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Sandman Viper Command Contains Bleach

Sandman Viper Command at Horseshoe Tavern
Sandman Viper Command
Archie Powell & The Exports
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
May 25, 2012

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Sandman Viper Command was back at the Horseshoe after being out on the road, and brought along Archie Powell & The Exports with them for a night of great music and fun at the Horseshoe.

Sandman Viper Command

It's been a while since I've seen Sandman Viper Command, although I do listen to them when I'm out riding sometimes; there's a roughness to their music that complements activities like that. The songs I listen to are what brought me out to the show, but what I wasn't expecting was a performance that felt like the band was channeling Nirvana circa Bleach. The crowd was rowdy with alcohol and the band was loud and energetic. There was way more singing along (well, screaming along) than I had expected, and along with other people near the front of the stage, and probably throughout the room, I had an amazing time during the entire set as well as the encore for which they were coaxed back on stage. Did I mention they handed out boxes of pizza mid-set? That's right, I said pizza. It's hard not to love a band that feeds you.

You can download their "Feel Is Good" / "Clean Inside" single from their website.

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Archie Powell & The Exports

I knew nothing about Chicago-based Archie Powell & The Exports when I arrived, and that includes not even being able to remember the name of the band. But it only took a few songs to completely grab my interest, and by the end of the set I was blabbering about how great they were. Elements of Weezer, including the hook-filled songs, with a bit of punk, all put together with a great performance. I haven't picked up the album yet, but you can listen to it (and purchase it) on Bandcamp.

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