Philadelphia via Boston duo, playing sludgey block rockin numbers, long-term project of Pat McHugh.
Steve Bozzone – Drums, Percussion
Pat McHugh – Guitar, Vox
(Many other iterations of Grubstake past and present, this was just the one I was involved in)
Grubstake Sat., Aug. 2, 10pm. Free. With Dr. Tommy Thunder. Fergie’s, 1214 Sansom St. 215.928.8118. www.fergies.com Named for an arcane mining term, Grubstake have been hammering out mud-caked guitar-drum blues for about a decade now. Patrick McHugh led the band in Boston for much of that time before returning to his old stomping grounds in Philly and nabbing drummer/engineer Steve Bozzone to make a fifth album, Make an Animal Noise. It’s another gritty, ground-down outing, with McHugh hollering about TV dinners and other mundane miseries on “Delaware” and trafficking heavily in spite on “Sophisticated Whore.” Most garage-rock duos putter out when they cease to mix things up musically, but McHugh’s been around long enough to know when to throw a wrench into the works. (Doug Wallen)Selections from MAKE AN ANIMAL NOISE. Grubstake – Intro Grubstake – Get Rid of the Singer Grubstake – Tuesday Evening Grubstake – Awake at Night Grubstake – Mating Call Grubstake – Delaware Grubstake – The Great Escape — More Grubstake: Time Is Out (Live @ Z-Radio 100fest)