On Friday there was a good line up at Thunder Road. That’s
a comfortable club with the advantage of a raised stage.
We missed Modern Day Idols but saw most of Watts.
Watts were one revved up rock and roll machine. The overall thrust they gave
is that this was rock and roll party time, it's what they do every time. Watts
is full of strong talented personalities. There were times when all four were
singing. They also pass the lead singing duties around. The songs stick in your
head. You can be singing them days afterward. They mostly play the most resent
material. They did go back to an earlier CD (The All Time Low) and
played “20 to 12” and ended with that CD’s fave “Radio”.
Watts have pushing to win the Kiss
Concert Cruise contest where they can play with Kiss. That contest is over
on Monday, so we will soon know if Lynch can show his Kiss tattoos on the Kiss
We had heard some of The Grip Weeds songs on The Underground
Garage. They've been releasing records since 1992. Their psychedelic pop was
in full bloom at Thunder Road. They have assimilated all the tricks of the sixties
bands like Jefferson Airplane, The Who, The Electric Prunes etc.
Other band are doing similar things but not to the extent of the Grip
Weeds. Live you could see their attention to every detail and their
ability to deliver it. They had all the right equipment but anybody
can buy that. It was the three part harmonies, the guitar counter melodies,
the bass lines, the drum style, and the well written originals that combined
to overwhelm. A few of their songs have been ‘The Coolest Song
of the Week’ on Little Steven’s show. The set sounded like
a whole set of those songs.
If there was any doubt to what they could do they did a few covers
(Hungry by Paul Revere and I'm a Man by Spencer Davis) that were so spot
on that it was eerie.
All the playing was exemplary but we have to mention the guitar playing
of Kristin Penell. She had no flash, just well-placed
melodies and riffs that fit into every part of the songs that gave them
depth and identity. Some of us were ogling the Coral like guitar. This
was the guitar used to give a sitar like effect to songs. She played
it to great effect on Beatles/George Harrison’s “Within
You Without You” (Video above).
We also have to mention the drumming by Kurt Reil.
His style is so steeped in the sixties that it was revelation to realize
the difference to a current day drummer. Linda of Muck and the Mires
does a similar thing but even she has an energy and attack that reflects
today. Kurt’s comfortable crafting of a lot of low tom tom sounds
just is not done anymore. If you are sensitive to these things this
was a jaw dropping performance. We think they made everyone in that
room a fan with that set. They said they wanted to make it a yearly
duty to come to Boston. We are all for that.
That left the final set for Fireking. Tony
Kaczynski has his hands in a lot of projects. We were expecting
the second Fireking album by now. We think many of the songs they played
were from that album, we’ll see. The group line up has changed.
John Sheeran of The Dirty Truckers is now on bass.
The overall sound of the group is sparser now. The drummer doesn’t
do a lot of fills and that allowed the bass to be heard clearly.
For all the times we’ve seen Sheeran play, this was the first
time we could hear him plainly. It was a little bit of a showcase for
him in that way. He was deep into the songs. Tony writes songs with
busy rhythms and moving chords, and John had bits that held all that
together. His playing had an internal logic that propped up the songs
to their benefit.
We loved hearing a few favorites from Double Trouble the album
that introduced everyone to Fireking. Tony's booming voice, full of
character, remains the gift that keeps on giving. It can wrap around
a lyric and bring it to places that other voices are not able to do.
Right now we sit and wait for that next album.
Metal mavens The Humanoids have a reconfiguration of personnel in
Il Mostro which they describe as "Pre-Apocalyptic Post
Punk n Roll" so we hit the Midway on Saturday to check them out.
We just saw one song by The Laces. It was a lose cover
of a Redd Kross song. Their bandcamp
page has some dirty lo-fi punk, that’s spot on for us. This
along with our interview of the Color Killers had us thinking that punk
has some new blood and that’s pretty cool.
Dug McCormack and the DBs
As Dug McCormack and the DBs were setting up we saw
the guitarist was Chris Kenneally from The
Gala. That was a pleasant surprise! Dug is a very busy guy.
He’s responsible for the very identifiable flyers he makes that
feature his art work. He took charge on stage and was visual piece of
art himself in his pale blue slacks and skull t-shirt. Dug has a beefy
mid tone voice that sits in the middle of all the band does.
The set changed as it went along. At the beginning it had a jerky riff
orientation that brought Zappa to mind. Slowly it got punkier and one
song was just about a minute long and this was the material we liked
the best. There was a lot of humor in the lyrics. One song was about
having three heads. The last song which we liked the best was called
something like “What an Ugly Kid”. It had a nice slamming
groove and was punctuated in the end with a quote from “Born Under
A Bad Sign” for those who could catch it. We enjoyed all of
Chris Kenneally’s guitar work. He had some cutting leads
featuring a wonderful tone.
