The High Dive
February 1, 2008
Seeing a Crack Sabbath show in Seattle is always an adventure, on where you never know just what the band (or audience) will be willing to say or do in the spirit of entertainment. The overall splendor of seeing a CS show is the spontaneity of the act.
Skerik, the band’s fearless leader, is an individual with the uncommon talent of reciting poetic, impromptu, non-sensical yet highly comedic thoughts. Members Ron Weinstein (Hammond B3,) Keith Lowe (Bass,) and Mike Stone (Drums) were highly geared for the impulsive humor thrown their way during the band’s first gig of 2008 – the show was sans uber obnoxious vocalist Brad Mowen. Despite Mowen’s absence, it was very clear that the group had as much fun entertaining each other as they did their audience.
A gregarious full house was treated to two 70-minute sets of Crack Sabbath’s standard variety of gnarly, swirling punk rock rhythms doused in thick heavy metal riffs. Somewhere in the middle of this show’s hypnotic chaos emerged favorite covers like Nirvana’s "Breed" and a highly funk-fortified instrumental rendition of Prince’s "Sexy Mother Fucker."
The second set saw special guest “LT” join the stage on guitar. Alas, his contributions caused a slight shift in the rowdy vibe. Although he tried to kick off his time on stage with what sounded suspiciously like the opening riff to The Rolling Stones’ "Can’t You Hear Me Knocking," the bass was either unable to decipher the idea or it just wasn’t happening. Confusion and boredom were apparent, and the poorly planned results were droned down noodling between the saxophone and guitar that went on for about five minutes too long. Even the worst cover by Brad Mowen was sorely missed at this point of the show. The otherwise rowdy evening closed out with the always anticipated B3 solo of choice by Ron Weinstein.
relative popularity, Crack Sabbath provides Seattle with their usual unadulterated dose of fun all too infrequently. If they were a heavy touring band they would have no trouble building fan bases across the country with their peculiar and exciting brand of musical entertainment.