Sometimes Pretty and Dull Grave captured the essence of the Over The Edge Sports Bar’s name with a night of razor rock in Manchester.
Sometimes Pretty in Manchester
We are not sure what is up with Manchester these days. Music seems to be pouring out of this seemingly quiet little Michigan town. We’ve attended a couple of shows at Manchester Underground Music and Art, but this was our first time checking out music at Over The Edge Sports Bar. Tonight features the twin peaks of rock with Dull Grave and Sometimes Pretty.
While talking with Terris Ahrens at the Chelsea Backyard Beer Garden, he mentioned his new musical endeavor called Sometimes Pretty was playing the following weekend at Over The Edge. We were fans of his previous band Risky Brenda and figured why not check out the new gig. Joining Terris in Sometimes Pretty is Juston Brady (guitar – also formerly of Risky Brenda), Traver Lucas (guitar), Robroy Ross (bass), and Danny Fent (drums).
Getting the show started off with a swift kick in the ass is Dull Grave. There is nothing dull about this band. Members include Juston Brady (vocals/guitar), Danny Fent (bass), Aaron Parks (drums), and Samuel Robinson (guitar/vocals). As the guitars pounce and wail, the bass and drums come crashing down around us. The air roils with garage punk and hardcore vibes.
I could smell a bit of Nirvana chased with Henry Rollins. The powerful call of Juston’s vocals keep all eyes locked on the band as Bruce Willis looms on the big screen behind them. Whomever picked the ‘The Fifth Element’ for the background movie during each band’s performance should get a prize. It strangely melded with the vital force present within the bar.
Sometimes Pretty, Mostly Heavy
After a quick break to enjoy a beer, it was time for Sometimes Pretty. The name says it all. Sometimes the music is melodic and charming. The keyword is sometimes. As the part they leave out in their name is that the band is mostly heavy. There is a twinkling psychosis that calls to mind bands like The Jesus Lizard and Tomahawk. Punchy bass and drums shove the music up into your face. Vocals whirl as guitars drone and scream. Sometimes Pretty push you up to the edge and then pull you back just in time to shove you back out again.
I would not have guessed I’d be enjoying a night of fist fighting garage rock and punk in the sleepy village of Manchester. Dull Grave and Sometimes Pretty tore into my senses. Many thanks to the great staff at Over The Edge Sports Bar who kept us all fueled for this evening of pure rock fury.
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