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January 4th-Empty Bottle
We were in for a rare treat on the 4th. It was an intimate evening at Empty Bottle, featuring solo works by metal power house players and a sweet duet, prefaced by Scott saying "Over at Neurosis, we all hate saxophone players....except this guy. But no more squeaking."
My favorite quote of the night was also by Scott, who sat with a guitar and played haunting, stripped down versions of his new stuff. Toward the end of his set he dedicated a song to family and qualified it by saying, "This song is dedicated to whatever family is to you. It can be your own family or a family you create. Family is the people who are there for you." Wise words.
From Empty Bottle's Site:
Hardcore / metal legends NEUROSIS are currently in Chicago working on new recordings for release this year and we are honored to welcome SCOTT KELLY to the Empty Bottle, taking a break from recording to perform a solo set here tonight. KELLY has influenced a whole generation of musicians wanting to take heavy music into new realms and with his various projects - BLOOD AND TIME, TRIBES OF NEUROT, doom metal super group SHRINEBUILDER and as a guest vocalist on MASTODONS last four studio LPs. We can’t wait to hear what happens when he takes the stage solo. Our own BRUCE LAMONT’S last LP, Feral Songs for the Epic Decline, out last year via At a Loss was highlighted in SPIN’s “20 Best Metal Albums of 2011.” In their words, “thanks to LAMONT’S unholy army of loop pedals, Feral Songs.