Review - Royal Blood @ Slim's (4/14/15)

Mike Kerr of Royal Blood (Photo: Kevin Keating)
Just a few days earlier, Royal Blood, the British duo taking the modern rock scene by storm right now, was performing in the Southern California dessert at Coachella... This past Tuesday night, the two-piece blew the roof off Slim's for the first of two sold out shows.

Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood (Photo: Kevin Keating)
Drummer, Ben Thatcher, was rock solid behind his kit and pounded away while holding a steady glare at the audience throughout the night.

Mike Kerr of Royal Blood (Photo: Kevin Keating)
Mike Kerr, lead vocalist and bassist, taunted the initially sedate SF crowd before tearing into hits like "Figure it Out" (iTunes) and "Little Monster" (iTunes) from their debut self-titled album, Royal Blood (iTunes).

Mike Kerr of Royal Blood (Photo: Kevin Keating)
Although it was a great show, and even the openers Mini Mansions put on a strong showing, I can't help but feel as if the second night was just a tad bit better... Metalica's Lars Ulrich joined the band onstage to perform "Out of the Black" (iTunes) with the band. Here's the video:

Don't get me wrong, these guys kick ass, and the show was fantastic. I'm just jealous that I missed the second night!

Here's the setlist from the night, as you can see, they played their entire catalog during the show.

1. Hole
2. Come On Over
3. You Can Be So Cruel
4. Figure It Out
5. Better Strangers
6. Little Monster
7. Blood Hands
8. One Trick Pony
9. Careless
10. Ten Tonne Skeleton
11. Loose Change
12. Out of the Black

Be sure to catch these guys when they come to your town!

Preview - The Young Dubliners @ Yoshi's (4/15/15)

The Young Dubliners (Photo: David Safian)
The hardest working Celtic Rock band we know of hits Yoshi's *tonight* in Oakland! Tickets are still available (here) with the show starting at 8pm.

Released last year, Nine, is the ninth album from the band whose career has stretched over 25 years. They'll be touring extensively throughout the US this year in support of their recent album, and already have a schedule that stretches through November!

Head out to Oakland tonight and don't miss this show!

An Interview with The Movielife's Vinnie Caruana

The Movielife (Photo: Vince Sadonis)
The influential hardcore punk band, The Movielife, hits Slim's next Thursday night (April 2nd) in one of only a few select reunion shows throughout the country. As of this writing, tickets are still available here. We had a chance to catch-up with Vinnie Caruana earlier this week to discuss how this reunion came together and their future plans! Be sure to catch them when they come to town next week!

SFBAC: I'm guessing the top question you're getting right now is 'How did this reunion tour come together?' Are there any similarities to your brief reunion back in 2011?

Vinnie Caruana: It is similar in the way that me and Brandon Reilly had been talking and The Movielife came up.. It is different this time .I feel like we all have time to fit this into our lives and have a great time doing it. It feels like the right time for me to do this and we are lucky that people care as much as they do about The Movielife.

SFBAC: Does this mean that you're writing and recording again too?

Vinnie Caruana: I wouldn't rule any of that kinda thing out. The door is open for any possibilities.

SFBAC: Your original releases ('99 - '03) came out at the start of the music industry implosion, and it's clear that you still have a core following of Movielife fans. What do you think of the current state of the music industry and how does that impact your plans or views on any potential future recording plans?

Vinnie Caruana: Yeah things have definitely changed.  Friendster was the cutting edge of social media when we broke up. It doesn't change anything for us. If we feel like creating a piece of art one day, we will do that. 

SFBAC: Your upcoming SF show on April 2nd is at Slim's which is a great venue. Do you have other favorites in the Bay Area?

Vinnie Caruana: Bottom of the hill was always a fun spot. SF is one of my favorite cities in the world, I've spent quite a bit of time there. SF people have it figured out. They love where they live. I love that.

SFBAC: Do you have any memorable stories from past shows in SF that you can share?

Vinnie Caruana: I sang on The Rondo Brothers record right before a show at Bottom of the Hill. They paid me in weed and edibles. We drove over night through Nevada and broke down in Elko Nevada. Couldn't get the parts we needed for 4 days. We were broke and had nothing to do in a one horse town. With no vehicle. So we smoked an ounce and a half of weed. In 4 days. Used bible pages when we ran out of papers.

SFBAC: As you tour, do you notice differences among the crowds in each city? What are those differences?

Vinnie Caruana: Our crowds have grown older with us. But I do also see a lot of younger kids who never had the chance to see us! It's lovely.

SFBAC: Right now, you've announced this upcoming short US tour and a few dates in the UK. Can you share any other plans for 2015?

Vinnie Caruana: We are doing weekend trips here and there about once a month. Slow but steady. Fielding offers and deciding which ones make sense.

SFBAC: That's it from us! Thanks again for your time and can't wait to see your show at Slim's in a few weeks!

Vinnie Caruana: See ya soon. Xoxo VC