A little threat of rain did not stop Charlotte, NC crowds from making their way to see All Them Witches, Mastodon, and Primus at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater Saturday night. The night could be described as a good mix of blues, metal, and psychedelic funk. Starting the night off, All Them Witches kept it mellow, playing songs including “Death of a Coyote Woman”, “When God Comes Back”, “3-5-7” and “Alabaster”, and warmed up the crowd to the next two bands.
Mastodon blasted out onto the stage, opening with “Sultan’s Curse”, “Divinations”, and “Crystal Skull”. There’s no other way to describe this band other than pure heavy metal. Pretty sure everyone in the audience could feel the bass of the drums in their stomachs. They were certainly not afraid of getting close to the audience, as guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher were often seen standing on the amps right in front of the pit railing. The rain made an appearance in the middle of their set for a bit, but that did not seem to faze the band or the audience. Instead, bassist Troy Sanders joked and hoped that everyone “remembered to bring their rubbers”. The band played for well over an hour, performing songs including “Black Tongue”, “Ember City”, “Sleeping Giant”, “Show Yourself”, “Mother Puncher” among many others. They closed with the popular “Steambreather” and left the crowd pumped for Primus.
Prior to Primus taking the stage, a certain funky smell *wink wink* started to waft into the air and set the mood for what was about to come. The band had a large tree with screen panels as their back drop, and also had a horse mask propped up on a mic stand to set the stage. After a short wait, bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde, and drummer Tim Alexander took the stage and opened with “Harold of the Rocks”, “HOINFODAMAN”, and “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver.” This band has dabbled with writing concept albums, and the album they released last year, The Desaturating Seven, is actually their second concept album. They also managed to play that entire record in the middle of their setlist last night. The band continued to add to their setlist, performing “Spegetti Western”, “Welcome to this World”, “My Name Is Mud”, and they closed with their most popular (at least according to Spotify) “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver”.
This tour still will go on through July and will continue to make stops throughout the country. Be sure to check out if they are coming to your neck of the woods! It is definitely a tour you would want to check out if you are a fan of any of these bands.