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October 23, 2017

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The Middle East on Wednesday had a Psychobilly bill that made for a good Halloween warm up. Locals Dead Trains and Diablogato opened up.
We missed Dead Trains who we have been hankering to hear since we caught them at The Wonder Bar about year ago. We’ll try again.

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Diablogato sounded bigger than life on the Middle East down stage, the sound board boosted that bottom end on all the bands this night. Jessie Meyer on drums again proved he’s one of the best. The standup bass player did his work sitting on his instrument for over half the show. He made it look too damn easy! They have the baritone sax that gave them a thicker sound than most bands in this (or any other) genre.

You can’t peg Diablogato and they know that. They seem to start with a rockabilly idea but will add on a wide range of sounds and ideas. They sounded impressive on this bill but we like them even better in the smaller clubs with a more low key mix. They will be playing Great Scott with OC45 and On The Cinder on Sunday Nov 19.

The Brains
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The Brains from Toronto and Necromantix from Denmark both do psychobilly and are pretty similar. They're both trios with a standup bass player. Most of the rockabilly is in the rhythm sections with the guitarists playing more straight ahead rock.

The Brains did something we never saw before; three times they turned off every light in the club. In the darkness they played a horror movie clip. One was the, “It’s alive. It’s alive!” dialogue from Frankenstein accompanied with a few cracks of lightning. It was nice and spooky. The only problem is that it was more mood inducing than their music. The drummer sounded like rolling thunder. This song captures his style.

Necromantix had a great look with the standup bass in the shape of a coffin with a cross on the headstock.
The lyrics from both groups were all horror oriented. The Brains had the song of the night where the chorus was, “More brains, more brains.” Both bands rocked the house to the rafters!!

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Friday’s bill of punk bands only drew around 40 people to O’Brien’s on Friday. That means a lot of people missed a cool French pop punk band called Maladroit. We checked out their Bandcamp page beforehand and that was enough to get us there. We found their love song to Jennifer Lawrence irresistible.

They basically had just arrived at Logan hours before, but they didn’t seem jet lagged at all. There was a lot of jumping around. Three of the members sing. They trade off lead vocals and they juice things up with some sweet back up singing. It was pop punk mode and the volume and balance were perfect to us. Leads were done in the simple Buzzcocks style.

The songs were short and catchy; the lyrics were funny. There wasn’t a dud in the whole set. It was one of the most out and out enjoyable sets of punk we’ve heard in a long while. The only comparable thing that comes to mind is the Prozacs set we heard at O'brien's last year. We listened to two CD’s of their recorded material and it’s all good but it’s hard to containerize the joyful exuberance of the live set.

Just reading the titles on the CD’s is worth it. Song titles: “Never Trust A Girl Without A Record Collection”, “I Love You But I Need Natalie Portman”, “Don’t Spill Your Beer On My Distro”, “She Hates the Foo Fighters Too”, “I Missed the First Band”, “Run Like Tom Cruise”, “The Hitler Of Pop Punk Songs”, “Mila Kunis (Will You Be My +1)”. They have a preoccupation with movie stars mixed with the band lifestyle. They seemed very happy to be in Boston and gave us a celebratory toast.

Love Lost
Lost Love
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Lost Love cranked up the volume more than Maladroit but did a similar pop punk set. Overall they had a hard edge with nice cutting guitar work. And being from Montreal they also did things with a French accent! They had the funny song titles, too. Here they come: “Just Because I Rock Doesn’t Mean I’m Made of Stone”, “Our Pet’s Heads Are Falling Off”, “Rocky VII”, “You're My Joe Pesci, I'm Your Marvin”, “Take Care, Get Better, See You Never”. Songs are all on their Bandcamp page.

Their last song was short but a real knock out. It sounded familiar and seemed like maybe it was a cover but it’s on their last album. That’s Take Care, Get Better, See You Never. People got into the the Ohh Ohh Ohh chorus and joined in. See the video below.

The Hideout
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There was a change up with The Hideout; they're from the South Shore and have some Emo in their punk. It felt good getting a hit of serious stuff after the fun stuff. They ratcheted the volume up another step. They double up on the vocals to emphasize the lyrics. They have been together since 2009 and are on Ocelot Records. We’d like to catch another set soon!! They were perfect for a moody fix.

We talked to Andrew of the Runouts and he has a favorite of theirs – Max W.

John Keegan got his ears boxed at Great Scottís on Friday with Scissorfight, Roadsaw and Test Meat. Itís not much text just all photos and a few videos. Click for the whole shebang below.

