LIVE: Ritz Carlton & His Fabulous Band @ the Ale House, 3/2/13

March 11th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Ritz Carlton

Ritz Carlton

Review by Fred Rudofsky

Stunned. And amazed. And stunned.

Sixties era garage rock and roll and raunchy takes on ’70s and ’80s pop hits, played with equal ferocity and wit, captivated patrons of the Ale House on a Saturday night in Troy. You had to be there, and if you weren’t, well, then your vanity plate should forever read “DEPRIVED.”

Knyghts of Fuzz, a trio with a penchant for volume, speed and Norton Records-certified distortion, opened with songs that rarely went beyond the three-minute mark. Decked out in striped shirts and referring to each other as “Jackson,” Ian Carlton (guitar and vocals), Frank Novko (bass and backing vocals) and Brian Goodman (drums and vocals) set their amps in the red zone for maximum bleeding and minimal nostalgia, and then drew patrons of the bar into the performance area quickly with classics like “She’s U-G-L-Y,” “Squad Car” and “The Party Lights.” Stragglers were not left behind – at various points in the hour-long set, Novko and Carlton strolled out of the room like crazy woodpeckers and rounded up some more listeners.

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