Club Viva, July 25, 2000
I'm tellin ya, in a perfect world Mongoose is selling out large
stadiums. These guys are just an incredible band and they rolled through
town last night and blew the place away.
For the last few weeks I've been pumpin em up heavy, and - as usual -
they came through again. They played at a small club (350 people) and
the place was packed. Came on at 10:30 with "Feelin Thirsty" and they
were just layin down some of the most crucial sounds I've ever heard.
For those unaware, their bass player for the past year or so is Ronnie
Stepper, who was Steel Pulse's original bassist. Talkin about layin down
some rhythms!!! This guy was just skankin all night. They were missing
one of their horn players as well as their keyboardist, but they didn't
miss a beat. Andre, the lone horn player, is incredibly talented and he
was simply blasting solos all night. And Maimon is simply one of the
coolest guys around. Fantastic writer and great stage presence. Singing
and doing some chanting in Hebrew which is just amazing. If you're
unfamiliar with these guys, they are ROOTS. Check em out (and pick up
"Soul Deliverance" at all costs as well as their new 5 song "demo" which
Ronnie calls it, but it is a killer!)...
They were sounding incredibly tight, changing their songs around, and
just blowing the place away when they took a break at 11:30. Didn't get
back on til 12:20 which really sucked. Way too long! The DJ was decent
as I told him to stay with roots, then he started blasting some
dancehall which I just HATE when it's during intermission of a roots
band. That was the only drag for me, but when they got back on stage all
was well again. Played til 1:15 or so and it was truly a memorable
Promoters: if you have the chance, get Mongoose to your town. And by all
means, people, if you have a chance to see them, do it! They're one of
the best bands in the world right now...
Keep it skankin
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