Michael Kane and The Morning Afters
More random searching for some punk got us to Great Scotts
on Thursday. We could hear MakeWar a half a block away.
The club had the sound cranked way the heck up.
The band is from Brooklyn but had no trendy attitude. They play
loud and distorted with strong drums. The vocals have an emo feel
to them. More and more groups do this and it seems to work well.
It puts feeling into the singing. We liked the set as a whole
and could see where familiarity with the songs would increase
appreciation of the group.
The club was three fourths full. Most were there for the headliners,
Nothington. The band started in 2005 from San Francisco
and has toured a lot before taking a five years hiatus. They're
now out on the road with a new album. Its here
They had one more member than MakeWar and the volume suitably
went up one fourth. All the material was hard hitting. There was
no dynamics; it all was delivered full blast beginning to end-
very impressive. If you like punk then all that is required for
this band to become a favorite is to give them the time to listen
to the material. We got hooked on their song The Lies I Need.
They really put over that one more night refrain live
and it works in the recorded version too. Listen
They had a cute Despicable Me character peeking out from the back of an amp.
The good thing is that there are a lot of worthy bands out there. The bad thing
is theres so many good bands its hard to stick out and make a mark.
Its a problem for bands but for us it means we get to hear music we like
week after week.
Were always looking for those early Saturday shows. This Saturday Mark
Lind of the Ducky Boys set up a noteworthy bill at the Middle
East: Hudson Falcons, Jason Bennett and the Resistance, Dan
Webb and the Spiders, and Michael Kane and the Morning Afters.
We had just missed the Michael Kane and the Morning Afters at the Rockin
Bob show at
OBriens in May and people were talking about their set that night.
Another good sign was that they have Cheryl Crane x of The Crybabies
Michael Kane and The Morning Afters
They played straight old school punk
and what else do we want to hear?
The lead guitarist plays simple melodic lines a la Buzzcocks.
The drummer knew his stuff, he played strong and smart with just
enough fills and minimum cymbal action. Kane has a gruff voice
that fits the material. After hearing a half a dozen songs in
a row that sound like classic punk you begin to feel Kane can
just keep writing these songs endlessly
and were for
They covered Knock Me Down (first video above) by the Outlets and did it justice.
They took on Born to Run (second video above) and captured some of the grandiosity
of it (Special thanks to the drummer on that.) while keeping it
raw and fun. A set like that is welcome anytime. They play around
a lot and we could see that they'd be a big asset to any show.
Dan Webb and the Spiders
Weve been trying to catch Dan Webb and the Spiders
again since we saw them at OBriens in October
of last year. They did the same impressive job at the Middle
East they did then. The bigger stage actually fit them better.
They have a big sound and the Middle East sound system did them
justice. They have pop elements in the songs and vocals but the
instruments attack in a much harder fashion. The sound is equal
pop, punk and garage.
Its easy to just lay back and let the songs sweep over you. They have
two and three voices doing tight harmonies. They're so good its hard to
believe they dont get more attention. Its another indication of
how many quality bands are out there.
The Hudson Falcons declare themselves working class rock and roll
and thats the way they come across. Mark the lead singer was talking to
the crowd like he knew everyone and he just about did. It seemed like a back
yard barbeque show at times with a handful of children there. We hoped the kids
could handle the volume even with the earphone protection.
The Falcons' group attack is all punk but the songs are of a more traditional
style. The songs tend to bounce, skip and gallop rather than pound out a regimented
beat. There is the Irish influence and the folk that show through in the wordy
songs filled with stories. Its a mix that works and its their thing.
Mark the singer is the focal point. Hes a big guy who wears his Strat
with a swagger and sings pumping his left foot. They ended with Alternative
Ulster by Stiff Little Fingers and that seemed like the perfect cap to the set. Video of that song is above.
We loved the guitarist’s HEY FUCK FACE t-shirt a parody of the North Face shirts that are everywhere.
Photo of shirt here.
We called it a day with those three bands but Jason Bennett and the Resistance
was still to come. But we all know they are worth checking out often!
Last Sunday John Keegan did double duty at the Out of the Blue Gallery.
He played in a few groups and he stayed all day to cover the event.
Hit the photo below to go to his review and photo spread.
And in other news.....
HOT NEWS - The Flaming Groovies are going to
play Ralphs on August 22.
Facebook page and Tickets.
Last week we talked to Danny McCormack at the Out of the Blue Gallery
about how the Last Ones are taking a year off coz Rick Coraccio
is doing the "Great
Loop" that's a system of waterways in the Eastern US, 6500 miles and
a year to complete by boat. Rick used to write his rock'n'roll
journal entries for the BGN when he was in the Lyres. But now he has a blog
all about boating on his Ginger Lee. So you can read about his Great Loop prep
and follow him as he travels for the next year on his blog The
South Coast Boater
The BGN has been online since 2002. Thats like a thousand years in web
time. When we started there were a few other Boston centric sites that were
also going. Most stopped at some point. D-Filed.com was one. That site
had Chris Parcellin contributing pages. When the site folded Chris went
on to filming The Boys From Nowhere documentary. Chris has allowed
us to republish four of his pages. They are DMZ, Willie Loco,
Nervous Eaters and JJ Rassler, done around 2001/02 time frame.
Check 'em out:
Here's some good shows coming up .....
July 1 (Saturday) Electric Street Queens,
Loser's Circle, Exit Academy, Whoopi Sticks and Blame it on Whitman
are the 4-8PM Matinee show at The Midway
July 1 (Saturday) The Double Whoa 7's
(a Misfits tribute), Red Mantis, The Straight Eights and Offworld
are at The Midway (night show)
July 2 (Sunday) FOTOCRIME, The Milling
Gowns, Bedroom Eyes at O'Brien's
July 7 (Friday) Steep Leans, Today Junior,
Black Beach, Spirit Ghost are at The Middle East Up
July 7 (Friday) Cortez, The Humanoids,
The Heave Ho and Test Meat are at O'Brien's
July 7 (Friday) Mr. Airplane Man, Tall
Teenagers, Andy California and Little Tomb are at The Providence
Garage Fest at the News Cafe in Pawtucket, RI.
July 8 (Saturday) Beached Boy, Luau,
Clever Girls (VT), Saccharine and Jeff Rowe are at O'Brien's
July 8 (Saturday) Ava Luna, Birthing
Hips, The Craters with DJ sets by Ellen from Palehound are at Great
And further out....
July 13- 16 VIVA EAST Rockabilly Weekender
and Custom Car Show in Marlboro, MA check
out the info here.
July 13 (Thursday) Tiger Bomb is
at Congress Sq Park in Portland, ME 6-9PM
July 14 (Friday) Bim Skala Bim Concert
Cruise (Check out FB
page for details)
July 15 (Saturday) LYDIA LUNCH Retrovirus,
Doomsday Student, (NE) Pats, Peach Ring are at The Elks Lodge
on Bishop Allen Dr. Central Square Cambridge- Thank you Boston Hassle!!
FB page here.
July 15 (Saturday) Devil Music Record
Release Show w/ Oneida and A Band Called E at Great Scott
July 15 (Saturday) Charms, Tiger Bomb
and The Knock Ups are at the Chit Chat Club in Haverhill MA.
July 17 (Monday) Township, The Dents,
Love Love and Weather Weapon at The Midway- Night 1 of the Midway
July 19 July 30: The Midways
Dirty 30th Anniversary Celebration Spectacular
July 20 (Thursday) Kal Marks, A Deer
A Horse (NY), Nice Guys and Zip-Tie Handcuffs at O'Brien's
July 21 (Friday) Stray Bullets, Hobo
Chili, Warning Shots and Stop Calling Me Frank at The Midway!! Night
5 of the Midway Dirty 30.
July 22 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed Night
with The Cranktones, The Barley Hoppers and Fearless Leaders at
The Midway!! Night 6 of the Midway Dirty 30.
