Wednesday 11 March 2015

On Stage: Meatbodies

Garage rockers Meatbodies, who started out as Chad and the Meatbodies, released their self-titled debut album last year and are currently touring around the clubs. Their mix of garage rock, metal riffs and psychedelica sounds quite tempting. Front man and singer Chad Ubovich played with Ty Segall, Fuzz and Mikal Cronin, so I don't need any more persuasion to flip out my Indiestad pass and head over to Bitterzoet to see them play live.

Meatbodies at Bitterzoet Amsterdam, March 8 2015

When I arrive at the venue support act Arrows of Love clearly already have started, judging from the loud noise coming from the club. Indeed the band is very loudly playing their set that is quite uncontrolled and simply submerges in loud noise. It is mostly very blunt and it's hard to make something of their songs. Later on Meatbodies show how it's done properly. This band is playing very loud as well, but this time the sound is more balanced and very powerful. Heavy riffs alternate with catchy guitars and psychedelic jams.

Ubovich is a bit hidden at the side of the stage and behind his long hair, where guitar player Patrick Nolan is standing in the spot lights at the other side. Nolan is complementing the vocals and is adding a light touch to the songs. You'd expect a show heavy on testosterone with those pounding metal riffs, but the foursome know how to pace themselves and add plenty of subtleties and light details to prevent their music from being too heavy on the stomach. The band is not wasting much time and is going through their set in a high tempo. With only one album out they end their convincing show after only fourty five minutes, but definitely leave a good impression.

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