Reignwolf, aka Jordan Cook, took over the Starbucks Stage Monday afternoon and turned in what may end up being the performance of Bumbershoot 2012. Cook, who goes simply as Reignwolf, played a blues-inspired, grinding, shredding sludge armed most of the time with just a bass drum and a guitar.
He took the stage dressed the part of a rock star – all in black with a Wolverine beard and wild eyes. Joining him for his first song was a bucket drummer that he met on the street before the show and convinced to come play with him. The buckets were a nice touch to Reignwolf’s stripped down sound.
What a sound it was.
Loud, heavy and bluesy are the conventional ways to describe Reignwolf but you could also say this is what The Black Keys and Jack White would sound like if they grew more hair on their chest.
At his feet was a plethora of effects pedals that he stomped on furiously throughout each song. Reignwolf is a great guitarist, but his stage presence and energy set him apart and make him much more interesting to watch and hear.
He also showed great versatility.
Along with his guitar he also played a fuzzed out bass guitar and an electric mandolin. Near the end of this set he climbed onto the barricade keeping the packed crowd at bay and ripped a solo, before climbing over the full drum kit to play the drums with one hand and his guitar with the other.
There are many great guitar players… but how many can pull that off?
Watching Reignwolf live you get a glimpse of what a rock star should be – dangerous, wild and completely mesmerizing.