After numerous snafus during the past few months -- from canceling their headlining…
- Posted on Sep 6th 2010 5:00PM by Kenneth Partridge
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"This may or may not be good for your hangover," lead singer and guitarist Craig Fox said at the outset, knowing full well what fans were up to the night before.
Those with headaches would have done well to steer clear of the Greenhornes. The Cincinnati quartet cranked out a dozen chunky garage tunes, most of which were variations on 'Have Love, Will Travel,' the rock staple best recorded in 1965 by Pacific Northwestern proto-punk demigods the Sonics.
Anchoring the Hornes' '60s grooves were bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler, the rhythm section tapped by Jack White for the Raconteurs. Fox is a fine singer who's handy with the retro riffs, and if the band is somewhat workmanlike in its approach, the power of its performances offsets the lack of originality in its songs.
Amid the predictable likes of 'Lies' -- a tune whose intro guitar riff left little doubt how Keeler would come in or what type of bass line Lawrence would play -- the Hornes occasionally stepped outside their genre. 'I'm Going Away' featured a waltzing middle section, and on 'Pattern Skies,' Keeler rolled out a rumbling jungle beat, a welcome break from his usual heavy hitting. The group closed with a stomping cover of James Brown's 'I'll Go Crazy.'
"It's early for us, too, so thank you," Keeler told a reinvigorated crowd at 3:33PM. At ATP, there's no hangover a rock show can't cure.