The Mighty Sturgeon
with Velvet Voodoo Dolls, Sugar Plum Dandy, Home, Skunkjuice, Camerons Way, Drawback, Slowpoke, Lachrymator, Doom Nation at The Vertex
by Scott Hefflon
photo by Trevor Whitaker
Night one ends with a reunion of one of the best hardcore party bands this area has seen. Sounds like one of those “For a limited time only” offers with operators standing by, doesn’t it? Needless to say, it was a special treat. They played the first two songs before the guitarist even got on stage. The strength of the bassist, drummer, and screamer carried the first songs like it was meant to be. When the line-up was filled out, the band plowed full-on. The vocalist sounded like he used various effects, but it seems he’s just got one of those diverse “signature” voices. At times, he sounded like the Crumbsuckers, Slapshot, or Mighty Mighty, at others, it was this eerie howling thang.
The band put on an all out, nonstop show of stage diving, pit madness, and leaping all over the stage. They’d been a fave hardcore band that made the aggression so much fun. Whether you’re slammin’, divin’, or just hangin’ in the back with a beer, it was a spectacle and an experience. Hopefully, with the obvious enthusiasm of the crowd nagging at them, they might consider rebanding or doing reunion shows every now and again. If The Who, Sabbath, and God knows how many other classic old farts can milk that one good thing for DECADES, surely The Mighty Sturgeon can grace us with a few more shows. What do you say?