Blowfish is our weekday rover: Dot Rats on the bill attracted me to the Middle East gig early in the week. It turns out I missed them but caught The Pity Whores and Sloppy Seconds. It was a Monday show but the club was on the full side. As they posted on the Pity Whores web site; "It was great to see, hangout, and indeed molest many good friends that turned out to the Middle East tonight and braved the omnipresent thoughts of "Shit, work is going to suck tomorrow."
The Pity Whores, like the Queers who they are connected to, just bang out the goods; basic punk. They give you the fix that Triple Thick does when you have listened to other bands that come with baggage, complications and excuses for this and that and you get sick of it. The bass playing was busy and knocking my head around, in a good way. Wimpy Rutherford did a guest shot and doled out even more energy. Here's a video of Pity Whores at the Midway. This video doesn't give you the bottom end so you will miss the fine bass playing.
The main attraction tonight was Sloppy Seconds who I was clueless about outside of listening online beforehand and liking the Ramones type rock I was getting. Everyone else though, were fans, and the band was treated like returning heroes and After the set I could see why. They were a mix of cartoony fun, satire and Ramones rock. Their lyrics have bite, despite what seems like a light manor. Everyone knew the lyrics and were singing along all night and cheered as each fave tune was introduced. Moshing, stage diving and beer spilling...check, check, check.
The lead guitarist, who looks like Weird Al Yankovic, was high stepping it around stage and did his share of mugging and was still was able to deliver the buzz while doing it. On the last song he unveiled his secret weapon, a guitar whose body looked like a box of Fruit Loops. Just a cool thing. Lead singer B.A. had seen Kenne Highland in Bloomington at the Gizmo reunion the week before and Kenne was there in attendance as a return.
Here's a video of You Can't Kill Joey Ramone that shows their delivery and you can imagine how people sing along with this. I'm a big fan now and will catch them every time they come to town.
I tried to catch a hardcore show at the Middle East on Thursday but couldn't find a parking space! Central Square was swarming with crowds. It was an overflowing stream of people walking down the sidewalk. Was it the perfect weather or something school oriented? I don't know. It was better luck and less people on Saturday when we went to The Cantab to check out The Drunk Nuns. They won us over on our first exposure at Church. Next time I saw them at O'Briens they played well but the crowd was unresponsive. Tonight they get a very responsive audience.
These people were in a friendly and playful mood and ready
to interact. Whenever Joe Barron the singer said anything he got some
funny retorts from the audience. There was some contained moshing. The band
did their thing which is no frills punk with interesting songwriting and some
catchy hooks in the vocals. On stage they pump out energy and personality. Joe
the singer is decked out in a flag bandana, a Willie Nelson t-shirt and flag
motif slippers. He later de-shirts to reveal a magic maker note on his chest;
"THIS MACHINE KILLS PIZZA".
He's off the stage now and then joining the moshers too. He's a character and a focus of attention but the Nuns work as a group. They illustrate how even if the music is good the show is important too. As always with groups we love, we think they should be getting more attention.
In other news
Ace Of Hearts on the list of 10 essential punk labels ...(and it should be!) on the music website Caught in the Carousel!!Congrats Rick Harte!! This is a cool site check it out here: Caught in the Carousel
and of course ....Kenne Highland recently returned from his Gizmos Reunion tour and has a brand new column for your reading pleasure and possible confusion....he has some memories of his tour and tells about his other goings on out and about this past week...check out this week's Kenne Highland at Large.
So what's comin' up for gigs?....
I wish I could transport myself to New Haven, CT for the night!! This Thursday July 3rd a night of female fronted rock presented by Go Kat Go! and headlining is the Skeleton Beats (who we loved when we saw them in Feb of this year) Also on the bill is The Evil Streaks. It's at Cafe Nine. (The Skeleton Beats are playing around here August 10 red below)
It sucks that the tried and true Out of The Blue Gallery on Prospect
St in Cambridge has to move after 18 years at that location!! So they are having
a series of benefit shows to help cover the costs of finding a new space etc...You
can donate at their Go Fund me page
or/ and you can go to the shows ...Sunday July 6th at TT's they've
got So Sol, Thick Wild, Ex-Magicians, All Eyes On Me and DJ Sterling
will be the host, MC, & spinning between bands.
Trip to NYC time!! Saturday July 12th at the R Bar int eh Bowery NYC there's a Jerry Nolan & the Profilers Final Recordings Record Release Party and its featuring Greg Allen's Fringe Religion (with original Profilers Greg Allen and Chicago Vin Earnshaw), Buddy Bowser, Johnny Rao, Gass Wild, Android also performances by Jennie Vee, King Bee & the Stingers, Wrong Era, Lip Action.
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