The BGN News Archive
June 16, 2014
There is so much to a Real Kids show these days. There is a whole buildup
This time we had the CD slowly revealing itself. First we had the EP with four
primo songs and then just days ago the arrival of the CD, Shake Outta Control.
The material is so rocking good that it makes you feel you've got to see the
band live. The other thing has been John's health. The last
time at the Middle East he came from the hospital to play. That whole scenario
adds drama and urgency. More and more it seems that every show is precious.
This Saturday night there was a four group lineup and an
early 7:30 "door"...so the night was going to be long. Miss Lyn and
Judy Wilburn were at Central Square eatery and after dinner, around 7:30 pm
they actually did run into some people in front of the Middle East. Cal Cali
and Johnboy Franklin were there. Scott Baerenwald, Randall Gibson
and Billy Corners were getting ready for their sets. The dedicated Rick
Harte was already setting things up....you're a lucky group if you have
Rick helping you. Billy Borgiolli was across the street just sitting
on a bench. All in all it was like Kenmore Square back in the day with people
from the scene walking around.
We ended up being later than we planned...which is usual
for us. We missed Cadillac Heart. Earlier in the day Crash Course
for the Ravers on WMFO played the song I always pine for - Nothing's
Gonna Change and Brian Young, from the show, was MC-ing the night.
Cadillac Heart had a good set from what everyone was saying.
We walked in on Classic Ruins who were reaping the
benefits of the Middle East's excellent sound system and mixing. Frank Rowe
sounded sharp and the rhythm section was cooking. Drummer Dave Kowalachec
was hitting hard. I talked to him later as he lined up to hear the Real Kids
and he is just thrilled to be playing in a band he always loved and says Frank
and Carl are easy to work with.
The club was only about half full but got up to two thirds
full which is good for a bill of local bands. It wasn't as full as last December's
crowd but size isn't everything. This group was very engaged and vocal. The
ends of songs were greeted with cheers. This continued through the whole night,
all the bands got hearty responses and it never flagged. This was one part of
the good feeling night. There were lots of familiar faces like....Jimmy Harold,
Willie Loco and Annie Rearick, Cal Cali, Helanie Saad, Artie Sniederman,
Evan and Linda Shore , Amy Prohaska, Brett Milano, Ed Moose Savage, Artie
Freedman, Gail Corcorran and Ed Lynch, Erna Connors, Steve O'Donoghue (longtime
Late Risers Fan still waiting for his LRC Pillowcase for 30 yrs now-ha), Michele
Meadows and Larry, Kim Ackland, Kathy Chapman, Paul Robinson, Steve Morse,
Sue Lamont, Kenny Kaiser and Jennifer, John Keegan, Frank Dehler, Richie
Parsons, Kevin Griffin (taping), Terry Brenner, Sue and Steve from
My Own Worst Enemy. There was also Jimmy Felice but sadly no MaryJo!!
Everyone seemed to be local music fan/Real Kid fan and with this bill they were
all in a good mood.
Now it was Lyres turn on this dream local bill. They
have it all together and they seemed primed to take full advantage of the Middle
East stage and set up. Even the usual undemonstrative guitarist Steve Acquino
was showing bits of enthusiasm and even laughing at points and it seemed
he had extra articulation gaving real snap to his fills and leads. He was in
We never mention Paul Murphy enough but he is at the
heart of Lyres magic. Every time we see him play we are amazed at what a talent
he is! He makes sure he moves around his kit using the tom tom more than most
drummers do. Not many people play like this anymore. Linda of Muck
and The Mires does and she was in the audience. I'm sure she was taking
notes. Paul who always dons a dress shirt and tie is also always soaked in sweat
I don't know if we ever will get over not seeing Rick Coraccio up there
on bass but the new guy has been gaining ground every gig and this night he
showed he can do the job. He had lots of moving, but not too busy, bass lines
and he was handling the back up vocals too. Then there's Jeff Connolly.
He seemed to be in a good enough mood and he came out to knock you out and did
it. He hit a stride immediately and that carried right to the end of the set.
The crowd was with him the whole way and with every note. How can you describe
the feeling when the opening chords to Help You Ann start up and the
crowd cheers around you.....the organ kicks in and ....well I can't describe it
but if an alien landed amongst the crowd I think he would recognize the blissful
state of the humans around him. Now that's just one song. The band kept this
up for a long time. That was a long set.
Jeff's singing and playing showed again why he commands respect from audiences
and musicians around the world. They ended with How Do You Know a request
from an audience member who asked via a note and a bill of some denomination
that Jeff stuffed in his fancy shirt pocket......There it is if you want to
hear some favorite tune. After a minute How Do You Know hits a high point
and the band stays there. They keep up this intense driven power point for over
a minute - no variation of music except for Jeff's pleading vocal on top. Any
other group would fall to the temptation of breaking the suspended tension.
