The other night in a tiny sweaty little underground club in Bath, the St James Wine Vaults to be precise, I saw the launch of the newly revitalised line-up of the Groundhogs featuring founder Groundhog, drummer Ken Pustelnik.
Through out the 60’s the Groundhogs were very much a staple of the psychedelic rock movement playing along with the likes The Rolling Stones, Clapton, Cream and Hendrix. fronted by guitarist and singer Tony Mcphee, who had to unfortunately retire last year due to his ill health.
This was their first headline show since making it public that Ken had formed a new version of the Groundhogs, and what a better place to do it then an underground club that reeked of Rock n Roll and had sweat dripping from the low tunnel ceiling. with space for only 100 people. It was close and comfy experience that rock n roll really thrives on.
The new Groundhogs played with real affection for the songs as the piled through a set of materiel from the Albums Scratchin’ The Surface, Thank Christ For The Bomb, Who Will Save The World? The Mighty Groundhogs, Solid and Split in an hour and a half of pulsating riffs.
The longer they played for the wilder and more intense it got, with Kens killer rhythmic playing wild eyed stare. infact the wilder he stared the more the jamms flowed, with Cherry Red desending into an orgy of guitar solos. It was frickin great
Groundhogs are here wether you like it or not.