When: Fri., Aug. 6, 10 p.m. 2010
When it came time for the Second Annual Instro Summit this past spring at The Cave, Chris "Crispy" Bess had a simple idea. Bess, the wild-man lead slinger of instrumentalists Killer Filler, would gather an able crew of local music veterans to honor North Carolina native and rock 'n' roll legend Link Wray—just with a twist. "We wanted to have a Link Wray tribute band with all fat guys," says drummer Dave Perry. "So that's what [Phatlynx] is—a bunch of fat dudes playing Link Wray songs."
Hefty or no, Bess and Perry, along with Robby Poore and Groves Willer, certainly honor the music's trademark overdriven sound, which paved the way for rock 'n' roll guitar. Wray may never make it into the Rock Hall of Fame, but the rumor mill will forever credit him with the invention of the power chord. If that weren't enough to secure his place in the canon, his 1958 hit "Rumble," a ragged two-minute drag, was banned from a slew of radio stations for being too suggestive, despite being a wholly instrumental number. It's that loose, rude rock attitude that the men of Phatlynx channel every night they invoke the spirit of Link Wray—in the name of fat dudes with musical chops everywhere. With Eszett and Blood Red River. —Ashley Melzer