When the end came and the tension released the crowd just erupted. What a moment.
What a band!!
The the Real Kids slowly started setting up. Billy Cole seemed
to be comfortable and ready. John Felice was having amp trouble and....John
is not looking well. He seemed pale and gaunt, he was slow walking around. Last
time he was horribly sick and still did a long set by any standard. We were
wondering how things would go. Finally they start up. John's was a bit shaky
but he played that riff that started it all for the Real Kids - the opening
to All Kindsa Girls. The guitar sounded rock and roll gritty and he gained
momentum as the song kicked in. The band sounds strong. Drummer Randall Gibson
was pounding it hard. There it is, the SOUND of the Real Kids. That's one thing
they have all night - that sound. That's what we are here for so we're halfway
The interplay between Billy Cole and John define a lot. Billy has hung in there
for a long time and is part of the legend. Then John starts that riff from the
beginning of She Don't Take It from the EP and new CD. Just a simple
riff played real dirty and it signals the fulfilled promise of the new CD. New
material just as good as the old and tonight played after the first and iconic
hit. If it wasn't as good ...well then tonight would have been different....and
the fact that it is makes all of this more thrilling.
Yet after a few more songs you can see John dragging. You
can see him trying to sing and play with effort. He talks to Rick Harte
on stage. Rick later said John was saying he couldn't go on. At the point you
would call half a set John says thank you and good night and walks slowly off
stage. No one is ready for this. The lights stay low and no one in the audience
moves. People clap for more. I'm thinking "why do that?" he would
play if he could but he was just tapped out. That's it. It's an odd moment.
After a while Billy Cole comes back out. I couldn't imagine John would, but he
did!! Somehow he recouped a bit and played another 4 or 5 songs; Common
at Noon being one. They end with Just Like Darts. It was
a heroic feat to keep going. In the end we got a good set.
As sick as John was there was some great guitar work
still and the set as a whole was satisfying. The Real Kids do have the
Afterwards we got to talk to John in the dressing room thanks
to Rick Harte. John was pale and I wouldn't want to see him even stand
because he seemed short of breath. He was super clear talking however. He has
a heart arrhythmia that was knocking him out. He was hoping that he had given
enough and talked about how he loves his fans. He knows they come out for him
and love the music. As proof to that there was a constant stream of fans bringing
thanks as well as EP's and CD up to John to autograph. He was giving praise
to Rick Harte for getting that CD together. He made the point that both
he and Rick saw this as the follow up to that original Real Kids LP and I think
It's been a long trip to 2014 for the Real Kids.....and
us Boston punk fans too. The Real Kids gave us the music that didn't
exist in a time of mellow rock. It turns out we always want that music and only
the Real Kids can give us Real Kids music. The BGN has been around
since 1975 and the Real Kids a bit longer than that. The Real Kids keep writing
another chapter in their story and we'll keep writing about them. In the end
the whole night gave us a warm and fuzzy feeling; a full night of Boston old
school punk with a club full of fans. That's as good as it gets for us.
In other news.....
We don't have a Kenne Highland at Large column this week since
he's traveling for the Gizmos World Tour but we DO have a brand new
Rick Coraccio entry for his "My Back Pages:" remembering The Lyres getting to Barcelona in the mid 90s.
After a big debut ARCH/Studio 52 has been MIA. It seems they are still
getting things in order. Now mainly getting zoning appeals so they can do what
they have already spent time and money on setting up
out a plea....
"Dearest Allston/Brighton Family and Friends, tenants of Studio 52, and
supporters of the Boston Music scene,
"As many of you know, there have been a number of delays regarding the
opening of ARCH in recent months. Now, our ability to open at all depends on
you; our family of artists, musicians, and residents, to support us, Studio
52, and the progression of our community as a whole.
"On Wednesday, June 18th, our staff will be presenting at the Allston
Civics Association at the Honan Library in Allston, at 6:30pm. The hearing will
address current community concerns with Studio 52, and will pave the way for
our future zoning appeals to assure that we can accomplish what we set out to
when creating this space. In order to set a positive and productive tone in
this meeting, we ask for the help of anyone who lives or works in Allston/Brighton,
who supports Studio 52 and what we at ARCH aim to do, to attend this preliminary
hearing, as it will be the first of many in the coming months.
"Allston Rock City Hall was dreamt up and created with the goal of uplifting
the Boston Music and Arts scene, but now in order to exist to achieve that goal,
we must call on the community we aim to serve. Please, if you are available,
and you want to see us finally open our doors, come show your support.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me at: nick at studio52boston.com"
And here's some shows coming up:
This Friday, June 20th we have some great shows around town: At Church
The Welsh Boys, Sprained Ankles, Guns of Brighton and The Blue
And it's Happy Anniversary to the guys of Triple Thick who celebrate
15 Years of Triple Thick at The Plough and Stars this Friday!!
Well we're happy they are still around. So Triple Thick and The Monsieurs
will be playing.
