The BGN News Archive
We went to a Saturday afternoon show at the Midway to see the Pity Whores but they never showed up to the gig. A block from the Midway we heard one of the bands playing the Jamaica Plain Porchfest. There was literally music in air in JP.
We wondered why there were so many people out in front of the club when we could hear what sounded like music coming from inside. We walk inside and we were greeted by a guy rapping. Rapping? Yes, rapping. I couldnt process that then and I cant now. There was enthusiastic applause from a small group of his friends - so I guess he was alright, it just isn't our thing.
You Scoundrel was an Emo group. I liked the songs and lyrics. The singers
were fairly off key a lot of the time and that was jarring. The group sound
was a bit jumbly too. They had good elements in there though.
Jason Bennett and The Resistance (Their
Website) have been around a while but we never caught them.
Slimedog from Thrash
n Bang was there and he told us that they now have Aria
Rad and Matthew Bulmers Trainor the rhythm section from the
Radicals. They made a tight group sound for Jason who is a stand
out front man. Jason has a strong gravelly voice reminiscent of the
Stiff Little Fingers singer and Joe Strummer. The group approached
the SLF/Clash sound but never got quite that punky. They pounded out
a more traditional rock/pop sound and they pounded hard.
The two middle bands were also very compatible: Pop Gun and Fireking. Both draw from the seventies for their basic sound and both have superior songwriting. They also are the nicest group of guys and some of that infuses the music.
Pop Gun had a much played album (American
Soul) and a local hit with the song No
One Knows. Album on Bandcamp Many of their songs are like
No One Knows they may seem like a plain rocker but the lyrics
are observant and the chorus an earworm. Two new songs were in the same
ball park; Evelyn and Stop the World. I think they
should get Stop the World out there now. That is begging to be played
on radio and Skybar from WMFO was there and would play it right
A highpoint was their cover of the Chambers Brothers Time Has Come Today. They hit it hard and nailed the riffs and that middle section. Smitty from Fireking ran to his drum set up and got the cowbell and gave them, you know, more cowbell.
Smitty then got his chance with Fireking taking the stage. Before we saw Fireking live we heard their double LP Double Trouble. That work gained them many fans. If you havent taken the time to digest that album it would be our suggestion to give it a listen. Check it out on Bandcamp
We've seen them live and I think they have gotten tighter these last two years. The very discerning Matt Burns, who is a heavy club goer too, voiced the same thing to me after the show. Smitty on drums is a star; its time for the rock world to realize that.
The thing with Fireking is that they do everything right. They never seem to make a false move. Tony Kaczynski has a prolific creative nature. Not long after making that double album he had written another album worth of songs. Some are in the set now. The other thing is that Tony writes songs that showcase his voices positive features. He has a thick midrange voice with lots of character that he pushes into an upper register, often in the chorus, that's coupled with a lyric melded to the melody. It creates those patented Fireking moments you wait for.
They began with a new song, I think, that had just Tony singing and the group only playing on the choruses. An attention getting variation that worked because the song was catchy. Basically they could do no wrong all night.
After the set was time to bail since we had got to the club initially about six hours before so we had to miss Tsunami of Sound and their firepots.
And in other news
Scott Crawford, Washington, D.C. filmmaker who created Salad Days about the local DC Punk scene of the 80s/90s is working on a new film....on Creem Magazine!!! I know a LOT of people who will want to see this one! And we'll make sure to get there early so its not sold out damn it!! Read about it here.
And fromt he 70s to the 80s check out these pics of the post punk goth death rock punks on PostPunk.com
And since Kenne Highland won't stop talking about Lydia Lunch we want to tell you about her NYC shows at The Django Lounge at the Roxy Hotel: Lydia Lunch Underground Salon: Sexy Stories From New York Citys Torrid Underground, Featuring Warhol Superstar Bibbe Hansen & Lower East Side Raconteur Zoe Hansen. On the Huffington Post Ms Lunch describes it as "Anyone who has or hasnt lived through extreme experiences I think will appreciate hot women telling racy stories about just how raunchy the 60s, 70s and 80s were." Monday July 11 and Tuesday July 26 and this could -and hopefully will- run into August and September. Read more here. Music by Out Jazz Brutarians Weasel Walter, Tim Dahl & Chris Pitsiokos.
if you were/are a Bauhaus/ Love and Rockets fan you'll want to head to Provi this August 3 & 4 - David J. is reading from his new book Who Killed Mr. Moonlight? on the 3rd and performing live on the 4th - info in the listings below.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
July 11 (Monday) Guided by Voices are at The Paradise
July 11 (Monday) Beach Slang, Lucky United and Potty Mouth are at Fete Music Hall, 103 Dike Street, Providence, RI,
July 13 (Wednesday) The Shallow End Divers, Vanishing Point, The Wrong Chaneys, Above the Din are at The Midway
July 14 (Thursday) The Late Risers Club Punk Rock Trivia night will be at "the Greek" in Union Square (more info to follow) Of course Eric Law's team will win but it'll be fun just the same. Starts at 8PM - And there'll be free pizza!! Team BGN will be there too!
July 14 (Thursday) Shepherdess are at Once.
July 15 (Friday) Dawn Kipphut Celebration of Life & FamilyBenefit at The Cantab's Club Bohemia with Club Linehan AGoGo (MJQuirk-Kenne Highland) & Hixx
July 15 (Friday) There's a Swingin' Psycho Summer Soirée at the Midway with Jay Allen & The Archcriminals, Muck & The Mires, Spectacle and Justine and The Unclean (this is their debut show!!)
July 15 (Friday) The Classic Ruins are at In a Pig's Eye in Salem.
July 16 (Saturday) OC45 celebrates their 5 year anniversary at the Middle East Up along with Burning Streets, The Jukebox Romantics and Jumper!
July 16 (Saturday) Carissa Johnson, Duck and Cover, The Dents, and Devil on Horseback at Sally O Brien's.
July 17 (Sunday) Boston Hassle's BLACK MARKET RAIN DATE REDO- last Sunday got reskedged coz of rain- They'll be at 420 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain which is T accessible, just a two minute walk across the street from Green Street Station on the Orange Line. Hours - 11AM- 5PM. This one-day outdoor event will spotlight a featured artist, and boasts everything from secondhand to handmade: artwork, zines, body care, records, baked goods, patches, pins, books, T-shirts, leather goods, knits, woodwork, pottery, vintage clothing, jewelry, tea, hair cuts, tarot card readings, face-painting, portraits, & MORE!! FB page
July 17 (Sunday) Sunday Night Mess Around at the Plough & Stars with Jay Allen, Justine Covault, Tom Baker and Keith Pierce
July 22 (Friday) Fur Purse, Thalia Zedek, Weather Weapon, Phurnne, Death Cloud at the Midway
July 22 (Friday) Screw Cart, Psycho, Rockin' Bob Punk Band, and 4 Sids are at The Cantab down.
July 22 (Friday) The Downbeat 5 and Tom Baker and The Snakes at the Plough
July 23 (Saturday) The FUs, Silver Screams, Electric Street Queens, Il Mostro (mems of The Humanoids) are at The Midway
July 23 (Saturday) whoa!!!! Willie Loco, Nervous Eaters and The Real Kids who are fresh off their very successful European Tour are at the Spotlight Tavern in Beverly!!
July 29 (Friday) The Warning Shots, Duck & Cover, Quiggs, and Tenafly Vipers are at the Greek in Union Square (FB page)
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