LIVE: Small Axe @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 5/24/12

June 1st, 2012, 3:30 pm by Greg
Small Axe: (L to R) Thom Hall, Kelly Murphy, DJ Miller

Small Axe: (L to R) Thom Hall, Kelly Murphy, DJ Miller

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson. See more of Kirsten’s photos from this show here.

They were one of the best local bands of the past decade, but Saratoga County’s stoner-rock trio Small Axe has been mostly dormant since bassist Kelly Murphy and drummer Thom Hall relocated to Central New York a couple of years ago.

They returned last week at Valentine’s Music Hall, showing no signs of rustiness during a set that sounded like vintage Small Axe and included both unrecorded material and songs familiar to the faithful: murky, heavy-riffing tunes with easy-to-catch grooves like “Fight Song,” “Inner Ear,” “Garage Sale” and “My Goat.”

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