Snot leads bill of local, national rock acts Dec. 10 at Frankie’sWritten by Mike Bauman | | email@example.com
Nearly 16 years to the day of the death of Snot lead singer Lynn Strait, local music fans will get to witness a slice of rock history when Snot headlines a concert at Frankie’s Inner City on Dec. 10 as part of its F**k the Record & F**k the People U.S. reunion tour.
The band will play its 1997 album “Get Some” in its entirety on a bill that also features He Is Legend, Thira, Lydia Can’t Breathe, Tropic Bombs, Wearebrothers and Paying For The Priceless. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door with doors at 7 p.m.
“I think anybody that goes to this show, they’re witnessing kind of a little historic piece of [rock history],” Tropic Bombs vocalist Ryan Wayton said. “It’s a historic thing.”
Known for its energetic live shows and fan interaction, Snot had a unique sound that featured elements of rock, hardcore, punk, funk and metal in the 1990s, one that was well respected amongst its peers and helped land the band on Ozzfest in 1998. However, at the height of its success, Strait and his dog Dobbs — the band’s mascot — died in a car accident during the making of Snot’s second album on Dec. 11, 1998. Strait was just 30 years old.
To honor their fallen bandmate and friend, the remaining Snot members teamed up with several of their friends in the rock and metal scene to record the tribute album “Strait Up,” released in 2000. The album featured tracks from the likes of Ozzy Osborne, Jonathan Davis (Korn), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit), Corey Taylor (Slipknot and Stone Sour) and Serj Tankian (System of a Down), among others.
“They’re legends in the hard rock scene,” Wayton said of Snot. “And they’re coming to Frankie’s, which is a small, little, intimate venue.”
In addition to Snot paying a visit to the Glass City on its North American reunion tour, Wayton is also excited that Tropic Bombs gets to perform on the same stage as He Is Legend. Wayton has been listening to and inspired by He Is Legend since 2004, when close friend and Tropic Bombs’ guitarist Justin Crumley introduced him to the band’s “I Am Hollywood” album.
“When you discover a band when you’re in high school or very young, I feel like those songs — as long as you keep listening to it for awhile — those songs are going to be with you through a lot of big moments in your life, I guess,” Wayton said. “So the fact that I’ve been listening to them from basically age 18 or 19 to age 29, there’s a lot of big things that have happened in my life in those 10 years and I’ve consistently been listening to them.”
He Is Legend is touring in support of its fourth full length album “Heavy Fruit,” which released in August on Tragic Hero Records. After a five-year hiatus from 2009’s “It Hates You,” He Is Legend returned this year with a record that has received positive reviews from the likes of Revolver, Ultimate-Guitar.com and ThePRP.com, among others. Some of that praise is for the band’s ability to blend different styles into its sound, something that Wayton has always appreciated about He Is Legend.
“They do a good job of paying tribute to a lot of different styles, but then I think they also have now come into their own,” Wayton said of He Is Legend.
Blending aspects of different genres is also not foreign territory to Wayton and his Tropic Bombs bandmates, who have crafted their own unique cocktail of rock, reggae, funk and hip hop over the years. And on Dec. 10, fans will get to see Tropic Bombs be part of a rare blend of local and national talent from across the rock spectrum all in one show at Frankie’s.
“Hump days don’t get this good, usually,” Wayton said. “But this hump day is gonna be sweet.”
Frankie’s is located at 138 Main St. For more information, visit innovationconcerts.com.