Hammer No More the Fingers played Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16 and absolutely crushed it, especially on Friday the 15th when they played two sets. On a good night - and these A.D. shows were good nights - I'd say Hammer rivals just about any other up and coming rock act. They channel the chubacabraj, but after summoning the goat sucker they chase it down the wormhole with its tail between its legs.
The Hot Seats showed up nice and fresh on Saturday afternoon, relatively speaking, and proceeded to deliver two sets of professional level string band music of a quality they only hinted at during the previous year's Special Ed and the Shortbus style reunion show. These guys weren't the darlings of the Shetland Folk Festival for nothing! Not only are they great musicians and showmen, but their quick wits and cynical optimism meshes well with the personalities who patron this party. On and off the stage, these guys are great folks to be around and I think they truly have just as much fun as anyone else! They brought out singer Alison Self for a naughty encore number which put a fitting "ending" on the evening.
On Sunday morning, despite an all encompassing grogginess and what you might call a hangover, I was able to interview Duncan Webster and Jeff Stickley of Hammer as we took a mid-morning walk along a gravel road by the river. A transcription of that interview has been published here.
|Hammer on Fri 6/15/12. Photo by Laura Fields
|Hot Seats w/ Alison Self. 6/16/12. Photo by Vickey Goff