** Innerspinal & Quantum Opposition Dominate at B-Day Bash **

As the red-haired bitch from The Wizard Of Oz says, there’s no place like home– but it’s ALSO fun to get out and discover new fucking places and new fucking people. This past weekend, the Guaranteed Poison crowd was invited to play at Dale’s birthday bash, and descended in full force on the unsuspecting public. The evening proved very satisfactory– much ass was kicked, the house was rocked to its foundations, the heavens opened and rained fire upon the earth.

First up was Innerspinal, who NEVER disappoint. Their highly polished style is piper1inspiring to us all. In a genre where most guitarists hack away at their music, Don, 3D and Donny make every note count. All their originals are good, but my particular favorite is “Battlescars.” It ought to be called “Fucking Astounded,” because that’s how I felt the first time I heard it. It has an almost otherworldly clarity. You don’t want it to end. And much of the credit has to go to Innerspinal’s vocalist (and signature weirdo), known as The Pi Man, who throws himself headfirst into his job as frontman, holding onto each lyric until the bitter end. Pi Man cultivates an evil-clown persona even when not wearing makeup, and (when told how much he sounds like the famed Alice In Chains vocalist) says, “The difference between me and Layne Staley is that I killed heroin instead of the other way around.”

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Next on the stage was Quantum Opposition, tearing through their anthems at breakneck speed: “Edge”, “Hard Rift”, “Sliced”, “We Will Rize” and “Will Of Another”, plus a half dozen crowd-pleasing cover tunes. They had a head-banging good time ripping up on Dale’s equipment, which I must say was pretty bad ass; that Hartke bass stack roars like a fucking mountain god. (On a side note, the bad boys of Quantum Opp are hard at work on a brand-new tune called “Fire,” which promises more of their patented mix of blazing guitar riffs and vocal anarchy. Coming soon to a basement near you.)

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Other highlights of the evening:

–3D’s girlfriend (the Marvelous Jenn) was persuaded to sing “Bad Bad Girlfriend,” to raucous applause;

–RJ and Donny makin’ shit up at 2:30 in the morning, RJ behind the drumkit and Donny rocking out with his seemingly endless lineup of effects pedals;

–Dale (whose birthday we were celebrating) embracing us all at the end of night and making us swear a solemn vow to come back again. Only too happy to, man.

Only too happy to.

*****

(K. LaHaie)

A Weekend With !nnerspinal

Fun times in the studio with a vary talented group of artists. Guys who eat, sleep, and breathe music; and can bring a wall of sound to prove it. Innerspinal or !nnerspinal (if the internet would let them), has been formulating a sound over the last few months like none other. Well on the way to a first album, this band has a way of making music much like a machine: Writing songs all hours of the day and night, tweaking on guitars and amps to get that sound just right, and playing in different locations to make sure its going to work.

We just recently spent a weekend working on a few songs and here we will be img_4641showcasing one of them for you! So we hope you enjoy the peek into the studio, with what can only be explained as !nnerspinal.

 

TWO TIMES THE FUN

TWO TIMES THE FUN

 

 

This weekend was a blast double header at Guaranteed Poison Productions: the music spread out over two locations. Double the noise? Why the fuck not?

The first stop was Studio A, where Quantum Opposition was test driving a new bass rig. (What’s that, you ask? How in the name of all that’s holy did those guys fit MORE speakers in that fucking basement?? Guess you’ll just have to come out and see for yourself.) Quantum Opposition, originally a two-man group between the multitalented Doug and RJ, has recently expanded its ranks to include Zack W. (of drum prodigy fame), bassist K. (of Father Oblivion) and guitar shredmaster Al (also of Father Oblivion). Their style follows in the footsteps of Rage Against the Machine and Pantera, laying fierce hip-hop vocals over a framework of churning metal. The result is music you will never get out of your head: one bang-your-skull-against-the-wall riff after another in a snarling cycle of face-peeling destruction. And these guys are just getting warmed up. We expect great things.img_4496

Later in the evening we drifted over to Studio B. I met Porn Star Tom, who served as a human smoke machine, puffing on a nicotine vaporizer in between way-too-honest remarks about his sex life. I also got my first glimpse of !nnerspinal (wow). I heard two of their original songs, and the first one literally took my breath away. I kept waiting for it to turn into something I recognized, because it had that full-production sound you hear on an actual CD. How the fuck they managed that in a basement, with a couple of stacks and some hand-scratched lyrics tacked to the wall, is beyond me. Maybe it’s got something to do with their lead guitarist Donny, who (in addition to a pedal-slab with enough blinking lights and switches to blow up North Korea) has the stage-presence of a James Hetfield or a Kirk Hammett,img_4537 bowing mid-riff into the crowd to amp them up. Or maybe the secret to !nnerspinal’s success is their vocalist, who has told me not to call him Chad even though it’s his name. (If you knew him you would understand.) Whatever. The dude can sing. And the combination is mind-blowing: !nnerspinal is all power.

How the fuck can a couple of square miles in the backwoods of Michigan handle this much raw talent? What fantastical new bands will spring up next? Does Porn Star Tom really mean what he says about doing his mother-in-law??

Tune in next week to find out. Until then, you fuckers. 🙂

K. Lahaie