RAGING SLAB with SEA OF GREEN and VICIOUSPHERE at the El Mocambo, June 15. Tickets: $8. Attendance: 80. Rating: NNN
reports of raging slab's demise were evidently greatly exaggerated. Having survived four major labels and 20-plus drummers, tandem husband-and-wife guitar slashers Greg Strzempka and Elyse Steinman are back to remind weed achievers like Sea of Green where stoner rock got its groove.
Although Strzempka and Steinman wear the deerskin trousers and raccoon tails in this hairy crew, it was the aggressive rhythmic thrust of current drum pounder Rob Cournoyer and bassist Alec Morton that kept the boogie rolling hard through a short but sweaty set to show off their new back-to-bashing disc, The Dealer (Tee Pee).
Unfortunately for the High Times-subscribing faithful, shouted requests for old Slab favourites like Geronimo only inspired sheepish smiles from Strzempka, who shrugged and confided, as he undoubtedly has numerous times before, "Our drummer doesn't know that one yet." The Kansas and Molly Hatchet requests were right out of the question.
In their defence, the game Slabbers did blast out a righteous Shiny Mama and came back to encore with a moccasin-stompin' take on Montrose's Rock Candy, indicating that Deep Purple may not have been the best choice for the Ted Nugent and Lynyrd Skynyrd tour.