“The cops are on OUR side tonight!” — Matt Vaughan, owner of Easy Street Records, 9:26pm, 4/21/12.
Easy Street Records owner Matt Vaughan and legendary rock photographer Lance Mercer (peruse his body of work on his website here) have a special kinship with Record Store Day and local music in general. That kinship came full circle Saturday night when they celebrated their love of local music with a packed free all-ages show at Easy Street’s West Seattle location, featuring Mercer’s first local photo exhibition as well as face-ripping sets by indie doo-wop rock group The Young Evils and rising local guitar legend, Reignwolf.
It’s 7:47 pm when the members of The Young Evils (including Mercer’s own daughter on vocals) took center stage; while focused record enthusiasts were perusing the upstairs vinyl lounge for Record Store Day exclusives, many locals, passerbys, and other music fans were digging the band whose sound was an eclectic mix of 50’s doowop, The Execution of All Things-era Rilo Kiley, The Dead Weather, with indie rock sensibilities, for good measure. With their bangs covering their adrenalined-fueled eyes, the group exhuded attitude and energy throughout their 45 minute set. One of the highlights of the set, “Dead Animals,” closed the set.
But of course, everybody, Mercer and Easy Street owner Vaughan included, eagerly anticipated Reignwolf‘s set to come. Decked out in black leather with his Bob Dylan hair and New Orleans t-shirt, Jordan Cook a.k.a. Reignwolf, commanded the crowd with his rock star swagger, jubilant attitude, and of course, his jaw-dropping guitar shredding and vocals. Think Robert Plant meets Layla-era Eric Clapton meets Stevie Ray Vaughan meets Jack White. I have a strong feeling that people in 2012 will be talking about him. He’s a natural star, no doubt about it, as evidenced by the thralls of fans smothering him for photo ops and autographs soon after his set. Even people from the adjacent restaurants and establishments could be seen in the background, taking it all in.
The Young Evils’ new EP, Foreign Spells, is forthcoming; however, for more band-related info, head over to their Facebook page. As for Reignwolf, he will be in the UK for much of May, playing The Great Escape 2012 and Liverpool Sound City Festival before making it back to US for the Sasquatch! Music Festival. A full list of tour dates can be found here. In the meantime, check the rest of our photo coverage from Record Store Day 2012 at Easy Street West Seattle: