Bishops Green at Brighton Music Hall
We walked in the Brighton Music Hall on Saturday to see 7 Seconds
with Success and Bishops Green but when we walked in we found
ourselves looking at the FU's. That was super cool for us - what a surprise!!
About 6 weeks ago they were added to the bill but we never saw that listed.
This was their first show with their two new guitarists; "man about town"
Ian King and Joe Koonz ex-of the Freeze. The raised stage at BMH
makes every group look more impressive and that was the case with the FU's whose
two new members had the look down and sounded great!
Somehow through all the FU's personnel changes the music remains the
same and that old school hardcore was hitting hard. John Sox is always
the focus but right beside him Ed Lynch on bass is the dynamic energy
ball that displays the heart of the music. The set was on the short side but
Success - also showing the new fence in foreground
Success is from Seattle and are an odd mixture of
influences. There was punk, pop punk, 70's rock and even a dash of Springsteen-like
yearning in the mix. I found it very listenable, in a guilty pleasure sort of
way. The song 22nd Street
on Bandcamp sounds
much more pop punk than the live version. The guitarist played in a pre-punk
style and then there was a keyboard player. The keyboards were low in the mix
but in a hardcore line up keyboards are problematical. In fact they somehow
just don't seem to fit in really. In one song they cut in a section of Aereosmith's
Sweet Emotion and later they did a good cover of Alternative
Ulster; two songs that show that inclusive mix they embrace.
Vancouver's Bishops Green were a much more straight ahead affair. They
were street punk, hardcore straight up, all the time. They played everything
at a similar mid-tempo pace and all their songs had a similar feel. The well
done but unvarying tempo could verge on mechanical but they would tip it to
a feeling of unrelenting force time and time again to make a powerful set of
The singer Greg Huff was able to elevate the songs with some top of
the lungs vocals, that made for some inspiring moments. He is very charismatic
and earnest and though they are from Canada he sings with a bit of a British
The crowd responded with the moshing, group singing and fists raised in the
air. We ran into Joanie Lindstrom there, she's seen them before and has
played them on the air many times. They were new to us but we won't miss them
next time that's for sure!
We knew we were gonna get some 80's era hardcore with 7 Seconds. They
picked up where the FU's left off. The volume was way up. The abrupt
tempo changes were done with precision. This was a well-oiled machine. The drumming
was very busy with loads of cymbal action.
They played their covers of When the Kids are United
by Sham 69 (Coming to the Middle East next month) and then 99 Red
Balloons (Gee, that song got a lot of attention back in the day). I liked
the title song of the new album Leave
a Light On. It sounded more like traditional rock and it worked
better live than the recorded version. It was a long and generous set. They
ended with the hit Walk Together, Rock Together but to me that wasn't
the best song of the set by any means.
Better than any one set was the overall night. This was four good bands that
made up a solid set of rock for the late summer.
As a new addition at BMH there's now a 4 foot high
black iron mesh
fence type thing....in front of the stage. It's an anti-stage-diving
mechanism and keeps back the crowd and comes with two bouncer staff members
as well....just in case they are needed.
The club was only half filled. Somehow we thought the lineup
and the headliners 7 Seconds would attract more. This was also a 6 pm
show because at 11 pm they get everyone out so they can start "Heroes",
the "80s New Wave, Electro, Punk & Old-School Goth" record spinning
with DJ Chris Ewen. That has been transported from the defunct TT's. GRRRRRRR.
The Darlings - In a Pigs Eye
Photo: Arthur Freedman
While we were at BMH Arthur Freedman trekked to Salem to catch The
Darlings at In a Pig's Eye on Saturday. He reports: The Darlings played
sweet all night at "In a Pigs Eye" Guitarist emeritus Billy Loosigian
was some kinda MUCHO HOMBRE playing with his busted arm in a cast like
a man possessed!
Billy Losigian playing with a cast.
Photo: Arthur Freedman
Muck and the Mires tour
Japan from Sept 4 to 12!!! And they have scheduled a return home party
at Sally O'Brien's on Sept 26th. Read more below.
There's a new Cramps doc in the works: Cramped Up...planned
release date is October! You can read
more about it, and see a trailer, here
Here are some shows coming up ....
