SUPAGROUP with CITIZEN KILL opening for CJ SLEEZ at the El Mocambo, March 22. Tickets: $7. Attendance: 200. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
it's more than a bit strange to
fly in shit-kicking New Orleans rockers Supagroup to warm up for local glam slammers CJ Sleez and the STDs at their record release party. But for El Mocambo booker Dan Burke -- who thought nothing of bringing in Tokyo's Zoobombs for a single gig -- such peculiar extravagance is not at all unusual.
The opening salvo from Citizen Kill, featuring the mighty Mosrite buzz of Dave Kiner, was reason enough for Sleez and crew to step up their bump-and-grind game. After Supagroup, she might as well have hung up her G-string and headed home.
Sleez was already in trouble when Supagroup guitarist Benji Lee demanded his band's entire allotment of drink tickets over an hour before showtime. When the Crescent City cretin-hoppers hit the stage, they were fully fuelled and ready to burn.
The game foursome, obviously eager to give Burke his money's worth for the round-trip tickets and beer rider, lit into a pounding frenzy as if they were being measured for sound pressure output.
There was no need to check the record collections of the guitar-slashing Lee brothers, SG-bashing Benji and singer Chris to know that AC/DC and KISS are both well represented. Yet the obvious dude-rock derivation of the Supagroup sound was somehow mitigated by the reckless enthusiasm of their attack.
They flailed away in hair-shaking unison, grinning giddily as if they'd personally discovered the redemptive jolt of a sustained power chord against a snare thwack and had come to spread the word.
"They're the best new band I've seen in 20 years," shouted a new convert. "Make sure you write that they fuckin' rocked!" Glad to oblige.