TK Webb & The Visions: Ancestor

By: Dennis Cook

Beginning like some snarled electrical storm that blew off Jim James' back porch, growling, "There's no use wastin' your time/ But that's not what the freakers on the bleachers say," TK Webb & The Visions grind out some of the smartest hesher rock since Kurt Cobain pushed needles into the red. Peter Frampton, Ronnie Montrose and other bare-chested '70s six-stringers spring to mind as the band wends their way through non-ironic, amp testing passages, holding onto to melody even while they slip feedback their phone number. "God Bless The Little Angels," from the lofty title on down through the slow picked, echo-laden intro into the sturm und drang-y main body is pure "Man On The Silver Mountain" Ritchie Blackmore stuff, and to Webb's credit he pulls it off. Sincerity always works wonders when plumbing the depths of hard rock past, and there are no arched eyebrows or sly winks here, which makes "Closed Captioned Slang" and "Dreen Drone Death" the best things to blast out the window of your Camaro in many moons. Ancestor (released September 2 on Kemado Records) gets slightly more appealing with each visit, a grower where individual cuts may not always stand out but the overall mood is pretty superb – depths of the soul howling, befuddlin' guitar mangling and the most classic o' classic rock foundations. Turn it up!

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handlebarstache starstarstarstar Fri 9/5/2008 09:41AM
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TK Webb is amazing. I'm glad to see coverage of his latest work here.

All Loving Liberal White Guy starstarstarstarstar Fri 9/5/2008 11:44PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

Fuckin A, TK WEBB is amazing. And so is his new band, the Visions. They put on an amazing live show.

Check em out at these dates. You'd be a total fool not to see them if they pass by your neck of the woods.

Portland, Oregon

Sep 6 2008 8:00P

Great American Music Hall w/ Witchcraft and Graveyard San Francisco, California

Sep 7 2008 8:00P

Echoplex w/ Witchcraft, Earthless, Witch and many more Los Angeles, California

Sep 8 2008 8:00P

the Clubhouse w/ Witchcraft and Graveyard Tempe, Arizona

Sep 10 2008 8:00P

Red 7 w/ Witchcraft and Graveyard Austin, Texas

Sep 11 2008 8:00P

Rudyards w/ Witchcraft and Graveyard Houston, Texas

Sep 12 2008 8:00P

One Eyed Jacks w/ Witchcraft and Graveyard New Orleans, Louisiana

Sep 13 2008 8:00P

Drunken Unicorn w/ Witchcraft and Graveyard Atlanta, Georgia

Sep 14 2008 8:00P

Local 506 w/ Witchcraft and Graveyard Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Sep 15 2008 8:00P

Rock n Roll Hotel w/ Witchcraft and Graveyard Washington DC, Washington DC

Sep 16 2008 8:00P

Johnny Brenda’s w/ Witchcraft and Graveyard Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sep 17 2008 8:00P

Bowery Ballroom w/ Witchcraft and Graveyard New York, New York

Oct 24 2008 8:00P

Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Dungen, Marissa Nadler Brooklyn, New York


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