rock radio smash and MTV spun their video on a daily basis.  The bands debut album “Rubberneck” was a dark, gloomy, hard rocker and The Toadies called it quits a few years after the release of “Rubberneck” only to re-group several years after.  During the break from The Toadies Vaden Todd formed a new group called The Burden Brothers but that band was put on the back burner once The Toadies decided to reactivate.  Flash forward to 2022 and The Toadies are on the road  supporting the re-release of “Rubberneck” alongside The Reverend Horton Heat and Nashville Pussy.

 Nashville Pussy hail from Atlanta, Georgia and their sound is a proper mix of AC/DC meets Ted Nugent; all of the grit, all of the glory, and more riffs than you can shake a stick at.  The core of the band is husband/wife duo Blaine Cartwright & Ruyter Suys along with bassist Bonnie Buitrago.

 Nashville Pussy are currently touring in support of their most recent product, a live record which was released in 2020 aptly titled, “Eaten Alive”.  The raw twin guitar attack of Nashville Pussy is what shapes their sound; Ruyter’s solo’s are hooky, sleazy, and catchy, while Blaine’s rhythm playing is to the point and very Malcolm Young-ish.  Nashville Pussy opened the show with a strong, powerful set which gave the crowd exactly what they came to see: a real, true, live, raw, dirty rock show!

 Nashville Pussy played a tight 30 minute set that got it in loud, fast, and hard.  Blayne drank beer from his cowboy hat and Ruyter broke all the strings off her guitar at the end of the set.  Nashville Pussy never play a half assed set, the band always gives all they have onstage and the crowd loved ever minute of the Nashville Pussy show.

 The Reverend Horton Heat was second on the bill and his set was flawless.  The Rev aka James C. Heath is a legend in the psychobilly scene and his style of guitar playing is an interesting mix of hard rock, rockabilly, country, surf, and at times punk.  The core members of the band have always been The Rev and bassist Jimbo Wallace.  The band’s last studio record came out in 2018 and is titled, “Whole New Life”.

 Heath has a signature guitar made by Gretsch titled “6120RHH”.  “Psychobilly Freakout” and “Wiggle Stick” were both featured on the original Beavis and Butthead show in video segments & many video games have featured music by The Reverend Horton Heat through the years.

 In 2021 Heath & Wallace started a new side project called The Jimbos which features Slim Jim Phantom from The Stray Cats on drums.

 What do The Toadies and The Reverend Horton Heat have in common besides being kick ass rock n roll bands?  They are both from Texas!

 Heath commented that the bands first three releases had recently been re-released on vinyl and that they were for sale at the merch table. After the show Jim and the boys signed autographs at the merch table and greeted fans.  Jim told random stories throughout the bands set and mentioned that he had filmed an episode of “Homicide Life on the Streets” which was filmed in Maryland (Harford County to be exact) and he later mentioned that Al Jourgenson from Ministry had mixed one of the bands newer songs and he spoke of how Jourgenson was a huge country music fan.  Heat closed their set with a cover of Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”.

 The Toadies formed in 1989 and their biggest single asks the question, “Do You Want To Die?”.  

 In 2014 The Toadies re-released “Rubberneck” with five unreleased bonus tracks for it’s 20th Anniversary and they performed the album in it’s entirety during their 2014 tour.

 The Toadies released a surprise EP titled, “Damn You All To Hell” on September 13, 2022 as they started their “Rubberneck” 25th Anniversary tour which features them once again performing their highest charting release in its entirety.  The EP features four previously unreleased songs including a cover of “Sound and Vision” by David Bowie.  Three of the songs were recorded during sessions for “The Lower Side of Uptown” while “Forgiven” was recorded during the “No Deliverance” sessions.

 The Toadies currently consist of:

Vaden Todd Lewis - vocals/guitar

Mark Reznicek - Drums

Clark Vogeler - guitar

Doni Blair - bass

 The Toadies sounded superb and Vaden’s vocals were clear and crisp.  The Fillmore were treated to great live renditions of “I Come From The Water”, “Song That I Hate”, and “Rattlers Revival”.

 Vaden and Clark wore flannel shirts and their music took the audience back to the 90’s when they played “Rubberneck” from start to finish.  Most of the crowd sang every single word to every single song and it was inspiring to witness so many people enjoying The Toadies music like that.

 At The Toadies merch table most most shirts were $35 and an autographed red vinyl copy of “Rubberneck” was $75.  Nashville Pussy had the best assortment of random merch because fans could buy everything from shirts, to hoodies, to signed 8X10’s, posters, pins, patches, guitar picks, cds, vinyl, and even a Peace Maker flexidisc.  

 Doors opened at 7 PM, the show started at 8 PM, and the entire night was over by 11:20 PM.

 What made this show so unique and so interesting was how diverse it truly was.  Each band brought their own unique style and sound to the stage and the crowd was open minded enough to enjoy it all and even the bands came out to watch each other’s sets and show support for each other.  There was definitely a vibe of unity amongst all of the bands and the crowd.

 

Author: Bob Suehs