August 24 (Monday) It's Monday so it must
be Opus Underground in Salem! With the Koffin Kats, The Evil Streaks,
The Skeleton Beats and OC45
August 27 (Thursday) Jittery
Jack is performing at the LIVE Music Thursdays in the Amphitheater
at Assembly Row. Starts at 6:30.
August 27 (Thursday) Honey & Tears Duo
featuring Richie Parsons is at The Midway before Queeraoke. So
thats from 8:30 - 10PM. $5!!!
August 28 (Friday) you have Thick Shakes,
Thalia Zedek Band, Royal Wedding and The Gondoliers at The
August 29 (Saturday) The Ten Foot Polecats
are gonna be on A Crash Course for the Ravers with Brian Young
and Mike Stewart on WMFO 91.5 - that's 1PM- 4PM.
August 29 (Saturday) is the Dorchester
Beach Festival from 2-9PM. At Malibu Beach, Savin Hill (off Morrissey Blvd,
opposite UMass Boston, just before the draw bridge) and The Beachcombovers will
be performing at this event. It's "family focused" from 2-5 then more
"Adult Focused" from 5-9PM. Check out the
FB page for all the info, there's lots!!
August 29 (Saturday) The last punk show
at the Beachcomber damn it- this is a 4-9 show, bands start at 5PM -
on the list are Rockin' Bob Punk Band, The Woods, The Martians, The Union
Boys, BarRoom Heroes, The McGunks, The Disquiets, Beantown Boozehounds, The
Art Thieves with Jesse Ahern playing a few sets out on the Deck
throughout the day and evening. Here's the
FB page to stay updated.
August 29 (Saturday) GG Allin's Birthday
Celebration with The Jabbers, The Cryptics, jonee earthquake band and
the Meat Depressed. It's at the The Shaskeen Pub, 909 Elm St. Manchester,
NH and it is Free FB
August 31 (Monday) The Fake Boys, Petty
Morals, BDSX, Spectre Hawk and The broken glass kids at Opus Underground
and of course The New England Shake-Up! September
25,26,27 2015! Keep yourself updated at their
September 3 (Thursday) Wormwood
(mem of Doomriders), Mountain God (NY), Conclave (ex Warhorse),
and Livver are at O'Briens
September 5 (Saturday) Paul
Robinson (of the Boize fame & brother of David Robinson) will
be on A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 95.1FM from 1-4PM with Brian
September 5 (Saturday) White Light
White Heat: Tribute To Lou Reed's Rock and Roll Animal Tour is at The
Cantab Club Bohemia. It features Kenne Highland and Nelson Slater
and Love and Flame with Joe Viglione and Lady Carolyn and
Fred Pineau and Michael J Quirk and John Morrill and Elsewhere
. It will be a night to remember, 8 PM to 1 AM - all Songs of Louis Reed. FB
September 5 (Saturday) at The Middle
East Down: Alanna Royale, Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!
and The New Review
September 6 (Sunday) Jittery Jack and
DJ Easy Ed are doing an evening show on at Atwood's.
September 9 (Wednesday) There's
a new band in town that promises to be killer! The Hi-End which consists
of Johnny Carlevale of the Skeleton Beats, Curt Florzcak
of Greg Allen's Fringe Religion and Bruno, Anthony and Scott
from The Swindlers. They're at The Midway this night along with AdapterAdapter,
The Short Term and The Shallow End Divers (FB
September 12 (Saturday) The JP Music
Fest is happening at PineBanks Field in JP from 12Noon to 7PM. Some of the
bands playing will be The Hi-End (see Sept 9), The Upper Crust, Streight
Angular, Love Love, Rick Berlin and Trusty Sidekick!! Here's the
for more info and directions.
September 12 (Saturday)
at The Midway are M.O.M. (Mercury On Mars), The Classic Ruins, State
of the Union and Stop Calling Me Frank.
12 (Saturday) Lyres
are at The Middle East up along with Little War Twins and
September 12 (Saturday)
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages are at the Brighton Music Hall
September 12 (Saturday) Mayte & Nicole
Present a Night at The Greeks (79 Bow St, Somerville) ! With Jay Allen &
The Archcriminals, Animal Talk, and I Thought They Were Models?
