Unnatural Axe at PINZ
Monday at O’Brien’s seemed like all three groups
would be doing the punk thing and that’s the way it was.
Blasé Blue from Boston pegs their sound as “moody
punk” and we caught that right away. We were in that state of mind anyway
with the extended rainy/cloudy days we’ve been going through. We slotted
right into the set and enjoyed it.
They slammed out every song. Songs were word heavy and that was the main thing
that everything seemed to revolve around. Since the show we’ve listened
to them on Bandcamp and found a lot to like there. You should check it out too!!
Witches With Dicks
We’ve seen the name Witches With Dicks (also from Boston).
You don’t forget that name and frankly the name kinda kept us away. But
finally, we did get to see them and they had their fans there at O’Brien’s.
Many of the 40 plus people that were there seemed to be there for them.
They were out and out punk. A lot of the songs clocked in a minute
and a half. They had two vocals going most of the time and we loved
that. The bass playing was very pronounced and interesting. There was
a lot of humor in the songs. It was hard to get it live sometimes but
you can see it in their song titles on
Bandcamp. Like “One Whopper for the Copper” which we
think we heard in the set. "One
Whopper for the Copper" on Bandcamp Their first CD came out
Snuggle from Seattle continued the punk rock night. The lead
singer had a raspy voice and he used it effectively to shape the melodic punk
material. They had some smooth chord progressions that they bore down on and
added those nice melodic lines on top. The middle video above shows this. You
really can’t go wrong doing that as long as you can come up with the goods
as they did. In the videos you can hear the band putting in the energy to every
second. It always felt you were getting the full potential of a group playing
at 100%. We wouldn’t miss this group if they came around and how lucky
is Seattle to have them!! Check out their Bandcamp
page. And here is there FB
This was one of those nights where the whole was even better than the individual
groups. To get three punk groups of note on a Monday on one bill, that’s
hitting the lottery for us!
Actually Thursday was another night where three bands put on a show that added
up to another showcase of interest. At The Jungle there was
State of the Union, Kid Gulliver and The Chelsea Curve
who all have a pop edge and are notable for their strong songs.
The Chelsea Curve
The Chelsea Curve is the new band on the block, although the
members have been in other bands. They got a lot of interest in that
Sally O’Brien’s show
last January . They have an appealing sound that seems to take from
many sources. It brings to mind lots of melodic punk from days gone
by. They did the Jam song “In the City” (video below) and
that is an indication of their proclivities. The love of punk suffuses
all the material.
They did “Beacon” which is about 30 seconds long. It’s
about the signal on top of the John Handcock Tower. We have the video
of that above. At this point some recorded material would be nice to
have. We want to get into some of those songs.
Linda Bean Pardee coordinated her outfit (black and white)
to match her black and white bass with a small b+w checkerboard pattern on it.
Hey, Are you looking for a new band to love, and who isn’t? THIS is the
We’ve seen Kid Gulliver many times and love their smooth
tuneful delivery. Like Chelsea Curve a lot of the music has early punk influences
that seep through. Listen to the first video below to catch some of their charm.
David on guitar knows how to add the tasteful fill. Listen to the short
octave intro at the very beginning of the third video below. He does similar
things all the time. The bass player was so good we thought he might even have
been Berklee taught but not the case, he’s self-taught.
They started with “I Love Your Hair” one of their early catchy
tunes. “I Want to Be a Pop Star” was another pop delight. They ended
with “Suzie Survived Chemotherapy” where they channel the Ramones
to get a wining song. They had some new material that was quality stuff. The
next album should be a strong one. They'll be at the International Pop
Overthrow coming up on Nov 14 at the Union Tavern (formally PA’s
Lounge). Here's their FB page.
State of the Union
State of the Union has strong songs but they also want to
crank things out. They have a Clash/Neighborhoods energy on stage and that’s
a thing of beauty. We like to just ride that energy then the songs come though.
Like “Man Overboard” and “Local Hometown Hero” and “Panflex
They began the set with “Bloodstains” by Agent Orange sung by Joey
Moir the bass player. They also did the amazing one two punch of the
The Neighborhoods “No Place Like Home” right into their own “Ring
Me Up”. That is just killer.
