After over a decade of rocking and rolling you all over Kansas City, the Throttlers are throwing down for one last time tonight. Born out of the ashes of Johnny Black & the Assassins, the Throttlers have been the closest thing this poor world has seen to a hot rod rock 'n' roll band since the New Bomb Turks broke up.
In their time, the band's played with every Kansas City rock band that's ever mattered, as well as opening for touring badasses like the Boss Martians. When they play tonight, the Throttlers will be rocking out with the help of some friends: The Haunted Creepys (direct from Transylvania), the Federation of Horsepower, and the Klusterfux.
I saw the band play numerous times over the years, both as the Throttlers, and as Johnny Black & the Assassins, and they never gave anything less than their all. PK would play his heart out, and I saw him break out a full-on "YEAAAAAAAAAH!" when sick once. Cuzin' Mike played bass like he was born to it, and Claes Frehley was a welcome addition, adding some serious breadth to the band's sound when he joined on guitar, adding to the three-piece they'd been with drummer Rob.
Now, despite the fact that the band's playing their last show tonight, and despite the fact that you've only got one album's worth of material -- Let the Eagle Fly -- you can find a silver lining to this black cloud. The band might be declared after this show, but the band does remind you "the dead have been know to walk on occasion..."