The BGN News Archive
October 9, 2017
Chanticlear is calling it quits after 18 years.
Joey Riot says it was mostly issues that members
had in their lives that didn't allow the band to go on. They had
a final show in December but even that fell apart. The show at
O'Briens on Thursday would be the final
Openers Blood Drive didn't have far to travel
for the show. They come from Allston. They started out a bit loose
and raw but that very first song, Radiation, had a chorus
that stuck with us and can still be summoned up days later. Here
it is on Bandcamp. They had good voices and the bass player
had our attention most of the time. Several songs had the hook
right there in the bass. They have lots of influences and it's
hard to peg them which maybe is not a bad thing.
There weren't many people there for Chanticlear's
final show including band members. They were down to two:Joey
Riot and Levaughn the drummer. No clearer
indication that things were falling apart than that. Not to worry,
we had seen Levaughn in action
at the Midway last August and knew he was a one man show.
Levaughn is also in a wild band called Alien
The set included our favorite songs: Hello, I'm a Bastard
about trying to be better than your father who did a lousy job,
Watching You Watching Me Die that being the words to
the killer chorus, and The Worst Friend a song about
drugs. The last song was an original called Last Train Home.
Very suitable. From our end not hearing those unrecorded songs
is the saddest thing. Joey says he will record them and make it
a solo album eventually.
Joey Riot is an interesting guy to talk to.
He's been around for a lot of Boston Rock history and knows a
lot of bands and band members around town. He graduated from Le
Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston and also does art.
Some good news is that there is a new group called Brix'n
Mortar already formed with Joey, Devon Hunt
on drums and Troy (from Razors in the
Night) on bass. They're trying to make it hard rock but
not be chained to a genre. They have 5 new songs already. They
have a gig on Nov
5 at Koto in Salem.
Joey was at the Stiff Little Fingers show we
reviewed last week at the BMH. He said he loved one of their new
songs where the lyrics resonated with him. We gave it a listen
and it's a song with a message for all. The song is My
Damnation from central MA is up front with their
love of all things horror. They have The Misfits
and Black Sabbath as music models. They transformed
the stage with just a few simple lights - see the photo and video.
It was effective. It put you in the right mood for the music.
With Halloween coming up this is their month.
Saturday had a punk line up and a worthy cause. The cause was
Rosie's Place. A short info blurb: "Rosie's
Place was founded in 1974 as the first women's shelter
in the United States. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing
environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their
dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives."
Kudos go to the Welch Boys for lining this benefit
Guns of Brighton
The Guns of Brighton are punk/ska. They've
been around for a while but we just saw them for the first time
at this benefit. We didn't recognize any songs but we hear they
do a lot of covers in the set. A song called Anxiety
was a highlight. They have the punk sound down pat and everything
goes down easy. At some points they had a Thin Lizzy sound with
The Pint Killers
The Pint Killers was on our list of bands to
check out. They have Mark Doherty as a lead singer.
He was a formidable force in Dot Rats. We saw
them a few times, here's
one. Dot Rats had two singers; the other was rap. In The
Pint Killers it's all punk and that's what we want. The
band started to play and went on for about a minute before Mark
jumped up from the floor and took command of the stage. It was
dramatic and he had everyone's eyeballs. He is one riveting front
man. He often would outstretch his arms as if he was issuing forth
the punk spirit or soaking it in from the audience. The band was
a solid punk backdrop. Their first song was maybe their best.
The lyrics were saying, "we'll be together in the end."
The Pint Killers
Mark still has his Dorchester defenses up. He asked how many
Dorchester people were in the audience and then gave a jab at
the gentrification going on relentlessly and sang a song about
it. To us he's never better than when he's riled up like that.
In the end all the songs delivered an emotional punch. The audience
did some moshing and were all worked up. It was a powerful set
and a group for everyone to check out.
The Warning Shots were a suitable follow up
to the Pink Killers. There were only five of them but they seemed
to crowd the stage. Lead singer Mark Lind was
roaming back and forth as he sang. Attention was often diverted
from him to the backup singers who were inventive and catchy.
It's been a long time since we noticed so much going on in that
sector. One of the singers would go up into a high register and
wail. It was captivating. There was a whole show going on just
The thing was that there was so much going on everywhere. The
drummer was a powerhouse. He was an unrelenting avalanche of drum
beats that injected excitement into every song. The songs were
all catchy and again showed the creativity that had gone into
them. There were lots of details to take in. One song had the
chorus to Ready Steady Go tucked seamlessly into it.
In another they put in the first verse of Tom Petty's
American Girl. When a band can do that you know they
are going beyond the basics. They're not only playing the material
but playing with it. This set was so strong but we were
surprised the audience didn't get more enthusiastic than they
did about them. It was a tremendous set from a top notch group.
We called it a night after that but there were more
bands still, sorry we missed them.
