Hell ‘Bone is what i dubbed this unholly union that saw two of my favorite beijing fun bands come together for a fantastic night of rock n roll at Yugong Yishan: DH & The Hellcats along with Black Cat Bone
I’ve reviewed both bands here so many times that it would seem extremely redundant to go over their individual performances again: Both are fun, rowdy, and just generally bring the good moods and good times whenever they play. I’m not sure why it took so long to get both of them together but I’m hoping that there will be a few more appearances by Hell ‘Bone in the future.
What was extremely cool about the show was how the bands merged together and swapped members throughout the set, slowly morphing from one band to the other. This only really worked on the covers though has most members of both bands knew them and could play them.
Once DH & The Hellcats fully exited the stage, it was time for good old Black Cat Bone action and tunes… down and dirty boogey woogey Rock n Roll. My favorite part of the whole thing was the grand finale with both bands onstage threatening to make it crumble under their collective weights as they were matching each other tit for tat, beat for hat, swinging the night away.
It was a really fun night that was marked by a huge contrast in sound quality: The BL and PL periods!
BL: Before Lee took control of the sound console, we had echo, reverb, noise and all kind of crap happening on there prompting complaints from quite a few people.
PL: Post Lee takeover, the same system with the same console, amps and everything else sounding beyond good!
That, ladies and gentlemen, is what a great sound tech brings to the table. When Jaime Welton says that Lee is a full time member of Black Cat Bone and Bad Mamasan, he means it. The man’s abilities behind a sound booth should inspire more venues to seek him or at least similarly qualified people.
Anyways, despite Yugong’s sound fuckup, it was one hell of a fun evening. All I gotta say is …. WE WANT MOREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE