Unless you frequented Mohawk Place often during the earliest days of the previous decades, you might not have known that Buffalo had developed a strong stoner-rock and hard-boogie movement, one that found some seriously talented young guitarists and songwriters cranking up their vintage amps and getting their gritty garage rock on.
On the heavier side of this equation was Chylde, a group that sounded like the Queens of the Stone Age covering Black Sabbath’s “Vol. 4,” which is lengthy way of saying awesome. On the more garage-rock tip was Handsome Jack, a gloriously loud, swanky and steaming outfit that dragged the blues away from its bar stool at a chain of swanky corporate clubs, and returned it to a sleazy downtown dump where even the walls sweat.
Chylde eventually dismantled, but that band’s Joey Verdonselli landed on his feet in Handsome Jack as bassist and vocalist, joining guitarist/vocalist Jamison Passuite, organist/guitarist Phil Allport and drummer Chad Salmeri in service of a sound that is much more Howlin’ Wolf and Humble Pie than it is White Stripes or Black Keys. Which is to suggest that the band’s new “Do What Comes Naturally” is raw, authentic, unselfconscious, and jarringly real. (Even Rolling Stone magazine joined in the fun, offering a rather glowing review of the album in early October.)
Now, Handsome Jack is coming home to celebrate the release of “Do What Comes Naturally” in a concert at 8 p.m. Friday in Mohawk Place (47 East Mohawk St.) The band will be joined by Bearhunter, Johns and Pine Fever.