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Ritual Blade
Ritual Blade
Photo: Blowfish

It was a hardcore bill at O’Brien’s on Wednesday that got us out. As we got there the group on stage was on its last song. Near the end of that the singer ran off the stage through the crowd and out the door. The band was still playing. People were laughing. It reminded us of March 2005 when Richard Nolan of Third Rail did the same thing but in his case he ran out of the club into a frigid cold night!

Compassion Fatigue
Compassion Fatique
Photo: Blowfish

The next band up was Compassion Fatigue. The drummer was dressed in a mere G-string. (Oooo- lookie here)
While the band was setting up there was a tired looking guy in front walking around. Turned out he was the singer and while he wasn’t the most athletic guy in the world he had a lot of energy and it was all centered on his vocal chords.  He was pacing on the floor in front of the stage and occasionally getting in people’s faces.  He reminded us of Larry Lifeless of Killslug at times.  We learned to love him.

The band’s hardcore sound was chaotic but they were actually disciplined. They were starting and stopping on a dime.  It was all worked out. They did a lot of segues that were led by the bass player who was nimble fingered even though his sound was distorted and aggressive.
The singer kept stealing the spotlight. Lyrically it was a lot of F this and F that and we heard him yelling about a nightmare at one point.  They faked an ending and then the singer flailed around and there was a sort of coda.  Entertaining.

Ritual Blade
Ritual Blade
Photo: Blowfish

Ritual Blade was serious hardcore.  It was that fast, loud and intense version that makes you feel like you are getting hit with something. The lead singer was bare chested as he sang like his life depended on it. You can get the idea on their bandcamp page   but this is best experienced live.  Nothing compares with getting the full brunt of the attack.  There was some moshing and at O’Brien’s there’s not a lot of room but it was controlled enough.
You always wonder how a singer like this one can yell at the top of his lungs for so long. This guy was full bore and only slacked off a bit on the last song as he was drained. Alas that’s the video we have but it will still give you an idea of how they sound. This was a band to catch again.

It was back to O’B’s the next day.  We walked into a fullish club and it was hopping with the Nice Guys doing their lose garage punk.  It was their last song. We misjudged the begin time and missed the set. We do wish they would post the set lists on the O’Brien’s site. (hint hint hint)

Zip Tie handcuffs
Zip Tie Handcuffs
Photo: Blowfish

We did get to catch another set by Zip Tie Handcuffs. We love this corner of psych pop punk that they've made their own.  The lyrics can be oddball yet interesting, like what happens when you fall down a hole that goes through the earth? They have the ability to summon up a frenzy with the first note. It’s a combo of the busy drums and the way the bass player hits his notes with up and down strokes. There’s a lot of chords too. There is a lot of creativity and rule breaking in the songwriting. A song lurches in an unexpected direction or even just stops cold.  Sometimes the chords seem to change in a mechanical way, like three steps up – one over – back, then three down. And they know how to make that work.  They're a clever bunch. The crowd gave them a vocal response like they did with the Nice Guys. 
Easy Ed
Easy Ed
Photo: Blowfish
We try never to miss one of DJ Easy Ed’s nights.  The Midway had one on Saturday as part of this month’s Dirty 30 Anniversary for the club.  It was a lineup of four Rockabilly bands with Easy Ed spinning cool tunes in between.
As Ed was spinning his records we were trying to ID them. They're on the unusual side so we fail. We wish he would posted a set list somewhere so we would some way to knowing what he was playing.  Other than that we just listen and love it.

Roy Sludge
Roy Sludge
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Roy Sludge started the night. Roy performs in many configurations. This night it was a trio. He had Johnny Sciascia (of the Cranktones) on bass. The guitarist was Jim Scoppa, who was the first in a line of superior guitarists for the night.  He played fills all through the songs and his touch was smooth as silk. He was in Duke Levine territory and there aren’t a lot of people in that territory.  His playing earned many rounds of applause.

Outside of the fact that you are in guitar heaven Roy has his humorous truck songs. He did his hits like Back the Truck Up an ode to the trucks going down Storrow Drive and hitting the low bridges.
Roy is known for his naturally low voice. It’s always a shock how low he can go no matter how often you hear it. At one point he closed a song with must have been his lowest note.  That note is the lowest tone we have ever heard issued by any living entity. It rattled your innards.
Fearless Leaders
The Fearless Leaders
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The Fearless Leaders from Worcester added English Invasion into their Buddy Holly influenced rockabilly. They went back and forth. The English Invasion material was very much in the early Beatles Cavern style. The other material was in the Buddy Holly/Tex Mex area. They covered Farmer John by the Premieres but transformed it with their own distinctive bass line.

They had the same good time attitude as the other groups tonight but stuck out because of the their distinctive combo of influences.

Barley Hoppers
The Barley Hoppers
Photo: Blowfish

Providence’s Barley Hoppers do their thing without a drummer. In our regular punk world this is heresy but when they do it we don’t even notice. How the hell?  It’s that they play with such easy grace and natural rhythm.  This is music that makes you feel good. They do Lonesome Town that captures it’s wallowing-in-solitude mood.  On this guitarist Ray Reniere places notes slowly bent with the whammy (on his orange Gretsch) that mimic the way Rick Nelson approached a note. Ray has tons of fills that he rolls our effortlessly. 

They do Seven Nights to Rock (also done recently by the Connection) the 1956 ditty by Moon Mullican. They go into country with a covers of Johnny Cash twice (Ring of Fire was one song) and Honky Tonk Blues by Hank Williams.  The Barley Hoppers did what all the groups did on this bill; make sure the song is quality and sung to perfection and then lay on a plethora of guitar riffs. It works for us.
The Cranktones
Photo: Blowfish

The Cranktones are the headliners and they are the royalty as far as New England rockabilly is concerned. You don’t have to be told how good guitarist Cranky Frankie Blandino is, it’s obvious after seconds of playing.  It’s not just the riffs but the way he delivers them with the light touch of a virtuoso.  He brings in his knowledge of rockabilly, surf and jazz and they get blended together for his jaw dropping playing.
They did an instrumental (don’t know the name) which had some deft playing that recalled the best of Nokie Edwards of the Ventures.

You think you might get guitar fatigue after the three previous groups but when the Cranktones startup it's all new again. The bass player was Johnny Sciascia who did double duty which was also the case for drummer Stan Kozlowski who also played guitar for the Barley Hoppers.
We were glad the club was full up for this bill.  We tell you every time to hit these Easy Ed shows and we’re telling you again.

Keegan photos

And in other news ....

Again we want wish The Midway a Happy 30th as they go intot heir 2nd week of their Dirty 30 Celebration!! Here's a great article on the club from WBUR: Read it here.

Here's some good shows coming up .....


July 17– July 30: The Midway’s Dirty 30th Anniversary Celebration Spectacular (see below for particulars)

July 26 (Wednesday) Thrust Club, sister, Death Cloud and Double Star are at The Midway

July 26 (Wednesday) Black Beach, Bike Thiefs, The Owens at O'Brien's

July 26 (Wednesday) Hammydown, Colbis the Creature, Ozlo at O'Brien's

July 27 (Thursday) Actor|Observer, Born Without Bones, No Hope / No Harm, Backwards Dancer at Great Scott

July 27 (Thursday) Brain Solvent Propaganda Presents: Una Bèstia Incontrolable, Bombers, Video Filth, Innocent at The Middle East Up.

The Dazies July 27 (Thursday) The Upper Crust, Supersuckers and Salem Wolves at ONCE Ballroom

July 27 (Thursday) Hambone Skinny, Detroit Rebellion and Jon Bach are at The Plough & Stars

July 28 (Friday) The Scandals, Neutrinos, Burning Streets at Dusk in Provi...early show 7-10PM

July 28 (Friday) My Aim Is True turns 40 - A Night of Elvis Costello covers with three SUPER Groups you won't want to miss - members include Anthony Kaczynski, Jonathan Screnci, John Sheeran, Melissa Gibbs, Charles Hansen, Tom Baker, Linda Shore- and more!! At Sally O'Brien's check otu the FB page

July 29 (Friday) The Knock Ups, Endation, Dalton Deschain and Girl On Top at PAs Lounge

July 29 (Saturday) The Scandals, Burning Streets, Michael Kane & TMA and The Lot at The Midway - afternoon 4-8PM show

July 29 (Saturday) The Electric Queens record release party with pals Creaturos,  Beware the Dangers of Ghost Scorpion and Dandy Sherman at The Lilypad Inman Square. 10PM start.

July 29 (Saturday) The Real Kids, Muck & The Mires, Watts and Gene Dante & The Future Starlets night 13 of the Midway Dirty 30!!

July 29 (Saturday) Night Birds x Peacebreakers, Conmen x Western Addct, Wound Man at 55 Bishop Allen Dr, Cambridge, MA 6PM-11PM

July 29 (Saturday) Out in wistah at Ralph's - State of the Union

And further out....

Colby July 30 (Sunday) Fast Times Nervous Eaters, BarRoom Heroes, The Revilers -4-8PM at The Midway!! Night 14 of the Midway Dirty 30. at The Midway

August 5 (Saturday) Brian Young's A Crash Course for the Ravers has Carissa Johnson - on WMFO 91.5 from 1-4PM

August 5 (Saturday) Coffin Lids, Downbeat 5, Other Girls, Bunch of Jerks at Sally O'Brien's

August 5 (Saturday) The Silver Mirrors, Instant Shawarma, The Facc-Tones and The Sound Down Cellar at The Midway

August 5 (Saturday) The Knockups, The Caught Flies, Black Hatch and the Labor Pains are at The Chit Chat Club in Haverhill

August 5 (Saturday) Rancid and The Dropkick Murphys are at the Brockton Fair! 4:30-9Pm check out the FB page

August 6 (Sunday) Loser's Circle's Record Release Show! they are back from their US tour and celebrating their new release on CD and vinyl! at The Midway FB page

August 6 (Sunday) World/Inferno Friendship Society with Diablogato and Stars Like Ours at The Middle East

OC 45 August 8 (Tuesday) Weakened Friends are at O'Brien's

August 8 (Tuesday) Poptone...which is Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins from Bauhaus, Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets are at The Paradise

August 11 (Friday) The Way Ways (EP Release), Today Junior, Andy Sadoway at Great Scott

August 11 (Friday) Michael Kane and the Morning Afters, Scotchka, Kreisau Circle, Kato Kaelin at O'Brien's

August 12 (Saturday) They're on the road again - OC45 Summer Tour Kickoff! feat. El Escapado, In The Meantime at the Middle East Up for an early-ish show 6:30 PM - 11:55 PM

August 12 (Saturday) The Modern Voice, Black Helicopter, Wrought Iron Hex, Scuzzy Yeti at The Midway

August 13 (Sunday) Pinkerton Thugs all ages punk show at The Middle East = also on the bill The Warning Shots and Duck and Cover. This is a daytime show- 1-6PM Check the FB page for more info as it is posted.

August 13 (Sunday) - This is Bob Colby's 65th Birthday Extravaganza - it is also he LAST show in Boston!! Viva Gina, DYR FASER, The Land of Enchantment, Kingdom of Love, Cold Expectations, Carissa Johnson (solo acoustic), The Very, Randy Black and the Heathcroppers and The Wrong Shapes. At Once in Somerville and the show runs 3PM until Midnite! FB page

August 14 (Monday) The Silver Mirrors, Spo, Scotty & The Gang at Great Scott

August 15 (Tuesday) No Time, Concrete Elite (tx), Savageheads, Cinderblock and Piss Dogs at Ralph's in Worcester.

Eaters August 16 (Wednesday) Salem Wolves, North by North and Day Grazer at O Brien's

August 19 (Saturday) Ocelot Records Presents: The Tenafly Vipers, Bucky Harris, A Minor Revolution, The `88 Rangers at O'Brien's

August 22 (Tuesday) OI!! - Rixe (France), The Brass, Bombers, Security and The Stance at The Middle East Up

August 24 (Thursday) The Surfrajettes, Tsunami of Sound and The Beachcombovers are at Regent Theater in Arlington (FB page)

August 25 (Friday) Eyehategod and The Cro-Mags at The Middle East Up (FB page)

August 25 (Friday) When Particles Collide and Petty Morals at Fury's Publick House in Dover NH

August 27 (Sunday) Stop Calling Me Frank, State of The Union, The New Frustrations, The Only Things at The Midway - afternoon show 4-8PM

August 27 (Sunday) Brian Young's A.C.C.F.T.R. featuring Casanovas in Heat! 91.5 WMFO 1-4PM

OC45 September 7 (Thursday) Teenage Bottlerocket, OC45 and MakeWar at The Middle East

September 8 (Friday) The Nervous Eaters and Glider , State of the Union and Casanovas in Heat at Out of the Blue Gallery Central Sq. here's the FB page to get updates.

