Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Sadies at Hill Country Barbecue + Market

Dallas Good and Travis Good are the sons of Bruce Good and nephews of Brian and Larry Good, who are members of the Canadian country music group The Good Brothers. Guitarists Dallas and Travis played in the Good Brothers before forming the Sadies as a rock & roll and country & western band in 1994 in Toronto. More than 20 years later, the original quartet has stayed intact, with upright bassist Sean Dean and drummer Mike Belitsky. The band's most recent studio album, Internal Sounds, was released in 2013.

One of the Sadies' biggest supporters, John Doe of X, performed with the Sadies at Hill Country Barbecue + Market in 2015. This time around, the Sadies performed without any guests, and rocked the basement venue with raucous rock and roll that leaned heavily on 1960s garage, surf, rockabilly and psychedelic rock. Both Dallas and Travis sang lead and played lead guitar, sizzling when the vocal and guitar harmonies were just right. There was plenty of country twang guitar, but couched in hard-stomping rhythms and projected at high volume for a versatile rock set. Most of the thunderous set was a blistering rave-up, impacting like a jackhammer with barely a break between songs. For those who wanted their rock scrappy and noisy, the Sadies was the band of choice.

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