For more than 15 years, Portland duo Hillstomp has been leading a local blues-revival from behind a drumkit and a guitar. With a ferocity straight out of punk rock, distorted guitar and bucket drums, Henry Kammerer and John Johnson banged out their unique take on traditional American music. While Kammerer switches between guitar and banjo, Johnson drives a relentless pattern on an assortment of drums and found objects like buckets, kitchen pans and car parts, sometimes held together with yards of duct tape.
“Lay Down Satan” is on their newest album, “Monster Receiver,” released last fall on Portland label Fluff & Gravy. The video performance was recorded at Doug Fir Lounge.
Hillstomp will play at the Aladdin Theater Friday April 19th, with Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper.