The BGN News Archive
August 7, 2017
Last Sunday we rushed to get the BGN on-line with the material from Saturday
night's show at the Midway so we could get back there for the last day of the
Midway Dirty 30 Celebration with the Nervous Eaters headlining. This was the
debut of a new line up with guitarist Alan Hebditch's
son Nick Hebditch on bass.
We missed Nick's group Fast Times, who played first. We did
see a bit of another Cape Cod punk band The Revilers who were
putting out the punk, and the mostly youngish crowd was right with them. They
did a version of the Dead Boys What Love Is. If the new line up of the Dead
Boys coming to town can do as good, we'll be lucky. One song that seemed like
their own, maybe called Consolation, was notable. Wish we could see them again
but they don't play Boston much.
We were just talking between sets when
we heard bagpipe music. We thought it was a recording but no, there was a bagpiper
It was the intro to the set by the Barroom Heroes. The rest
of the group kicked in and the bagpiper went to his position as the bass player.
We were much impressed when we akso saw them last
year at the Midway. They've been together since 2007 and have opened
for the Dropkick Murphy's and The Street Dogs. They've got the Celtic feeling
running through the material but it's way too punky most of the time to tell.
They ended with a loose version of Dirty Water.
Here's a video of Dirty Water and one other song.
The last time we saw the Eaters at the Midway they had Alan
filling in on bass and played as a trio. Now they have Nick
filling Rob Skeen's place on bass. We just love the idea of
father and son Hebditch being in the same group. We know the Eaters
and we've seen Nick play in Fast Times but what would the combo
sound like? Rockin' - would be the answer. The Eaters delivered the old songs
with punch and Steve Cataldo's leads were stinging. Time after
time Steve carved out a minute of trebled riffs in the middle of a song. We
just live for that.
David McClean on drums was playing crisp and in the pocket.
When we saw David, all those early days of the Boom Boom Band
came flooding back. There's a lot a memories in those Willie gigs that Dave
was part of.
We were impressed with Nick on bass. Many 6 string guitarists
play the bass the wrong way (i.e. too many notes). Nick, however, knew what he
was doing and kept to the groove. You could hear the echoes of Rob Skeen's
bass lines and Nick said he did study them. The extra perk was that Nick has
a strong voice and added a lot to the background vocals. We're saying that it
was the best we've ever heard from the Eaters. How great is that?
They played some familiar tunes: Degenerate, Just Head, Shit
for Brains, Last Chance, On the Avenue and No More Idols.
They also played one new song. They also played other very old
songs which were old Eaters songs from back in the day that never
got recorded. They're now recording those oldies for the next
album coming out. Alan said it's a slow process but it's coming
along. The audience of mostly younger people was cheering the
Eaters all the way along. In the end there was a lot of yelling
and they had to come back for an encore, and that was Loretta
(first video above).
There were just a few of the older gang in the audience, Matt Burns, Steven
O'Donahue, and Slimedog. Where were
the rest of our usual suspects? The Eaters will be playing a few
gigs coming up. The next one is at The Out of the Blue Gallery
on September 8.
We went to the Cantab on Thursday. Listening on-line to the bands on their bill
revealed some possible good sounds. We talked to Mickey Bliss
for a while and got some of his background story. Mickey was in and out of the
scene for years until he clicked with The Kirkland. Since then, it's been one
long stretch at Club Bohemia.
This Thursday it was an EP release party for Miracle
Blood. Like a lot of new groups they don't fit a clear
category but there's enough punk there along with some indie and
mainstream influences. They often did the soft/loud Pixies trick
and it worked. The singer did a lot of yelling and we love yelling.
Our favorite song was the most punk: Slow Death (not
the Groovies song). It had a fast descending line that they hit hard.
It's stupendously simple and super effective. They throw the line
back and forth between the guitarist and bassist. Another plus is the song is
a short 2:07 minutes long. Check
it out right here! We're throwing that right on our
Top Ten Songs list. You can hear some Hendrix influence in
their song No
Lullaby which was their last song of the night because the
bass player broke a string. There were about 35 people in the audience for Miracle
Many left before Blame Shifters and that's
a shame because they played a set worth staying for. We're always
amazed at how many good groups are out there that we don't know.
This band was one of them. It was a high energy set with good
songs and excellent playing. The drummer was making the drums
'crack', no 'thumping' for this guy. At some points he was hitting
the two/four with both sticks so as to avoid any misunderstanding
about what was important. The bass player was alternately playing
simple roots or melodically, as she desired.
The focus was the lead singer who was yelling just like the
Miracle Blood singer was. Again we loved it. At
times all four members were singing. They put both punk and hardcore
in their self-description. I would add a little indie in there
that I heard in the guitars at times. An early song was Domesticating
the Tiger which was a realistic/pessimistic look at being
in a band. "All I thought I needed was a cheap guitar / And three
chords repeating in a two minute song / But the debts stack up
and before too long / You're making all these compromises that
you can't come back from" Check
out all the lyrics at Bandcamp. You can hear their aggressive
attack on their Bandcamp songs.
That was two rocking bands on a hunch. It made driving through
all of this summer's road construction detours worthwhile.
Yeah well, it was back into those summer traffic backups on Friday. It was
father/son last Sunday with the Nervous Eaters and at O'Brien's
it was also family with The Bruvs. They
are a drum/guitar duo and they are brothers. That makes getting
together for practice easy maybe. We saw
them before in November of last year. White Stripes would
be the go to group to compare them to and they do deliver some
of the same perks as them. However in the end, the Bruvs are
doing their own thing.
The songs are more personal. The singing makes the melodies
work and the lyrics have enough content to make you want to catch
them in the noisy mix. The guitar is blasting with a few effects
adding extra tones to fatten up the sound. The drummer is a busy
player who also adds backup singing. The last two songs were the
best as they ramped up the excitement and went a bit crazy.
We were looking forward to The Dazies but for
some reason the group was absent and it was up to lead man
Mikey Holland to play a solo set. TThe Dazies
are a garage band that usually have a free-for-all time on stage
so we were stunned to hear a set of controlled and structured
material. Many of the songs lyrics dealt with Holland's growing
up in Lawrence and they resonated with feeling. Also the melodies
came out in the solo setting. You could also see some interesting
fretwork. Who knew? Outside of some Billy Bragg, we never went
for the one man on guitar setup but we would go out of our way
to hear Holland do this again.
Lee Bains III and
the Glory Fires
At one point Eric Law arrived. He was hot on
the heels of a scoop that headliners Lee Bains III and
the Glory Fires were up and coming. They hail from Alabama
and had a lot of the Southern rock sound mixed equally with punk.
We're not big on the Southern rock/alt country style but there
was no denying the wallop of their attack. It was a simultaneous
slamming by four excellent musicians playing with the pedal to
the floor. Eric's prediction is that next time they swing around
it will be a show at Sinclair. This night they played to 25 people.
And in other news ....
Our Boston boy- Johnny Angel's latest effort is an EP called
and Politics- and he notes:" Recorded under duress, as Mr JAW was suffering
the residual effects of pneumonia as he sang atop a damaged leg (later diagnosed
with Deep Vein Thrombosis)" well that's a tough mix. Ooo boy, give it a
listen!! The link above takes you to Bandcamp.
Patti Smith has another book out: Devotion (Why I Write).
It's "an exploration of the nature of creative invention" and she'll
be appearing again at the Back Bay Events Center Sept. 28- tix include a copy
of the book. We went to her discussion of M Train and it was really worth it!!
Also, sadly, Sam Shepard passed away this week and Patti wrote
a wonderful essay about Sam entitled My
Buddy for The New Yorker
Smith talking with David Lynch!!
On Please Kill Me there's a interesting
interview with Glen Matlock in which he talks about the
Sex Pistols' early days, and his post-Pistols life playing with Iggy Pop, Johnny
Thunders, Clem Burke, Zak Starkey and many more!
The Chet's Last Call doc is moving forward - go
here to check out the trailer and maybe part with a few bucks to help it
move along and come to fruition...
Here's some good shows coming up .....
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) Brian Young's A.C.C.F.T.R.
featuring M.O.T.O.! 91.5 WMFO 1-4PM
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 his LAST show in Boston before he
leaves town and heads to the south!! Thalia Zedek, 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 13 (Sunday) Casual Burn,
Andy California, Love Strangers, American Whip Appeal at Deep Thought
in JP. FB
PAge for directiosn etc.
And further out....
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.
August 16 (Wednesday) Rock DJ Carter
Alan, author of The Decibel Diaries: A Journey Through Rock in
50 Concerts, will do a reading and book signing at the Quincy Historical
Society at 7 p.m. (8 Adams Street, Quincy, MA 02169
August 16 (Wednesday) You People (Album Release) w/ E at Great Scott
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
August 19 (Saturday) Screw Cart, Musclecah, Broken Toys, Mongorellis at Koto /Salem
August 22 (Tuesday) OI!! - Rixe
(France), The Brass, Bombers, Security and The Stance
at The Middle East Up
August 22 (Tuesday) The Legendary
Flamin' Groovies w/ Muck & The Mires & The
Downbeat 5 are at Ralph's in Worcester you
can get tix here
August 24 (Thursday) The Surfrajettes,
Tsunami of Sound and The Beachcombovers are at Regent
Theater in Arlington (FB
August 25 (Friday) Eyehategod
and The Cro-Mags at The Middle East Up (FB
August 25 (Friday) Billy Connors
Project, Club Linehan A Go Go, Corolla De Ville at The Spotlight Tavern/Beverly
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
-matinee show 4-8PM
August 27 (Sunday) Brian Young's A.C.C.F.T.R.
featuring Casanovas in Heat! 91.5 WMFO 1-4PM
September 7 (Thursday) Teenage Bottlerocket,
OC45 and MakeWar at The Middle East
September 7 (Thursday) Thrust
Club, Burnt VIllage, Psychic Dog and Cook Bag at O'Brien's
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
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 15 (Frirday) Cold Expectations,
Justine and the Unclean, Ten Dollar Mistake at The Tavern at the End
of the World - FB
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
September 18 (Monday) Duck & Cover
and the Quiggs are at Once with a fake version of The Dead
Boys...no Stiv no Jimmy Zero -how can you call that the Dead Boys?? sad.
September 20 (Wednesday) X doing
their 40th Anniversary Tour- at the Brighton Music Hall
September 20 (Wednesday) Kris
Rodgers and Soraia are At O’Briens
September 22 (Friday) The Go
Set, Beantown Boozehounds, The Pint Killers, The Disquiets at O'Brien's
September 22 (Friday) The Ataris and The
Queers at The Middle East - this is an early show- 6PM -10Pm
September 22 (Friday) The Hi-End,
Corin Ashley, Modern Day Idols, The Curtis Mayflower at the Midway
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
September 29 (Friday) Il Mostro,
Silver Screams, BDSX and The Von Traps at O'Brien's
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,
page for info)
November 11 (Saturday)
Hasselfest #9 this year has Pere Ubu
and a ton of other bands at Once- get
the info on the FB page here.
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