Monday, July 21, 2003 @ 9:31 AM
ASB Live at the Pirate's Den i
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REVIEW BY: Bay Breez
**Work Sucks! But This Isn't Work...**
Well looks like the Philly music scene is starting to come back to life. With newer metal bands like Primadonnaz, Bleed, and Midnight Angel, and older bands from the eighties getting back together, like Britny Fox, Krank and Roughhouse.
Roughhouse, which was once signed to CBS Records, and had been a major staple in the Philly music scene, had disbanded like most of the eighties bands. That didn’t stop the band members from following their love of music.
Roughhouse bassist worked on forming a few different bands in the nineties, but wasn’t until about two years ago that he started putting together his new band: American Sugar Bitch. First thing he did different was strap on a guitar, and take over lead vocals. He also found guys that shared his same music taste. Which they combined to form ASB.
Recently they had a lineup change, in which they replaced their original guitarist, with Tommy Krash taking over the leads, and bassist Matt Nardo and Nuzzi rounding out the rhythm section.
So this takes us to the Pirate’s Den, which is slowly becoming the Empire Rock Room of the new millennium, for us Philly Rock fans…
Dave playing that front man role, takes center stage and leads his troops into action, starting off the set with “Go” and “Strangefruit.” Instantly you notice that this is different style than Roughhouse. Dave is letting his punk influences out with ASB. Their sound is raw, punky, and trashy, with a modern edge to it.
The band, takes a page out of the glam handbook. While not being a dirty punk band, they go for that Glitter Punk look, which fits this band perfect. Especially playing songs like, “Fatboy,” “spilling Blood” and “Freak.”
There is a lot of raw energy on stage, with lights flashing; the crowd is really enjoying ASB. With most of the bands having members there to represent their bands, and show support for their fellow friend and the scene.
“What it Takes” was next up, which then lead to Dave handing over the vocals to bass player Matt Nardo, for a killer cover of the Thin Lizzy classic “Jail Break” which rocked the house. Dave then took back the lead vocals for a song, which has been a trademark of Dave’s musical career for about 15 years now, the infamous “Ugly Bitch.”
With the set starting to wind down, what would a gutter punk band without a nice love song like “I Hate You.” “Everything,” “Goodbye” and “Run” wind it down, to a close… so we thought.
We get an encore, and what a song. This tune should be an anthem for all the working people in the world. Back 20 years ago, Twisted Sister had “We’re not Gonna Take It.” Well, ASB has “Work Sucks” and I think all of us need to be able to crank this song up at the end of every work day just to make you feel a little better.
Dave announced throughout the set, a new CD is coming very soon, and there is already their 1st CD available. So check out their website for upcoming shows, news and CD releases: