The BGN News Archive
May 29, 2017
Another Monday at OBriens; I can just copy & paste that sentence
from the last four weeks of News write ups it seems.
Weve seen the name Chanticlear at all sorts of shows but never
saw them even though they've been a band 18 years. That was the mission.
Cook Bag opened. They've been a band for just over two years and by
that standard they are amazing. They play pop punk and they have the chops for
They bring other things into the mix. They dropped a short ska section into
one song. They also covered a Ronnie Dio song. I actually like it when they
stuck to the straight pop punk. The drummer was hard not to notice. He played
all sorts of accents and fills with clean precise slams. You can hear the drumming
and the ska breaks in some of their songs online
Joe Riot the singer in Chanticleer said they were the best up and coming band
around and I would go with that too.
Chanticlear are old hands on stage. You feel like they're in control
and they know what to do, being in complete ease up there. The singer was very
They're loud but dont go the usual route with power chords. They play
full six string chords and fill up the sound that way. It was about the third
song in that gave us the secret of their formula. The melody on top of the roar
was unusual. Unusual in that it was very melodic to the point where it seemed
like it belonged in a more traditional genre. It didnt just follow the
chord line it was ornate beyond it. They did that a few times. Its hard
to nail where that's coming from exactly but its a standout feature. When
they were not doing that, it was perky pop punk and nothing wrong with that.
They also did a slow song that worked.
Joe Riot the singer/guitarist says their influences are
local: Hoods, La Peste Outlets and beyond that to all different
genres. He also said, We just write music and lyrics
from the heart and soul of our lives. And that's true of
the song we have above on video called " Hello, I'm a Bastard".
Of that Joe said, Its about being disowned by your
own father while becoming a father yourself. " Whoa! One
of those melodic sections is there from 28 to 62 seconds.
LP is from 2015 and is fine pop punk but I think the newer songs were
On Friday the Cantab was full up for Reddy Teddy. Thats one of
the groups that the Boston Groupie News was created to cover. They existed before
the scene did in fact. In those early days Reddy Teddy was playing everywhere;
suburbs and city. Their signature sounds have not deteriorated one bit in these
40 (yikes!!) years.
For us Jon Morses voice is ingrained in the memory. When you hear it,
and its still the same, it all comes rushing back. Its full of personality
and he delivers some phrases as only he can. We immediately think of Matthew
MacKensie who died so early. He was our first interview and were proud
that we captured his voice. You
can check that out here.
Jeff Locke who has as long a history coming from the early
version of The Atlantics does more than enough fill in
with effortless fretwork and songwriting. Those new songs are
what has helped Reddy Teddy to survive artistically into the current
times. "Shes the One" is a complete knockout pop
Scott Baerenwald has taken "Nothing's Gonna Change", the song
he sang with the Cadillac Hearts (now the Billy Connors Project),
and made it a showcase in Reddy Teddy's set. What a voice. Its
a higher register than most and he sings crystal clear while moving
the notes with control. Its a crime not to get more of his
singing in there.
The video below is of Ooh-Wow! A song from the Reddy Teddy's
LP released in 1976.
Gary Soprano was filling in for Ted and got a solo in "Nadine"
by Chuck Berry. Chuck is an influence with Reddy Teddy. What new young group
in Boston has that influence? None. Thats one of the indicators on how
things are different today. Joe Marino is essential to the group now
more than ever. He gives it the power punch they must have. He works hard. We
have the common history with Reddy Teddy. In that regard its hard to imagine
what someone who doesnt know them comes away with. My wish is - Long Live
Billy Connors Project
We had just seen The Billy Connors Project not quite three weeks ago
so we knew what to expect. Billy was sick but soldiered on. At Sally OBriens
the sound was downplayed in that small space, here at the Cantab they upped
The standout again was "Stranded" sung by Adam. Another was
"Knockdown Day" a smoldering downer about the holidays that hit hard.
For that song the volume and tempo went down and you could catch Rayboy Fernandes
doing some tasty fills. Good stuff. You could tell Mike Quirk is feeling
more comfortable with the material in his solid playing. Hes tall and
he was standing on a slight riser he looked gigantic up there.
Billy Connors Project
The coolest thing about the Billy Connors Project is that the newest songs
are the best. He had those four new songs on CD at the show. Check
it out on Bandcamp
Connors is in the zone these days. Billy Cole was in the audience and
he was saying that he is going to do some side project with Billy too. Can't
wait for that to come to fruition!
Rule for Boston rockers: Go to every Lyres show.
We know the rule and we were at Once on Saturday. The show had been moved from
downstairs to upstairs. We loved that, its more intimate opposed to the
raised stage in the big room. People were sparse at the beginning but the room
was on the full side quickly enough.
The Black Souls now are Kim and Cam Ackland backed by
the Classic Ruins, plus sax player. The new line up gives Kim and Cam
what seemed to be the idea from the start; a sultry soulful backdrop for their
duo singing. The Ruins changed their playing to rhythm and blues/soul mode.
They all can do it. Listening to Carl Biancuccis bass riffs you
could hear the difference between rocking out and laying down a Stax/Memphis
foundation. Dave Kowalachec simplified his playing and made it tight
and sparse. The sax was the topper. It gave the atmosphere.
The band played at Brian Youngs (MC for this night also) show
Crash Course for the Ravers the previous week. They played a few songs
and Brian insisted they play a few more and then made them play their entire
set. He was right. They had it together. Weve said it before, no one on
the scene has ever provided that duo singing like them. Its about the
singing and also about them being a couple that makes the show part
of it. The songs are the obscure gems they find. If you can identify them you
are a genuine soul searcher.
After the set without much ado the already set up Classic Ruins were
up and going. The difference tonight is that they were already warmed up and
that made a big difference! They were rocking right from the get go. Frank
was in top form- his best guitar playing and singing that we could remember.
They were so good it seems like they should always have a Black Souls
The played all their familiar material, like Heart Attack,
Nyquil Stinger and the current covers of Tales of
Brave Ulysses and Please, Please Me.
Rick Harte was there too. He recorded the Classic Ruins' first single.
All the early Ace of Hearts recordings (Ruins, The Hoods, MOB, Lyres
et al) sound timeless. Those records are a treasure.
Michele Kirsch and Theo Greenblatt walked in just before the
Ruins went on....both wrote for Subway News back in the day and
Michele is visiting from London. It was great to see her back in town. It was
fun to watch her thouroughly enjoy the Ruins' set, seeing them again after all
these years. Michele had on these futuristic silver shoes.
Cal Cali Band
Cal Cali set up this show. We love people who do that
because we know its not easy. He had his Cal Cali Band
this show. There are always a few twists in Cals sets along
with interesting covers. The first song was an original about
dieting. Not your usual subject and that was attention getting
with its chorus of Anna Rexya, Anna Rexya. Another
original was called "Sex Beat" (it's not the Gun CLub
song) it had some love/hate punk lyrics in there. It sounded like
a seventies punk gem.
They covered Living in the Suburbs and The Velvets Baby
Be Good. The cover of Shonen Knifes Giant Kitty
with its chorus of Big Cat, Big Cat was
as fun as it should be. Their last song was Maria Bartiromo
by Joey Ramone. Just like Cal writes songs about unusual subjects
Joey wrote about that Wall Street Reporter. That song fit the
bands modus operandi perfectly.
Before we try to describe it lets get it out this
was a Lyres show of legendary proportions. All
of us on the scene know that a good Lyres show embodies
everything we love about Boston punk. This show had that and then
it was another step up. It was transcending. If you were up close
and heard and felt was coming out of this band then you know.
For those not there we continue to explain but in reality this
was all about being there.
There were so many exciting moments. At one point the crowd started
to dance and shake the floor when Steve Aquino played that
signature riff in the middle of Dont Give It Up Now
the song,not the beat, not the singing but the guitar riff triggered
it. Things were that heightened. When they played We Sell
Soul it was so intense that you believed the lyric
you paid the admission and this band was giving you the life force
Many songs went on a bit longer than the recorded version where
they found a groove and Jeff sang like he was possessed. This
happened in How Do You Know where they stayed on a section
and Jeff riffed on his vocal and it seemed like a time loop, like
you were stuck in this moment and it wasnt going to move
forward and you didnt care.
There were dozens of time when Jeffs singing captured that thing
in the lyric, that nuance that makes all the difference. Thats why hes
so exacting. Hes always wants to bring out the feature that makes the
song special. Sometimes to us that certain something seems indefinable but were
sure Jeff will find it.
The first half of the set consisted of songs that Jeff finds. There were so
many good ones but we dont know them so cant tell
you titles. They are like gifts that Jeff gives you. The band
was full on during this. We focused on Paul Murphy a few
times as his relentless drumming (and not simple) seemed superhuman.
