REVIEW: The Bullets @ Hensley’s Flying Elephant
Since I drove down from LA, I arrived approximately 15 minutes before The Bullets took the stage.
I was pleasantly surprised by the friendly, welcoming atmosphere at Hensleyâ€™s. The walls were adorned with Ska/Reggae/Punk inspired banners and art. Photographs of Iggy Pop, Tom Waits and Bob Marley were on display around the bar. The drinks were cheap. The food was tasty and inexpensive. I later found out that the place was run and owned by Matt Hensley (Skater/ Flogging Molly).
The venue was broken down into two main rooms (bar area and stage/dance floor). Aside from the stage/dance floor area being a tad too stuffy, I really had no complaints.
The Bullets came out and did their thing. Malik wowed the crowd with his tender, soul-infused vocals while Roger and the band kept the crowd moving with their thumping, organ-drenched grooves. Just when youâ€™ve pegged The Bullets as solely a Reggae/Soul band, they break out with the Chicano classic, â€œViva Tiradoâ€, and the bandâ€™s unique, diverse sound comes to light. The Bullets end the show with, â€œTell It Like It Isâ€, and the crowd goes wild. Aaron Neville has some mighty big shoes to fill, but Malik filled them in just fine.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Here’s an older video of the band performing Viva Tirado from The Bluebeat Lounge to give you an idea of the show you missed. If anyone has any pictures or video they want to share please let me know HERE.