Apr 21, 2023

Trixter / Bastardane - Vintage Vinyl

Category: Live Reviews



Vintage Vinyl Bel Air

Bel Air, MD


BASTARDANE Set List: Chum, Bass Breaks, Gaslight, Queen, 7even, Grand Slam, Imposter, Gut Rot, Above All

 TRIXTER Set List:  Rockin’ Horse, Heart of Steel, Tattoos & Misery, Road of a Thousand Dreams, Surrender, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Paul Simon cover), One In A Million, You’d Stick Out, Waiting in That Line, A Million To One (KISS cover, joined by Ted Merrell on guitar), Bad Girl, Give It To Me Good

Record Store Day took place on April 21, 2023 and while the main draw for the day was a nice selection of rare vinyl releases which were ONLY available in store(s), at Vintage Vinyl in Bel Air there was also a FREE concert featuring Trixter and Bastardane.


Trixter performed as a three piece act featuring original members: guitarist Steve Brown and bassist P.J. Farley.  Steve handled most of the vocals while playing guitar and randomly P.J. would tackle some lead vocals while mostly anchoring down the bass and backing vocals.  Ironically, P.J. was in town the week prior playing bass with wrestler turned rocker Chris Jericho's band Fozzy.


Trixter’s set was loose, fun, and at times reminiscent of Steel Panther because Steve and P.J. joked constantly and even tossed in 2 cover songs.  The crowd was happy to see Trixter and fans brought old school merch for them to autograph.  Steve told the crowd that he had just finished  recording the new Ace Frehley solo record and he shared a story about how he had gotten Ace to autograph an original Eight Track at Creatures Fest.  A Fan in attendance gave Steve a cool gift, an original vintage, still in it’s original case “Ace Frehley - 78” solo record eight track.    Trixter covered “A Million To One” by KISS and joining them on lead guitar for that song was Maryland’s own Ted Merrill. Steve made it a point to pay homage to Eddie Van Halen by stating that almost everything he had done on guitar was somehow influenced by Van Halen.

Trixter closed their set with their biggest hit, “Give It To Me Good” and then proceeded to sign autographs and take photos with fans for almost an hour.


Vintage Vinyl's own Dave W. and sons brought on Bastardane and thanked the crowd for showing up and supporting his store.

Bastardane closed the day with a bang as they churned through an hour long set of all original material. Bastardane features James Hetfield’s (Metallica) song Castor on drums and musically Bastardane are a mix of Stoner rock, Thrash, and art rock.  


Lead singer Jake Dallas moves about the stage like a spastic Jim Morrison, decked out in an army green military jacket with adorning red studded belt.  Jake’s vocals are gutteral at times and poetically imperfect while Ethan Sirotzki’s guitar work is thick in tone and fills in the sound gaps with treble soaked darkness.  The band brought along a new bass player and he added strength to the bands sound while Castor held down the backbeat and played the drums like a madman.  Castor was sticking his tongue out, banging his head, and looking an awful lot like his Dad from the “Master of Puppets” era.

Bastardane sounded great and they brought Record Store Day to an awesome close.  The band members stuck around before Trixter’s set, watched all of the Trixter show, and after their set they met fans, signed autographs, and posed for photo’s with fans.

Special shout out and thank you to Vintage Vinyl Bel Air for hosting this fun event.  Vintage Vinyl is hosting a FREE meet and greet with Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher on May 10, 2023 from noon to 1 AM.

Author: Bob Suehs