Keegan Reeviews

And in other news...

Unclean Here's a new teaser from the Justine and the Unclean CD - "I’m In Love With You, Jackass" is another punk delight. This one has a ripping guitar solo in it too!!

And here's an interview with Malibu Lou, the man behind Rum Bar Records on

Peter Parcellin who used to be in the Brigands is now in Crunchtime. They played the Rat Beach Party (Video here). They'll be playing the International Pop Overthrow at PA’s on 11/17 at 9:45

Please Kill Me has a very good and very long interview with Ernie Brooks on the early Modern Lovers....definitely worth the read!! Check it out here.

NME just did an interview with Sex Pistols' Steve Jones. They talk about reunions and the deluxe box set 40th Anniversary Reissue of Never Mind The Bollocks among other things....check it out here (also has a link to order the reissue)

Sex Postols Also there's a new Sex Pistols book out The Sex Pistols - 1977: The Bollocks Diaries - "the official, inside story of the whirlwind year of 1977- the recording and release of Never Mind the Bollocks... and the year the Sex Pistols changed everything. From "God Save the Queen" to "Holidays in the Sun" and everything in between, it was a year of chaos and creation. Straight from the mouths of the Sex Pistols and their collaborators, with first-hand stories of secret gigs, recording sessions, fights, record label meltdowns and a media storm like nothing ever seen before, The Sex Pistols - 1977: The Bollocks Diaries is the inside line, told by the people who were there." Check it out/buy it here.

SPECIAL DEAL FOR BGN READERS: We've mentioned Curt Weiss's book about Jerry Nolan of the New York Dolls entitled Stranded in The Jungle and we've mentioned the readings coming up in NYC, Provi and Boston- well you lucky BGN readers can get a SPECIAL BGN DISCOUNT on the book!! Regular price is $24.99 BGN Price is only $14.99!! Just visit The BackWing Store and enter code BGNSTRANDED at checkout to get your copy for just $14.99!

Here's some good shows coming up .....

Whoopie sticks10 October 25 (Wednesday) Whoopi Sticks are at O'Brien's with Hail to Nothing, Gant and other bands

October 26 (Thursday) GRCB Halloween Fundraiser Cover Show! at O'Brien's - it's a load of Boston rockers doing covers as various 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!'s gonna be a FUN night!! FB page

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 27 (Friday) Horror Punk Night At Haunted Somerville - the biggest Halloween show in town! Taking place at the Somerville Art Farm this year, it will feature mazes, music, and monsters to bring a fright to your Halloween! Horror Punk Night has 3 punk bands scaring your pants off and blowing your eardrums out - Loser's Circle, Garbage Point and Coffin Salesman...check it all out on the FB page 7-11PM

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

Halloween show 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) Tube Fest, New England's all day instrumental celebration, at 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 28 (Saturday) Growing Up Spooky at O'Brien's featuring Black Beach as Black Sabbath, Milk as Blur/Gorillaz, Aneurysm as The Adolescents, and The Dirty Birds as The Sonics

October 28 (Saturday) Martin & Morell, Richie Parsons Rock Outfit and Thalia Zedek will be sinin' and strummin' at The Tavern at The End of the World

October 28 (Saturday) Witch Town Throwdown w/ Devil's Twins, Salem Wolves and The Humanoids at Opus Underground

October 29 (Sunday) Boston Stands With The ACLU: @GUITARMY! at ONCE Somerville An afternoon of mostly instrumental guitar-centric music in celebration of the electric guitar (and your civil rights) to benefit the ACLU Massachusetts: Club d"UKE featuring Duke Levine and Club d'Elf Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas Guitarzan (Russell Chudnofsky) Axemunkee (Catherine Capozzi) OFFICE-R (featuring Rodrigo Van Stoli) The Savtones (Tony Savarino) Amy Griffin & Kevin Patey (The Raging Teens / Jittery Jack) Doors at 2 PM Show ends at 7 PM ADV - $20.00 DOS $25.00 FB Page

And further out we have...