When Il Mostro started playing it sounded just like
The Humanoids to us. Slowly we could see the difference
and as the set went on sure enough they got punkier.
They basically are the Humanoids with a different drummer. Mike,
who plays guitar in the Humanoids, just does vocals in Il Mostro.
Got that? Mike is a big guy and towers over the stage and bandmates. He
was shredding his vocal chords the whole way.
Johnny Machine has made such a strong impression
as the metal man that it’s hard to envision him in any other way.
They did one song that lasted less than a minute and you could say that
was the punkiest point. In the end you would have to say they were half
successful in bringing the punk but the whole set was a powerful performance
in its own terms.
And in other news ....
What to make of Color Killer, a band whose average
age is 10? They came to our attention at the Lillingtons show when Lincoln
played with them onstage. That was a mind bender right there, but then
we find out there is the band!!
They're playing The Warped Tour this year – the youngest band
to do that – and their album of all originals is out July 20.
It's pop punk that takes a lot from their favorites like Green Day.
The only give away on age is the vocals but the playing is as good as
any other band out there and better than a lot. They don’t fumble
with their instruments, they know how to play. Their video
shows you that.
To help us all get up to speed we have an interview with the band:
Lincoln, Matt, Dylan and Nate. They are a
young band in every way. You get an insight into their situation and
their way of thinking. They have to think about things we don't like.....
What’s more important – homework or band practice?
L – Band practice. But I always do all my homework too.
N – Band practice, it’s way better than homework.
M - Band practice all the way. Homework sucks.
D - They are both important. Band practice is just my band homework.
I make sure I have time to do both even if that means doing extra homework
one night if I have band practice the next night. I play lacrosse in
the spring also, so it can be a little busy on the day that I have lacrosse,
homework, band practice and school. But I get it all done!
Click photo below for the whole interview.
Curt Florczak of the Hi End is moving
to San Fran!! He says he will be spending time on both coasts actually.
He will still be doing some guitar repair work here and we imagine he'll
be doing a gig or two.
Lets’s see if we can keep up with Rum Bar this
week….. Lou, the leader of the pack, announced that, in the fall,
Muck and the Mires will be releasing a 4 song EP/10
inch called Muckus Maximus. Ha, we love it
right there. The Mires have toured in South America and prepped the
crowd at the Burger Boogaloo in San Fran.
Duck and Cover has their Rum Bar album up for sale
We have "Live It Up" on our Top
Ten Songs The album also has the great “Stand Corrected”
on it also.
You must just go and listen to the Cheap Cassettes
the Ass of My Heart” just so you can say you have listened
to a song with that title. Only on Rum Bar! They also have releases
by The Right Here and Buckley.
Here's some good shows coming up this week.....
July 16 (Monday) The Dirty
Byrds, Blame It On Whitman, Mojo Rot at The Middle East Up
July 18 (Wednesday) Thee
Fightin' Fish, Wired Up & Captain Martini
July 20 (Friday) Boston Massacre
2018 with the Straw Dogs, Mung, Jerry's Kids and more
TBA at the Middle East
July 20 (Friday) Crimespree,
Noogy (TX), Secret Spirit & Straight Eights
at Club Boho at the Cantab
July 20 (Friday) Crunchtime,
Doug MacDonald, Highway Chapel at Sally O'Brien's
July 20 (Friday)
Kid Gulliver, OTP, The Knock-Ups &
The Surprise Party at KOTO/Salem
July 21 (Saturday) Kermit's
Finger, The Grommets, The Only Things, The Instamatics 4-8PM
at the Midway
July 21 (Saturday) Hub
City Stompers, Brunt Of It, Barfight Champs early show at 6:30PM
at The Middle East Up
21 (Saturday) The Monseiurs are playing
Fenway Park with The Foo Fighters!! That should be
interesting. Andy won't be able to walk into the crowd for his usual
close up contact.
