While preparing with Loond for SXSW earlier this year, the two bands I was most interested in seeing were Lo-Pan and Red Giant. Red Giant didn't end up making the trip, cutting the suspense greatly since Lo-Pan were one of the first bands up upon my arrival.
On record, there was something almost ethereal about Lo-Pan. Between Jeff Martin's vocals and the twisting yet lockstep bass/guitar work of Skot Thompson and Brian Fristoe, the doors of perception were blown wide open. But when propelled forward by J. Bartz' drum work, you were at least as likely to get steamrolled flat as transported to some higher plane.
The experience was even better live, elevated by its sheer musicality. The groove Lo-Pan lock into on stage flows so deep and easy, that you almost forget about all the digits racing, and limbs flailing, and vocals soaring.
The only thing better than starting off my SXSW with Lo-Pan was knowing I was going to see them again the very next day
. And they were even better. Lo-Pan -- like Clutch, or the Supersuckers, or Valient Thorr, or a handful of others -- are a band worth seeing every time you can.
What's iimportant for you to know right now is that Lo-:Pan are on the road again
. You should go seem them. You owe it to yourself.
Join Lo-Pan in Houston at the Mink, Tuesday, May 31. $6 cheap!! Jibbies & Loond will be there.