A few things you should know about Jucifer, the main attraction at Hell’s Kitchen last Saturday night:
– The band is a husband and wife duo, consisting of vocalist and guitarist Amber Valentine, and drummer Ed Livengood. Their web site calls dubs them “veterans of volume,” and I’d put money down that they’re the loudest couple in rock, hands down.
– The band formed in 1993 and hails from Athens, Georgia. But these sludge-metal nomads have long since pulled anchor and spend most of the year touring in their RV.
– Their moniker comes from a quote from something Ron Goldman said during the O.J. Simpson trial: “If he’s guilty, then he’s the devil and The Juice is Lucifer.” (Even though I’ve interviewed Valentine – audio here -, I just learned that one from the ol’ Wikipedia.)
– On CD, Valentine’s voice provides a dreamy counter-balance to the overwhelming lahar of power chords that oozes through “Centralia” and “Lambs, pt. 1 to 4″ (a few of my favorite cuts.) But in the live setting the Jucifer sound grows more abstract and visceral, and it’s more about screaming and blasting the crowd with that intimidating fortress of amps stacked up behind them. Seriously, earplugs were not optional last weekend.
Look and listen for yourself. I love these guys, but I warn you that the ambient intro clip is probably for die hard fans only. But I picked up most of the set, and you can always hit the “more” button and skip around to whatever melts your butter. Ciao!
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