Alibi V.13 No.31 • July 29-Aug 4, 2004 

Music Magnified

The Burden Brothers

with The Friendly

The Burden Brothers
The Burden Brothers

Thursday, July 29; Launchpad (21 and over, 9 p.m.): These days, former Toadies singer and guitarist Todd Lewis is calling himself Vaden Lewis and is busy fronting what amounts to the greatest rock supergroup you've never heard of: The Burden Brothers. Featuring former Reverend Horton Heat and Tenderloin drummer Taz Bently, GWAR's Casey Orr and elite Dallas guitarists Corey Rozzoni and Casey Hess, The Burden Brothers released their debut last November to critical acclaim and almost no airplay whatsoever until recently, when stations with a clue (read: none in Albuquerque) began playing “Beautiful Night.”

Compared to the rest of the album, the Burden's first single sounds like a power ballad. Titled Buried in Your Black Heart (Trauma), the band's debut is a smoking effort of the plaster-crumbling variety. And, considering the collective experience of the band's members, it's a good bet the live show will knock you on your ass. Toadies fans will be especially chided for not showing up.