King’s X with Orange Sky, 06/23/2009, Station 4

I recently “discovered” King’s X, although I haven’t really written much about it.* When I found out they’d be coming to town, I jumped on tickets, and so last night along with the rest of the Not One Stone rhythm section, I headed up to Station 4 in St. Paul to check out the show.

Station 4 is one of my favorite clubs in the Twin Cities, and while I’ve played a good half dozen shows there, I’ve never actually been to a show there. Yesterday’s sweltering humidity made the venue a damn sauna, but that just made the beer taste better. We showed up at about 9:30,** just in time to catch the last song of local band B!, who were good.*** Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any more info about them on these interwebs. After a fairly quick break, Orange Sky took the stage. Orange Sky is a metal band from Trinidad, and they frakking rock. Their music has a great heavy grunge/classic thrash/calypso feel to it that is just plain awesome.

After a slightly longer break, it was time for King’s X.

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Good old Station 4, have to love the poles. Also, that’s the most people I’ve ever seen in Station 4. It’s a lot different when it’s not a big empty room.

Groove Machine
Alright
Pleiades
Move
What Is This
Black Flag
Lost In Germany
Pray
Dogman
Go Tell Somebody
Summerland
Looking For Love
Over My Head

Encore:
It’s Love
We were Born To Be Loved

Fantastic show, and Dug Pinnick’s bass tone is truly a thing of beauty. It’s like an octopus of sound, so many different levels. By the end of the night I was tired and dehydrated, but it was well worth seeing an amazing band in a nice, intimate setting.

* This is sarcasm.
** Tom and myself met up with Mike at the show, and while waiting for Mike to arrive, I struck up a conversation with a dude who commented on my Libido Boyz shirt. That’s pretty awesome. Turns out we were both at the reunion show back in ’07.
*** According to the schedule, that’s who it was, but I seem to recall them calling themselves something else.

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