John Keegan played sax with Love and Flame last week at the Rat Beach Party. Somehow he found time to take photos of the rest of the night also.
He’s put a lot of photos into a slide show. Also wrote up some reviews of the bands. To see all that click the link below.
And in other news...
Today Junior took a year to record their new
album. The first single will be released this Friday. The album
is called Tramp. Here's their bandcamp
We put a load of Love and Flame photos from the Rat Beach
Party on a page just for the band members to see. The
page got passed around and ended up getting a lot of views. So
here it is for anyone else that is interested. Love
and Flame photos
The Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers
LP came out in 1976 as punk was emerging. Tom’s roots in
British Invasion groups and older rock appealed to punkers. Along
with Cheap Trick, he was played on punk radio shows like the Late
Risers Club. He stayed true to his vision for his entire career.
That rock spirit and songwriting talent made him appeal to a wide
range of rockers like few others. R.I.P Tom Petty.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
October 9 (Monday) It's
another fun night of Rock and Roll Trivia at
ONCE Lounge by Rocker Zine....starts at 7!!
October 12 (Thursday) Lydia
Lunch is back in town - Brutal Measures
(Lydia Lynch & Weasel Walter), Dame, Sisters of Shaddowwe
at The Elks Club in Centrakl Sq Cambridge. FB
October 12 (Thursday) Bash
& Pop with Tall Teenagers, Gymshorts
at the Met in Pawtucket. FB
October 12 (Thursday) Slim
Jim and the Mad Cows, Gold Blood & Associates, Sugar Blood
October 12 (Thursday) The
7CS, Fur Purse, Four Point Restraints at Thunder Road
Union Sq Somerville
October 13 (Friday) Silver
Screams, Idle Pilot, Black Cheers and Psychic
Dog at Koto/Salem
October 14 (Saturday) Rumbar
Records presents- The Dirty Truckers celebrate
Jamie's Dirty 50th BDay! Also on the bill- Watts, Kris
Rodgers and the Dirty Gems and AM Stereo
at The Midway (9pm)
October 14 (Saturday) Colbis
The Creature, Today Junior, Twin Ponies, Little Lamb
October 14 (Saturday) Big
Giant, Cold Expectations, The Stacking Stones Band at
Sally OBrien's Somerville
October 14 (Saturday) The
Worried, Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Classic Ruins are
at The Parlor, Providence, RI
October 15 (Sunday) Refuse
Resist 10th Anniversary Show! with special guests Disaster
Strikes, All Torn Up, Neighborhood Shit, and Cry
Havoc This is a 3PM start matinee show
at The Midway.
And further out we have...
October 16 (Monday) Taco
Monday Mess-Around at Once! This time around they have the usual
messers Jay Allen, Justine Covault, Tom Baker,
and will be joined by Mitch Murphy and Henry
Marcucella III (Triple Thick, Shiny Beasts, Ten Dollar
Mistake) and BOX featuring Kimi Hendrix
(Killer Abs, The Unstables) and Jen W (Moonlight
October 18 (Wednesday) The
Nekromantix and The Brains also with
Diablogato and Dead Trains at
The Middle East Down 7PM- Midnight show Tix
October 19 (Thursday)
Mr. Airplane Man are at The Parlour in Providence for
a special single release show!!! Also on the bill: Andy
California, The Hangovers and Night Thrills
(eric & dan from atlantic thrills)- FB
October 20 (Friday) Hey
Hey Record Party Par-Tay! - Andy California celebrates
the release of his new 7 inch and don't forget to bring the money
says Andy. He par-tays with Sticker Shock and
Johnnie and the Foodmasters - 10PM @ The Jeanie
Johnston Pub- Check out the Facebook
page- worth it for the visuals alone.
October 20 (Friday) Boston
Hassle presents Boston Underground Summit 10!
Featuring Panicsville (Chicago), Diva
Karr, S Nicaenum, Manes Prophet (VT), +DOG+,
...MORE TBA at the Massasoit Elks Lodge
Bishop Allen Dr Central Sq Cambridge. FB
page The 9 bands will set up round-robin-style in two rooms,
3 stages and take turns playing a song. When the cycle is complete,
the loop repeats again...and again... and again. First cycle starts
October 20 (Friday)
Highway Chapel and Cal
Cali at Tavern At The End Of The World.
October 20 (Friday) Scissorfight,
Roadsaw, Test Meat, Mantooth at Great Scott
October 21 (Saturday) Red
House Iron's Tattoo presents Michael Kane & The Morning
Afters' record release show at Hotel Vernon in Worcester
October 26 (Thursday) GRCB
Halloween Fundraiser Cover Show! at O'Brien's - it's
a load of Boston rockers doing covers as various bands...in the
mix you've got Hilken Mancini, Samwise Faye, Liz Vom Teufel,
Megan Sutton, Anjimile Yvonne, Jennifer Turpin, Liz Vom Teufel,
Erin Genett Cat Verlicco, Jenny Bergman and Flight
of Fire and a lot more people.... they'll be doing Cramps,
The Pixies, Spice Girls and Led Zepplin. ....Stick around for
costume prizes for Best DIY Costume! Best Group Costume! Scariest
Costume! Most Creative Costume! Costume that needs the most explanation!
