There may have been a minute of “Shit, what if these guys aren’t as great a live band as we remembered?” before Sam Champion’s set at Merc last week, but that was before they tore off faces with another bone-breaking set of their suddenly powerful slack-jawed rock. Old cuts were served, new tunes revealed. And covering the Mac’s “Rhiannon” will always make us smiley. No doubt that the Champ spent as much of their year off shedding as in the studio, cooking up loose-hinged gems like “Nowhere To Get Off,” “Jealous Shakes,” and the awesome “Like A Secret” (which you can and should download here). With a new record on the way and a bulldozing live set, Sam Champ is one to watch in ’07.
More pics after the jump.