September 9 (Saturday) The Stigmatics are on A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 91.5 from 1-4PM

September 9 (Saturday) The Gala, Future Carnivores, Stars Like Ours and Courters at O'Brien's

September 10 (Sunday) A Giant Dog, The Dazies, Boston Cream at O'Brien's

September 10 (Sunday) GBH and The Casualties at The Brighton Music Hall

September 11 (Monday) Roky Erickson at the Brighton Music Hall. WOW!! Get yer tix here.

September 16 (Saturday) Boston vs Tokyo Rock n Roll Showdown with Muck And The Mires, The Fadeaways (from Japan), Mellvins (from Japan), Jittery Jack at O'Brien's Pub

September 16 (Saturday) Chameleons VOX At the Middle East Also on the bill: Soft Kill , Way Out and The Milling Gowns FB Page

September 18 (Monday) Duck & Cover and the Quiggs are at Once with a fake version of The Dead Stiv no Jimmy Zero -how can you call that the Dead Boys?? sad.

Kane and morning afters September 20 (Wednesday) X doing their 40th Anniversary Tour- at the Brighton Music Hall

September 22 (Friday) The Ataris and The Queers at The Middle East - this is an early show- 6PM -10Pm

September 28 (Thursday) Stiff Little Fingers are doing their 40th Anniversary tour they have Death by Unga Bunga opening for them - at the Brighton Music Hall

October 8 (Sunday) Petty Morals are having a Ballroom Blitz at Once Ballroom with a Flea Market and Art Show -also on the bill Muck & The Mires, The Dazies and Lady Pill (set times and more are on the FB page) It's 2PM- 8PM

November 4 (Saturday) Human Sexual Response at HOB

November 9 (Thursday) The Proletariat at ONCE Ballroom w/ Siege and Black Beach

November 10 (Friday) The Proletariat are at Narrows Center for the Arts w/ Black Beach in Fall River, MA (FB page for info)

CONTACT US -Send us your gig listings, your news and anything else ya got!! You want your CD reviewed?? Contact us for that too.

Sock it to Me Dress
At Easy Ed's Rockabilly night:
Nicole Tammaro, Linda (Muck and the Mires) and Linda LeFever wearing a Sock It To Me dress from the 60's

Photo: Blowfish
Cranky Frankie
Cranky Frankie
Photo: Blowfish
Compassion Fatique
Compassion Fatique
Photo: Blowfish
Crash Course for the Ravers on Saturday WMFO

