General Bastard marches into WoodchucksWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
General Bastard will bring its brand of surf thrash to Woodchucks Bar & Grill on Jan. 22.
“It’s a lot of different styles of music with a guitar influence,” said General Bastard, lead singer and guitarist for the band. “It’s got that punk attitude, heavy metal heaviness and cool vibe of surf music. It’s real upbeat and energetic.”
Based out of Detroit, General Bastard began as a one-man band and is now a three-piece group. In addition to General, the band is comprised of Pvt. Nick the Dick on bass and Sgt. Six Pack on drums.
The band started out as an idea for a band that would cover all TV. theme songs and consist of different characters from those shows, General said. Since General Bastard has grown into what it is today, with the members wearing camouflage and wrestling masks, he said.
The group still sometimes plays TV themes, such as “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” but is focused on different music, the General said.
Individuals who come out to the show can expect to see “great musicianship” and experience a whole lot of fun and humor, he said.
“It’ll be guitar playing like they’ve never seen before,” General said. “We also talk a lot of smack about people — like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. There’s a big-time wrestling aspect to the show, going out there and picking on other people. It’s all in good fun.”
General Bastard will release its new CD, “You’re Not Special,” Jan. 29. Fans can expect to hear some songs from the new album at the show, General said.
Also playing that evening are The Deadbeat Moms, Downspeed and the Infernal Names.
“People should come out to support their local musicians,” General said. “If local musicians don’t get support on the local scene, everything will become a dance club and ‘American Idol’ karaoke. There will be no good places to listen to music.”
The show is $5 for those 21 and older and $7 for those under 21. The doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 9:30 p.m. Woodchuck’s is located at 224 S. Erie St.
For more information about General Bastard, visit the website www.generalbastard.com.