The BGN News Archive
June 5, 2017
Jerry's Kids with John Sox
We were a bit burnt out after Friday at Cantab and a great but
long night at Once with the Lyres. Nonetheless it was onward to
Sonias on last Sunday night for the pop fans current faves
We reported last week about the license problems with TTs
and River Gods. Somehow because of that whole scenario Sonia still
does not have a license itself. Its cokes and ginger ales
only. They encourage you run next door to grab a quick foamy in
The Connection did their pop thing. Much of their set is covers
that were included in their last CD of all cover songs. They have
become a go to add on to gigs with good reason. They always deliver.
Frankie and the Studs
On tour with The Biters is Frankie and the Studs. Frankie is
a front woman who you cant help but say is like Joan Jett.
I didnt even want to say it but I did. She was punky and
a strong front person. There was an early song with a cool riff
that stood out and it was followed by a cover of Nick Gilders
Hot Child In the City. One could see where Frankie could
develop and get more interesting as time goes on. Problem - they
has no music available now. It would have helped if they had music
because there was Skybar and Joanie Lindstrom there looking for
something to play.
The Biters made a visual impression right off the bat.
Indeed they have the visual side down pat. They look great and
they have all the cool stage moves. The songs take from the greats
like Cheap Trick and David Bowie among many others. Theres
a real 70s pre punk pop feel to the sound. They had some
good songs. One called 1975 VIDEO was fantastic. Some songs
were extended out a bit long and that dulled the impact. They
didnt knock us out but it was all good enough that we wouldnt
pass up a gig by them in the future either.
Thursday was a chance to see Rumble winner Carissa Johnson.
The band before them was Sundrifter which turned out to
be a psychedelic group from Boston. They were spacey sounding
but heavy at the same time. They describe themselves as a, three
piece desert/stoner rock n roll band. The set seemed
to slowly build. Then it became apparent where the desert part
of the description came in, it was in Craig Peuras
vocals. They became captivating as each song cast a spell. He
has a high register voice and he shoots it up and sustains it
with Middle Eastern flavored inflections. (Remember Dick Dales
Miserlou as an early example of Middle Eastern music influence
in rock.) That on top of the busy rhythm section made for a singular
sound. Its a smart move to hone in on this one style and
carve out a niche.
It turns out vocalist Craig has a degree in music from UMass
Lowell. Hes had four years classical singing training in
several languages. He uses all that with traditional rock influences
the uppermost being Chris Cornell. They played with red floodlights
which combined with OBriens red curtain backdrop made
the stage look like
Twin Peaks' Dream Room. You can hear what we describe on their
Bandcamp page or above in the video where we captured a song
that has those vocals in it.
Carissa Johnson has been on a northeast tour that included
New England, New York and New Jersey. It was a one night stand
at OBriens and then back to the tour. It doesnt
take more than a minute to see why see won the Rumble this year.
She has a winning formula in the music and a dynamite band. They
are a trio where every member has the ability to play with excitement.
The music is so lively and vital that when it stops it seems unnaturally
still in the club.
Carissa plays bass and bounds around the stage. The guitarist
also is flailing her hair and helping with the singing. Overall
they remind us of the mid 1990s indie bands that had their
day in the spotlight. If she was operating back then she would
get a contract and have a video, etc. Today? Lets hope and
Jerrys Kids dont play often so when they
do the faithful come out. Once had a good crowd.
The openers were Spectacle lead by Paul Fox. He's
also an optician and owns Spectacle
in the South End. Paul actually sang for Jerrys Kids
at their first show at Cantones. The actual singer
was only 14 and his mother wouldnt let him play in a bar.
He was 14
think about that!! The drummer Davey was in the
Heroes for a while (we saw them at the Midway
last year ).
When we walked in it was to a balls to the wall rocking of Lonely
Hearts by The Atlantics. The guitarist nailed those
Fred Pineau leads (you can hear in above). That was followed
up by a forgotten gem by the Angles No Secrets, thats
in the video above. They ended with the Outlets' Eddie.
Paul has been an Outlets booster from the beginning. We only heard
the covers that were all very enjoyable. They were good openers.
Photo: Bob Cenci
Next it was Stranglehold originally from Cambridge MA
who also dont play much. A Facebook post claimed that it
might have been their last show! That would be sad. They had a
mighty front row with five guys lined up (even more of a wall
in front of the poor drummer). The lead singer: is Jimmy Keough,
Hughes, guitar: Paul Delano (Mung), guitar:
Greg Fiore (Underball), bass: Craig Adams
(The Dents, Decals, Freeze), drums: Jack Clark (Jerrys
Kids, Unnatural Axe).
This was a lot like the shows weve seen them do at Once
before, seems like they favor Once. It was a mixture of memorable
originals and dynamic covers.
Doesnt Get Any Better was an early standout. Substitute
showed up the drummer. Just as an aside, the Who and Cheap Trick
seem to crop up again and again as favorites of bands new and
old. They dedicated La Pestes Better Off Dead to
Tontileo who has championed them for years.
Photo: Bob Cenci
Photo: Bob Cenci
They ended with Same
All Over the World that typifies the things that make them
a cut above the rest. They rock it out but dont fail to
give a hook in the chorus that will leave you singing it way beyond
the end of the show. Similar is Shes
Not Leavin But it wasnt any one song that made
the set it, was the overall performance and camaraderie of the
guys themselves. As they give us the good music they're having
fun too. If this was their last show they're going to miss it
as much as we will; small conciliation.
Boston is known for its hardcore scene in the eighties and Jerrys
Kids is one of the bands that proved the worth of that scene.
The punk scene even had a lukewarm reaction to the hardcore gang
at the beginning. They fought for what they got. Jerrys
Kids are now part of the legend. Expectations were high for
this gig. The stage at Once is elevated that allows you to do
your best. Jerrys Kids met that mark at the speed
of sound. The second the group rumble emanated, the moshing began…and
it seemed to demand it!! That never stopped, neither did the speed
and energy of the group.
Jerry's Kids with John Sox
Rick Jones belted out most of the material. His brother
Bryan sang a handful. Bryan sang on the very earliest JKs
songs. Bob Cenci sang Lost and that was a highlight. It
was like a roaring sea of sound with Bob repeating, Im
Lost over the top. It was more moving than you'd expect
from hardcore. When Bryan first came out he sang Machine Gun
and that kicked everything up another notch.
Jerry's Kids with John Sox
Then John Sox (F.U.s) joined the group for the last two
songs and that was another injection of mania. He sang Skull Garnish
and Iggys I Got A Right.
It was an intentionally long set trying and succeeding in making
a big impact. It was an example of what Jerrys Kids
and hardcore was and is.
Theres one problem with a set like that for us
dont have any brain power left for the next group. In this
case that was PanzerBastard. They've changed since we
last saw them at Great Scotts. Now they have Swid
playing with them...and not bass but regular guitar. We just
didnt have the juice to give them the attention as we headed
And in other news.....
Svetlanas has a new record out - yes available in vinyl
too- Check it out here This
is Moscow Not L.A.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
June 5 (Monday) its another
Taco Monday and a MessAround at Once Lounge with Jay Allen,
Justine Covault, Tom Baker and 2 really cool guests makin'
their first mess: Dan Kopko (Watts) and and John Powhida
(John Powhida's International Airport) 7:30-11PM
June 5 (Monday) Ghost
of Sailors at Sea, Omoo Omoo and Minibeast are at ZuZu
- music starts at 10PM
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) are they
back from a tour or going on a tour?? OC45 are at The Midway
with Mickey Rickshaw and AMDX (American Discord)
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) Charlie Don't
Surf at McGann's (197 Portland St, Boston)
June 9 (Friday) "The
New Darkbuster" w/ The Worried & Brunt
of It at The Parlor in Provi - The New Darkbuster is the
new reincarnation of everyone's favorite Boston punk rock sing
along brainchild of Lenny Lashley. FB
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
June 10 (Saturday) Watts
and Petty Morals with a closing set from Wheel of Awesome
at Fury's Publick House in Dover NH. 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.
And further out....
June 14 (Wednesday) Eve
Minor (from NYC), DnAs Evolution, The Stigmatics,
Doug Linse at The Midway
June 15 (Thursday) Nice
Guys, Black Beach, Ovlov and The Cavemen at Great Scott
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 Pub FB
page for directions etc
June 24 (Saturday) Punk
Rock Matinee at the Middle East Up Doors @ 1PM - 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 4-8PM
June 25 (Sunday) Nonzerosum
Present: Conflict, Who Killed Spikey Jacket, Cinderblock, Pandemix
- ALL AGES, $20, 8:00 PM Doors at the Middle East Up. This
show has been cancelled!!
July 1 (Saturday) Loser's
Circle are at The Midway
July 2 (Sunday) FOTOCRIME,
The Milling Gowns, Bedroom Eyes at O'Brien's
July 13- 16 VIVA EAST Rockabilly
Weekender and Custom Car Show in Marlboro, MA check
out the info here.
July 14 (Friday) Bim Skala
Bim Concert Cruise (Check out FB
page for details)
July 15 (Saturday) LYDIA
LUNCH Retrovirus, Doomsday Student, (NE) Pats, Peach
Ring are at The Elks Lodge on Bishop Allen Dr. Central Square
Cambridge- Thank you Boston Hassle!!
FB page here.
July 17 (Monday) Township,
The Dents, Love Love and Weather Weapon at The Midway-
Night 1 of the Midway Dirty 30.
July 19 July 30: The
Midways Dirty 30th Anniversary Celebration Spectacular
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
July 22 (Saturday) Negative
Approach, Bloodclot, Opposition Rising, PanzerBastard, Buried
Dreams and Ritual Blade at The Hardcore Stadium Bishop Allen Dr
Central Sq Cambridge. Show starts at 6PM.
July 22 (Saturday) Mr.
Airplane Man returns to town. They'll be at The Lily Pad in
Inman Square with Thalia Zedek. FB
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 Midway
August 5 (Saturday) Rancid
and The Dropkick Murphys are at the Brockton Fair! 4:30-9Pm
out the FB page
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!
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 Gowns FB
November 4 (Saturday) Human
Sexual Response at HOB
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