Bob Log was born in Chicago and raised in Arizona. When on stage, Bob wears a full-faced helmet with a microphone wired into a telephone handset attached to the front of the face shield. When asked about hiding his face while on stage, Bob puts it in perspective, "My face has nothing to do with the music, I'd much rather people pay attention to my guitar playing."
Let's talk about that guitar playing. Bob picked up the guitar like most 10-to-11-year-olds, but when most 16-year-olds would've been learning the riffs to the latest pop rock ditty, Bob started playing slide guitar, modeling his style after Mississippi Fred McDowell. Bob plays with a style seemingly too fast to be natural, so Fat Possum Records started the rumor that Bob had a monkey paw grafted onto his right hand following a tragic boating accident when he was a kid. When pressed about the monkey paw rumor in an interview with Bizarre Magazine, Bob explained, "I've got all my limbs. It's just that when I'm playing my guitar my hand moves so fast it looks like a monkey paw, a hairy paw. My hand moves really fast. Faster than a normal human hand." Personally, I love the monkey paw rumor.
If none of this has convinced you that Bob Log III is worthy of your attention, then perhaps this quote from Tom Waits will bring you around. In one an interview, when asked what sort of new stuff he was listening to, Tom replied, "And then theres this guy named Bob Log, you ever heard of him? Hes this little kid nobody ever knows how old he is wears a motorcycle helmet and he has a microphone inside of it and he puts the glass over the front so you cant see his face, and plays slide guitar. Its just the loudest strangest stuff youve ever heard. You dont understand one word hes saying. I like people who glue macaroni on to a piece of cardboard and paint it gold. Thats what I aspire to, basically. Seriously, when Tom Waits calls you strange, you know you've made it.
Back in early April Bob's fifth solo album, My Shit Is Perfect, was released on Birdman Records. I've tried to figure out a way to describe his sound and the best I can come up with is this: Imagine Scott H. Biram with a tongue hyper-extended into his cheek but dead. fucking. serious. I'm not even sure you can truly appreciate Bob on CD unless you've actually seen him live. I know I probably wouldn't have and according to a recent interview, I think Bob agrees:
City Weekly: Do the helmet, boobs, monkey paw, et cetera distract people from the music?
Bob Log III: I dont drive with the helmet on anymore. I only wear it when I play. Helmet, monkey paw, suit, boob scotchall this stuffs basically somethin to talk about. Im a guitar player, right? [laughs] Thats what I do. But youre never gonna know what my guitar fingerpickin sounds like until you hear me do it. People can write about it until theyre blue in the face, usin all kinds of adjectives, but youre not gonna know what it sounds like. On the other hand, if youre readin an article where someones puttin a boob in a drink, ridin a boat on top of a crowd with a helmet on his head, we can all understand that. So Im makin your job incredibly easy. The ripping, swirling fingers of his magnitudeness You dont have to go there. But [the show] is talk-aboutable.
Fortunately for you, he is currently on tour (and playing The Garage here in St. Pete on May 24), so get your ass out to a show and buy the CD afterwards.
Here are some samples:
Bob Log III - Goddamn Sounds Good
Bob Log III - It's The Law
Bob Log III - My Shit Is Perfect
Just for fun: Bob Log III - Boob Scotch
Bob Log III's Official Site, Bob Log III on myspace, Buy My Shit Is Perfect