The BGN News Archive
April 6, 2015
The Real Kids
Wednesday was another bill put together by Illegally
Blind at the Middle East. Black Beach who Ive seen several
times lately was on the bill and like other shows the light show was an effective
mood enhancer. They generated a whirlwind of psych rock. The rhythm section
keeps a steady pulse as the guitarist digs deep and shovels out the distorted
solos. Each song picks you up and takes you for a ride. Looking for something
new and rocking? These are the guys.
The following group was Babes a trio from New Orleans. The guitarist
was in a cape and the singer/keyboard player put a cloth over his head and had
a veil covering his face. The veil soon came off revealing his face covered
in white makeup. Soon afterward his shirt came off too. The music however was
not compelling. It was very basic playing that couldnt parley with the
stage antics to make something bigger. I didnt see the other groups but
the room was on the full side and they were there before me and were staying
after me. Its a good bill that can do that on a Wednesday.
Friday was a familiar situation the Midway and the Real Kids.
The lineup earned a "Sold Out" sign on the door. Classic Ruins
we missed, and Stop Calling Me Frank we didnt give attention
to because of our yapping.
The Monsieurs get your attention; they demand your
attention or maybe a flying chair, microphone or full beer glass thrown to the
floor will. All of that happened during the sideshow that made up this set.
First off Erin the stand up drummer and Hilken Mancini the guitarist
pump out a thumping distorted swirl then Andy McBain takes an offensive
stance and launches the lyrics like a threat. I never quite got the lyrics but
one got the idea that he was really mad all the time but then you could hear
real melodies, catchy melodies even that seemed to belie the anger. By the end
of the set I knew I would have to get their CD and give it a listen.
Andy's antics were something to see: Hes singing hanging from a pipe,
sitting in a chair with legs spread out, lounging fashion. He pumps the microphone
stand like its a spear. He sticks his head in a womans cleavage.
He flops limp into some people who have to lift him up and get him back on stage
goes on and on. What a laugh. You feel the energy! When its over you felt
like you had gone through the ringer.
We also found out that Andy and Hilken are getting
married - this week!! Congrats to them on the big occasion!!
On another night I would have left then but this night has the Real Kids.
Reports are that the RKs are feeling good and
John is doing well. The crowd mostly stays just the usual its-getting-late
leavers. Rick Harte is helping set up. The RK's do spend time
getting things straight, were used to that.
The Real Kids
In 1977 one of the biggest kicks was seeing the Real Kids.
In 2015 one of our biggest kicks is seeing the Real Kids. It just hasnt
changed. The center that has the sound and soul of what we think of as the Real
Kids is still there; unbelievable but true.
The summer residency at the Midway made the current RKs
more consistent and hammered out the arrangements of the new material. We know
what to expect generally and get it but with a twist here and there. You first
get the sound the sharp guitars the brutal basic beat by Randall
and the warm but punchy bass by Dickie, then as the set rolls on the
songs come to the fore. The old songs and the new songs are all of the same
mold. Theres not one clunker. John says hes got lots more
new songs lined up too, albums worth of songs
The Real Kids
One new fave is All Night Boppin. On that Dickie
digs into a walking bass line and carries the song almost single handedly. You
could imagine just him playing and the vocals and that would be fine. Dickie
is having a great night, hes in the pocket all the time.
Randall does what we have seen before. Hes laying
down a simple two four with little embellishment. His basic beat is powerful
and unrelenting that when the few rolls come they give a relief like no other.
In Reggae Reggae he gives just a few punctuations at the very end that
stick in your mind long after the gig is over; and the rolls in All Kindsa
John is looking good and seems very strong. And he's
smiling too! His playing at the end of the generous set is as strong as the
beginning. Billy and John are what you pay attention to. Their guitar interplay
is the cornerstone of the RK sound which you can graphically see during their
cover of Baby Blue as they work their way through the riffs and the singing.
Billy playing the 12 string for a few songs is a highlight.
The RKs have been in the studio recording and
they play one of the new originals that they've recorded. Baby Blue and
Dont Talk to Strangers have also been done. John was cracking
a few jokes and the set as a whole was just lots of fun. That was the night
really a club full of people having a ball. Midway scores again.
Saturday was another case of catching up with people and groups we havent
seen in two wintery months.
James Straight and the Wide Stance
James Straight and the Wide Stance hadnt been able to even get
to practice because of the snow but sounded comfortable and together doing their
off center and acerbic musical diatribes. Joe Fagan was
playing guitar under his leg then on a chair. Singer James Straight was
as always the engaging front man bringing home the intelligent lyrics. Most
of the material was from their representative CD but the last song was a new
one called Sex with Lou and that was a standout. One assumes its
about Lou Miami. It was exciting getting something that good out of the
blue. I immediately want it recorded and played on the radio.
I was talking to the group members and a few people in between
the sets in the full club. I was catching up with Chuck Angel
Myra Cadillac Hearts drummer, was sitting out from a knee operation.
Like me Chuck goes was back, beyond punk, to the Boston music scene in the mid-sixties.
Richee Johnson was playing drums with the Hearts tonight. I not only
like the Cadillac Hearts' music I like the whole idea of the
group; the fact that these musicians from the first days of Boston Punk are
still playing and writing new songs making them a creative force now. They play
mostly Billy Connors songs including Ecstasy, the one the
Paley Brothers Recorded. Richee plays clean with lots of crisp
punctuations. There is a lot to listen to just there. Off in the corner but
lively is Gary Soprano feeding the tastiest licks into the mix with an
off handed manner that belies his complete control of his instrument. He did
this way back with Third Rail, which reminds me whats going
on with Third Rail and Richard Nolan?