They did some new songs that show that the next CD will be right in line with
their last, Panaflex Blue, that has proved to be one of the best CD’s
of these last few years.
Sandy Summer on drums always gets your attention. The kicks
and rolls, half the time with windmill arms, are one of the reasons we love
this group. Here's their Bandcamp
page - you really should give them a listen if you haven't already!! And
their FB page.
There should have been more people there but it was a night full of memorable
material. There was a good feeling in the air too, in this very comfy club.
We feel bad that Union Square is such a hell hole of construction that people
may not want to even make the attempt to get there these days.
Once has been getting some higher profile acts that can fill
up their bigger space. (Upcoming is Robert Gordon 11/21 and
Flaming Groovies 10/25) That’s what happened on Friday with Mike
Watt. Watt has a sterling reputation. He’s fiercely independent
and is a model for indie musicians.
Minibeast did what they did when they opened for Gang of Four
which is basically wow the crowd. The whole place was riveted on the stage as
Peter Prescott morphed from one character to another. He goes from
a preacher to a town crier to a mad scientist as he gives warnings, adumbrations
or crackpot theories. It’s fantastically oddball and entertaining. He
often triggers sound clips. He also creates soundbites on stage and loops them.
Meanwhile that tremendous rhythm section creates a deep pulsating beat that
is so encompassing that when it stops you almost feel like your own heart stopped
Mike Watt + the missingmen are a trio that gives you a good
opportunity to hear Mike’s bass clearly and that’s what you want
to do because he’s so fluent and creative. So much of the songs' character
were in those baselines. He does every trick in the book and makes it look easy.
The music overall was very jerky. There were all sorts of changes and reversals
that the trio had down pat. They are very much a three-person-who-plays-like-one
phenomenon. There were lots of elements in the style of the music: there was
a big dose of southern rock in there. It often brought Captain Beefheart to
mind. The guitarist, Tom Watson, especially had the Beefheart sound down. He's
played with Mike for 20 years.
Mike’s voice seemed to have a strong southern drawl. He's from Virginia.
He had a charisma about him. Everyone was hanging on every word he said. Sadly,
his voice was giving out and he had Watson sing some of the songs. We loved
that Watt could draw this large audience and they were not disappointed.
There was a lot going on in Boston on Saturday. In addition there was the Lyres
north of the city in Portland, ME and Unnatural Axe south
of the city in Kingston, MA. We picked the closer commute to Kingston.
We’ve been to the club PINZ a few times before. it's
an entertainment complex has a bowling alley, restaurant, bar and video arcade
in addition to the stage. The stage is in a big cavernous space so the sound
suffers some but the stage has a nice set up with lights galore.
The first band The Woods is from the South Shore.
We caught just one song last time we saw them, which
was here at PINZ. They had a hard and loud attack as a group and
that made all the material work. Their secret weapon was lead singer
Kevin Keene’s voice. He's often in yelling mode
but he has a raspy tone that has character even doing that.
His guitar strap broke at the beginning of a long song ... and then
the microphone dropped off the stand ... and he lost his pick, but he
soldiered on. His composure was admirable!! For the rest of the night
everyone was making broken strap jokes. During all his problems the
drums and bass had it completely together. He could have just sung and
they would have taken up the slack anyway. They have a website The
The Straight Eights
We’ve seen The Straight Eights at PINZ before, and once
Grill with the Nervous Eaters. They have a hardcore sound with some metal
in there. They have two guitarists ... two lead guitarists actually ... that
keep things cranking. The songs have some simple riffs at the core and those
riffs are very catchy too. One song had a riff that sounded somewhat like an
Unnatural Axe one. That’s in the first video below. They are a very easy
group to like. The on stage patter by the bass player was hysterical.
Unnatural Axe are looking and playing in top form these days.
The show in Cambridge
in July was super fun and this gig was a lot like it. The sound was diluted
in the big PINZ space but the Axe did their thing and those songs cut through
no matter what. They opened with “Summertime” off their first EP
that the Dogmatics cover on their latest release. That song is having a second
The Axe have that thing that a lot of the original punk acts
have ... the rush of recognition you get as they start a song with a riff that
you heard a million times back in the day. Like the beginning of “Man
I Don’t Want To Be”, you can’t buy that. It’s one of
the perks ohavoing been there in the beginning.
They did two LePeste songs mid-set. It was one classic Boston punk band covering
another classic Boston punk bank. That was cool. They ended up with “They
Saved Hitler’s Brain” and finally “The Creeper”. Things
work up to those songs ... and things went a bit crazy with Richie going bonkers.
That’s the way it is at every Axe show.
We always marvel that in 2019 we can still see Lyres and
Unnatural Axe and they give us that same kick we got in back in the
day!! That's awesome...we are lucky here in Boston!!
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And in other news.....
Mach Bell has released his new book Once a Rocker
Always A Rocker, to the unsuspecting world this week. It’s
a diary of this time with the Joe Perry Project, a time period
from February 1982 to May of 1984. Even though it’s in diary form, most
of the entries read like prose and tell full stories. Mach often relates things
back to the Thundertrain days. So there are many references
to the Rat and the 70s punk scene all the way through.
We found all the stories engaging and entertaining as he also dished out the
details of the tours and rehearsals. One entry has Joe Perry rolling on the
floor during a concert having a fit. The story of their Caracas, Venezuela concert
is almost surrealistic. What Mach writes echoes what Joe Perry wrote about the
same period in his auto bio called Rock: My Life Inside and Out of Aerosmith.
All those guys in Aerosmith have nine lives each. Mach confirms that.
Mach's writing flows smoothly and makes for an easy read. He has scored with
this one. Now we can add Mach to the list of Boston Rock based writers. That
would make him number 20. How do we know that? Well, we made the list ourselves.
Check it out our new
Authors : Boston Rock page. We also include links to the books we have on
We got a cassette of the band Blasé Blue when we saw
them at O’Brien’s this week on Monday. That was
just 5 days ahead of Cassette
Day Worldwide on Saturday Oct 12. It looks like this is just a
small European thing
with only a dozen stores involved.
But wait, there’s a cassette
manufacturing slow down going on ... It’s always something!
The Damned have a four CD retrospective coming out: Black
is the Night, The Definitive Anthology. “Black is the Night”
is the only new song. You can read about the CD see the track listing and hear
the song here on Brooklyn
And 999, who are doing a US tour and playing everywhere but
Boston this month GRRRRR, have a new anthology coming out as well on Gutterwail
Records it's called The Sharpest Cuts. It will
be available soon. It's an Amaerican release with "essentials tracks from
1993-2007 from albums only in Europe, plus two unreleased live recordings".
Los Angeles officially declared October 11, 2019 as X Day.
There’s a city that knows how to celebrate their punk history. Read
This follows up on part of our story of the movie Punk the Capitol
– DC we saw at the Middle East. It turns out that the DC
Library is celebrating 5 years of collecting music, posters and zines in their
Punk Archive. OK, we’re going to leave it at that because when we get
going on Boston not having an archive we’re hard to stop.
D.C.’s Punk Archive Celebrates 5 Years Of Collecting Music, Posters,
And Zines Read
it out here.
Mark you calendar for:
Thursday October 24 - Kenne Highland and Triple Thick do
Roky Erikson tribute!!! At the Union Tavern.
Saturday Oct 26 - Fleshtones, Baabes, Muck & The
Mires Glider at Once.
Tuesday Nov 5 - The Von Traps, Pretty Pleased (Chicago), Crunchtime
at The Jungle- this is a FREE SHOW!!!
Friday November 15th - International Pop Overthrow Night 2
at Union Tavern....every performer this night is awesome - do not miss!!!!
Saturday November 23 - do you like The Monsieurs??
or Andy California?? are you titillated by Andy MacBain's
antics on stage?? well check out Tunnel of Love cause that's
where it all started my friends... Tunnel of Love etc at Hardcore Stadium Cambridge
(more nelow in gig listings)
Here's some good shows coming up this week.....
October 16 (Wednesday) Louzy, Heavy Hands, Rusty Mullet, MELK at The Midway
October 16 (Wednesday) Randy Black
& The Heathcroppers begin a Third Wednesday (of each month) residency
at The Plough & Stars. 6-8PM
October 17 (Thursday) Robotic Hawks,
Billy Connors Project, Spaces For Two at The Jungle
October 18 (Friday) Time and Place,
The Knock Ups, Wolf Tape, Cook Bag at The Midway
October 18 (Friday) PowerSlut,
Mint Green, The Only Humans, Baby Driver at The Worthen Attic Lowell.
