PLEASANT SURPRISE OF THE WEEK: TK Webb & the Visions @ Bowery Ballroom, 9.17.08

Photos by Andrew Parks

A guitarist that looks like a top hat-less Slash and shreds like a rail-jumping “Crazy Train” is the last thing we expected to see when stumbling into the middle of TK Webb‘s Visions-backed set at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday. But there he was, standing in front of an Orange amp that couldn’t help but remind self-titled of the many times we’ve seen Boris. Not that the two bands have much in common. Now that Webb’s got a trio of capable road burners behind him, he’s shed the bluesier side of solo Social Registry albums like 2006’s Phantom Parade for something much louder–hard rock without a trace of irony, Slash included.

We’re not sure what we witnessed amid all the searing leads and rumbling rhythm section action last night; all we know is the recently-released Ancestor (Kemado) LP sounds much sweeter all of a sudden. So much so that our associate editor, Aaron Richter, just popped open a Pabst at 11:40 a.m. Put it down, Aaron. We’ve got work to do. You know rocking can’t commence until at least 1 p.m.