The BGN News Archive
June 23, 2014
A month ago people were all of sudden talking about the Eagulls. They
were posting the videos on Facebook and saying they can't wait for them to play
Great Scott's. I heard a DJ saying the same thing. I looked at the
videos but didn't get much from them.
The gig was a Wednesday night so I thought I'd give it a try anyway and maybe
catch something new and worthy. I catch a few songs by the opener local band
The Sun Lions. I like their songwriting but they didn't have a cohesive
punch. Their bandcamp song Best of
Me, done at Q Division, comes off better.
But I mainly came to see the Eagulls. Even before
they set up I was looking at one ugly backdrop. I think they should dump that.
The mike tests showed the heavy reverb that would be on the vocals. The guitarists
have what sound like multiple effects giving them an fuzzy far away sound also.
That's their thing and it works well enough to give them a haunting sound. I
was drawing parallels with 80's English bands like the Psychedelic Furs
and Killing Joke.
The singer, who was a striking slim figure in a plain white
shirt and black pants, had a flatness to his voice that I found very grating
as the set went on. The flatness was both in tone and pitch. The songs also
favor short phases rather than a longer melody line so to me the songs never
took off. After 7 or 8 songs the voice just drove me out. Great Scott's
was about half full. With all the buzz and press these guys generate I thought
more people would be there.
Friday night at The Cantab was a twofer. Two bands that I should have
seen a while ago but somehow kept missing; Litehouse and M.O.T.O.
Litehouse we knew about because it is Matt Burns'
latest group. When we saw Randy
Black at TT's he had a guest singer doing a cover of Femme Fatal
that channeled Nico. Matt came up and said, 'that's our singer." That
was Clara Wellons. Suitably impressed we knew we had to check out the
We got to the club about ten to nine for a nine o'clock start
and were met with a chairless and empty club. Mickey Bliss takes out
the chairs for the nights where there may be lots of equipment like the four
band night tonight. Matt tells us the Litehouse set tonight is all covers
except one for original song. Soon enough people arrive and the band is up.
Also tonight Lighthouse has Tony from Fireking on guitar. He turns
out to be a big asset knowing all the riffage to the cover songs. I never heard
Lighthouse without him but he was so well integrated and contributed
so much tonight I now can't imagine them without him.
They start up the Buzzcocks - Ever
Fallen In Love - the sound is faithful to the record and then there
is Clara's voice. She has a full bodied voice with no affectations. The
best part is its all rock; for instance - there is no blues influence at all.
She's pitch perfect all the time. She's a real talent. In Ever Fallen
In Love she is able to inject more emotion than Shelly and when she
sings a line like "You disturb my natural emotions. You make me feel I'm dirt,
And I'm hurt" you feel it like never before. Later she rips through Search
and Destroy flailing about and delivering that diatribe with fire. Then
she sings some Beatles with ease and then the Femme Fatale cover
where she's got that blasť flatness down too. The band has been rocking lively
all night and Tony has been a standout on guitar and then singing Cheap Trick's
Surrender. They end with Caught in the Rain, an original.
Catch a performance of
this at Porchfest. This is a straight pop tune and way catchy. Now, I feel
like I need to see a set of all originals. This
is a produced video of the song Portrait of Wilson. Litehouse should be
commanding more attention.
I used to play M.O.T.O.
a lot on WMBR's the LRC back in my 80's stint. I loved "Dick About It".
The group always seemed a bit mysterious to me and the cassette releases I could
never keep track of. They do have a long history and a lot of releases. It's
all about Paul Caporino and his songwriting. Paul has ended up here and
has had lots of gigs these last couple of years. MOTO is a
trio and the bass player, who is very good, is his wife.
I love the fact that from the first song he keeps it punky
and punchy. No touchy feely moments you might get from a singer songwriter.
Paul has the guitar volume up and the lyrics pointed. It doesn't take long to
realize you have to be on your toes with this guy. Verbally, between songs,
he's a motor mouth spewing out puns, observations and obtuse connections to
all and everything. Musically, he's the same way. In the middle of his songs
he has included snippets of famous tunes and lyrics and his leads have quotes
from songs in any era of rock. It's like his mind is a Pro Tools set
up where he can cut and paste anything he wants into any point in the song:
all entertaining and stimulating. He's not unlike our house savant Kenne
Highland. I actually thought at one point I would like to see the night
annotated somehow. Maybe that could be a project: a video with subtitles or
a web version with links.
MOTO is famous for its sheer volume of songs. The
songs they played all had long melody lines with plentiful chord changes and
were distinctive. There's no quality drop for the sake of quantity. At one point
he was somehow playing Hard Day's Night with different lyrics
but it wasn't just Hard Day's Night. I would love to know what
was going on there. That was indicative of his set. I would listen and something
would capture my interest and then the next interesting thing would come and
I'd be caught in wonder again.
He can be crude; Miss Lyn had steam coming out of her ears over the song, It
Tastes Like a Milkshake. (This is Blowfish's review today but Miss
Lyn has to interject here: When did he write that song? when he was 12?? Cause
its really childish and stupid. And how could any self respecting woman sing
those lyrics? or even play the song??? Reminds me of that Figgs
song I heard a couple years ago only this one is WORSE.)
