This past December 16th, rapidly rising Buffalo-based groove-rock quartet Aqueous played their third-to-last show of a busy and successful 2017 at Pittsburgh, PA’s The Rex Theater. This week, the band has shared pro-shot video of that show’s opening two-song segment. The video shows the band open the show with a heavily distorted, hard-rocking cover of Metallica‘s 1984 Ride The Lightning classic “For Whom The Bell Tolls”.

After going heavy on the intro of the Metallica cover, the band opted against finishing the song and instead made a detour into fan-favorite original “Kitty Chaser (Explosions)”. Where the opening “For Whom The Bell Tolls” was straight-up, fuzzed-out rock, the extended “Kitty Chaser” jam was a stank-face-inducing, down-and-dirty funk jaunt, complete with glitchy effects, a tease of the Darth Vader theme from Star Wars, and a build through airy, billowing whooshes of reverberating sonic swells floating back and forth across the sound mix.

As the band asks in their video description: “Who says you can’t rock AND funk??” As far as we can see, it seems like there’s nothing Aqueous can’t do.

Watch “For Whom The Bell Tolls” > “Kitty Chaser (Explosions)” from Aqueous’s performance at The Rex Theater in Pittsburgh, PA on 12/16/17 below, via Aqueous’s Facebook page:

Aqueous is preparing to hit the seas for their first Jam Cruise next week. After that, they will head out on tour with Papadosio for an extended February-March run of tour dates. For more information about the band’s upcoming projects and tour dates, or to purchase your tickets to any of the upcoming performances, head to the band website.

SETLIST: Aqueous | The Rex Theater | Pittsburgh, PA | 12/16/17 

SET ONE: For Whom the Bell Tolls1 > Kitty Chaser (Explosions)2, Aldehyde > Random Company, Gordon’s Mule

SET TWO: 20/20, Numbers and Facts, Triangle

ENCORE: A Day in the Life

1 Intro only
2 The Imperial March (John Williams) teases (Star Wars Darth Vader theme)

[Cover Photo via Andrew O’Brien/OBImages; from 12/1/17 in Brooklyn]