7/20/2001Thomas Conner"Woo Hoo For You" by Thomas Conner
Tulsa World - Spot Magazine (July 20, 2001)
SECOND CONCERT WILL SPOTLIGHT LOCAL BANDS FEATURED ON COMPILATION CD
They'd be playing for about 10 minutes before I realized this was still the soundcheck. I wasn't the only one wondering, thank heavens. Everyone who walked into this show at Curly's a couple of weeks ago stared quizzically at the stage for a few moments - at a drummer firing randomly like a string of Black Cats, at a guitarist alternating between a pretty improvised melody and something like he's cleaning his nails with the strings, and at a bassist hiccupping through his instrument like a convulsing Les Claypool. It was loud and painful and weird and enthralling and somehow not so free-form that we could write off the band as mere wankers. It was jazz.
Before the real show began, bassist James Plumlee asked everybody at the bar if they had ear plugs. A moment later, he returned with handfuls of plastic-wrapped foam plugs and stocked the unarmed. Such an arsenal is just good defensive strategy when Antenna Lodge attacks from the stage, which they'll be doing again this weekend as part of Woo Hoo Too, a second concert celebrating the release of Yawn Records' compilation of Tulsa rock bands, "Woo Hoo Bank!"
"If the bands keep coming to me and saying they want to do these shows, I'll keep doing them." Said Yawn mastermind Joe Cinocca, pondering the plural of Woo Hoo shows. The namesake CD features local and regional bands such as Fanzine, Epperley, Jenny Labow, Zen Hipster and Sybil's Machine, as well as national and international acts such as California's Lazlo Bane and Sweden's Merrymakers. The disc is available at most Tulsa-area record stores.
Antenna Lodge kicks off this weekend's show with its blistering attack. They're not your average aggro-metal band, and - thank God - singer-guitarist Kelly Kendrick doesn't rap over his guitar blast. What they
do is maintain control of a crashing plane, jerking and screeching before things level off and then plunging again. Plumlee whacks at his bass, jumping around the stage as if someone put a bee hive down the back of his shirt. It's amazing he hasn't killed Kendrick or himself with a bass-neck blow to the head.
Also on the bill are Tulsa pop veterans Epperley, now free from their straitjacket recording contract and toying with some new songs, and Tex Montana's Fireball Four, which this weekend will feature guest guitarists Greg Klaus from Fanzine and Tony Romanello.
-- Thomas Conner