Gettin’ Dumb

Leo, Sean and Aaron are playing dumb again. Riffs, that is. Hear it all at Big Dumb Fest 2.

AMM June 1 2024

Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol presents Big Dumb Fest 2, tonight at Mohawk.

“Heel” from the album DOOM-WOP.

Gotta admit, Kevin Curtin put it best when he recently described Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol as “riff-lord unicorns.” Indeed, these doom fiends have locked and loaded the most ridiculously succinct riffs on their latest innards-churner, Big Dumb Riffs. We’re talking low ends, master chords, fuzzed out and ruthless. With a capital D. For DUMB. All caps.

Bassist Aaron Metzdorf says the band was determined to nail “the part” in each track – those unmistakable moments that define your favorite heavy songs. “The opening of Pantera’s ‘Primal Concrete Sledge’, the breakdown in Primus’ ‘Pudding Time’ — the shit that makes you move and lose your mind. Just that part the whole time,” Metzdorf explains. “Leo (Lydon) and I really move around on stage a lot. Being a dingus is crucial to the groove. All these riffs were designed to allow us to act bigger and dumber on stage.”

To unleash the idiotic riffs, RBBP brings back a big celebration: Big Dumb Fest 2, happening tonight at Mohawk on Red River, on the outdoor stage. It’s a killer line-up with Die Spitz, Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad, Mugger, Buzz Electro, BOSH and Banged Out. Doors at 6 p.m.

Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol – Big Dumb Riffs

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