Taking the stage before Texas-bred band the Riverboat Gamblers, Year Long Disaster had a lot to live up to. Lead singer and wailing guitarist Daniel Davies is the son of Dave Davies of the Kinks and fills his shoes well, though he seems to channel a bit more of Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin when onstage.
Rich Mullins on bass (who played with Texas band Speedealer for a short time) and Brad Hargreaves, of the platinum-selling band Third Eye Blind, on drums complete the line-up.
When their powers combine, these guys are a lethal combination. They brought to mind a combination of the Giraffes (minus the handlebar mustaches) and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The band’s sound is muddy and rough, and that’s a good thing.
The group kept the attention of the surprisingly patient Valiant Thor fans that made up the majority of the audience that night by playing a few songs from its self-titled debut album in between jammin’ guitar solos and headbang worthy, full-band rock outs.