WANT TO GO?
The Dread Crew of Oddwood, with The Renfields
WHERE: The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St.
WHEN: 10 p.m. Tuesday
INFO: 304-345-3914 or www.emptyglass.com_____
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Getting a straight answer out of Renaissance Fair act-turned-bar band, The Dread Crew of Oddwood, isn't always easy.
With the eight of them crammed into a '98 Ford Club Wagon, the group is liable to spontaneously decide everyone should take a shot of whiskey or begin a MadLib in the middle of a phone interview.
"We need a noun," said mandolin player Ruba Jouba. "And don't say car, or we'll hang up. Everybody always says car."
It's hard to imagine what a show with a pirate-themed band that "blends heavy metal, Celtic folk and progressive rock with a unique acoustic instrumentation" in something it calls "heavy mahogany" might be like, but West Virginia finds out Tuesday night when the California-based crew comes to The Empty Glass.
To hear the band members (all of who go by pseudonyms) tell it, there is no particular reason for The Dread Crew of Oddwood to exist.
Vocalist and Irish Bouzouki player Stark Cordwain said, "No one had this idea. It just happened for no good reason."
The timing, however, was right. Most of the band played at different renaissance fairs in southern California. They met, made connections and decided to take some of the silliness of playing pirate and apply it to a band that plays bars.