A Special Case
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A Special Case

Amarillo, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Amarillo, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Rock Hard Rock




"A Special Case"

On the first cold evening of the season I made my way back to the Railhead to warm up with some good ol' rock n' brew.

A Special Case was the first band on stage of the evening and they warmed up the room something fierce. They're from Pampa, Texas, a small town in the middle of the flat and desolate plains of the Texas panhandle.

They have a great, rather classic hard rock style: the strong, almost James Hetfieldesk vocals, lead guitar's driving riffs and solos, melodic rhythm guitar and bass and the toe-tapping drums. Their song-writing style utilizes the 8-bar structure which is popular among blues, country and rock (namely southern, classic and rockabilly) which gives that familiar feel along with their unique flavor. It's the formula for a great Texas rock band and they cooked it perfectly.
They had a great set but two songs specifically reached out and grabbed me: The Devil Smokes Cigarettes (08:03) and their instrumental piece (14:24).

The Devil Smokes Cigarettes, what can I say, it's just a great song; especially performed live. It's one of those songs that just click. The raw riff, solo breaks and the subject matter all adds up to make a great song. Even though they were singing about cigarettes, alcohol was more of a focal importance while the song was being played; the vocalist made a bar run to get shots for the lot during a solo break. How great is that?

The instrumental piece: What can I say? I love instrumentals... Rush's YYZ and La Villa Strangiato, Metallica's To Live is to Die and Orion, Zappa...the list goes on, really. So yeah, instrumentals are freakin' great.

I appreciate A Special Case was willing to make the mind-numbingly boring drive over to our little Okie hangout and I hope to see them again some time.

Be sure to sample their ReverbNation page and keep an eye out for their upcoming EP. - Ear Bleed

"A Special Case"

A sensational hard rock anthem studded with elements of timeless blues, 'ICU' is the perfect introduction to A Special Case. Stream it today. - Broken 8 Records


2017 - A Special Case - "A Special Case"

2020 - A Special Case - "Volume 2"

2021 - A Special Case - (to be announced)



A Special Case is a high energy, hard rock/blues band based out of the Amarillo Texas area. With the initial release of the debut, self titled album in 2017 ASC saw airplay on many internet and FM radio stations. They have worked hard to present an amazing band atmosphere that promotes heavy tones and melodic riffs that pull you into the music. With the transition of members in 2018 ASC has taken their professionalism to the next level. The band is playing venues across the south continually. The bands members have shared stages with an amazing list of acts ranging from Crobot, Mushroom Head, Blacktop Mojo, Quiet Riot, Aranda, Sons of Texas, Locust Grove, Hed PE, Texas Hippie Coalition, Green Jelly, and Freakhouse to name a few. Upon releasing a second EP, "Volume 2" in 2020 the band has taken crowds by storm and are looking to head for the studio in mid January of 2021 to record yet anther amazing EP.  Continual addition of new powerful songs shows that this band is a force to be reckoned with.  

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