Gary Heffern’s Blood On Fire, Cardiac Kidz, The Casbah, San Diego, CA [04.06.11]

Gary Heffern’s Blood On Fire, Cardiac Kidz, The Casbah, San Diego, CA [04.06.11]

Two appearances by Gary Heffern at The Casbah in the space of four days! Sunday night’s performance of The Penetrators (their third reunion since 2006) was a blast accompanied by a (typically) blistering set by The Loons and some great high energy music from Social Spit.  But tonight is the real deal; if the Penetrators shows of the last five years have had the ring of a high school reunion (30 years on + for most of these folks, myself included) Gary Heffern’s Blood On Fire is where Heffern is NOW and that is a beautiful thing to behold.  His latest CD on import imprint Glitterhouse entitled Gary Heffern & Beautiful People is a fantastic collection of songs that has Heffern contributing to a group collective of fellow musicians from Heffern’s native Finland. Tonight’s set features four tracks from the new CD with selections from Heffern’s other solo efforts Painful Days, Consolation and Askew.

The set began with the rousing eight-minute anthem Hand Of The Devil (which also kicks off the new album) and I find it extremely compelling.  In short, I love it.  Gary is ably backed by a pick-up band of first rate San Diegians including Victor Penalosa, Ray Brandes, Eric Bacher, Mark Zardnowski and Joe Piper. The set rumbles along with great speed and for a group that has never played publicly together there are few visible hiccups.  After eleven stirring Heffern originals Gary calls up a couple of friends (Earl Brooks, who drove all the way from Sacramento and San Diego local Joyce Rooks) to join in on The Band’s The Weight.  Don’t know when Gary will be back in San Diego but I hope that it is soon.

And on a final note…stay tuned for A Conversation With Gary Heffern on State Controlled Radio coming in May!  Three hours of music and conversation from one of San Diego’s finest musical sons.  Thanks for the connection Gary and thanks for all the great music.  Safe travels back to Finland.

1) Hand Of The Devil
2) (I Am Your) Destroyer
3) Junk Is Still King
4) Well Of Sorrows
5) Shelter For An Evening
6) That’s The Beauty Of The Little Things
7) Here Comes The Government
8) Everything Is Slowing Down
9) Lou Reed

10) Brother’s Gone
11) Passin’ Through
12) The Weight