I thought I’d try a little YouTube experiment to end off this week. Starting with Truckfighters‘ “Desert Cruiser,” I clicked through six different related videos, one to the next, and decided I’d roll with the one that had the purplest cover. And so we have the German-by-way-of-Italy Black Spirit with the track “Old Times” from their 1978 self-titled album. From what I can tell, it’s the only record they ever put out and though it’s got some keyboard flourish near the end, the sound is much more aligned to bluesy heavy rock of the earlier part of the decade than the prog indulgences of the latter.
It’s 10 minutes long, has no fewer than three jams, and rocks pretty hard. For a band I’d never heard before clicking through — and clicking some pretty funky-looking covers, to boot — I’ll more than take it. Well worth sticking around through the end, too.
Hard to believe, but February’s almost over, even with that extra day. Next week I’ll have the numbers up and the interview I did with Pallbearer bassist Joseph D. Rowland this past Wednesday, as well as Chris “Woody High” MacDermott‘s first “Spine of Overkill” column on the mysterious decade known as the ’80s, which most of us lived through but nobody remembers, and reviews of new records by Pale Divine, Conan and Greenleaf, the latter of which has been kicking my ass around the block for the last 18 hours or so. I’ve been through it five times already and am likely to go five more before the weekend’s out.
That’s especially true because I’ll be sitting in front of the computer the whole time anyway. I had wanted to review the Bobby Liebling documentary, Last Days Here, today, but decided to give myself an easier afternoon and do it tomorrow instead. Doesn’t do much for making the weekend the nonstop thrill ride it otherwise might be, but I still think it was the right call.
So I’m not actually signing off, since I’ll be posting tomorrow, but I figured screw it, might as well put a clip up anyway and say I hope you have a great and safe weekend, whether or not you’re endeavoring to step away from the keyboard. If you’re around and looking for something to do, the forum‘s always open.Tags: Black Spirit, Germany