Photos: VOLK at People’s Brewing

by Carl Abernathy on September 20, 2017

Eleot Reich seems like the kind of person who would take flowers to your sick grandmother she’s never met. She’d babysit your cranky dog if you had to go out of town unexpectedly. She’d give her sandwich to a homeless person, even if she hadn’t eaten all day.

There’s just one thing: Don’t get in her way when she’s behind a drum set. Reich, half of the rock ‘n’ roll duo VOLK, just might be the fiercest drummer I’ve ever seen.

VOLK, which also features guitarist Chris Lowe, opened its set Tuesday at People’s Brewing innocently enough with some old-school country and some Western swing. They even played a song that could have served as the soundtrack for a Clint Eastwood spaghetti Western. The tunes were pretty, sedate, comforting.

Then Lowe, who’s an incredibly versatile guitarist, started strumming a bit harder. And when he stepped on one of his guitar pedals for more punch, he unleashed the beast. Reich’s sweet smile became a demonic grin. She turned into the Tasmanian Devil with drumsticks.

Lowe also shifted seamlessly from ethereal (his cover of Guy Clark’s “Dublin Blues” was gorgeous) to evil.

In short, VOLK scared the hell out of me. But I haven’t had more fun at a show in a while.


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