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First introduced to The GoodBars at the Amsterdam Hall and Bar where they played some fun, fast and broken cover songs it seemed like a good idea to check out their own set at the Kitty Kat Club.
It was a horrible idea, or that might be the aftereffects of too much tequila talking.
The world of rock and roll has been dissected and reinvented and smashed in a million pieces. The arguments over what kind of ‘sound’ a band might have, or to which category they might belong are pointless exercises. The experts might have some science behind what they call one thing or another and they seem to be inventing new breeds constantly. I still am not sure what the fuck dub step means. I also don’t care.
Metal is broad category and last night The GoodBars were right in the heat of a metal mania mixed with sass, swagger and a smattering of good humor. Entertaining, tight playing and fast drumming pierced with screaming riffs and a smart mix of fun lyrics made it obvious that they are firmly owning a new musical genre, Clever Metal.
Clever Metal is smarter than your average ‘Hair Band’ which is good they don’t really have much in the way of hair on stage. Clever Metal is not so smart that they can’t laugh, have fun and allow the audience in on the joke. If you get the lines, you feel the music and lighten up your pose, you will be guaranteed a good time.
Mixing in a serious face-melting solo with expert drumming and singing a song titled “Hello Fuckers” is just plain fun. Remember we like music and going to shows because it is fun. Not to argue the finer points of which influence was the most significant, who was the best drummer of all time (Ginger Baker) or why you can’t call something metal unless the music makes your ears bleed and you kick puppies after the show. No need to be so serious boys; just be clever.