Credits: Stephen Carradini
We were screaming at the top of our lungs, at the behest of Black Canyon. "I've Had a Long Day of Work" is the sort of song that requires that brand of audience participation. It's not a clapping song, or even a singing song: Participants yell at the top of their lungs. That's the chorus. That's as good a description of rock and roll as I can think of.
Black Canyon, although sporting a name that sounds somewhat like a folksy band, is a straight-up rock band. Sure, there's an acoustic guitar as the base, but the band rages like a powerhouse throughout whatever the songwriter throws at it. The rhythm section, which the lead singer noted as filling in, went after it with gusto: they kept it in overdrive the entire time. The electric lead guitar and acoustic rhythm guitar teetered on the edge of unhinged, pushed along by the rhythm section. And on top of that, roaring vocals from the lead singer (hollerer?) and us. The four-piece blitzed through the entire set in a completely satisfying manner.
There was one exception: a "slowin' it down" moment showed off the acoustic songwriting chops, and the fact that Ali Harter (!) is on the soon-to-be-released recording is a feather in its cap.
Black Canyon's set was raucous in all the right ways and tight in all the necessary ones. A bang-up job.