TJF Louder Than Life Review: Day One

Days 1 and 2 of Louisville Kentucky’s Louder Than Life Festival was a tale of two days.  Day one and two were two ends of the spectrum in both music and weather.  It was cold and rainy all day Saturday(October 3).  While it wasn’t a torrential downpour, or severe thunderstorms, it was raining off and on all day.  The rain would also cause a delay at the start of the day.  With gates being postponed from 11am till almost 1pm, some of the early artists were cancelled.  Rapper Jelly Roll, who I was there to cover was one of them.  The weather would also ruin plans of interviewing Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon. (Edit: I was able to get a phone interview later the next week.  That will be released soon).

While Cilver was getting on the stage on the Jager stage, I was getting ready for the first artist I thought y’all would be interested in, Butcher Babies.  I know Juggalos have a wide variety of musical interests in general.  I thought I would take this weekend to give some of them coverage for the fam.  Butcher Babies are a heavy metal band based out of Los Angeles, California.  If we took it to sub-genres, they are borderline groove metal.  I don’t like getting into sub genres so I digress.

Butcher Babies got the energy going from the start.  Kicking off the day(for me anyway), with Monster’s Ball.  They played an 8 song set including a cover of ZZTop‘s Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers.  This is my first time seeing Butcher Babies live.  I walked up expecting it to be a borderline gimmick.  Two hot chicks showing cleavage to get their band some attention(they used to go on stage topless with taped nipples, so there was reason to think this).  However, I was impressed.  Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey have a great stage presence.  They are a nice mix of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal with some Thrash mixed in with good measure.

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Louder Than LifeFood and and drink was everywhere to be found.  From domestic beers like miller lite to some of the best craft beer of the Louisville area.  Jack Daniels was there in full force as well.  There was as many kinds of Jack Daniels as you could possibly want.  I admit, I don’t drink nearly as much bourbon as I want, don’t typically have the money for some of the better bourbons.  Gentleman Jack was a variety I had been wanting to try for a long time and was not disappointed.

The next band that I saw that y’all would be interested in was Sevendust.  They are a band that NEVER disappoints live.  Once you’ve seen them live once, you’ve seen them a thousand times.  That is perfectly fine with me.  Fresh off the release of their latest effort Kill The Flaw, their set featured two tracks off that album.  Thank You, which was singer Lajon Witherspoon bringing his daughter on stage for what was a special moment.  The other new track was Not Today.

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The next band that I saw that y’all would be interested in was Sevendust.  They are a band that NEVER disappoints live.  Once you’ve seen them live once, you’ve seen them a thousand times.  That is perfectly fine with me.  Fresh off the release of their latest effort Kill The Flaw, their set featured two tracks off that album.  Thank You, which was singer Lajon Witherspoon bringing his daughter on stage for what was a special moment.  The other new track was Not Today.

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After a few more bands, Rob Zombie would finish off the night.  Rob Zombie has what I like to describe as 2 types of shows.  A headlining show, and a festival show.  Both ways you know what you’re going to get ahead of time.  This night was obviously a festival show.

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Zombie’s festival shows are not bad at all.  They are a little stripped down.  A stripped down Rob Zombie show still features more stage art than most bands shows do, so it’s hard to complain.  You’re going to get a few Rock and Roll covers, sometimes a punk cover.  Sometime’s he will throw a cover in the middle of the song such as he did in the middle of Thunder Kiss ’65.  He threw Blitzkrieg Bop in the middle of that one.  He started off his set with his rendition of Grand Funk Railroad‘s We’re An American Band.  I have to admit, his cover is really growing on me.  Rob Zombie is one of those guys that doesn’t change his stage show up too much.  However his shows still end up being hit and miss to me for some reason.  That said, he was a hit on Saturday night at Louder Than Life.  A hot ending to a cold wet day in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

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