Psychedelic Horseshit/Aluminum Knot Eye @ Circle A
Having been around for nearly fifteen years, Aluminum Knot Eye is something of an institution in the underground Milwaukee punk scene. They’ve continued to thrive despite the waning of the garage rock revival which consumed Riverwest basements and bars for years (and despite the fact that they’ve long since been banned from said bars and basements anyway), and though it’s somewhat rare for them to play out, when they do, they always bring a fierce, demonic energy that is unlike anything else in Milwaukee. Monday night at the Circle A, it was seeping out their pores; they were glistening with it like sweat.
Singer/guitarist Keith Vercauteren yowls and barks and belches out lyrics that, delivered by anyone else, might almost seem a little goofy, but take on an evil edge as he climbs up on tables, chucks beer cans at people and howls like he’s delivering the son of Satan through his piss hole while the rest of the band imparts plodding, discordant and often atonal psychedelic punk rock blasting your ears off. AKE plays the best kind of rock ‘n roll—ugly, unwieldy, loud as fuck.
Two noteworthy points about Psychedelic Horseshit: first, the show acted as a homecoming of sorts for Pink Reason’s Kevin Failure, who’s playing bass for Horseshit on this tour, and hasn’t played in Milwaukee in a couple of years. (A highlight of the night was when Horseshit was asked to do an encore and Kevin sang his song “The Devil Always Wins,” with which nearly every fucking person sang along to.) Secondly, the drummer used a cardboard box as a bass drum. Apparently it’s in their rider; each venue must provide a box for the band.
Your guess is as good as mine.