Ganesha Kills It and One-Eyed Doll Makes New Friends
By TRP Staff
One-Eyed Doll, Ganesha, and Carmecí rocked the hell out of Scout Bar Wednesday the 18th of March. There was a large crowd assembled before the show. Many were milling about, talking, and standing in front of the stage. Ganesha took the stage. As the first fuzzy heavy notes burst through the walls of Scout Bar, across the parking lot, through the smoking areas, and into the night - a flood of people rushed in to hear, see, and photograph Ganesha. The set was amazing! It included both their popular songs heard on KPFT and the BUZZ, as well as newer songs and their energetic cover of Dick Dale. There were people pressed against the front of the stage. This band is definitely growing in popularity.
The only thing I can say to try to tell you of their sound is to mix some surf rock, with classic 70’s, Grunge, Blues, stir it with some Morrison-esque tint, sprinkle some metal throughout and that may be close. The only justice is to hear them. This is a three piece full of commitment, skill, and passion. Their creative force, the energy of their music was so great that Carmecí told the audience, “...Ganesha killed it.” No truer words were spoken about Ganesha. Their set was not enough for the crowd though. When they announced that their album was dropping next month from Visionary Noise the crowd cheered with excitement! After the show, I spoke to Ganesha’s bassist and while I did people were hitting him up with their phones in hand asking the band’s name so they could like their page. All the while, he was talking about how great a show One-Eyed Doll had put on. I was impressed.
Carmecí was a rockin two piece, with dual powerful drums, melodic voice, and style.
They have opened for many national acts. Carmecí kept the crowd moving and enthusiastic for the National act.
The national act One-Eyed Doll was incredible, if you have seen this act live then you know what I am talking about. One-Eyed Doll has an exceptionally loyal fan base and this show was another example of that as their ‘friends’ sang along and interacted with the band in an experience that's both heavy/sinister and sweet/vulnerable. I watched people’s faces just light up with excitement. The band’s darkly humored, intense, sometimes quirky and theatrical rock found many new fans that night. A local visual artist who was at his first One-Eyed Doll show that night, informed me that he was still trying to process what he had experienced the next day! They played a number of their older songs as well as a couple off their newest album, Witches.“
This is a "concept" album and is based on historical research of the Salem Witch Hysteria,” reveals One-Eyed Doll’s vocalist, guitarist and visionary Kimberly Freeman. “Many of the lyrics are direct quotes from the original handwritten witch trial court documents. The songs explore different personal accounts from real people and touches on theories about why it happened. It's meant to be listened to in one sitting, from beginning to end, like a movie.” “Even though this is probably our heaviest album yet, it was written almost completely on banjo and mandolin in the Redwood Forest near Santa Cruz, CA,” drummer “Junior” Sewell boasts. “It has this great "forest metal" vibe. It was also all written at once with several melodic themes that appear throughout the album."
The line at the merch table took so long to process that it was still working 30 or 45 minutes after the show when this writer left.
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