Waterman and Milley The Rock House, St. John's NF, April 20

Waterman and Milley The Rock House, St. John's NF, April 20
Photo: Vish Khanna
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One of the best bands in St. John's is a heavy outfit called Monsterbator and it has spawned a two-piece, edgy, blues-inspired side-project called Waterman and Milley. There was nothing trad about their show at the Rock House; it wasn't ironic or silly but it was about as reverent as Jon Spencer ever is. Well, almost. During a cover of Nat "King" Cole's "Calypso Blues," drummer Devon Milley put down his sticks and played a Bonham-esque groove with his hands on an open snare, while guitarist Andrew Waterman also disarmed to sing the lovely song in the quavering, slap-back voice of a '50s heartthrob. They stormed back into the set with a post-punk assault of snaky guitars and pounding drums that recalled the Jesus Lizard's Mac McNeilly. In other ways, the duo were all over the hard rock map, picking up on new wave danceability and NoMeansNo's sense of doom-laden hope.

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