The outer limits
Asskickers show why they’re among the best
Speaking of which, 3-Fingers Whisky took the stage next, and the transition from Marx’s smooth brand of country rock to hot, guitar powered cow-punk provided a burst of raw energy tempered by the excellent dynamics of the players. Drummer “Super Dave” Breed deserves accolades for power, versatility and precision, but it’s easier to say he rocks out like Animal on The Muppets Show. This band is now on my list of locals not to miss.
With the bar packed, the crowd fired up and a short period of equipment wrangling out of the way, the Asskickers took the stage to an enthusiastic greeting and proceeded to demonstrate what five years of consistent practicing and steady gigging can do for a group of musicians. It turns them into a band. And in this case a damn fine one, capable of smoothly shifting gears between a full-steam-ahead rocker like “Anger in My Soul” and a downtime country waltz, such as “Gasoline.”
Howard writes lyrics perfectly suited to his baritone voice, whether he’s singing ironic observations about life’s misfits or exhorting the social discrepancies that led to the creation of punk rock and aligning it with the foundations of country music’s rebellious roots. And in songs such as "My Dog Bites" the band concocts a heady brew that fuses country, heavy metal and punk into something uniquely and powerfully their own. As my note-taking self scrawled across one page during that song’s performance, "heavy fucking shit!" Which I meant in the most complimentary way possible.