Tomahawk and Retox @ Great American Music Hall – 2.16.13 Tomahawk and Retox @ Great American Music Hall – 2.16.13


Retox came out with a ferocious energy that was reminiscent of Converge with a splash of Dillinger Escape Plan. The 45 minute opener for Tomahawk was lively and full of action. Lead singer, Justin Pearson, was seen screaming inches away from the faces of audience members and even jumping off stage to walk among them. It was no surprise that he was losing his voice towards the end of his set. Either he was sick or he needs to have a date with Melissa Cross. Overall, I walked away extremely impressed. The band was incredibly tight for one that lives in the high BPM’s. Perhaps too intense an opener for Tomahawk, but they are a force to be reckoned with nonetheless.

Tomahawk’s set was exactly what you would expect from any band with Mike Patton at the helm: animated, crowd-rousing, and an all-around good time. The experimental supergroup features Duane Denison (the Jesus Lizard, Unsemble), Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantômas, etc) & John Stanier (Helmet, Battles) and Trevor “field mouse” Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, etc). They started their set with “God Hates a Coward” before jumping into their newest effort’s title track, “Oddfellows.” The audience reacted immediately and sang along as they did with many of the songs off of the album released only 2 weeks earlier. The crowd consisted primarily of 20-30 somethings who have probably been Patton fans since the Faith No More days. This show was the 2nd sold out night for these two bands at the Great American Music Hall. It was clear that Tomahawk wanted to leave San Francisco on a good note. Their high-energy show left the audience elated and chanting for more.



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