Seattle-based guitar mangler Jordan Cook started off Reignwolf’s set soaring as high as the audience’s energy, jumping off his bass drum. Cook kept the crowd hooting and hollering until, at one point, his bandmates David T. Rapaport (Stitcx) and Joseph Braley left the stage to let Cook play a solo rendition of Electric Love, which he performs wailing on the guitar and drums at the same time.
By then Cook was dripping sweat so he sat on his bass drum with his legs crossed as if he was sitting down for tea, but this wasn’t a break: he played on. Once he was ready to stand again, Cook put his bass drum into the crowd then stepped on it to surround himself with the audience. A cute young blonde girl’s arm was used a mic stand, to which Jordan said, “I love it when a babe holds my microphone.” Braley pushed his drum kit to the front of the stage so that when Cook returned to the stage he and his bandmates could get up close and personal with each other.
For the start of Reignwolf’s encore, Jordan sat again on his bass drum and strummed for a bit, but soon rose to address the audience. Cook explained how during sound check he and his bandmates were realizing how every single band that they have ever looked up to has played at the Troubadour, and how lucky they were to play there. “Now my sound guy isn’t going to be happy about this, but I want to take my amp and play from up there,” he gestured to the metal balcony ledge. Security and tech quickly jumped to their feet to accommodate Cook’s impulses, and soon he was straddling the balcony ledge with multiple crowd members spotting him. Everyone was going wild as Cook would leaned over the edge and eventually stood up to end the show higher than anyone else in the club.
The Troubadour is a venue that is embedded deeply in rock history, and as soon as Reignwolf starts playing the stadiums (he is bound to as soon as he finds the right label/benefactor), people will be talking of the night that Jordan Cook played from the Troubadour’s balcony as one of the legendary moments in guitar shredding history. Or it sure as shoot felt that way when it went down last night.
Photos by Annie Lesser