I was honestly shocked when I saw Koffin Kats announce a show at Lee’s Liquor Lounge for Friday, April 20th. In my mind Koffin Kats are a huge deal and Lee’s Liquor Lounge is the bar I go see local metal shows at surrounded by twenty of my closest friends. Regardless, this is a show I’m super excited about for this week. The groundwork for what has become the relentlessly touring sonic assault known as The Koffin Kats was laid near Detroit, Michigan when Vic Victor (Lead Vocalist, Upright Bass) joined forces with long-time friend Tommy Koffin (Guitar). After adding Damian Detroit (Drums), the band kicked off in June 2003, stopping for nothing. Now, with over 12 years of touring internationally, over two thousand live shows, and a few lineup changes. The touring trio’s current home is out on the open road.
Not only am I stoked for Koffin Kats but The Goddamn Gallows is opening! The Goddamn Gallows came from the heart of America’s Rust Belt, arising from a night of flophouse violence. Drifting across the states, they cemented their sound in Portland, OR and later in Los Angeles, CA, where they lived in abandoned buildings, squatter camps, storage units and shoebox apartments. In 2007, they left everything behind and spent the next 4 years living out of whatever vehicle would get them to the next town. Building upon their original sound of twanged-out, punk rock gutterbilly (Life of Sin 2004 and Gutterbillyblues 2007), they began picking up stray musicians along the way and adding to their sound; washboard, accordion, mandolin and banjo (Ghost of th Rails 2009 and 7 Devils 2011) creating a sound referred to as “hobocore”, “gypsy-punk” or “americana-punk”, while never being stuck in any one sound.
Against The Grain will be kicking the night off promptly at 7:30.
Tickets are still available here but I’m warning you now– this is a small venue for this tour. I wouldn’t be shocked if it sells out.