On the Scene: Nukldeep
Deitra Mag traveled to Springfield, Missouri Friday night to catch Nukldeep's debut appearance at the Ugly Mug Live Music Tavern. The place was packed with men and women who live and breathe rock, bobbing their heads to the thrashing bands until late hours of the night.
"If you want Metal, the Ugly Mug is where it's at," one fan said.
But the crowd was not the only fan base pumping up the rock music scene. All of the bands were supportive of each other. "It's camaraderie," one rocker said. Much of the crowd that filled the hazy, laser-light filled room were members of rock bands in the Springfield music scene, including Feel No Fear, ENduVal and Subject to Loss.
It was like being inside a tight-knit community, lead singer of ENduVal, Josh Krone, energizing the crowd while giving props to all the bands who shared the stage that night, and later raising a glass in memory of yet another band's bass player who recently died.
Nukldeep, with vocalist George Galvin, lead guitarist Butch Espanol, drummer Fred Wilkins and bassist Ron Blair, took the stage, rocking out to their songs, "Nukldeep", "Killing for Flowers" and Deitra Mag's favorite, "Torn". (It seems a lifetime since you've gone/ an empty room it's not the same/ each night when the sun sets down/ I think of the time when we would reach for the sky/ your life will all go down in flames/ I can't stand/ Torn apart by the hands of time.)