Take a look at the video below where we literally focus the camera
on him as he goes at it. Dave Szczepaniak on bass has been
a big plus from the beginning. His background singing has added
another level to the sound. The second half was the songs we knew.
You know how that went. Pure joy dont want to say
The video below is a compilation of sections from three songs.
That was a long set. The band stopped and it seemed like that
was it, but no, the crowd wanted more. They came back. They played
maybe 5 more songs. This was different. The songs were extended
with instrumental sections. They did Dont Give It Up
again as mostly instrumental. One song kept doing back to Dave
on bass. It was like a dub version a song. Jeff bore down on the
organ with both hands rather than the signature one hand action.
This is something we never heard before. It was like a curtain
lifted and you get a glimpse into how they work a song or how
they get the group playing like a unit. It was all interesting
and very special.
They played 70 to 90 minutes. So, ya know, you shoulda been there.
Photo: John Keegan
The punks came out for the Damned 40th Anniversary
show at the Paradise. The Captain was recovered enough from his
fall to be standing. Dave Vanian was sporting a beard. People
were also buzzing on the openers the Bellrays
and the voice of lead singer Lisa Kekaula. John Keegan was there.
Hit the photo below to get to the story and photos.
And in other news...
Check out this excellent interview with David Vanian of the Damned
about their history and the 40th Anniversary tour....Pretty damned good
More woes for Bonney Bouley of TTs and the people who owned River
Gods. Because of changing liquor license laws they stand to lose
tens of thousands. Read
about it here.
It's a small world. Joanie Lindstrom was in Manchester not long
before the bombing. She also was in London. She hit every record
store she could, imbibed the local refreshments and got on the
radio there too. It's all in Joanie's London/Manchester Vacation.
Its a rumor: There was talk that The Cantab has a sewer main
problem that could cost a lot of money to fix and put them out
of business, another version said the rent was going sky high
and they couldn't afford it. We talked to Mickey Bliss
and a doorman (on Fri 5/26) and both had no idea about it. Jim
Seery later posted on FB that it was not true.
There's a renewed interest in naming the intersection of Brookline
and Green streets Billy Ruane Corner.
The Nervous Eaters are working on a new CD! Hope we get that soon.
Rick Harte said those new Real Kids
songs number eight.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
May 29 (Monday) Teenage Bubblegums (Italian
Pop Punk), Jagger Holly, Mongorellis, Jimmy Jacked at Opus Underground
in Salem (FB
June 2 (Friday) awesome punk show with
Jerry's Kids, Stranglehold and Panzerbastard at Once (Jack
Grisham from TSOL will not be here)
June 3 (Saturday) Chicago Vin,
who is actually here in Boston and was in Greg Allen's Fringe Religion and is
now solo is on A Crash Course For the Ravers 1-4PM 91.5FM WMFO
June 3 (Saturday) Parks, Psychic Dog,
Me In Capris and Surf Vietnam at The Midway
June 3 (Saturday) Birdsongs of the
Mesozoic are at Once
June 4 (Sunday) Mike's
Monster Guitars is having its 4th Birthday at the Midway! It's a 2-8PM
show and features M.O.T.O., The Worried, Hambone Skinny, Axemunkee, Shiny
Beasts, The Guilloteenagers, headband and most likely others too! Last year's
bash was a blast and we hope they have another Guitar
Fashion Show! FB
page for the show
June 4 (Sunday) Hixx are doing
an acoustic show at The Tavern at the End of the World 5-7PM
June 4 (Sunday) GIUDA (from Rome Italy)
and Unnatural Ax & The Hi End at Once Tix
And further out....
June 6 (Tuesday) Rawstrum are at
The Dog Bar in Gloucester
June 8 (Thursday) Cortez, The Humanoids,
The Heave Ho and Test Meat are at O'Brien's
June 8 & 9 (Thursday & Friday)
Reverend Horton Heat along with Agent Orange, and Flat Duo
Jets at Once in Somerville
June 9 (Friday) Rawstrum and Gene
Dante & The Future Starlets are at The Middle East with Tragedy a Bee
Gees heavy metal cover band...
June 9 (Friday) are they back from a tour
or going on a tour?? OC45 are at The Midway with Mickey Rickshaw
and AMDX (American Discord) ...gotta go!!
