If you like your blues smothered in a filthy fire of rock 'n' roll raunchiness, Rochester's Vinyl Orange Ottoman is not only right up your alley, it's knocking at your front door.
Get past the head-scratching name for a minute. VOO is legit. The band consists of a group of scene vets who have reinvented themselves for a throwback project reminiscent of early Stone Temple Pilots and The Black Crowes.
The focal point here is singer Pete Griffith, who some may know from his other project, The Dirty Bourbon Blues Band. Griffith's voice is a powerful weapon. On "Pay No Mind," from the group's forthcoming self-titled debut CD, he grinds his way through a deliberate barrage of bluesy guitars that's epic. Griffith's voice is matched perfectly by precise instrumentation — meaningful percussion and guitar playing that knows when to hold back and when take over.
The result is a band that makes you long for the days when rock music wasn't about wimpy emotion or indie cred. Vinyl Orange Ottoman sounds like a group of guys who are content with simply rocking out. They just happen to be very good at it.
Live show: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St.; $6 at the door.