Black Cross / Squirrel Bait / Red Nails

Black Cross / Squirrel Bait / Red Nails: live in Louisvillelive in Louisville (2004)
Initial Records

Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: haborymhaborym
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This show was amazing. First of all, it was completely free. After starting about an hour late, Red Nails started the show. Rob's (from Black Cross) wife plays drums in this band, and proceeded to play with her wedding gown on. She had her dress hiked up to her knees so she could play. It was.

This show was amazing.

First of all, it was completely free. After starting about an hour late, Red Nails started the show. Rob's (from Black Cross) wife plays drums in this band, and proceeded to play with her wedding gown on. She had her dress hiked up to her knees so she could play. It was quite a sight.

They played a short set, and then Rob (still in his tuxedo) was blindfolded and brought out of the room, awaiting a surprise of sorts. Then, Peter Searcy took the stage with three other people where they set up their instruments with a gong. Rob was brought back into the room, and the gong was sounded, bringing a smile to Rob's face. He took the blindfold off to reveal a reunion show of sorts by Squirrel Bait on stage, which was sort of a special treat by his wife for his wedding. They also played a short set, and Peter Searcy gave an emotional speech to Rob and how much he means to Peter.

Finally, Black Cross took the stage with Rob still in his tuxedo. Rob took off his tux jacket, only to display his sleeveless tuxedo shirt. He told the audience it was a rental, but that he got insurance so it was okay. Black Cross then played through an amazingly emotional yet short set, with both Rob and Ryan Patterson talking about their family being there, and how important it was that they wanted to share it with them.

All in all, it was an amazing show, not to mention once in a lifetime.


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haborym (March 9, 2004)

Okay, people. I apologize for not being very specific with the review, because i assumed you were all familiar with what Black Cross sounds like. So i'll do a little better of a job.

Red Nails: Indie rock with a keyboard. The vocals sound a bit nasally/whiny and almost fake, almost like listening to Arab on Radar. They try to be funny, but don't pull it off as well as they would like to. Overall, they are rather mellow, and stuff I wouldn't mind hearing recorded stuff of theirs.

Squirrel Bait: Well, they were a punk band from the early 90's. Think of Suicidal Tendencies with melody. If you know what Peter Searcy sounds like, then just imagine his vocals to be a little bit rougher, and you've pretty much got this band. This was the first time I have even heard a Squirrel Bait song, but they weren't too bad. If they were around today, they would probably be labeled as a rock band.

Black Cross: They only played about six songsmost of which were off of Art Offensive on Equal Vision Records. I personally prefer their first album Stops a Beating Heart on Initial Records, but their newer stuff still rocks. For those of you that don't know these guys, the music is generally fast, with very unique vocals. It is almost impossible to describe Rob's (the vocalist) voice if you haven't heard it. However, I would say that about 30% of the total vocals are done by the Patterson brothers (Ryan and Evan [aka The Kid]) who play guitar and bass, respectively. Very politically motivated music (he even interpreted meanings of the songs on his wedding night.) Their stuff is stuff you can dance to, but without huge breakdowns.

Also, I will apologize for lack of songs played. Squirrel Bait didn't introduce any of their songs, yet everyone there seemed to know them. Red Nails did, but I forgot. Also, I can't even remember what Black Cross played. For me, the show was more about being part of Rob's wedding show, not really the songs being played. By the way, yes, it was Rob Pennington, the vocalist for Black Cross and Becca, the drummer for Red Nails who got married. The wedding immediately preceeded the show, at the same place the show was held at. I also didn't catch a glance of his socks, so I couldn't tell you the color.

I hope this allows you to be a little nicer of my review. I did it more because it was a special wedding show, rather than to tell you the specifics of the track listings. Shows are common, wedding shows are rare. Taking part in something like that is rather hard to describe.

Anonymous (March 8, 2004)

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Anonymous (March 8, 2004)


did someone like...get married?

Anonymous (March 6, 2004)

Think Every Time I Die "light"


Anonymous (March 5, 2004)

stupid fucking review. how the hell are we supposed to know what is going on? what does the music sound like? i'm interested in knowing what the fuck black cross plays.


Anonymous (March 5, 2004)

So I take it this show was at their wedding? You kept saying "still in tuxedo" but didn't say why he was in the first place.

Quit now.


Anonymous (March 5, 2004)

After reading this review, I might check this band out, finally!


Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

scott...you got a kick out of posting that.

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

Rolling Stone would love this review!

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

i'm fuckin lazy but this reveiw was so poor, i just had to say probably the worst i've read here.

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

That's very vague and incomplete, you didn't even tell us what kind of socks they were wearing.

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

Could you please tell us any songs they played or even just what they sound like? I'm not going to criticize you because I don't take time to write any reviews, but I'd just like some info about the music.

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

I've read a lot of horrible reviews on this site, but this takes the cake!

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

what did they play?

inagreendase (March 2, 2004)

Sounds like an excerpt from a wedding review if anything...did you bring the camera, Uncle Bobby?

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

what a horrible review.

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)


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