Hey, Jon Stanier of Battles used to be in Helmet, and just three days ago, Battles played right across the street from where Helmet will be playing tonight! Some coincidence, eh? Actually ... actually, no. Helmet has had somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 members over the years, so I guess the likelihood of current Helmet members crossing paths with former Helmet members is relatively high, considering. Anyway. Remember the '90s? Scene culture editor Steve Haruch certainly does. He wrote a pick about Helmet. Take it away, Steve:
Seems like just yesteryear Helmet was a band on the rise, dropping D and giving good Helmet to the riff-starved masses (not to mention playing much larger rooms than The End). They made the jump to a major label in that heady era when serious cash was flying around in search of the next Nirvana, and after playing talent incubator, their onetime indie label Amphetamine Reptile referred to its shiny new studio as “the house that Helmet built.” But that was the ’90s. And if you’re too young to remember Am Rep or the era’s many attempts at grunge anthems (like Filter’s Cobain tribute “Hey Man Nice Shot”), then maybe think of it this way: Helmet sound kind of like JEFF the Brotherhood in a really bad mood. —STEVE HARUCH
Heavy. Cover is $20. Twenty bones might seem a little steep for The End, but look at it this way: Um ... actually, I've got nothing. It's $20 at The End. But it's also the uncompromising riffage of Helmet, so maybe $20 is a small price to pay for serious longtime fans of uncompromising riffage.