Im satisfied with those two groups but theres
two more to come and the club is full. People are coming out. The Real
Kids gig was sold out. The OC45 gig the next day at Midway was
sold out. Joanie Lindstrom said on the Late Risers Club that she
has never seen so many sold out show already coming up. Im taking the
hint and buying tickets in advance when I can.
Brother Cleve at work at the Store 54
We also checked out the scene at Store 54's 4th Anniversary Cocktail
and Dance Party. Brother Cleve was busy at the DJ station on stage keeping
the music going all night. There was a nice mix of people from the older scene
and a lot of young hipsters. This place is popular and it's great that its popular
across the board of age groups and scenes - congrartulations to Wayne Viens
on a job well done!!
Wayne and Tim Sprague
So with that said.....here are some shows that are happening this week....
April 10 (Friday)
Salad Days - The D.C. Punk Revolution
is a film about the great punk scene that came out of DC from 1980-1990 is playing
in Providence, RI at AS220 (115 Empire St) Here's the
FB page for this event.
April 10 (Friday)
and of course The Sonics are at The Brighton Music Hall along with Barrence
Whitfield & The Savages, Muck And The Mires - NOTE!! early show,
doors at 6 show starts at 7PM! Hmm, what to do afterwards???
April 10 (Friday)-
Illegally Blind Presents: The New Highway Hymnal "Reverb Room"
LP Release Show, Vundabar, The Televibes, Andy
California (that's Andy McBain from The Monsieurs doing
solo crazed country) at The Middle East up.
April 11 (Saturday)
A is for AWESOME 2: the punk version. This is a fund raiser for Autism research
etc. The money raised from all four events during the weekend will be donated
to The Trudeau Center Children's Rec Program and The Autism Project. Confirmed
so far they have: Neutral Nation, The Frenzy of Tongs, The McGunks and
Me Jane. At the Parlour in Providence RI. Check the FB
page for updates!!
April 12 (Sunday)
A is for AWESOME 2 : On this night they have: The Worried, Pyramid, Black
Oil Incinerator, Atlantic Thrills The Neutrinos, The Evil Streaks and more
to be announced soon. Check the FB
page for updates on the bands etc...
April 12 (Sunday)
Roy Sludge is at the Midway for a 6:30 - 8:30 all ages show.
And coming up after this week
April 19 (Sunday)
It's The 5th Annual Hard Core Cotillion...with Gang Green, Antagonizers
ATL, Drug Shock and "Special Guests" (who they'll announce after
3/17!) and Rockin Bob (Cenci) and The BarRoom Heroes. This is
an All Ages 3PM afternoon show.
April 19 (Sunday)
Thalia Zedek Band, Magic Shoppe and Black Helicopter are at TT's.
April 24 (Friday)
The Upper Crust, The Grannies, White Dynomite and I Am Next are at
Cuisine en Locale. You can buy tix for this killer show here.
April 24 (Friday)
if you live near Dover, NH you're lucky coz there's a awesome show with NYC
legends Thee Casualties and we luv us some Wimpy and you get Wimpy
Rutherford & The Cryptics doing a Full Queers set - the Cryptics
backing up NH legend and original Queers singer Wimpy Rutherford ...also,
he should not have cut his hair,- Rockin' Bob which is Bob Cenci of
Jerry's Kids and The FUs & friends playing Jerry's Kids material
+ more but you also get Shitty Friends we all have some of those right?
these guys are from Lancaster, PA and also on the bill are Maine street punks
The Earbleeds. its all happening at the Dover Brickhouse. See the
page and be there.
April 25 (Saturday)-
Bob Colby Presents Sarah Rabdau & Self-Employed Assassins and
The Wrong Shapes at Store 54
April 25 (Saturday)
Crazy & The Brains, The Pity Whores, Alex Stern, The
Black Cheers and
are at The Midway
May 1 (Friday) Whiskey Kill and Red
Pennys are at Johnny D's
May 6 (Wednesday) here's
one to put in your calendars my friends: The Meatmen, Against the Grain
and The Humanoids at the Middle East upstairs....(UP???
They sold out the downstairs last time!!) anyway here's the FB
May 9 (Saturday) JOEFEST
3rd Annual Joe Coughlin Memorial Concert with M.O.T.O.,
Johhny & The Jumper Cables - Stump The Undertaker and Lenny Lashley
May 9 (Saturday) Tsunami of Sound, My
Own Worst Enemy and The Shambolics are at Sally O'Brien's
May 14 (Thursday) John Cooper Clarke
is performing at Berklee!! At the David Friend Recital Hall (921 Boylston Street)
Click the link
to read more about JCC and to buy tickets.
May 16 (Saturday) Hixx are at Club
Bohemia at The Cantab
May 16 (Saturday) The Evil Streaks,
The Downbeat 5, The Reverb Syndicate (from Ottawa) and The Radiator Rattlers
are at OBrien's
May 22 (Friday)
The Brigands and The
Black Souls are at the Tavern at the End of the World.
FB event page
May 22 (Friday)-
You have been warned - Book the flight now: Sleep Chamber!! Doing their
only show in 34 years in Tel Aviv, Israel at UTC+02. Not only is this their
first show in 34 years -
its their LAST SHOW ever.
May 30 (Saturday)
Reddy Teddy are at the Rhumbline up in Gloucester. .
June 4 (Thursday)
Motobunny, The Charms, Watts and Greg Allen's Fringe Religion
are at TT's.
July 18 (Saturday) Mission of Burma
opens for The Foo Fighters and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at
and of course The New England Shake-Up! September
25,26,27 2015! Keep yourself updated at their
Newly posted is Joanie Lindstrom's London/Liverpool Vacation. She catches Sham 69 on
Jimmy Pursey's 60th birthday and hunts out record stores and even does the Magical Mystery Tour.
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Stop Calling Me Frank
Andy and Hilken