October 18 (Friday) Marianne Toilet
& The Runs, Corner Soul, Smitty E Smitty and the Feztones, The Melatonins
are at Koto Salem.
October 19 (Saturday)
A Crash Course for the Ravers has Richard Mirsky -
1-4PM WMFO 91.5 FM
October 19 (Saturday) Watts, Kid
Gulliver, State of the Union at The Square Root
October 19 (Saturday) Avenir (French
punk rock) at the News Cafe in Provi RI - check out their
bandcamp page ..and here's the FB
page for the show & tix etc!!!
October 19 (Saturday) Cactus Attack,
Black Leather Lagoon, Tarantula Bros, Nick the Barbarian at Opus in
October 20 (Sunday) Settlements,
Harry and the Hot Flashes, The Instamatics, Thee Fightin' Fish
Midway 3-7 matinee
October 20 (Sunday) Stiff Little
Fingers, The Avengers at Brighton Music Hall doors 7PM
October 20 (Sunday) The Vivian
Girls are at Once
And further out there is.....
October 21 (Monday) Cherry Brat,
Street Milk, The Wild Allegations at The Jungle
October 23 (Wednesday) Flipper
with David Yow (Jesus Lizard) "40th Anniversary Show"
at The MIddle East Down
October 23 (Wednesday) 999, The
Clap, Vixen 77 at The Fire Philly PA FB
October 25 (Friday) Road Soldier,
The Manglers, New American Good Time Boys at The Midway (night show)
October 25 (Friday) The "Scare"
Root Halloween Show! with Justine's Black Threads, The Chelsea Curve,
Little Billy Lost at the Square Root
October 25 (Friday) Flamin' Groovies,
Richard Lloyd Group, Tiger Bomb at ONCE
October 25 (Friday) Nat Freedberg & No Brainer, Modern Day Idol, Oberon Rose at The Jungle
October 25 (Friday) 999, The Clap,
the Parasitix, The Transmission Now at the Catasauqua American Legion
215 PA FB
October 26 (Saturday) The Fleshtones,
GLiDER, Muck & the Mires, Baabes at Once Ballroom
October 26 (Saturday)
Pale Lips (MTL) with The Gala, Loretta,
& Kathy Snax at O'Brien's
October 26 (Saturday) Stop Calling
Me Frank, Dogmatics, New Frustrations, The Grommets at the New World
TAvern Plymouth MA - FB
page for info
October 26 (Saturday) 999, The
Clap, The Bobby Lees, Blank Spots at Coney Island Baby in NYC FB
October 27 (Sunday) 999,
The Pajama Slave Dancers
and The Clap
at the Hawks &
Reed Performing Arts Ctr in Greenfield, MA TIX
October 28 (Monday) Cycling w/ The Melted Chapstixs at The Jungle 5-8PM
October 29 (Tuesday)999 & The Clap at Randy
Now's Man Cave 134 Farnsworth Ave, Bordentown, New Jersey 08505 FB
October 30 (Wednesday) Devil's NIght at
O'Brien's with Babes of Mutilation (as the Pixies), Fury
Things (Dinosaur Jr. tribute), The Knock Ups as Hole,
Queers of the Stoned Age, Corner Soul as The
November 1 (Friday) Change Today
(Joe Wood era TSOL), Covered In Bees & Tiger Bomb
at Gino's in Portland ME FB
November 2 (Saturday) Shut Up
(NJ), HIXX, The Guilloteenagers, A Bunch of Jerks at the Midway for a matinee show 3-7PM
November 2 (Saturday) Gene Dante
& The Future Starlets, Cold Expectations (record release) and The
Chelsea Curve! at Sally O'Brien's
November 2 (Saturday) Relapse,
blindspot, Motel Black at the Middle east Up - 6PM show - all ages.
November 5 (Tuesday) The Von
Traps, Pretty Pleased (Chicago), Crunchtime at The
Jungle- this is a FREE SHOW!!!
