The Catalyst

Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly

Jon Snodgrass & Friends, Scott H. Biram

Tue, March 20, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Catalyst

Santa Cruz, CA

$35 in advance / $40 at the door / $100 VIP

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Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly is a seven-piece Celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California, founded 1997.

Flogging Molly mixes both Punk Rock and traditional Irish music in their music.

Dave King - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Bridget Regan - Fiddle, Tin Whistle
Dennis Casey - Electric Guitar
Matt Hensley - Accordion
Nathen Maxwell - Bass
Bob Schmidt - Mandolin, Banjo
George Schwindt - Drums
Jon Snodgrass & Friends
Jon Snodgrass & Friends
The bespectacled Jon Snodgrass, the Ft. Collins, Co-based musician (by way of Missouri), has played a role in some of the most compelling indie punk/alt country releases to come out in the past few decades. In the early ‘90s, he formed Armchair Martian to channel his love for both Husker Du and Uncle Tupelo. The band put out a few albums, their last one in 2001, and many assumed the band would simply live on in memories, but to the surprise of many has resurrected to play a handful of shows in 2017.
Obviously not one to be tied down to monogamy when it comes to music, he also teamed up with Chad Price in the late ‘90s and co-founded Drag the River, another stellar country/punk hybrid that turned in a slew of LPs, EPs and 7”’s over the years. Snodgrass and Price continue to tour occasionally, last releasing an album in 2013.
His other side project, Scorpios, put out their second record in 2017, but he also has no problem going it alone when schedules don’t line up. He’s put out a number of solo records and splits writing with a wry sense of humor, his songs vacillating between sweet, sometimes somber affairs and at times straight up rock numbers. He’s just as happy, if not happier collaborating with friends like Cory Branan, Frank Turner, Chuck Ragan, Chris Wollard, Joey Cape, Stephen Egerton and Tim Mcllrath, among others.
With a career’s worth of stellar songs to his name and decades spent playing venues across the globe, Jon Snodgrass is usually just described as the guy with the glasses who plays self-described Country & Midwestern Music .
Scott H. Biram
Scott H. Biram
With the heart of a genuine Texas bluesman, the head (banging) of a Zappa and Lemmy disciple, and boots resting in the dust outside of town at sunrise, Scott H. Biram journeys through the harrowing human condition like no one else. A walk on the Biram side straddles the chasm between sin and redemption and The Bad Testament lands somewhere west of the Old Testament and south of an AA handbook. It’s a record of hard-grinding lost love, blues and deep, dark Americana.
Scott H. Biram conjured the words and music for The Bad Testament during mad alchemical sessions at his homemade studio in Austin, TX. Through stacks of amps, spools of cable, and a prodigious collection of microphones, he spread his technical wings wide, while never losing the immediacy honed from a life on the road. He added a drum kit and rustic vocal duet to his skill set (which already includes all guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals, and percussion on the album). And strip away the one-man band eccentricity, SHB is out-writing any meeting taker on Music Row. The man writes on a razor’s edge of aggression and deftness, thoroughly contemporary but steeped in the backwaters, back porches and back alleys of our collective musical heritage.
Many in the one-man band field find their groove and stay in it, but stay in a groove too long and it becomes a rut. SHB has the groove, but never falls into a rut. On “Set Me Free” and “Red Wine” the wandering country soul of Jimmie Rodgers and the laid-back cool of Merle Haggard ride well with SHB’s distorted punk; it’s the 2-sided jukebox hit at the honky-tonk behind the looking glass of CBGB’s. “Righteous Ways” and “Still Around,” mellower, but no less determined, sound right out of the Folkways canon. Speaking to eternities and charlatans, Biram’s freewheelin’ with an edgy take on the Newport Folk vibe. With its surprisingly melancholy organ and in the back of the pocket tattered soul, “Crippled & Crazy,” recalls The Band. The haunting harmonica-soaked ballad “Long Old Time” is a chilling taste of existential desolation, “It’s gonna be a long old time/ before I pay for the crime that I done.” This is one lost highwayman.
Fear not, though, Biram is still The Dirty Old One Man Band. His brand of unvarnished and unhinged aggro-roots remains as exciting as ever. “Trainwrecker” blasts down the two-laner with the breathless fervor of a redneck metal “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone.” Try NOT singing along in the best Nordic Doom Metal voice we all carry around buried within our darker selves. He’s downright blunt on the R-rated Boomhauer TX rant “Swift Driftin’”: “It takes a real piece of shit to be a real piece of shit/ You should really just be headed on your way.” Yet the stark acoustic guitar country blues is updated and self-aware - a profane reboot of personal heroes Leadbelly and Mississippi Fred McDowell. The instrumental “Hit the River” is a throw the devil horns slide guitar boogie right in that sweet Biram groove. And. It. Will. Not. Let. Go. It’s short, not-so-sweet, and leaves you panting for more.
Scott H Biram is THE one-man band. The master of the realm. Why? Because even though he’s one man, he ain’t one thing.
Venue Information:
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060