How The Slaughterhouse Chorus played a hard punk set in the middle of an alternative rock show

By Zach Hitt

 

The Slaughterhouse Chorus, local punk, played a wake up set — that is, everyone woke up – at The Hollow Bar in Albany on Saturday, July 6. The group of young men dared to bring their chaotic chords into a show featuring headliners Stellar Young, Davenport Cabinet, and Carl Daniels. Needless to say, the acoustic/alternative crowd received the band well.

As the world ages, so does the sound of music; this is indisputable. The same is true for metal. As years pass, it seems as though more and more sounds have blended into the equation of what should and can be deemed metal; and more importantly, what a metal head will listen to.

The Slaughterhouse Chorus, although largely seen as punk, exhibits this trend. Their music isn’t just one thing. It’s a blend. Fans of Danko Jones and Bayside will enjoy them, but if you bought the metalcore trend of the last decade, featuring bands like Unearth, you may enjoy the blend.

The band performed some of their signatures – “Built for BBQ,” “Amber Waves of Cocaine,” “How Can You Put a Price on Refreshments?”, and more. Additionally, the crowd was excited and began to mosh.

The band’s sound, as seen at The Hollow Bar concert is formed by four members, Chris Jordan on vocals and guitar, Jay Bonafide on guitar, Dale Nixon on bass, and Mark McKenna on Drums. The four played a set in Lake George earlier in the day, fulfilling their Facebook promise of “coming to a barbecue near you.”

While the band is energetic, Jordan’s vocals sound like they may need some work. Sure, he can sing, but after one song, he was hoarse, which is uncommon for a technique – learned person. However, only he knows.

Otherwise, the music was accessible and the lyrics were “relatable.” If this crossover band keeps chipping, they will eventually break through to the top.