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Monster Truck roars and rumbles in big, loud show

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The aptly named Monster Truck crushed it at Average Joes, Jan. 28 for a good sized, devil’s horns  Monster Truck guitarist Jeremy Widerman. Photo by Richard Amery  throwing, headbanging crowd.

 The hirsute Hamilton based rockers brought back the spirit of the ’70s, with a big, massive, loud, powerful guitar riffs, bone shaking bass and Steve Kieley’s massive drum sound that shook the foundations of the entire building. I’m so thankful I remembered ear plugs for this one. But a band like Monster Truck pretty much demands to be played and heard at top volume.

 Bassist Jon Harvey sang most of the throat shredding lead vocals, as he put one foot up on a plastic gig box set at his feet and leaned into his microphone, thumping and pounding at his bass which was front and centre of the Monster Truck’s, well  ‘monstrous’ sound.

Guitarist Jeremy Widerman writhed and wove all over the stage squeezing the life out of a pair of Gibson SGs when he wasn’t  singing lead vocals on a couple of songs.

 He sipped a Pilsner as he asked if any of the people in the audience were at their show opening for the Deaner’s band Nightseeker a few years back.

Brandon Bliss was lost in the shadows and in the massive sound as he pounded at a vintage Hammond XK3c organ, complete with a rotating Leslie speaker cabinet behind him, which was plugged into a Marshall amp right behind him.

Monster Truck bassist Jon Harvey. Photo by Richard Amery
 You couldn’t hear much of him from anywhere in the room as he was pretty much completely drowned out, however at times he could be heard harmonizing with some of Widerman’s bluesy guitar solos.
They opened with their latest hit “The Lion” off their new CD  “Furiosity” and played pretty much all of their CD and previous EPs.

There were a lot of highlights including a couple slower, bluesy numbers including “For the Sun” which Widerman described as a “a blues song about how winter sucks and how we want summer to come,” which seemed especially apt as snow was forecasted for the next day.

A more classic rock influenced number from “Furiosity,” “Undercover Love” was another of my favourites.

 They finished their set around 10:40 p.m., but came back for an encore after extended applause.

They played a couple of older songs and ended just before 11 p.m. with “Old Train,” which had the audience shouting along with the whoa oh oh oh chorus.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 February 2014 13:25 )  
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