Mini Beast / A.K.A.C.O.D.
Saint Stanislaws Polka Party
Mini Beast / Magic Shoppe
Everything is groovy. Mini Beast leads off with some just left of center avant groove at Store 54s penultimate gig. The drums and bass lock in and never let go. Martial snare. Big tribal toms. The bass sound at Store 54 is compact, clear and ringing. Peter Prescott throws in the twists on guitar, synths, vocals and patented bellow. Two nights later, at Once, the sound is huge and immersive. The bass sound is more dispersed, and misses some of the Store 54 high end. The drums are eating HGH for breakfast. Prescott is exuberant. More guitar. More minimalistic key runs and squiggles. More reverberated.
A.K.A.C.O.. go for the low end greasy groove. Monique Ortiz spins out the southern gothic short stories while laying down the deep notes on that nasty two string with slide or on its more melodic, fully wired cousin. Larry Dersch puts down a subtle, nuanced backbeat. Dana Colley rides the big bari horn on the back of a rack a guitar player would drool over. You expect fireworks. In this context, he keeps the button pushing to a minimum. A little wah wah here, a little distortion pedal there. They wing it without a set list. The place is swayin.
Im kinda counting on Magic Shoppe to melt a few synaps. They seem content to travel this nights psychedelic spaceway groove at a 105 click. The room sound is loud and well defined. Tonights flight takes us out to the Kuiper Belt for a view at safe distance. Salventius ratchets up some welcome tension as it slingshots around the sun.
So where was the shameless fun groove hiding out? It was down at the Polish American Citizens Association in East Cambridge. Al Janiks Plastyczny Ser Orkestra set the Wayback Machine to a Polka party circa 1962. The red and white was everywhere. The band looked like they had just two stepped out of the Time Tunnel. There were keys and horns and accordions. Janik was a riot as ringleader and master of ceremonies. The floor was full people doing the Polka - the talented, the game and the arms akimbo dangerous. For a few hours in time that place had a deep wide groove. Someday those kids will think about it and say, Remember Uncle Als crazy ass Polka Parties... and everyone will smile.