Take a Filthy Ride with Gondola at JR’s Oct. 1

Published on The Deli Philadelphia – Friday, Oct. 1, 2010

With a name like Gondola, it’s almost wieldy to cook up visions of floating down an expansive and glistening Venetian canal in a light-strung bateau. But, in fact, the humid sweat bucket of blues-rock filth exploding forth from the Philly power-trio is more like a sleazy, good time trek on a dirt-caked motorcycle down a bone-dry desert back road – and tonight will taste no different. On “Hash in the Highlands”, Gondola sails from the sluggish smoke and leisure burn of fringed sonic crawls to deafening rhythm accelerations of roaring riffs and driving drums that ignite electrifying hip climaxes. It’s a phonic stamp also courted by hometown trio and tonight’s bill mates, Screaming Rattler, who, slowing the tempo down just a little, add their own Southern-soaked flavor to the genre. If you have time, throw back another Pabst and stick around for stoner-rock geniuses The Company Corvetteand soak you’re feet in the unnerving electronic bubble bath of locals Hott Tubb, ‘cause, you know, it’s Friday, and you ain’t got shit to do. JR’s Bar, 2327 S. Croskey St.,8 pm, $5, 21+ – Annamarya Scaccia

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