...it's gonna be a FUN night!!
October 26 (Thursday) The
Providence Garage Fest with The Viennagram, Atlantic Thrills,
Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion, Super Natural II, Germ
House and Minibeast October
28 (Saturday) Tube Fest,New England's all day instrumental
celebration, is coming to the Midway Cafe - on the bill:
The Fathoms, Tsunami of Sound, SPF4, Matt Heaton and The Electric
Heaters, 9th Wave, The Derangers, The Spytones, The Beachcombovers
October 27 (Friday) The
All Souls Ball at The Lily Pad - Haunting your earlobes
this year: Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!, Sinnet
and Boston Cream
October 27 (Friday) Halloween
Weekend Kick Off SHow at Koto with Monkey Knife Fight,
Marianne Toilet and The Runs, Das Muerte and Damnation
October 28 (Saturday)
Martin & Morell, Richie Parsons Rock Outfit and Thalia
Zedek will be sinin' and strummin' at The Tavern at The
End of teh World
November 1 (Wednesday) Sneeze,
Conmen, Moist Boys, Sex Snobs at O'Brien's
November 3 (Friday) Indonesian
Junk, Justine and the Unclean & Gymnasium
at Tavern at the End of the World.
November 3 (Friday) The
Woggles, Muck and the Mires, Stupidity, Andrea Gillis Band
at The Middle East Up
November 3 (Friday) Human
Sexual Response at HOB
November 4 (Saturday) Fireking,
The Billy Connors Project, Hummingbird Syndicate, Tracy Chevrolet
doing a 4PM Matineee show at The Midway
November 4 (Saturday) Loser's
Circle w/ Rebuilder, Dead Bars, and Settlers
November 4 (Saturday) Carissa
Johnson, Michael Kane & The Morning Afters, Bundles, Coffin
Salesman 9PM show at the Midway
November 5 (Sunday) Boss
Daughter, Brix'n Mortar, The Bad Larrys at Koto in Salem
November 9 (Thursday) The
Proletariat at ONCE Ballroom w/ Siege and
November 9 (Thursday) If
you are in NYC or can get to NYC Celebrate Stranded in the
Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride the new book by Curt
Weiss that covers 40 years of L.A.M.F. and is A Tale
of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock. Also there'll
be music by with Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, and ...book reading,
panels, Q&A, guests, book signing. It's at The Delancey in
the Lower East Side 7-10PM FB
Page for directions and more info He's at Out of the Blue/Cambridge
on the 12! see below.
November 10 (Friday) CH3
(Channel 3), The FUs, Silver Screams, Fast Times Punk at
The Middle East Up - 8-Midnight show
tix here Read about
CH3 here. there's links for tix etc too
November 10 (Friday) The
Proletariat are at Narrows Center for the Arts w/
Black Beach in Fall River, MA (FB
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.
November 12 (Sunday) Curt
Weiss covers 40 years of L.A.M.F. and is A Tale of Drugs,
Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock in his new book Stranded
in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride Also, rock and roll
with the Thigh Scrapers, Tiger Bomb, Moto, Glider,
and the Lyres starts at 2:15. Here's
the FB page Also added to this show Greg Allen &
The Fringe Religion who go on right after the reading.
November 18 (Saturday) Cheech
(EP Release), The McGunks, Steal Reserve
(NY), Hopeless (mems of Reason To Fight) at The
November 19 (Sunday) OC45
w/ Diablogato, On the Cinder at Great
December 2 (Saturday) DJ
Easy Ed presents: The Cranktones plus
Easy Ed's Record Hop! 4-8PM matinee at The Midway...followed
December 2 (Saturday)
Watts (45 Release), Diablogato,
Duck & Cover, A Bunch of Jerks at The Midway
December 8 (Friday) Rumbar
records is throwing a HUGE record release party of the
new Justine and the Unclean record Get
Unclean....It's at Once and there will be bands
in the ballroom and in the Lounge. Check out this list!: In the
Ballroom- The Upper Crust, Hey Zeus, Tom Baker and the
Snakes, Justine and the Unclean ....In the Lounge - Cold
Expectations, Roy Sludge Trio, Pinecone Teeth and Jay
Allen - doors at 7:30 show starts at 8:15.
December 9 (Saturday) Radiator
Rattlers, Brix'n Mortar,Lipstick Boys, The Grubs at The
Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill FB
December 16 (Saturday) Bent
Shapes with Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion
@ Great Scott
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