I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I got out of work at 5 and hung out at home for a while. The show was set to start around 9:30 and by quarter of 9 I was bored and headed out the door. I quickly arrived at the club, grabbed a seat and a drink and watched as the band steadily got the show together. When they were almost set they played a rocking version of Jack Sharp to make sure the sound was right then wandered out the door. It was not long until they returned to the shop in full costume. Eric Olsen looked great as Tony Iommi, Tyler Bolles had Geezer Butler down, Jeremy Frederick had the Bill Ward scowl and Amanda Gustafson was dressed in a brown leather jacket and had all of Ozzy’s moves.
SWALE were set to play the Paranoid album all the way through, and it’s pretty common for them to play War Pigs around Halloween each year, so their tremendous version of it was no surprise. They rocked the title song hard then things got weird. Planet Caravan mellowed the full room into a drifty trance as Amanda used some cool effects to shift her voice in an eerie way. The opening chords of Iron Man elicited a fun recognition from the room and the band rocked it hard. The not so cheery tale of the end of the world in Electric Funeral was dark and bleak and beautifully played. The real treasure of the night was Hand Of Doom. It started mellow then went through a bunch of cool changes and rocked hard and deep in the middle. The psychedelic doom and gloom was in full force until it eased off at the end. Amanda left the stage for the instrumental Rat Salad. Eric had a cool shimmering effect on the guitar strings at the beginning of the song and Jeremy played a short but cool drum solo toward the end. Amanda returned to the stage for the story of the wasted person who swore that Faeries Wear Boots. Since that is the last song on the album I thought they would be done but they encored with the War Pigs/Runaway mashup they sometimes do. It would have been cool if they let it run a bit longer but they were out of time and the room was steadily filling with costumed partygoers who wanted to dance to the DJ who was on next. I quickly ducked out the door and took the heavy and happy walk home.