July 22 (Saturday) Negative Approach,
Bloodclot, Opposition Rising, PanzerBastard, Buried Dreams and Ritual
Blade at The Hardcore Stadium Bishop Allen Dr Central Sq Cambridge. Show
starts at 6PM.
July 22 (Saturday) Mr. Airplane Man
returns to town. They'll be at The Lily Pad in Inman Square with Thalia Zedek.
July 26 (Wednesday) Thrust Club, sister,
Death Cloud and Double Star are at The Midway
July 29 (Saturday) The Real Kids, Muck
& The Mires, Watts and Gene Dante & The Future Starlets night 13
of the Midway Dirty 30!!
July 27 (Thursday) The Upper Crust,
Supersuckers at ONCE Ballroom
July 27 (Thursday) Hambone Skinny,
Detroit Rebellion and Jon Bach are at The Plough & Stars
July 30 (Sunday) Fast Times Nervous
Eaters, BarRoom Heroes, The Revilers -4-8PM at The Midway!! Night
14 of the Midway Dirty 30. at The Midway
August 5 (Saturday) Brian Young's A Crash Course for the
Ravers has Carissa Johnson - on WMFO 91.5 from 1-4PM
August 5 (Saturday) The Silver Mirrors,
Instant Shawarma, The Facc-Tones and The Sound Down Cellar at The
August 5 (Saturday) The Knockups, The
Caught Flies, Black Hatch and the Labor Pains are at The Chit Chat
Club in Haverhill
August 5 (Saturday) Rancid and
The Dropkick Murphys are at the Brockton Fair! 4:30-9Pm check
out the FB page
August 6 (Sunday) World/Inferno Friendship
Society with Diablogato and Stars Like Ours at The Middle
August 8 (Tuesday) Poptone...which
is Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins from Bauhaus, Tones on Tail
and Love and Rockets are at The Paradise
August 12 (Saturday) The Modern Voice,
Black Helicopter, Wrought Iron Hex, Scuzzy Yeti at The Midway
August 13 (Sunday) Pinkerton Thugs
all ages punk show at The Middle East = also on the bill The Warning Shots
and Duck and Cover. This is a daytime show- 1-6PM Check the FB
page for more info as it is posted.
August 13 (Sunday) - This is Bob Colby's
65th Birthday Extravaganza - it is also he LAST show in Boston!! Viva
Gina, DYR FASER, The Land of Enchantment, Kingdom of Love, Cold Expectations,
Carissa Johnson (solo acoustic), The Very, Randy Black and the Heathcroppers
and The Wrong Shapes. At Once in Somerville and the show runs 3PM until
August 27 (Sunday) Stop Calling Me Frank,
State of The Union, The New Frustrations, The Only Things at The Midway
- afternoon show 4-8PM
September 7 (Thursday) Teenage Bottlerocket
and OC45 at The Middle East
September 8 (Friday) The Nervous Eaters
and Glider (+TBA) at Out of the Blue Gallery Central Sq. here's the
FB page to get updates.
September 9 (Saturday) The Stigmatics
are on A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 91.5 from 1-4PM
September 10 (Sunday) GBH and The
Casualties at The Brighton Music Hall
September 11 (Monday) Roky Erickson
at the Brighton Music Hall. WOW!! Get
yer tix here.
September 16 (Saturday) Chameleons VOX
At the Middle East Also on the bill: Soft Kill , Way Out and The Milling
September 20 (Wednesday) X doing
their 40th Anniversary Tour- at the Brighton Music Hall
September 22 (Friday) The Ataris and The
Queers at The Middle East - this is an early show- 6PM -10Pm
September 28 (Thursday) Stiff Little Fingers
are doing their 40th Anniversary tour they have Death by Unga Bunga opening
for htem - at the Brighton Music Hall
October 8 (Sunday) Petty Morals
are having a Ballroom Blitz at Once Ballroom with a Flea Market and Art
Show -also on the bill Muck & The Mires, The Dazies and Lady
Pill (set times and more are on the FB
page) It's 2PM- 8PM
November 4 (Saturday) Human Sexual
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