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To the uninitiated, Dave “Dixie” Collins can easily be seen as a scary guy. Known for making Manson go crazy on stage and accidentally shoot his big toe while cleaning a shotgun, he’s certainly not a hippie death cult leader devoid of gun safety skills. What Collins has accomplished is to survive 25 years in the music industry without compromising anything.
Collins joined the proto-sludge Buzzov * pioneers on bass in 1997 and stayed for three years as their reputation for dangerous and violent shows grew. He then went on his own with current guitarist – and a favorite of the Melvins’ King Buzzo – Dave “Shep” Shepherd, as well as original drummer Travis Owen, who years later helped launch the Lords of the Noise. from Atlanta, Whores. Former Buzzov * en drummer Ramzi Ateyeh joined Weedeater in 2019. After crawling for more than two decades, the band hasn’t picked up speed at all.
This should be evident about three minutes after the start of the Weedeater show on Friday August 6 at the El Rocko Show. The group is often placed in the sludge metals category, which is a fair assessment, but it is the thickest and heaviest sludge on the market. It’s a shredded tanker full of sludge moving through a shallow spray of glue and huge chunks of other shredded tankers. Music is slow and squeaky when it isn’t slow and pounding, and few do it better.
Weedeater is best known live, but for those interested in listening, Collins recommends “God Luck and Good Speed,” 2007 and “Jason… The Dragon,” 2011. Each has been recorded by legendary Steve Albini, who also recorded “In Utero” and worked with PJ Harvey, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Helmet, Melt-Banana, Fugazi and Pixies. Albini is known for his exacting standards and for not mince words about unprepared or unqualified musicians. To their credit, he named Weedeater the easiest bands to work with.
“When I first heard that I thought it was cool, but then I was like… what does he mean by that?” Are we super easy or just stupid? Colling laughed. “But Steve is a great guy, and he’s the best at capturing that live sound and the mic placement. And we’re basically a live band.
Collins grew up as a punk rock kid listening to Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys and Circle Jerks. He was exposed to underground music by a friend’s older sister, a college student from East Carolina U who regularly recorded and shared a punk and metal radio show. It opened his eyes. His traditional tastes at the time oriented him towards Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, and it is no coincidence that both groups include exceptional bassists who also write. Like most adolescents of the time and place, country, classic rock and southern rock have always been part of the sound menu. But those tapes with bands like Anti-Nowhere League and a General “F. The attitude of you fueled her curiosity. The release of” My War “from Black Flag, with its notoriously slow and overwhelming B-side – an early example of sludge metal – sealed the deal.
Despite Collins’ love for what he calls cave metal, there will be more variety in El Rocko than you might think. Adam Faucett and Joe Buck Yourself are on tour with Weedeater. Collins describes Faucett as “a sort of singer-songwriter, like John Prine or Townes Van Zandt, but a little heavier.” An examination of Faucett’s work confirms this. It is a bit difficult to describe, but very interesting, moving and worth checking out.
“We like to mix things up and not have all the explosive, loud metal,” Collins explained. “I don’t like going to shows and seeing four of the same thing and I imagine other people might feel the same.”
Weedeater has performed with Joe Buck before and Collins knows how crowds react to the evil and veteran country punk one-man-band of The Legendary Shack Shakers, Hank Williams III and Assjack.
“We’ve played some unique shows before, but this is the first time we’ve done a race with him,” Collins said. “I love Joe, he’s a great guy. I’m really looking forward to it. “
Savannah hard rock innovators Sins of Godless Men kick off at 7:20 p.m., oddly precise. Does the local Humboldt County time come into play here? Consider that and all the possibilities in the roller coaster of a show with the slowest ending you’ve ever seen.
AURA Fest presents Weedeater, Joe Buck Yourself, Adam Faucett and Sins of Godless Men at 7:20 p.m. on Friday August 6 at the El Rocko Show.