June 10 (Saturday) Psycho, Conclave,
Whoopi Sticks, Gant, Spillers an afternoon 4-8PM show at the Midway
June 10 (Saturday) The Real Kids (back
from touring Europe!) Muck and the Mires and Greg Allen's Fringe Religion
at The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly- FB
June 11 (Sunday) A Sunday Punk Matinee
at the Midway with M.A.T.B. (frm Worcester), Worm, The Hideout
and No Good (frm Maine) 4-8PM only $5!!and All Ages.
June 14 (Wednesday) Eve Minor
(from NYC), DnAs Evolution, The Stigmatics, Doug Linse at The Midway
June 16 (Friday) Kids Like You &
Me' s Rama Lama Ding Dong 2017! Featuring.. The Monsieurs, Creaturos, Littlefoot,
Germhouse & more! at The Middle East - check out
the FB page
June 17 (Saturday) A Crash Course
for the Ravers will be featuring Anthony Kaczynski! Tony is the consummate
musician, he should have some interesting stories to tell and picks to play.
Check it out on 951.5
June 17 (Saturday) The McGunks, Pint
Killers, The Martians and Taxi Driver - 4PM Show at The Midway
June 17 (Saturday) Quiggs, Diablogato,
Duck & Cover, Loser's Circle at O'Brien's Pub
June 17 (Saturday) Held Hostage, Point
Blank, Infernal Diatribe, Profit Margin at Koto in Salem (FB
June 18 (Sunday) Help Save Out of
the Blue Gallery Too - this will be an all day affair (3PM-11PM) with a
TON of bands including: Brian Young -WMFO as Emcee plus Thalia Zedek,
Fireking, Randy Black, The Knock Ups, Tsunami of Sound, The Stigmatics, The
Black Souls, The Classic Ruins, State of the Union, Cal Cali Rockin' Trio, The
Last Ones, The KENZ (Highland & Kaiser), The Thigh Scrapers and Club
Linehan A Go Go ~ 50th Birthday Party for Joe Quinn. Check out the
June 23 (Friday) Club Linehan A GoGo, Johnny
Plankton, The Unoriginals, Mad Painter and Nonzerochance at McGann's
page for directions etc
June 24 (Saturday) Punk Rock Matinee
at the Middle East Up Doors @ 1PM - then Michael Kane & the Morning Afters,
Dan Webb and the Spiders, Hudson Falcons, Jason Bennett and The Resistance -
show ends at 4Pm
June 25 (Sunday) Punk Oi Matinee at The
Midway with Working Poor USA, Moose Knuckle, DestrOi! and The Abductors
June 25 (Sunday) Nonzerosum Present: Conflict,
Who Killed Spikey Jacket, Cinderblock, Pandemix - ALL AGES, $20, 8:00 PM
Doors at the Middle East Up.
July 19 July 30: The Midways
Dirty 30th Anniversary Celebration Spectacular
July 2 (Sunday) FOTOCRIME, The Milling Gowns, Bedroom Eyes at O'Brien's
July 17 (Monday) Township, The Dents,
Love Love and Weather Weapon at The Midway- Night 1 of the Midway
July 20 (Thursday) Kal Marks, A Deer
A Horse (NY), Nice Guys and Zip-Tie Handcuffs at O'Brien's
July 21 (Friday) Stray Bullets, Hobo
Chili, Warning Shots and Stop Calling Me Frank at The Midway!! Night
5 of the Midway Dirty 30.
July 22 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed Night
with The Cranktones, The Barley Hoppers and Fearless Leaders at
The Midway!! Night 6 of the Midway Dirty 30.
July 29 (Saturday) The Real Kids, Muck
& The Mires, Watts and Gene Dante & The Future Starlets night 13
of the Midway Dirty 30!!
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) The Silver Mirrors,
Instant Shawarma, The Facc-Tones and The Sound Down Cellar at The
August 12 (Saturday) The Modern Voice,
Black Helicopter, Wrought Iron Hex, Scuzzy Yeti at The Midway
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
August 27 (Sunday) Stop Calling Me Frank,
State of The Union, The New Frustrations, The Only Things at The Midway
- afternoon show 4-8PM
September 16 (Saturday) Chameleons VOX
At the Middle East Also on the bill: Soft Kill , Way Out and The Milling
November 4 (Saturday) Human Sexual
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Billy Connors Project
Billy Cole razzes members of Reddy Teddy
The Black Souls
MC/DJ Brian Young intros Cal Cali Band
Kim and Cam sing Lights Out with the Classic Ruins
Cal Cali Band