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The Night The Devil Cried: The Devil Rides Live at Trophy’s Austin, TX 01/22/2011

Austin musicians appear to be obsessed with Orange amplifiers and fuzz pedals, at least the two acts that performed prior to The Devil Rides. Well, the 2nd act on the bill When We Were Wolves hailed from Beaumont, TX so maybe Texas in general is obsessed with Orange amplifiers. Both of the opening acts exuded [...]


Austin musicians appear to be obsessed with Orange amplifiers and fuzz pedals, at least the two acts that performed prior to The Devil Rides. Well, the 2nd act on the bill When We Were Wolves hailed from Beaumont, TX so maybe Texas in general is obsessed with Orange amplifiers. Both of the opening acts exuded raw energy and a heavy dose of stoned out riffs. So, it was great to see such fine musical equipment getting a heavy workout.

Side Note: The 2nd act When We Were Wolves delayed The Devil Rides set by a good 20 minutes by extending their set, not a very gracious move I must say.

So, after an hour and a half spent watching folks guzzle Pabst Blue Ribbon and trip over each others canvas vans sneakers, The Devil Rides came on around 12pm. I was relieved that The Devil Rides guitarist Jeff Black did not play through an Orange amplifier and was playing a wicked guitar that looked like the head of the devil attached to a maple neck. The band opened with “Avalanche,” a track which slowly built from a quiet intro, then blasted into a Black Sabbath inspired riff-fest.


The advantage that The Devil Rides has over most local bands I have seen is in the vocal department. Julian Lane, The Devil Rides lead vocalist, has a voice that is a cross between the melodicism of Thom Yorke and the powerful shouting of Kurt Cobain; he can croon like Danzig, and hit the soaring falsetto highs of Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age. Backed by a three piece band that is tight, dynamic and melodic, The Devil Rides has proven to be quite a live act.

Playing roughly  a 45 minute energetic, as well as dynamic, set, Julian Lane provided us with his best David Yow/Iggy Pop stage antics, diving off the stage, falling onto the ground and attacking the crowd. Jeff Black was spot on with his guitar performance, offering both great tone as well as tasteful riffs and leads. I am equally impressed to hear Jeff Black molding his musical influences into a tasteful and original stew. The rhythm section consisting of Mark McMillian on bass and Ben Gallaway on drums was complementary, tight and dynamic, providing a solid foundation throughout the performance.

The Trophy’s crowd during The Devil Rides set was packed in tight, with a headcount pushing roughly 200 plus, which is quite a large crowd for Trophy’s. Overall the crowd response was energetic, enthusiastic and well receptive during the seven song set.

It was announced during the performance that The Devil Rides have recently finished their first full length release, with plans to release very soon. Let’s hope for some well deserved local, as well as national, radio play. I am hoping to get an advanced copy of this album soon, more to come.

So kids, go see The Devil Rides soon!

Band Photos Courtesy of Sharon Johnson.


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