Also on Friday at TT's with Reverse, White Dynomite, Gymnasium
and Devil on Horseback.
And up north on Friday the 20th...Kenny Chambers/The Electric Ears at
The Madfish Grille
Saturday June 21st Muck & The Mires are at The Plough. it's
Muck all night!
Also on June 21st at The Midway there's a special Roy Sludge
Revue (featuring Frankie Blandino, Lyle Brewer, Stan The Man
Kozlowski, and Johnny Sciascia!!!) , Eric Royer;s One Man
Band along with Easy Ed's Record Hop.
At The Tavern at the End of the World there's a "welcome Back party"
for Michelle Johnson-Kish on the bill will be Rockin' Bob kicking things
off followed by Dots on Dice, The Dirty Truckers and Jay Allen and
Thee Legendary Prophets who put on a crazy show have a gig at TT's
on June 22 Sunday.
Ken Scales says : Adventure Set will be at Bill's Bar
on Thursday June 26TH....with very special guests Casey Desmond
& Cemetery Girl also....Adventure Set's new 4 song EP "Gazebo"
will be out in June 2014.
Always promising an interesting experience Walter Sickert & the Army
of Broken Toys (12AM) are at TT's along with Parlour Bells,
Muy Cansado and Future Carnivores on Friday June 27th
Another interesting film is at the Regent Theater in Arlington - Tom
Rush - No Regrets.....this would be for 60s Boston music fans,
and many rockers have always loved Tom Rush even though hes on the folk
end of things. This film also has an appearance by Dick Summer a legendary DJ
whos Subway show promoted the Bosstown Sound. There should be loads of
local music luminaries at that showing. There'll also be a Post Screening Q&A
with Filmmakers and Tom Rush. It's playing on Saturday, June 28th at 8pm
Next Drunk Nuns gig......Cantab
6/28 its a cool night with not only the Drunk Nuns but also Psychic
Dog, The Dead Trains, and The Evil Streaks...and Dave Tree
Ink will be selling cool stuff from his shop.
Also on the 28th: The Ten Foot Polecats will barely be off the plane
from their first European tour to play Sally
for the first time in their career. Along with them, Stevie Tombstone
returns since he had such a blast last time he was in town. Matt Charette
starts the night off....all this for only 5 buckaroos!!
July 15th has FuzzStompin' GarageSoul with Thee Legendary Rockin'
Prophets at O'Brien's.
Friday July 25th
at The Midway, Cincinnati band Wussy
is playing along with locals Slowdim and Brother Fight.....
Friday July 25th has a great show at Great Scott's with Razors
In The Night (Record Release Party! & we're happy to see they are out
and about again!), Panzerbastard, The Blue Bloods, and Taxi Driver
Terry Brenner's bringing The Real Kids and Nervous Eaters
and Greg Allen's Fringe Religion to The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly
on Saturday August 2 Thank you Terry!!
In Boston on August 2 there's the Boston
Fuzzstival at the Middle East....check out this Line up
degrees Taurus, Abadabad, Atlantic Thrills, Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!,
Black Beach, Creatorus, Dinoczar, Doug Tuttle, The Fagettes, Fat Creeps, Ghost
Box Orchestra, Gymshorts Magic Shoppe, The New Highway Hymnal, and , The TeleVibes
Friday August 8th - awesome Rock On Cruise with Aquanutz/White
Echo and The Bunnymen
are at the Paradise August 14th!!!
It's Hixxmas in August folks! On August 23rd at Club Bohemia
at The Cantab it's Hixx and Psychic Dog and more bands TBA...
This should be an interesting evening...at The Cantab August 30th....The
Sound Down Cellar, Nelson Slater (tentative), Annie Activator and
the once a year gig by Love & Flame featuring Danny Rybar, Lady
Carolyn and Joe Viglione along with Mike Quirk on bass, Kenne
Highland on guitar. (they are on at 9:30) and The Guns of Brighton
We finally get to see Dave Minehan with The Replacements
since they are on the bill for the Boston
Calling Show September (5,6 & 7)! The Legendary Shake Shakers
are coming to the Middle East down September 12th.
Saturday September 13th is Matt Burns' 60th Birthday Party! He's
celebrating at The Lizard Lounge. So far the bill includes Litehouse,
The Handymen, Kenne Highland, and more bands to come.....
There's also a excellent show at The Midway on Sept 13. Cal Cali
brings us Lyres-Nervous Eaters-Cal Cali Band- The Invaders (Les
Envahisseurs-from Quebec) - whew!!!
The 2nd Annual Rat Beach Party
set for September 14th& 15th
September 14th -a Sunday daytime show- at the Midway will bring
us The Members!!
October 5th - a Sunday daytime show at The Midway will bring
us The Vibrators!!!
And September 22nd at the Middle East up is a great show with
Shonen Knife and Petty Morals.
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