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Here are just three of the great original St. Louis bands that play around town on a regular basis. Check these three out as soon as you get a chance.

First, a correction: Last month I wrote the Tory Z Starbuck review under the name Orb Zoomer. Becky from the Hi-Pointe encouraged me to check out the show and she said it was “very experimental.” I should have asked her the name of the group, but I’d say their experiment worked really well. Also, the singer in Whoppers Taste Good’s costume was not inspired by Fredbird.

Clatter—I must admit, I have a real bond with this husband and wife team. After all, we both moved to Seattle at one point to play music, decided to get the hell out, and moved back to the great state of Missouri. Amy Humphrey and Joe Hayes make up Clatter, a two-piece bass-and-drum rock band that’s fueled with so much energy and high volume on stage that they are likely to knock all the pictures off a club’s wall. Humphrey’s melodic voice fits perfectly over her heavy bass lines, and she’s able to carry the melody of songs even when the music becomes an appealing, heavy wall of noise. Their show at Frederick’s provoked the audience to ask for encores, and the band amusingly declined. This is the kind of local talent we have, and it makes me proud to be from the Show-Me State.

Lung Dust—This original and heavy three-piece have far more guitar riffs than they do vocals and they literally tear it up on stage. Loyal headbangers and aspiring guitar players who are interested in something fresh and creative should check them out. After hearing them play, it’s easy to get a rush from all the distorted guitar hooks, power chords, and brutal drumbeats. No doubt, their live set can be as addictive as nicotine for a chain smoker and any hunger for electric guitar is easily satisfied.

Dozemarypool—This four-piece rock group has a very appealing mix of guitar and keyboards, and they manage to come up with melodies that make it impossible to doze off at their shows. Their song “Sectioned Pets” has a sound that demands to be played over and over in the car or full blast on a stereo; and it sounds amazing live. Certainly, their musicianship is at a very high level and I’d say they have catchy lyrics— except that it’s impossible to understand any of them. On “Sectioned Pets,” it’s not even worth trying, but the feel and the melody is all there and they’re certainly worth seeing.

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