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At the Taphouse: Dead Psychic, Spirit Gun, Deathhouse Blues, i fight vampires.

October 14, 20191151Views

Friday night marked the Norfolk debut of a newish band in the area, Dead Psychic. I don't know much about the group, not where they're from or who its members are or how long they've been together. But really, all I need to know I heard at the Taphouse -- straight hard rock with a bit of a psyche 70s edge that melts your face off strapped to a band that fucking **moves**. There's no recordings I can point you to you so you'll have to take my word for it, but if you see them on a bill buy a ticket and take the ride. You'll thank me later.

I've seen Pete Overstreet playing around town for more years than I care to put a number to, but the line up he has now in Spirit Gun marks a new era in his musical progression. Oren Lev on the skins with Stephen Siegel on bass packs a powerhouse punch matched with Overstreet's stellar vocal prowess. Listen to me carefully: this is a band that can go toe to toe with any in the city and deserves attention. I mean that. ANY band in the city. My only gripe is that there's no record behind them. I need it now.

Deathhouse Blues gamely tried to overcome the absence of lead singer Emma Jane Tracy, who couldn't get out of Richmond for this show. Ryan Nixon handed drum duties to a machine so he could step up to the mic, and Chris Felan has made a welcome return on harp. The end result felt like some sort of unholy offspring from a tinder date between the blues and Ministry. Not really representative of the band's usual roadhouse fare, but there were moments.

This is the first time I've seen i fight vampires. Andrew Brassington's solo project is billed as "space grunge" but to my ears feels more like a bridge between experimental noise and early 90s quirk rock. Brassington has a great stage presence, and the work endeared me to what he's doing. Worth checking out at the link below.

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Dead Psychic.

Hampton Roads. Rock.

Spirit Gun

Chesapeake. Rock / Soul.

Deathhouse Blues

Norfolk. Roadhouse Blues.

i fight vampires

Chesapeake. Experimental.

Words and pics by Jeff Hewitt.