July 21 (Saturday) It's O'Brien's'
Grub Sweat and Beers weekend - Day 1- Saturday
is Bible Of The Devil, Sasquatch, Sundrifter, Hey Zeus, Birnam
Wood, Scaphism, The Northern Skulls, Labor Hex, The Humanoids, Test
Meat, Red Mantis = 15 bucks starts at 3PM
July 21 (Saturday) Hummingbird
Syndicate, Andy Stone, Billy Connors, Stigmatics at Ralph's
July 22 (Sunday) It's O'Brien's'
Grub Sweat and Beers weekend -Day 2 Sunday
- Wolfsmyth, Mollusk, The Rupert Selection, The Heave Ho, Witchkiss,
Backwoods Payback, Set Fire, Diablogato, Freak On! Starts at
2Pm - 10 bucks
July 22 (Sunday) CD Release party
for Color Killer's new album Generation
Z. at O'Hearn's Tavern in Marlborough, 6-8PM. FB
And further out we have...
July 26 (Thursday) Distressor,
Offside, Psychic Weight, DNZL at O'Brien's
July 26 (Thursday) The
Runouts, Sonic Libido, Mercury on Mars, KCUF at Club Boho at
July 26 (Thursday) Radium
Girls, Thrust Club, Lonely Leesa and the Lost Cowboys, Yes Commander
at Once Ballroom
July 26 (Thursday) D.O.A
40th Anniversary Tour at The Middle East Up- doors are at 7PM
July 27 (Friday) The F.U.'s,
Grey Matter, Scare City at Ralph's Rock Diner, Worcester
July 27 (Friday) Hixx
& RoadSoldier at Beatnicks in Worcester
July 28 (Saturday) Punk Night at
The Chit Chat with The Radiator Rattlers, Jonee Earthquake Band,
Kermit's Finger, Wkeah, The Lipstick Boys at the Chit Chat
Lounge Haverhill, MA
July 28 (Saturday) Rockin' The
Dune Tunes with Sport Shakes, Love Strangers, Carissa Johnson,
Cordobas at Whitecrest Beach Wellfleet Cape Cod 5-9PM
July 29 (Sunday) Color
Killer, State of the Union, The New Frustrations, The Stigmatics
at The Midway for a Matinee Show 4-8PM
August 3 (Friday) Carissa
Johnson & The Cure-Alls, The Life Electric, Psychic Dog, The Appleyards
at The Middle East Up
August 3 (Friday) Bim Skala
Bim, The Dogmatics & the World premiere of the
film Chet's Last Call at Grumpy's Pub in Falmouth,
page for more info
August 3 (Friday) Blondie
are playing out at Mass MOCA also on the bill And The Kids
August 3 (Friday) PanzerBastard,
Taxi Driver, Brix’n Mortar and The Downhauls
at Opus in Salem
August 4 (Saturday) Nervous
Eaters, Jeremy and The Harlequins, Justine and The Unclean
at The Middle East Up- early evening show- doors at 6:30
August 4 (Saturday) Muck
and the Mires, Tiger Bomb, The Gala at Sally O'Brien's
August 4 (Saturday) DJ
Easy Ed presents The Fathoms, Trabants, The Fearless
Leaders at The Midway
August 4 (Saturday)
Descendents w/ A Wilhelm Scream
& Pavers at State Theatre, Portland, Maine
August 5 (Sunday) Richie
Parsons presents a Sunday afternoon acoustic duo show! Featuring
Martin-Morell (Eric Martin of The Neats and Steve Morell
of The Del Fuegos)
, Richie Parsons Duo, David & Therese (feat.
David Fredette from The Upper Crust), Eamonn McKeever &
Linda S. Viens - this is an early show starting at 4PM
August 8 (Wednesday) The
Blasters come back to ONCE - according to Once this show IS
August 11 (Saturday) Tigerman
WOAH!, Threat Level Burgundy, The Screw-ups do a matinee show
at the Midway 4-8PM
August 11 (Saturday) Billy
Squire presents: A Night On The Delta featuring Andy
California, Billy Squire, Detroit Rebellion, Hambone Skinny,
and Red House at The Midway
August 11 (Saturday) MATB,
The Lost Riots, The Prozacs, Wretched Hive at The Hotel Vernon
August 13 (Monday) Agent
Orange, Fea, and more at Ralph's Diner in Worcester
August 15 (Wednesday) Agent
Orange are at the Brighton Music Hall TIX!
