With the success of the White Stripes and the Black Keys, we can expect more guitar-drum duos to make the rock scene just a little bit more abrasive. Enter the Brooklyn-based Slim Wray, comprised of Ryan Houser, a.k.a. Howzr, on guitar and vocals and Chris Moran on drums and vocals. The primal rock duo has recorded a debut album, Sack Lunch, and released a humorous video for the lead single, "Bear."
Opening for Anacortes at the Mercury Lounge tonight, Slim Wray was bombastic from the start. Making up for a lack of other instruments, Moran punctuated the rhythms with thunderous percussion while Houser hollered and alternated between rhythm chords and grimy lead riffs. It was a blast of loud, gritty and even bluesy garage-band rock. The raucous, energetic set consisted of original material with recurring whoo-hoos, and included nearly-unrecognizable covers of 1964 pop, the Beatles’ “You Can’t Do That” and Them’s “Gloria.” For those who groove on basic 4/4 hard-edged rock, Slim Wray presented a fierce set.
Slim Wray performs at the Bowery Electric on February 1. Visit Slim Wray at www.slimwray.com.