Brothers of the Sonic Cloth
With Black Bone Excercism, Summoned By Giants and Guest Directors
Oct. 29. 2016 @ Substation in Seattle
Words Tim Basaraba / Photos Stephanie Oster
Last month, renowned grunge-era punk rock legend Tad Doyle brought his latest project, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (BOTSC), to our quaint little Substation venue in Ballard alongside many of his musical friends.
Gary Thortenson, Tad’s former guitarist, opened the show with his new band Guest Directors and Black Bone Exorcism hit the stage directly before BOTSC. Both bands recorded their latest releases with Tad at his Witch Ape Studios. The show even served as a release party for the latter’s Crack the Bone, Break the Heart album.
For those familiar with Doyle’s seminal Sub Pop band, Tad, it’s worth noting that, aside from his overwhelming presence, BOTSC share little in common. The Brothers – which now features a synth and a second guitar player alongside Doyle, veteran bass player Peggy Doyle, and drummer Dave French (the Annunaki) – have a more serious tone that adds a whole new layer to the heaviness inherent in Doyle’s pedigree. (Think end of the world film scores.)
Throughout the night, the energy built steadily but exploded when Tad himself hit it the stage. As a long time fan, it felt like a perfect night: a celebration of all things Tad Doyle.
As luck would have it, the aforementioned Sub Pop just re-issued Tad’s calalogue.
You can get all the latest on Brothers of the Sonic cloth on their website.
Check out more of Stephanie’s pictures from this show on our Flickr page.