Texas rock in a Tiki Lounge

Our pal Brian Banks wanted to share this musical nugget with you all. For anyone who likes to stay up on these things, the Black Maria bassist broke his tibia in three places this past February, but after months of being laid up at home, he reports that he's feeling "caffeinated, rested and stoked." When Banks isn't busy keeping the universe in working at Burt's Tiki Lounge, he's nice enough to write unsolicited show previews for his favorite alternative weekly newspaper. We just love that.

If like many New Mexicans, your idea of Texas is that of braggers, bullshit and Bush, it is imperative that you get yourself to Burt's Tiki Lounge on Friday, August 26, and witness one the finest musical exports the Lone Star State has to offer—SuperHeavyGoatAss. And much like their Tejas contemporaries Dixie Witch, Honky, Amplified Heat, SuperHeavyGoatAss serve up a steaming helping of loud ass, boogie/party rock: A classic, thundering tube amp sound with guitar tones somewhere between Thin Lizzy and Tommy Iomi. Touring in support of their latest release, 60,000 Years, elements of classic boogie rockers such as Mountain and Cactus, as well as the heaviness of Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath and the ilk, are evident in SHGA's compositions. This isn't to say SuperHeavyGoatAss isn't original. No. The familiarity in their music is just the hook to draw you into them—one of the great unsung, overlooked rock bands of the new millennium. And with a high-octane live performance that puts the jumping monkey, scream-o bands of today to shame, you'll find yourself joining in with SHGA, and singing, "Sweet Home/Goddamn! I'm a Motherfucking Texas Man!". If you miss this show, you obviously hate having fun and rocking out to good music. Opening the show will be Albuquerque's Tanuki and Black Maria. See you there ...