LOST GOAT with Hacksaw, CITIZEN KILL and HEMOGOBLIN at the Tequila Lounge, May 5. Tickets: $7. Attendance: 53. Rating: NNN Rating: NNNNN
the disappointing cancellationof Fireballs of Freedom due to a border-crossing problem left a huge hole in the heavy-rock Sunday bill at the Tequila Lounge. Last-minute additions Citizen Kill did their best to fill the gap with a typically hard-chugging blast, but not having played together in over two months left them pummelling more sloppily than they likely intended. At least they helped wipe away the troubling memory of Hemogoblin's lethargic bellow 'n' bluster. Evidently, the news of grunge's demise has not yet reached St. Catharines.
A happier surprise was the jarring display of amped-up bashing put on by the impressively tight Hacksaw. All their roadwork has definitely paid off -- well, except for the Hamilton stop the night before when the Leafs triple-overtime defeat of the Senators held the paid attendance figure to three. The punchline is that dedicated guitarist Chad Ross passed up tickets to the game at the ACC in order to make the gig. Ouch, that had to hurt.
In any case, the paid rehearsal put Hacksaw in fine fighting form, with AC/DC-style riffs ablazin'. After plowing through an album's worth of new scorchers from their Turned Up Way Down (Deranged) disc, they stepped aside to see if San Francisco's Lost Goat could top it.
Not a chance. The bored-looking trio sauntered up and reluctantly began banging away with a dull thud. Singer Erica Stoltz's unsettling vocal similarity to Journey's Steve Perry didn't make the plodding routine any more exciting.
There could have been some real kicks had they taken up Dan Burke's karaoke proposition to back him howling the Stooges' T.V. Eye for $80, but they managed to see past the lure of easy money and avoided the potential embarrassment.