One of the hottest blues-influenced alternative rock bands currently touring the West Coast, SO3, which performs at the Tiki House tonight, June 10, may only be three-men strong, but they make every note count.
The group is helmed by ace guitarist Mike Artamonov in a team effort with bassist Serge Belongie and drummer Alan Clark, giving the band a hard-edged, three-pronged attack. The result is a joint effort that can dazzle with an improv blues (a la early Santana) or get the adrenaline pumping with a tight, melodic hard rocker like their own “M.I.A.”
SO3: Thursday, June 10 at 9 p.m. at the Tiki House, 1152 Garnet Ave. Tickets are $3. 21 and up. www.myspace.com/SO3music
Excerpt: "Classic riffage. Slicing through my stereo in the best way possible. I imagine some struttin' and kicks from the axe slingers. Vocals very in your face and straight forward. Remind me at times of Scott Weiland. The hook is mesmerizing. I could see this coming huge. Radical!"