Silver Screams will be opening up for them. TIX
August 16 (Thursday) Agent
Orange w/ FEA, MOTO and Zero Holds
at Alchemy in Provi, RI
August 16 (Thursday) Michael
Kane & The MAs, Reverand Dan, Volstead Act, Jonee Earthquake at
the 13th Floor Music Lounge -JJs Tavern Florence, MA
August 17 (Friday) Wreckless Chords
presents: Gang Green & The Dogmatics...with...Diablogato,
Antibodies, Worm- at the C Note in Hull - start time is 7 PM
August 17 (Friday) Richie
Parsons Band, Tiger Bomb, Random Ideas at The Bayside Bowl
in Portland, ME
August 24 (Friday) Actor|Observer
(Record Release) w/ Long Time at Great Scott
August 24 (Friday) Lyres,
Glider, Pop Gun, Knock Ups at Koto in Salem
August 25 (Saturday) Silver
Screams, The Black Cheers, Rockin Bob Punk Band, Grand at the
Midway for a matinee show 4-8PM
August 25 (Saturday) Stop
Calling Me Frank, Hi-End, The Stigmatics, The Legendary Cazbats
at Club Boho at The Cantab
August 26 (Sunday) Sunday Matinee
with Reason To Fight, Abductors, BFC, Pint Killers
at the Midway 4-8PM
August 28 (Tuesday) In
The Whale, Tied To A Bear, Blood Built Empire at O'Brien's
August 28 (Tuesday) FAVL
(from Italy), Brix N' Mortar, The Martians, Union Boys
at Opus in Salem
August 30th to September 2nd 6th
Annual Rat Beach Party The C-Note on Nantasket Beach! More
info to come later!!
August 31 (Friday)
Battery Bridge, Elle Zee, Corrola DeVille, Screw
Cart and Fat Randy at Club Bohemia
August 31 (Friday) MATB,
After The Blackout, Time Out Timmy, Color Killer, Cook Bag
at Beatnik's in Worcester
September 2 (Sunday) Banshee,
Funeral Cone, Feedbag, Time Out Timmy, Sewer Buddies day show
4PM- at The Midway
September 8 (Saturday) Richard
Mirsky's CD Release Party at the Midway (night show)
September 8 (Saturday) The
Queers on a boat!! doing the Rock On! Concert Cruise FB
page for tix etc
September 9 (Sunday) The
Queers, The Prozacs, CityState, Color Killer, Wretched Hive at
the Waterfront Tavern Holyoke MA FB
page doors at 7Pm
September 11 (Tuesday) Killing
Joke on their 40th Anniversary Tour at the Paradise FB
September 12 (Wednesday) Cheetah
Chrome's new Dead Boys, The Ghost Wolves at Sonia.
September 13 (Thursday) MC50
presents Kick Out The Jams - The 50th Anniversary Tour - whoa!!
This is Wayne Kramer celebrating the 50th Anniversary
of the MC5...with special guests!! At the Paradise. FB
September 13 (Thursday) Fall-Fest
5 Day 1: featuring The Avengers! also on the bill -
Silver Screams, Boot Rot, City Problems and a bunch
more bands. It’s at Alchemy. Music starts at 8PM Here's the FB
September 13 (Thursday) Hudson
Falcons, Genuine Rust, Sonic Libido and more TBA at This is
an ALL AGES Matinee! at Thirsty First: Tavern & Grill, Lowell.
September 18 (Tuesday) Cheetah
Chrome's "Dead Boys" with The Ghost Wolves
are at Sonia
September 18 (Tuesday) ALL AGES
MATINEE- 1-6PM : Hudson Falcons, Genuine Rust, Sonic Libido,
Losers Circle at the Thirsty First Tavern in Lowell.
September 23 (Sunday) The
McGunks, Quiggs, Port City Saints, The Martians do a Sunday
day show at the Midway 4PM
September 28 (Friday) Stop
Calling Me Frank, Soraia, Hambone Skinny & The
Connection at Sally O'Brien's
October 12 (Friday) Salem Horror
Fest After Party with Diablogato, Gray Bouchard and the Dedications
and Petty Morals at Opus in Salem
October 15 (Monday) Jagger
Holly, MATB, The Prozacs, Mongorellis, Color Killer at Beatnik's
October 15 (Monday) Jagger
Holly, Mongorellis, The Prozacs, Jimmy Jacked, Color Killer
at Opus Salem
October 18 (Thursday)
The Proletariat, Savageheads, Silver Screams
October 20 (Saturday) Nervous
Eaters, Indonesian Junk, Duck & Cover at the Middle East
October 27 (Saturday) Lyres,
GLiDER, the modifierS at The Middle East Up- Early show doors
October 27 (Saturday) The
Descendents w/ Teenage Bottlerocket at The
Palladium in Worcester FB
page for tix etc
November 2 (Friday) Roky
Erikson at Once. Tix
November 10 (Saturday) The
FUs, GLiDER, Classic Ruins and Screw Cart
at Club Boho @ The Cantab. This is show 1 in a series called The Rosebud
Rocks...remembering and celebrating our beloved Rosebud in Davis Square
that was sold 4 years ago.
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