Gearphoria Vol 4, No 1

72 GEARPHORIA SEP/OCT 2015 REVIEWS u ARTIST: King’s X VENUE: Scout Bar - Houston, TX DATE: July 18, 2015 VERDICT: FASTLY approaching the 30th an- niversary of their debut release Out Of The Silent Planet , Texas rock trio King’s X — Jerry Gaskill (drums/ vocals), Ty Tabor (guitar/vocals) and Doug Pinnick (bass/vocals) — hit the road earlier in the summer for a string of dates ahead of an expected studio stay to work on the band’s first album of new material since 2008’s XV . King’s X has long been considered the band that other band’s dig, which is a hell of a compliment, but at the end of the day, doesn’t sell many records. Among the bands that point to King’s X as an influence? Pearl Jam, Extreme, Anthrax, Big Wreck and so on. On a hot Houston night, the band returned ‘home’ (though none of the members currently live there) for the first time in a while and dished out a near two-hour set of classic groove, gravy-thick crunch and soaring three-part vocal harmonies. Kicking off with their standard opener, ‘Groove Machine’ off of 2002’s Tape Head , the band segued right into ‘The World Around Me’ off of their unnamed forth album. A rarer song for a King’s X live show, the tune is complex and requires a fair bit of fretboard and vocal dexterity that the band pulled off admirably. The band then turned to a pair of songs from the Brendan O’Brien-produced Dogman album… the thunderous ‘Pillow’ and soulful ‘Flies & Blue Skies’. ‘Thinkin’ and Wonderin’ off of Ear Candy was another rare treat of tribal drums and guitar rave-ups and backing harmonies. Three out of next five songs were all from the band’s landmark second album, Gretchen Goes to Nebraska — the pounding ‘Everybody Knows A Little Bit’, anthemic ‘Over My Head’ and etherial ‘Pleiades’. The band closed the set with a playful, yet skillful version of ‘We Were Born To Be Loved’ from the Faith Hope Love album. The sig- nature groove, and stops and starts, during the song’s outro is worth the price of the ticket alone… prompt- ing the guy next to me at the show to lean over and exclaim “That never gets old!” Pinnick was a little sloppier than he would have liked on a couple of those riffs, saying aloud “I messed that up!” So he called Tabor to 2015 finds unsung rock trio King’s X in fine form IN CONCERT center stage and the two riffed on it until they got it right… smiling the whole time. For the encore the band played the newer ‘Go Tell Somebody’ followed by staples ‘Dogman’ and ‘Goldilox’. Per usual, Pinnick turned the mic on the crowd and let them sing the finale. Every member of the audi- ence, 19 to 90, knew every word. That’s King’s X. G