The Screaming Blue Messiahs Gun-Shy
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Arising from the ashes of former band Motor Boys Motor, punk, blues and rockabilly, they gave Britain the proper bludgeoning they’ve been asking for. Bill Carter, resembling something between a Sufi whirling dervish and Uncle Fester, piled blistering rhythm guitar chords that escalated into a torrid fever dream. It’s no wonder their show was billed with the Who-like descriptor, “wall of sound rhythm and blues.” With dark songs about Kennedy’s assassination, serial killers and creepy invitations to play in the woods, this band was so much damn cooler than their peers.Carter, with his clean-shaven head and ferocious voice, tore around the Grand Ballroom stage with purpose. Gun-Shy produced two memorable songs, Smash The Market Place and Wild Blue Yonder, with the later a pounding sound of rhythm and power chords. Perhaps the reason The Messiahs left such a mark was because they were unlike any other band of its time — part punk, part blues, part new wave, part Brit rock. It was just a 45-minute set, but it was magnetic.