On Saturday, March 6, 2010, the powerful, female fronted, rock band known as Scorpion vs Tarantula headlined at Joes Grotto. Following the band Casket Life and The Dames, the four piece, known for their high energy performance, pure, solid rock, and unparalleled frontwoman, took the stage at 1:00am.
It is hard not to notice the presence of SVT’s lead singer, known as ‘L’ amidst the sea of patrons and other band members within a typical Saturday night crowd, and with her raw screams and amazing stage presence, it’s impossible not to be inspired while watching her in action.
Likewise, guitarist Jay Bennett, drummer Nota, and bassist Tana Santana are equally impressive. As Jay lead the band with his flawless guitar riffs and rock n roll demeanor, SvT’s accomplished bass player Tana, formerly of Nunzilla, kept the group together with her deep chords, while Nota pulverized the drums, never taking the slighest moment to rest.
Within seconds of unleashing their first song, the audience at Joes Grotto was instantly captured and by the second tune a large crowd was gathering around the stage. As SvT’s set continued, ‘L’ belted out songs such as ‘Threat of an Angry Girl’ and ‘Switch it On (and shake)’, and in true rock n’ roll form, invited lead singer Nicole Heffington from Graceful Degradation to come on stage and sing back up vocals during ‘She Goes Hard’.
When asked by a fellow fan what Nicole thought of Scorpion vs Tarantula, her reply was “They inspire me…they are one hundred percent, balls out, rock and roll and I dig that”.
In Greek thought, inspiration means that a poet or artist goes into ecstasy or furor poeticus, the divine frenzy or poetic madness. As the night continued, it was clear that a similar frenzy had filled Joes Grotto. No matter that it was pouring rain outside and almost last call. SvT rocked it and rocked it hard, and after dealing with an ever changing line up, and extra long night, SvT left behind inspiration for all those fortunate enough to see them.
SvT will be playing one more show before going on haitus to work on their first album, so for those about to rock, head out to see Scorpion vs Tarantula on April 17th at Chopper Johns located at 26th Street and Indian School Road.