December 11, 2017
Justine Covault - Justine and the Unclean
Once we heard the weather report of a snow storm coming we made sure we got
out Thursday to get a dose of noise. PA’s looked like
a good candidate. We saw Armpits. With that name they decided
their album should be called Sweat Stains – fair enough. They
were a trio with guitar, drums and vocal. Crustpunk is a label they use and
that fits their attack. It was minute and a half bursts of chainsaw guitar,
sputtering drums with throat singing and out and out yelling.
As always it’s impossible to catch the words. We did catch
two, “fuck you” at the end of “Lunch
Break”. We’d love to hear those lyrics. On their
Bandcamp page they post them. The beginning: “Fuck you,
I‘m on my lunch break/ I don’t care about the classes
your kids take/ I just want to be left alone/ with my ham sandwich
mustard cheese and bologna” . Done at top volume that’s
pretty funny. That’s right up there with the caustic regaling
by Happy Flowers from yesteryear. “Beer
Run” is what you think it is and there’s lots
who will relate to “I
Need Weed” .
They get serious with “Purple
Reign” a tirade against Big Pharma. Even without the words that was
one cathartic set.
The next band System Blister we have seen before back in
August at Club Bohemia. They are hardcore/punk. The band is tight. The guitarist
lives on power chords. The songs are written around power chord progressions
and he lays them down with conviction. He does nice tasty leads in there too.
We loved the drummer as much as last time. He’s very busy and pumps in
the excitement to the overall sound.
The singer is a force to contend with. Like last time he doesn’t
even pretend that he’s going to be on the stage. He’s
on the floor and with some long legs is able to circle a lot of
floor space as he literally bends over backwards to unleash his
vocal torrent. One big problem at PA’s though: the vocals
were almost 100% drowned out by the instruments. Even with that,
the singer was still striking in his performance. We hope to catch
them again with a good PA system. Their Bandcamp
page. Video of System
Friday it was a Rum Bar Records takeover of
Once in Somerville. They had acts alternating
upstairs and down playing half hour sets. You could see the rooms
fill up and empty depending on which one had the music.
Tom Baker and the Snakes
Upstairs in the Lounge they had Miss Amy Griffin's
band Pinecone Teeth, Roy Sludge and Jay
In the ballroom we caught some of Tom Baker and the Snakes
who were in mid-set as we got there. Tom’s distinctive voice was riding
over that entanglement of guitars that only they can create.
Justine and the Unclean
We were single-minded about hearing Justine and the Unclean.
They've had a regular row of small gigs but this was in effect their coming
out party and that’s what it felt like.
We think their CD Get Unclean is an impressive debut.
We go on about it here in our CD Review page.
Malibu Lou, Rum Bar’s overlord, took control of the
stage and whipped up the crowd and The Unclean began. The great
news is that everything good about the CD was transmitted live too!! All the
catchiness of the songs was right there. The songs are punky but smart and charming.
The band of veteran players delivered them with energy and finesse. Charles
Hanson on guitar was on fire, and when that guy is lit up – forget
about it. He had perfect tone to the service of creative leads. He doesn’t
go down any worn paths. His playing sounded like it was normal rock but the
side trips he took on the fret board were guitar lessons begging to be learned.
Justine’s rawer playing was the perfect foil that kept
things rock solid.
Justine and the Unclean
Jim Janota sounded like he was playing a 10 drum set up but
he just had a normal set, he just got a huge sound out of it.
He was all about driving the song along without being heavy handed
but when a fill or ending needed some action… ka boom!
Then they had their magic weapon – when Justine
and Janet Long sang together. What a glorious
sound that was! That’s when it seemed like it couldn’t
get any better. It was not show boat singing; it was singing that
conveyed the lyrics in a way that appealed to our punk sensibilities.
Who knows how or why that happens but when it does you know it.
The audience certainly knew it when they were cheering after every
song. This group has arrived!!
The music continued and the night had a party feeling. This was the Boston
rock scene in full display.
Photo: John Keegan
John Keegan went to see Gary Numan at the Paradise on MOnday:
Gary Numan is no longer the twee robot behind "In Cars".
He’s been drinking almond milk, eating avocados and beefing up his sound.
