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286 Live in Hollywood

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Monday, December 27, 2004 @ 1:32 AM


286 Live at Club Vodka in Holl

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REVIEW BY: Billy X

On a night where so many people showed up to celebrate rock deities from past incarnations in the shape of the Hollywood AllStarz at Club Vodka’s annual Christmas Party, those that were lucky enough to catch the second set of the night caught a glimpse of a possible redeeming future. Rock and roll was not dead Thursday night and the band “286” was a vivid reminder that roots rock with innovative new packaging was a recipe for success.

With non-stop energy and straight forward raw power, the band could be described as a cross between early AC/DC-era rock with new school hardcore breakdowns that were Pantera-leaning at times but always infectiously catchy. When that combination was topped off with an aggressive but oddly versatile vocal style you might not expect from a dreadlocked-clad frontman, complete with Black Flag bars tattooed on his shoulder, you got 286.

While 286 is not exactly what I’d call metal, they definitely had roots there. Talking with the band afterwards confirmed their attraction to old school powerhouses like Ronnie James Dio and Iron Maiden; but their stage presence and anthem-type choruses had a punk energy and catchiness that seemed to satisfy just about all the different types of people who came out to see the show.

I had never heard of these guys and I was eager to figure out, just “Where the hell they came from,” and digging up those answers was interesting as well. The bass and guitar were covered by the Verry brothers, who arrived in LA from Argentina in search of a music project that would put their vision together. Some people recognized the two as the popular classical Flamenco guitar players that gain a lot of attention performing on the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. The solid drum energy came from a New Jersey native named Pete Pace, who is a graduate of Berklee music school in Boston. Adam Joad, the lead vocalist, apparently was living in Pittsburgh traveling the east coast in an underground political punk project called Despite Best Intentions. When I asked Joad what exactly you’d call his band’s style, he paused for a second and responded with a grin, “Let’s call it Retro-Core.”

286, for me, was worth the price of admission that night. I was glad to see that they were fast filling up their schedule in the LA area for 2005. Rock and Roll is indeed not dead as the band proudly proclaimed, and after their Hollywood debut, I believe them.



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