Way to Hell is probably my personal favorite from the show. It’s great to see radio personality Pat Walsh let loose, and this is my musical introduction to the band, as the first time I’ve seen/heard them perform. I did a static shoot with them weeks before, and was expecting a more laid back sound based on that. So I was blown away by the manic presence of Sean Moody, backed by the funk-on-steroids sound of Sean Navin that refused to be drowned out, all driven forward by the always-unstoppable John Cackster, whose as clean and crisp as he is raw and savage. The gyros of the gimbal did a decent job of balancing out my subconscious head-bobbing while I was recording. The sudden jerks were from my shoe getting stuck in the soggy turf surrounding the stage.
My other favorite is Whiskey Death. It’s a down-tempo song that’s barely contained by the explosive energy of the band members, like bridled anger when you’re trying to be nice. All that restraint becomes useless when Moody eats up the stage with the solo. It reminds me of when shit got real in Leaving Las Vegas. Which in turn reminds me of those not-so-proud moments of inebriation during my younger years of brash stupidity.
So, from now on, I refuse to do promo shoots with bands until I hear their music first. In hindsight, I didn’t even learn their name was F Mary Kill until the day of the performance. I feel I owe these guys a promo reshoot.