Last time we covered an event out at the pool at the Hard Rock it was 117+ degrees out, but for Psycho Las Vegas kick off it was only low 100’s and on the larger stage in the tropical setting of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This was the PreParty for this 4 day festival, that included a private event in Vinyl that was sold out, and an all day line up at the poolside stage.
Starting things off at 11am - yes 11am - was the band GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST from San Diego California and is a doom / hard metal 4 piece band. The Psycho line up had a big metal/doom/sludge line up and pre game day was no exception. Portland Oregon stoner - sludge - doom band URCHIN was a 2 piece band that features Eliese Dorsay on drums and Adam Mundorf on guitar, whose sound was slow grinding heavy and depressing, not the kind of sound you would usually have on a sunny day at a pool party, but none the less were very good and entertaining. Hardcore / punk band GRAF ORLOCK was amazing and brought the highest energy of any band of the day. Their sound is fast and raw, and singer Karl Bournze twists and conforms his body while screaming in your face, and at the end of their set jumped into the crowd and crowd surfed all the way to the pool where the crowd threw him in! One of the best bands of the entire festival.
Next was a band from New Jersey called RUBY the HATCHET, a female fronted band with Jillian Taylor taking the stage in a sleek, tight bodysuit, and was a great band and drew the biggest crowd of the day. Ruby is a hard rocking / doom metal band with a new CD titled Planetary Space Child coming out on August 25th.
My favorite band of the day his the stage mid afternoon, a trio formed in Los Angeles named SASQUATCH. If you love old Soundgarden (and who doesn’t) this band will quickly rise to the top of your favorites, with an old school rock / metal sound with solid musicianship. SASQUATCH's new CD Maneuvers is simply amazing and is now in constant rotation on my daily grind. Do yourself a favor and check these guys out! MUSTARD GAS & ROSES was a LA-based instrumental group whose sound is a rock / ambient style with soaring guitars and pounding drums and bass, a solid band that was amazing to see perform live.