The Hype: Rising from Midway City, Railroad to Alaska are rowdy and unpredictable. After listening to LuckyBearClawDoom, the band's expertly crafted EP released in February, it's easy to understand why singer/ guitarist Justin Suitor might feel so much pent up anger. It's difficult balancing the music's rigid structure intersecting grunge, hard rock, metal and progressive energy. The lineup Friday at Gypsy Lounge in Lake Forest also included Semi Sweet, the Depths, and Pistolero.
The Show: With blustering, lysergic guitar squalls and hard-hitting drum thunderclaps, Railroad to Alaska filled the air with their fierce thrash and equally disturbing lyrics about death and disaster. Flashes of light beamed in strains of purple and white while beer bottles were strewn across the stage. In between sets, some of the band mates were downing the booze and flailing their long manes to the crowd. The band opened with “Little Fuck,” which is always how you want a metal show to start–the sound of bass and drums, crazy and snare-heavy. Suitor bounced off walls, throwing himself onto his other guitarist Jeff Lyman. The audience was into it. Front row and center, a drunken attendee bowed his blonde locks toward the ground praising the band like they were the gods of metal, screaming, dancing and throwing groupies everywhere.