November 5 (Saturday) Rock n Roll
Trivia with Erin and Bret at the Citty Winery. FB
November 8 (Friday) CE Skidmore, City
Mouse, Stubborn Hearts
November 8 (Friday) Wolftape, Doug
McDonald Band, Crunchtime, Thigh Scrapers at Pete's Grill Quincy FB
November 8 (Friday) Muck &
The Mires, The Gotham Rockets, Tiger Bomb, Gene Dante at Alchemy in
Providence RI FB
November 9 (Saturday) Muck And
The Mires, The Downbeat 5, and Gotham Rockets at Sally
November 9 (Saturday) Black
Helicopter, Baabes, blindspot, Jakals at Opus in Salem
November 9 (Saturday) Change Today:
Joe Wood era TSOL at Ralph's Rock Diner Worcester.
November 11 (Monday) Samiam, Moving
Targets, F.U.s, Rocking Bob, and Far Above the Ground
at Once - All ages - starts at 6PM- 10:30PM!! FB
page for tix etc.
November 14 (Thursday) Halshug
(from Denmark), Corrode, Skinned Alive, Skrawl at the Dorchester
November 14 (Thursday) International
Pop Overthrow Night 1- Union Tavern- with Dave Rave, The Eric
Barao Band, Trick Wallace Trio, Glowbox, V As In Victor, Stuck Stars
November 15 (Friday) International
Pop Overthrow Night 2- Union Tavern- with Corin Ashley, Richie
Parsons, Hummingbird Syndicate, Kid Gulliver, Kris Rodgers & The Dirty Gems,
November 16 (Saturday) Brian Young's a
Crash Course for the Ravers is featuring Greg Allen's
Fringe Religion. 1-4PM WMFO 91.5 FM at http://www.wmfo.org/popout_player.php?bitrate=256
November 16 (Saturday) International
Pop Overthrow Night 3 at Union Tavern...with Arthur Nasson,
Dave Charles, The Shellye Valauskas Experience, Michael Oliver & The Sacred
Band, Tiger Bomb, The Amplifier Heads, The Brigands
November 16 (Saturday) DJ Easy
Ed presents: The Hi-Risers, Goons (mems of Rocky Velvet), The
Bop Thrills, + Easy Ed’s Record Hop! at The
November 21 (Thursday) Robert Gordon
with special guest Chris Spedding and Diablogato
November 23 (Saturday) A Crash
Course For The Ravers featuring A Bunch Of Jerks 1-4PM
November 23 (Saturday) Tunnel of
Love, Nice Guys, Feminine Aggression, Song Birds, Swettes at Hardcore
Stadium Bishop Allenm Dr Central Sq Cambridge FB
November 23 (Saturday) The Knock
Ups, blindspot, Lonely Leesa & The Lost Cowboys at Sally O'Brien's
November 23 (Saturday) "Love The Bands"
@ ONCE Featuring: Smitty E. Smitty & The Feztones, PowerSlut, Corner
Soul, The Rupert Selection - Doors: 8:30PM, Music 9PM
November 24 (Sunday) Johnny Cab,
Kermit's Finger, The Negans, Baabes, Bernie's Garage at The Midway
December 7 (Saturday) Triple B Records
presents: American Hardcore Fest 2019 with Magnitude,
Wild Side, One Step Closer, Restraining Order, Method of Doubt, Anxious, Big
Mack, Field Agent- All Ages, $25Advance / $30Day of Show, *NOTE* 12:00PM
Doors- this is an early show!! FB
December 14 (Saturday) Baabes,
The Von Traps, The Hi-End, The Stigmatics at the Midway Matinee Show
December 15 (Sunday) Thrash N
Bang's 8th Annual Punk Pizza Party! with The Neighborhood Shit,
Fast Times, The Ratz, The Hangovers at The Midway 3PM matinee - ony
$5!!! and free pizza.
December 21 (Saturday) MOTO, The
Thigh Scrapers, The Thirsty Pirates (NYC) , The Montgomerys
at The Midway for a Matinee Show 3-7:30PM
December 21 (Saturday) Mother
Iron Horse, Tied to a Bear, Von Traps, Skytigers at Opus in Sale
January 10 (Friday) The Mercy Case,
Bystander, blindspot, Foxes at Koto Salem
January 18 (Saturday) Barrence
Whitfield & The Savages, Muck and the Mires at The Middle East
FB page and tickets
March 28 (Saturday) The Zulus at The Paradise
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