Nucleus | 03.25.04 | Mogollon Brewery | Flagstaff, AZ

Nucleus blew the dust off the Mogollon Brewing Company in the quiet railroad town of Flagstaff, Arizona on Thursday night. This was a show I won't soon forget. I have been attending shows in Flagstaff on a regular basis, seeing some great bands pass through my town every night, some of which blow right past me while others hold me in their groove for long after the show. Such was the case with one of the country's most underrated power trio, Nucleus.

The band can take you into a trance and melt your brain before heading into some serious and solid rock 'n' roll. It's been a while since I have heard a group deliver a solid rock tune that was worthy of such merit. Nucleus backs up such a smooth foundation with very crafty songwriting and heart-felt lyrics.

The first set started out with force and extreme focus. The crowd was small but attentive and Nucleus played to this dynamic flawlessly. They where up against some stiff competition that night due to New Orleans heavyweights The Radiators playing across town at the Orpheum Theater. I would have been at that show myself if I hadn't been so intrigued by the band's latest CD The Vibe Vol. 1, which I listened to on JamBase Rhapsody the day before the show. The band played like it didn't matter who was in front of them that night. They continued to pour their souls into each tune with a fire that could very well have burned the place down.

By the time the band started the second set, the crowd had nearly doubled and was completely hushed, in a trance for nearly the rest of the evening. All eyes where on the band as they weaved in an out of songs such as "First of Day" and "The Sooner You Learn," two very catchy tunes with solid rhythm and beautiful melody. The music was as infectious as it was complex and heady.

I encourage anyone who gets the chance to see these fellas perform to do so soon. I was fortunate enough to catch a free show at the Mogollon, which was great for a poor kid under today's stressful economy. The band is tearing up the country right now and waking people up to the potential of how good rock 'n' roll can be again.

Jeremy Spencer
JamBase | Arizona
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[Published on: 3/30/04]

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