The Kansas City band Giant’s Chair was founded in 1993 by three friends with an affinity for loud, melodic rock songs.
“I was into early U2 and Rush and Big Country,” said Scott Hobart, the band’s guitarist and vocalist. “I’ve always liked big melodies. When (bassist) Byron (Collum) and I became roommates, he had an amazing record collection and was always playing a lot of influential underground punk and art rock, like Fugazi and Soulside. So I started absorbing those sounds.
“That was around the time in Kansas City when Season to Risk and Molly McGuire and Orchid were around, and those guitar sounds impressed me a lot. Also Germbox. Their stuff was so out there it really wiped my mind and I had to start over.
“We were pretty straightforward. Just turn up a couple of half-stacks (amps). We were loud.”
It took a little while before Hobart and Collum found a permanent drummer in Paul Ackerman, who was living in Green Bay, Wisc., Collum’s hometown. That’s where they spent six months recording a 7-inch and writing material for the ensuing full-length. The experience was memorable.
“It was one of the worst winters on record there,” Hobart said. “It was brutal cold. We lived in a house that was heated by oil, and we were gone for a bit doing shows in Kansas City and a couple other stops and when we got back, the oil for the furnace had run out and the water in the toilet was frozen.
“Our van didn’t really have heat, and there was a hole in the floor and you could see the road beneath. It was fun, though. I’d probably do it again.”
Giant’s Chair released two albums (“Red and Clear” and “Purity and Control”) on Caulfield Records, a label in Lincoln, Neb., and toured the country for a few years with bands like Boys Life.
In 1997, Collum moved on to play with the Kansas City band Doris Henson, Ackerman started touring with the Farewell Bend, and Hobart started his traditional and still-thriving country band, Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys.
But Giant’s Chair never completely went away.
“Every once in a while, someone calls to see if we want to do a show,” Hobart said. “So for a while, every year or two we play a show.”
They will get together again Friday for a show at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club. It’s a benefit for Shawn Bosler, former guitarist for Germbox, who is recovering from a serious car accident.
The show will include some new material, which the band had been working on before the show was scheduled. It’s new but not vastly different.
“It’s definitely the same formula,” Hobart said. “It feels like the melodies are longer, and parts are definitely more developed. But it feels the same. Same guys, same sensibilities. Not a lot has changed.
“We are definitely thinking about recording. I’ve got the basic guitar parts for a full album, but it takes a while for things to develop.”
The return to Davey’s will bring back memories, too.
“There was a time when we were banned from playing there,” Hobart said, “because we were too loud.”
Giant’s Chair will perform Friday night at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St. Molly McGuire, Drop a Grand and Grand Punk Railroad are also on the bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. www.daveysuptown.com
The show is a benefit for Shawn Bosler, former guitarist for Germbox, who is recovering from a serious car accident. A $10 donation will be accepted at the door.