Not having followed Numan's audio output, I suspect this has been going on for
awhile. He treated the packed crowd at the packed Paradise to a muscled-up show
of industrial light and noise. He fronted a desert nomad clad band augmented
by a knob and sample twiddling keyboard player. He plays six tunes from Savage,
his substantial recent survey of our possibly dystopian future. First tune "Ghost
Nation" introduces the defining elements; deep rumbling synth lows, snarling
guitar, pumped-up base, the crash and whir of machinery and flitting synth twist
- half lost in the din. His voice is clear and melodic over the onslaught. The
light show amplifies the intensity and, I suspect, induces a few Andromeda Strain
redblinkinglight moments. Oldies like "Metal", "Down in the Park"
and "Cars" get ear-pleasing noise updates. Welcome to the no pleasure
More band photos below the show listings.
And in other news.....
The Boys from Nowhere is finally going to be shown!! It’s Wednesday,
December 13, at the Capitol Theater in Arlington, at7:30 pm.
The promos for this have been amazing on their own. The film is
one that everyone who cares about Boston Punk has to see. It’s
packed with photos and music. The interviews cover all the early
Boston purveyors of punk. This is a film that will mean so much
as time goes on too. Event
Backspin: X talk 40 years of love, loss, punk rock, and being 'just
a little too weird' is a great filmed interview
with John Doe and Exene Cervenka from X
about their 40 years together in a band. Check
it out here
Melodye Buskin was in Phobia and Lou
Miami and the Kozmetix back in the day. Now, she’s gets a cameo
in the book Untypical Girls:Styles and Sounds of the Transatlantic
Indie Revolution by Sam Knee. Check it out on
The High School That Rocked!, the
award-winning 27-minute documentary short, has just been released exclusively
on Vimeo on Demand after having screened at a small, select group of film festivals.
The film tells the story of how six legendary bands in the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame all performed at Staples High School in Westport, CT from 1966-68, creating
indelible memories for local students. Believe it or not, the Doors,
Cream, Sly & the Family Stone, the Rascals, the Animals, and the
Yardbirds (with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page) all played at Staples
in a two-year span. The Remains, two of whose members (Barry
Tashian and Bill Briggs) graduated from Staples, are also included in the film
and their music is featured throughout the documentary. The film captures a
unique moment in time--one that's highly unlikely to ever happen again.
Check out the trailer here!!
list summing up this year’s crazy band names. There’s plenty
to plumb if you give it some time. They have some videos to go with it. There’s:
The Texas Toast Chainsaw Massacre, Jerkagram, Robot Parts for Broken Hearts,
Satanic Hispanic, Moist Clown, Bleach Everything, Youth on Soda, Illuminati
Sex Party, Joy Of Monogamy, Period Bomb, Art School Jocks, Headless Dentist,
Punker In The Headlights, Fat History Month …it goes on and on. The best
ones are the most obscene, which we leave you to find.
Marsman digitized some of Terry Brenner’s
tapes of Oedipus’ Demimonde show
from 1977. This will take you back! Check
it out on Youtube
Tiger Bomb won best Punk Act in the 2017 Portland Music Awards
given out by the Portland Phoenix. They still have a Phoenix up there? Read
more about it here and Congrats Tiger Bomb!!
Music Awards did their thing last week. Among the winners were Clarissa
Johnson and Weakened Friends and Nice Guys
(for Punk/Hardcore Artist of the Year ).
If you haven't 'liked' us on Facebook you are missing a few
things we posted lately like: The priest blessing the new Brookline Record store.
The rock and roll votive candles. A story in a NYC paper on older punks (like
us) who haven’t given up the ghost yet. This week’s look at Punk’s
Past - see what happened 5 years ago or 40 years ago. BGN
Here's some good shows coming up .....
December 11 (Monday) Rocker Zine's
Rock and Roll Tacos & Trivia at ONCE Lounge 7-10PM...always
December 13 (Wednesday) Finally The
Boys From Nowhere shown to the public!! See it in its entirety
at The Capital Theater Arlington - 7:30PM . FB
December 13 (Wednesday) Get Off
the Ramp! 22 Years of Photography at The Middle East showcasing the
photography of Jay Hale, he's seen many bands and you can check 'em out a this
show!! 7-9PM FB
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 14 (Thursday) Boston Compass:
Confront Your Issues party and pop-up art show at Garment
District. They'll be artists DJs snack and shopping Nd its free! 6-9PM FB
page for more info
December 14 (Thursday) The Hi-End,
The Peasants, Trusty Sidekick at Sally O'Brien's
December 15 (Friday) The Evil Streaks,
Muck And The Mires, The Downbeat 5, The Black Cheers at O'Brien's Pub
December 15 (Friday) Stop Calling
Me Frank, Bar None, Trainwreck at Tavern at the End of the World
December 15 (Friday) Tragedy, The
Scrooges, Rawstrum at The Middle East Up.