John Felice Inerview
Joanie's London Manchester Vacation
Trivia Night by LRC WMBR
Wayne Viens Interview
Abbey Lounge Reunion
David Minehan Interview
Middle East Holiday Party
   We interviewed David Bash on the week where his International Pop Overthrow is coming to town. It's some backgroud on the history of the event and of course talk about POP..........
David Bash Interview
   We bring you into the Rat Room at the Hotel Commonwealth. Jimmy Harlold invited a group of scene veterans. It was a Rat reuion with lots of stories exchanged. Get to see the room and the people.........
The Rat Room
   Joanie takes a shorter trip (for her) with a Quebec jaunt. She checks out the old city and Bryan Adams' art exhibit!?
Joanie Lindstrom's Quebec Vacation
   Johnny Angel writes a mystery novel Looking for Lady Dee steeped in Boston punk and Thrills history. It's no apologys given for the punk lifestyle. ....
Johnny Angel talking about his Book
   John Keegan get some great photos at the Cramps tribute night at the Middle East Down. .....
All Cramped Up
   It's always a special time when The Damned play. As Halloween looms The Damned hit The Royale...John Keegan reviews and has photos......
Review of The Damned at The Royale
   Just ahead of the big punk show at the Middle East we have an interview with the outspoken Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth......
Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth Interview
   It appeared before us like a chimera and it's still's the Pipeline 25th Anniversary celebration. We interview mastermind Bob Dubrow about his background and search for what motivates him as well as Pipeline history and the show....
The Bob Dubrow Interview
   A look at a notable summer Wednesday. We start at the LRC Summer Party and bar hop to the Sonny Vincent show at Radio......
LRC Summer Party/Sonny Vincent
   The Boston punk community comes out for a good cause. Neighborhoods, Upper Crust, Dents, Dogmatics, Roy Sludge Trio, Ed Moose Savage, Downbeat 5 and Classic Ruins raise some money and rock the house at......
The Viva La Eva Benefit
   It's Part IV and there are still awesome revels....and the photos go back to 1971....not to be missed stuff for Boston Punk fans......
The Lyres Chronicles:The story of a Lyre Retyre - Part IV
   He's legendary and his surprise birthday party was legendary in turn. Only in your Boston Rock and Roll dreams could you come up with a night like this.......
Willie Loco's 70th Birthday Party
   In a case of reverse outsourcing Carl Biancucci of the Classic Ruins also plays bass in the English group Shotglass Killers. He tells us about a gig at the 100 Club with a reformed Damned....
Carl Biancucci in London
   2011 - there are upheavals all over the world, the US is in economic shambles...yet somehow Johnny Anget finds inspiration for a renewal an artistic rebirth if you will......
Interview with Johnny Angel about his new CD
   Ralph Fatello gets into reporter mode and gives us a look into the Cars reunion gig with some great back stage photos too at. ......
The Cars reunion gig at the House of Blues
   The scene gets together for Charlie Chesterman and we get to see Scruffy the Cat reunite......
The Charlie Chesterman Benefit
   The Domatics and The Neats Band 19 and Last Stand reunite...for a benefits for cancer research.... ......
Dogmatics Reunion show at the Paradise
   In the middle of the worst winter ever we give you a story about one of the worst winters ever: mainly the winter of 1978. But it's not just about the winter of course, we don't care about winters we care about punk. Rick Coraccio gives us the inside story from 33 years ago when DMZ went to record their LP.........
The Story of DMZ and the Blizzard of '78
    The Konks' hypnotic bashing was a smart mindlessness that you got addicted to. They are calling it quits and we'll miss 'em and there's no free clinic out there to help us either...........
The Konks Final Show
   We were so thrilled with the La Peste DVD we had to talk with Jan Crocker and while we were at it, get his story too......
Jan Crocker/La Peste DVD Interview
Thank god for 110 Instamatics or we wouldn't have a lot of our early Boston punk photos. Kathy Flynn used hers to get some pics of the Rat and The Club and she sent them to us to share with you..........
Kathy Flynn's Photos
One of the interesting things in the early days of Boston punk was seeing the attention grow around us. One watershed moment was when we heard that a Time Magazine reporter was going to visit the Rat. We didn't like the resulting article. But you can decide. Take a look at the .... ...
Time Magazine Article on Punk 1977
Let's get real. We are all getting older and will die. Do you ever consider how you will be remembered? I'm talking about your tombstone. It's morbid, it's in poor taste, it's .....
Future Tombstones
Crotch biting...head bleeding...dick's all in Miss Lyn's report (with photos to prove it) from the GG Allin 10 Year Memorial Tour at the Middle East....
"R.I.P. GG!!"
Everybody wants to know where everybody else is. To help keep track of the wild, the beautiful and the damned we have set up ....
Then and Now
Punk started 25 years ago. Did any of us think we would ever make it this far? Probably not, that was punk; nihilistic, "no future!". Here is a place to remember, and give a moment of thought to, those who didn't make it this far...
In Memoriam
The minute she hit the scene she was every male punk's heart throb. She was beautiful. She had a winning personality. She had a ...well...a...glow. That could be my heart talking because I, Blowfish, confess: I too am Judy's love slave. We didn't just love Judy, we worshiped her. So, now all of us members of Judyism have somewhere to meet and offer our prayers of unrequited love.
The Judy Map Shrine
1977-The Damned were ready to piss on Blowfish and started to undress Miss Lyn! And people seemed to like it!! This interview IS outrageous...for then AND now!
The Damned Interview

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