September 13 (Sunday) This year's Somerville
Rock And Roll Yard Sale will again be in Union Square, Somerville: a DJ and
live local bands will entertain you while you peruse the awesome goods offered
by lots of local independent vendors things like great Records / Vintage / DIY
Handmade goods galore in and around Union Square Plaza. Time: 11AM- 5PM FB
September 16 (Wednesday) Oh Malô,
Bent Shapes, Bay Faction, The Colonnade are at the Middle East Up.
September 17 (Thursday) at The Oberon
this should be an amazing experience: Endation has put together a special
show "The Chimera" explores musical and artistic dichotomies.
Act I features the raw, intense, melodic force of two-piece Endation accompanied
by movement and dance. Act II brings the audience into the dreamy, experimental
world of Bent Knee as visual artists create pieces inspired by the band in real
time. The Chimera invites the audience to seek their own interpretations in
the disparate pieces that form one singular evening of performance. Buy tix
here. Get more info on the
FB event page.
September 17 (Thursday) Sham 69
and The Welsh Boys are at Middle East up.
September 18 (Friday) Livver, Tenafly Vipers,
Dead Cats Dead Rats and Profit Margin are at Koto in Salem,
September 18 (Friday)- 21 (Sunday) Mark
Lind has his annual Boston's Burning shows lined up at The Midway for these
days so far they have Duck & Cover The Drax, The Warning Shots, Warn
The Duke, The Skeleton Beats, Iron Chin ....more to come!!
September 19 (Saturday) Pop Gun
along with Fireking, Classic Ruins and 138 are at Koto in
September 25 (Friday) Illegally Blind
Presents: Boogie Boy Metal Mouth (EP Release), The Televibes, Black
Beach, Esh The Monolith, and Midriffs at The Middle East Up.
September 25 (Friday) At "The Greek's"
(Greek American Social Construction Club) in Union Ssquare Somerville are The
Evil Streaks, The Black Souls, Silver Mirrors and The Electrolux Combo.
Here's the FB
September 26 (Saturday) Continental
(ft. Rick Barton), The Nervous Eaters, and The Charms are
doing a Matinee show (doors at 1) at the Middle East Up.
September 26 (Saturday) Muck & The
Mires are back from Japan and they party it up Sugar Blood Jinx and
Hambone Skinny at Sally O'Brien's in Union Sq Somerville. FB
September 30 (Wednesday) Grex, Kenne
Highland and Fable Grazer are at The Lily Pad in Inman Square
Cambridge. 7-10PM All Ages. FB
Event page here.
October 3 (Saturday) Fireking is having
a Double Trouble VINYL Record release party at The Midway along
with guests The Grip Weeds, Watts and John Powhida
October 4 (Sunday) at the Middle East
Down: Chameleons Vox (UK) (The Chameleons from the old days continued)
playing Script of the Bridge, Avoxblue, The Milling
Gowns and DJ Matthew Griffin . Doors are a little early - at
October 4 (Sunday) it's a very special
reunion of The Coachmen featuring Jerry Miller, Roy Sludge, and
Johnny Sciascia at The Midway. FB
October 8-11 The Third Annual Rat Beach
Party WILL happen - at the C Note on Nantasket Beach -- October
the FB page for updates.
October 10 (Saturday)
Patti Smith has a new book out called M Train.She will
be reading from the book at the John Hancock Hall in the Back Bay Event Center
downtown near Copley Sq. sponsored by the Harvard Bookstore, 7PM (doors at 6).
It's $30 but that includes the book as well! For more
info and to buy tix go here. Also.... The cable channel Showtime just
bought the rights to do a TV series of Patti's book Just Kids!!
I can't wait for that one!
Read more here.
October 17 (Saturday) As
part of Crash Safely
2015 a Benefit for MS at The Midway are The Sprained Ankles,
The Dents, Muck & the Mires, Phil Aiken Army, Gymnasium
October 26 (Sunday) As part of Crash Safely
2015 A Benefit for the National MS Society the Middle East Up has Township,
Watts, Unnatural Axe and Fireking - that's a GREAT show!!
October 26 (Sunday) - TRiPLE
THiCK, Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders (ex-Lazy Cowgirls),
Thee Itchies and Hambone Skinny are at The Midway
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Joe Koonz - FU's
Photo: Arthur Freedman