Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Last of the V8s
In the movie The Road Warrior, the tragic hero Mad Max drives a Ford Falcon XB GT coupe, also known as the last production V8 interceptor or the last of the V8s. Max drives the last of the big powerful gas guzzling muscle cars, balls to the wall with his pedal to the metal, in a world where gas has become the most precious commodity. The imagery is clear, the last of the V8s is a machine that's loud and fast and the man at the wheel is just hanging on the edge of sanity, half out of control, half fighting to survive.
Kansas City garage punk band The Last of the V8s began in 2001. The same year they released their first album "It's On" and toured the States. In 2002 on their next tour, I took these photos at a show they played at The Comet. Needless to say, they lived up to their name, they blasted out fast garage punk with a singer that was halfway to out of control. They broke up about six months later, but in late 2006 I got an email from the singer saying the band was reforming, and indeed it happened. And they came back with a song about zombies, "Dead By Dawn," so you know I was hooked in again. I fucking love zombies. If you wanna hear a few songs and get more info, check 'em out here.