Venue Address (Get Directions)The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
Date and Time
Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 12:00am
Critters/John Wilkes Boothe & Black Toothe Split EP Release w/ Doc Aquatic The Crittershttp://thecrittersmusic.com/An original psychedelic pop & rock extravaganza performed by Harry Harrison (Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Bass), Joshua Martier (Vocals, Drums, Rhythm Guitar), Jesse Meyers (Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Bass), and Tom Peters (Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Bass, Drums).The Critters were formed in 2008 in Asheville, NC. Practicing in a single room cabin, deep in the unpopulated woods of Old Fort, NC, they were able to conjure an arsenal of original music. Their sound is drawn from an eclectic pool of influences reviving the raw, organic energy of traditional rock and roll and the lyrical integrity of folk music while tastefully utilizing the textured soundscapes and harmonies of psychedelic pop.The Critters have been hailed for their energetic, uninhibited live performances by local magazines and fans alike. For a group that performs solely original music it is breathtaking to find fans singing along to their favorite hits as The Critters destroy their instruments and their bodies on stage. From nudity on and off the stage to violent reckless abandon, a live Critters performance is an experience to be remembered.In 2011, The Critters kicked off The Belle Chere Festival in Asheville NC earning them a place in The Mountain Xpress’ 2011 issue for ‘Best of WNC’ rock bands and The Mustang Music Festival - A Benefit for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. In 2010, The Critters helped curate two weekend long, bonfire lighting, spirit dance inducing festivals, The Bigfoot Bonanza and Sin & Salvation in the South. Other notable performances include 2010’s Lexington Avenue Arts Fest (LAAF), as well as the Asheville to Ashes Benefit and Actors Against Affliction.John Wilkes Boothe & Black Toothehttps://www.facebook.com/johnwilkesbootheandtheblacktootheUpon initially hearing this, it made me think a mental hospital had acquired some recording equipment and in the place of group therapy, some of the patients had opted to express themselves with these new found toys.This is a duo, although their FB page shows a picture of three gentlemen dressed in dapper attire. One page lists Myles Holt, Ben Melton, and Paul Blackwell as band members and the other very clearly refers to a “catchy two-headed lovechild birthed from an orgy between the Mountain Goats, Ween, The Avett Brothers and Morgan Freeman.”Which is hard to argue with. Really, what do you say to this sort of gothic claim of a twisted car wreck of parentage?“Let’s Pretend it’s Sunday” is one of the stand out tracks, and is positively Monty Python-esque. “We were both looking forward/To a day filled with Public Executions/But they were post-poned/Due to Inclement weather/What can you do?”There are pretty melodies, and deft acoustic performances, and a lot of really odd lyrical musings. “In the Splendor of the court of the Rhinoceros King . . .” sings the singer on “Unicorn.” “I would give you everything I own/ For a Drop of Unicorn blood.” Most likely he’s not alone in this sentiment. “The Ballad of Charles Manson” is another memorable title and track. “The Ostrich and the Octopus” sounds like it could have been culled from a mid-70’s George Harrison album.This release is available as a free download and worth every damn penny. You want something different? Something to listen to while you woo that arty, witchy girl who sits across the room? Music to make out to while you’re on your 15 minute break at the slaughterhouse? Or maybe just some background music while you dine on the flesh of the Goatchilde?9pm. $5 at the door.Standing room only.