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Nekrofilth's Feral Album Release Show at Tooey's

Denver gutter thrashers Nekrofilth brought the chaos to Tooey’s this past Saturday night. The popular bar just off Colfax has become the hot spot for dive shows of late, but this one might have been the wildest I’ve been to. The mic stands were knocked to the ground so often, it’s quite possible that guitarist/vocalist Zack Rose screamed more lyrics into the crowd than into the mic. That didn’t matter in the least, to the band or to the fans, who whipped up a pit in front of, and onto, the stage throughout most of the set. At one point, a body was propelled straight into Zack, knocking him to the ground in front of his guitar cabinet.

The band ripped through their killer new release, Worm Ritual , in full, before slicing into some older material and a “Love Me Like A Reptile” cover. Through it all the trio remained loose and unfazed by the chaos pummeling the front of the stage (and their pedal boards), serving up a staunch reminder for any graveworms who’d forgotten why they reign supreme as the sleaziest, give-no-fucks shredders in town.

Local rock and rollers Love Gang served up the support, Tooey’s staff crushed it as they always do, and I tried my damnedest to navigate the maelstrom for the gallery below. - mg

TOKE at Streets. April 25, 2019

Always a pleasure having our TOKE homies come through Denver. Their Thursday night show was the first I’d attended inside the redone Streets (formerly Streets of London) on Colfax. It was a promising visit, but I will hold off on commentary until I’ve tucked a few more dates there under the belt. For now, some snaps from the show. - mg

TOKE will be back on the road supporting Church of Misery in just a few weeks, a run that includes a return to Denver on May 29th. Dates below:

May 23 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live (as part of Maryland Deathfest) ! (tickets)
May 25 – Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary $# (tickets)
May 26 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle $# (tickets)
May 27 – Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Company $# (tickets)
May 28 – Kansas City, KS @ Riot Room $# (tickets)
May 29 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge $# (tickets)
May 31 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon $# (tickets)
Jun. 01 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s $# (tickets)
Jun. 02 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Opera House $# (tickets)
Jun. 03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex $# (tickets)
Jun. 04 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red $# (tickets)
Jun. 05 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister $# (tickets)
Jun. 06 – Oklahoma City, OK 8th Street $# (tickets)
Jun. 07 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room (Austin Terror Fest) ! (tickets)
Jun. 08 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall $# (tickets)
Jun. 09 – New Orléans, LA @ Santos $# (tickets)
Jun. 10 – Nashville, TN @ Little Harpeth Brewing $# (tickets)
Jun. 11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl # (tickets)
Jun. 12 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 # (tickets)
Jun. 13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo %# (tickets)
Jun. 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus # (tickets)
Jun. 16 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East %# (tickets)

# = w/ TOKE

Daughters turn loose at the Gothic. March 5, 2019

I shot these photos a few days before embarking on a tour, and just got around to sorting through them. I’d seen so many insane shots of Alexis Marshall and Nick Sadler from previous tour stops, some of the wind was already absent from my sails. But here is a first stab at some shots of Alexis.

The show was remarkable, both on a popular level, in that the Gothic Theater was packed with fans anxious to hear both tracks from Daughters new album “You Won’t Get What You Want” in addition to some older cuts; and on a personal level, in that it’d been ages since I’d wrestled with swarms of teenagers for position in front of the stage. I forgot how savage the youth can be. I respect the intensity; they really didn’t give a fuck if I was trying to shoot. I received the hard box out bolstered by a wall of Juul smoke. That’s not to say the band didn’t bring in a varied crowd. Presumably the more seasoned attendees occupied a space nearer the bar, and freer of hassle.

This was my first time seeing Daughters live. Admittedly, I was a bit lazy when it came to shooting, and just couldn’t be fucked jockeying for position this night. I simply wanted to watch the show. I assume the set wasn’t as chaotic as it might have been in a smaller, more intimate space, but they delivered one hell of a performance, as it looks like they’ve done throughout these recent North American and European tours.

I also spoke with Alexis for Westword around this time as well. You can read part of that discussion here.