Down here in Stamford, there are metal shows… But the audience is the band members’ twelve friends and the beers all cost six dollars. Okay, five for a PBR.
To find a really brutal metal show in Connecticut, though – the kind where there’s a hundred people and some dude is fisting a blow-up sheep – you have to head up Route 8 or north on the Merritt. My Gold Coast companions and I had the pleasure of seeing two such shows recently: “Lightsbane and Friends” at Cook’s Café in Naugatuck and the Priapism CD release party at Wallingford’s infamous Cherry Street Station.
Cook’s décor? It’s a bar. If you can find the door, you’re good. When we went there on June 16th, I was pleased to order Hooker drafts for $4 each. A glance at the menu reveals regular bar food. No goat cheese and truffle oil nachos. No manchego. (What is that??) Bar food.