December 15 (Friday) Street Dogs
Wreck the Halls with special guests The Pinkerton Thugs
& The Abductors at The Sinclair
December 16 (Saturday) Roy Sludge
is doing a 4PM show at Atwood's.
December 16 (Saturday) 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
December 17 (Sunday) The Dazies,
Hallelujah the Hills, The Knock Ups, Courters at Koto in Salem
And further out we have...
December 18 (Monday)
First Edit Photo Show Opening - 29 original
prints of punk and rock musicians and fans, from the late 80's and early 90's
by JJ Gonson at the Diesel Cafe in Union Square Somerville.
December 20 (Wednesday) Solstice Party
2K17: Gizzards, Coralcola, Full Color, Totaled at O'Brien's
December 20 (Wednesday) Mr Airplane
Man at Atwoods
December 20 (Wednesday) Crimespree,
Worm, Parkinglot at the C Note in Hull
December 26 (Tuesday) KCUF, Loser's
Circle, The Essays at O'Brien's Pub
December 28 (Thursday) The Knock
Ups, Gene Dante And The Future Starlets, Godmouth, Set Fire at O'Brien's
December 30 (Saturday) The Hi End
are on Crash Course For The Ravers
on WMFO 91.5 1PM-4PM
with Brian Young
December 30 (Saturday) When Particles
Collide, Old Jack, Petty Morals at The Lizard Lounge
December 30 (Saturday) 3 Parts
Dead, Z28, Test Meat at Koto in Salem
January 6 (Saturday) Nervous Eaters,
Watts and David Age & The Regrets at ThunderRoad
January 6 (Saturday) Fur Purse
Album Release Party with Whore Paint, Shepherdess, sister at
January 9 (Tuesday) The Hi-End,
Ski Bunny and Monty's Lobster at OBrien's
January 13 (Saturday) FREE SHOW Pop Night with Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Tiger Bomb, Pop Gun - at Bayside Bowl Portland, ME.
February 10 (Saturday) The Classic Ruins, TJ Wheeler, Black Cat Road for a early show
at Bayside Bowl, Portland ME. Free Show! Starts 8:30 Sharp!
January 13 (Saturday) Stop Calling
Me Frank, State of The Union, The Johns, Angel Martins at The Midway
for a ear;ly show at 4:00 PM
January 13 (Saturday) Lyres, Paul
Collins Beat, Boston Cream at Thunder Road FB
January 14 (Sunday) The Black Souls,
Crunch Time, I Wish I Could Skateboard, Vanishing Point at The Midweay
for a early show at 4Pm
January 20 (Saturday) Muck and the Mires,
Tiger Bomb, Duck & Cover at The Dover Brick House, New Hampshire 8:30 pm.
for a early show at 4Pm
January 22 (Monday) U.S.
Bombs, Wimpy Rutherford & The Cryptics, The FUs -
at the Dover Brickhouse Dover, NH - Here's the
January 27 (Saturday) Red Mantis,
Silver Screams, Wrought Iron Hex & Greylock at
January 27 (Saturday) Il Mostro,
Mercury On Mars, Uncomfortables, Silver Screams at O'Brien's Pub
February 11 (Sunday) The Thigh
Scrapers, State of The Union, Girl On Top, Lily Black for a early show
at 4PM at The Midway
February 2 (Friday) It's a double shot of The Dirty Truckers - they are doing two sets - the line up will be...
Michael Kane & the Morning Afters, The Dirty Truckers (first shot), Tad Overbaugh, The Dirty Truckers (2nd shot)
February 24 (Saturday) A Bunch
of Jerks, Muck & the Mires, Jay Allen & The Archcriminals, Hambone Skinny
at The Midway 9PM show
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