Moist Boys November 1 (Wednesday) Sneeze, Conmen, Moist Boys, Sex Snobs at O'Brien's

November 2 (Thursday) Barb Wire Dolls, Svetlanas, The Devil's Twins, Thunder Road ....I dont think Thunder Road will ever be the same

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) The Guilloteenagers, Psychic Dog, Sapling, Graneros at Club Bohemia at The Cantab

November 3 (Friday) Human Sexual Response and Unnatural Axe at HOB

November 4 (Saturday) Brian Young and Crash Course for the Ravers has Curt Weiss as a guest today WMFO 91.5FM, 1-4PM

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 at OBriens Allston

November 4 (Saturday) The Dents with Abbie Barrett Band, City Rivals, The Melatonins at Sally O'Brien's Somerville

Michael Kane November 4 (Saturday) Carissa Johnson, Michael Kane & The Morning Afters, Bundles, Coffin Salesman 9PM show at the Midway

November 4 (Saturday) The Idle Barons Ball at The Greek with The Idle Barons, Petty Morals, Tom Baker & The Snakes and Jay Allen and The Archcriminals FB page

November 4 (Saturday) Barb Wire Dolls, Svetlanas, 57, SPC, Three Fiends at Fete Music Hall in Providence RI FB page

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 Black Beach

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 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.

Channel three punk rock show man 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 & 12 (Sat/Sun) 2nd Annual Salem Punk Rock Flea Market at Notch Brewing (283R Derby St, Salem, Massachusetts 01970) 11AM- 5PM This year it's moved to Notch Brewing for a bigger location. There will be indoor and outdoor vendors. No admission charge. check out the FB page

November 11 (Saturday) A Matinee Show - Keith Brooks started the tradition of doing a benefit every year to help out his fellow vets. We are going to keep it going and donate in his name to operation delta dog--an organization that trains service dogs for vets. Come hoist one for a good cause in memory of our buddy. on the bill: The Welch Boys, The Damaged, Held Hostage, Out.Live.Death, Working Poor USA at The Midway 4-8PM show FB Page

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.

Jerry Nolan book reading and punk show November 12 (Sunday) At Out of the Blue Gallery - 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 12 (Sunday) WOW!!- Jerry's Kids, Straw Dog, The Pist, Ancient Filth, Conscript at Alchemy in Provi=dence RI FB page

November 15 - 18 (Weds - Sunday) International Pop Overthrow is at PA's in Union Square Somerville. Check out the website for bands, set times etc.

November 18 (Saturday) Cheech (EP Release), The McGunks, Steal Reserve (NY), Hopeless (mems of Reason To Fight) at The Midway

November 19 (Sunday) OC45 w/ Diablogato, On the Cinder at Great Scott

December 1 (Friday) The Monsieurs (LP Release Show), Nice Guys, Earthquake Party at Great Scott’s FB page

December 1 (Friday) The Dream Syndicate, The Richard Lloyd Group and DJ Carbo at Once

Cranktones December 2 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed presents: The Cranktones plus Easy Ed's Record Hop! 4-8PM matinee at The Midway...followed by......

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) The Raging Teens are turning 21 this year.. and that's "Drinkin' Age!" There's releasing a 45 called "Drinkin' Age" on Swelltune Records to celebrate their 21 years as a band! AND that means The Raging Teens Holiday Shindig Record Release! With The Raging Teens, Nate Gibson, Bloodshot Bill, Sean Mencher at Great Scott. FB page

Guitararmy December 9 (Saturday) Radiator Rattlers, Brix'n Mortar,Lipstick Boys, The Grubs at The Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill FB page

December 10 (Sunday) Horton's Holiday Hayride featuring Reverend Horton Heat & Junior Brown with special guests The Blasters & Big Sandy at The Sincalir (7-11PM show)

December 14-16 (Thurs-Sat) Bowery Boston presents Street Dogs Wreck the Halls Thursday 12/15- with special guests The New Darkbuster & Taxi Driver at The Sinclair - Proceeds benefit Massachusetts Fallen Heroes

December 15 (Friday) Street Dogs Wreck the Halls with special guests The Pinkerton Thugs & The Abductors at The Sinclair

December 15 (Friday) Street Dogs Wreck the Halls with special guests A Wilhelm Scream & Michael Kane & the Morning Afters at The Sinclair

December 16 (Saturday) Bent Shapes with Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion @ Great Scott- this is Bent Shapes' FINAL SHOW

December 17 (Sunday) Thrash N Bang's Annual Xmas/Pizza Party Show! with Crimespree, CAC, The Grommets, The Sewer Buddies, and Jenn Lombari & special guests (Matinee 4-8PM)

January 6 (Saturday) Nervous Eaters, Watts and David Age & The Regrets at ThunderRoad FB page

January 13 (Saturday) Lyres, Paul Collins Beat, Boston Cream at Thunder Road

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