At the Dead to Me show on Monday night, someone informed me that the scariest band in the world, Deadbolt, would be playing the Gaslight Tavern in April. They were a month off, but the fact still remains: Deadbolt returns to Lawrence on Sunday, May 23.
It's been at nearly seven years since the group last played in the area. According the flier archive I have located behind the couch in my basement, Deadbolt last came through on June 3, 2003, when they played the Replay. As I recall, I lay down to take a nap after work that afternoon, and awoke sometime at about a quarter 'til midnight. I hauled ass to the Replay, and managed to make it, having only missed two songs. Sadly, one of those two was the closest thing the band probably has to a hit, "Truck Drivin' S.O.B."
On the bright side, the band is everything live that you hope they'll be when you listen to records like Tiki Man or Voodoo Trucker: mysterious, creepy, and not a little menacing. They lit themselves using nothing more than hardware store clip lights set on the ground, giving the whole scene a freaky, snuff film kind of vibe. The fact that we get this and the Zero Boys show a month apart is like Christmas, my birthday, and some new super-holiday as yet univented all rolled into one.