It was a good night with two groups with lots to hear. Mickey
Bliss had the new Real Kids CD Shake
Outta Control playing between songs all night so we had some flashbacks
to last Saturday too. There were still two more bands to go but we felt satisfied
with the first two bands.
In other news.....
Ed Lynch (ex of GG Allin, Psycho and Insult) is now officially
the new bass player for The F.U.s and you can see them August 16th at
O'Brien's!! Congrats Ed, we know you are thrilled!
Also...HE'S BAaaAACK...Kenne Highland has returned from the Gizmos
World Tour and writes about it and a host of other things in his Kenne
Highland at Large Column this week.
And if you haven't read it yet be sure to check out the ever popular guest
Coraccio's Back Pages as he remembers a multitude of Lyres airport hassles
to get to Barcelona for their European tour....
And we've been patently waiting for another Plumerai show...we
loved them ever time we've seen them....we just got words that they won't
be playing out anywhere until this fall...good news is they are currently working
on a new album!! And you can check oput their latest single release from a couple
months ago Seattle
here. But we love this video coz you get to really see Eliza in action...Plumerai
at Radio...we are looking forward to some shows in the fall and their new
So what's comin' up for gigs?....
Ken Scales says : Adventure Set will be at Bill's Bar
this Thursday the 26TH....with very special guests Casey Desmond
& Cemetery Girl also....Adventure Set's new 4 song EP "Gazebo"
will be out in very soon.
Always promising an interesting experience Walter Sickert & the Army
of Broken Toys (12AM) are at TT's along with Parlour Bells,
Muy Cansado and Future Carnivores on Friday June 27th
Another interesting film is at the Regent Theater in Arlington - Tom
Rush - No Regrets.....this would be for 60s Boston music fans,
and many rockers have always loved Tom Rush even though hes on the folk
end of things. This film also has an appearance by Dick Summer a legendary DJ
whos Subway show promoted the Bosstown Sound. There should be loads of
local music luminaries at that showing. There'll also be a Post Screening Q&A
with Filmmakers and Tom Rush. It's playing this Saturday, June 28th at 8pm
Next Drunk Nuns gig is this Saturday
6/28 at the Cantab its a cool night with not only the Drunk Nuns but
also Psychic Dog, The Dead Trains, and The Evil Streaks...and
Dave Tree from SweeTreet
Ink will be selling cool stuff from his shop.
Also on Sat 6/28 T. Max and Butterscott are at Store 54
- a great place to see some music and shop simultaneously!!
Looks like the tried and true Out of The Blue Gallery on Prospect St
in Cambridge has to move after 18 years at that location!! So they are having
a series of benefit shows to help cover the costs of finding a new space etc...You
can donate at their Go Fund me page
or/ and you can go to the shows ...Sunday July 6th at TT's they've
got So Sol, Thick Wild, Ex-Magicians, All Eyes On Me and DJ Sterling
will be the host, MC, & spinning between bands.
Trip to NYC time!! Sunday July 13th Greg Allen and His Fringe Religion are
playing at the Annual
Johnny Thunders Birthday Bash at The Bowery Electric in NYC. Also on the
bill Walter Lure and a whole lotts other bands too!
July 15th has FuzzStompin' GarageSoul with Thee Legendary Rockin'
Prophets at O'Brien's.
July 19th Great Scotts has We're All Gonna Die, Cocked n'
Loaded, Murcielago, Hey Zeus and The Humanoids
Friday July 25th
at The Midway, Cincinnati band Wussy
is playing along with locals Slowdim and Brother Fight.....
Friday July 25th has a great show at Great Scott's with Razors
In The Night (Record Release Party! & we're happy to see they are out
and about again!), Panzerbastard, The Blue Bloods, and Taxi Driver
Friday August 1st has Tsunami of Sound, Tommy White's The Beachcombovers
and Cal Cali's New Experience at Sally O'Brien's
Saturday July 26th tune in to Brian Young and his Crash Course for
the Ravers show on WMFO 91.5 he's gotta a bunch of folks on the show:
-Cal & Al with ....Frank Rowe (Classic Ruins), Anthony Kaczynski (Fireking)
-Randy Black and Vikki Porter
And then that very same evening....over at the Tavern at the End of the
World is Cal
Cali's Summertime Soiree with Fireking, Cal Cali Band, Randy Black
& the Heathcroppers and Vikki Porter Band....and at the Tavern
there's NO COVER!!
Terry Brenner's bringing The Real Kids and Nervous Eaters
and Greg Allen's Fringe Religion to The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly
on Saturday August 2 Thank you Terry!!
In Boston on August 2 there's the Boston
Fuzzstival at the Middle East....check out this Line up
degrees Taurus, Abadabad, Atlantic Thrills, Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!,
Black Beach, Creatorus, Dinoczar, Doug Tuttle, The Fagettes, Fat Creeps, Ghost
Box Orchestra, Gymshorts Magic Shoppe, The New Highway Hymnal, and , The TeleVibes
Friday August 8th - awesome Rock On Cruise with Aquanutz/White
Saturday August 9th there's a excellent show at Store 54 with
My Own Worst Enemy and Apple Betty.
Sunday August 10th there's an afternoon show (4-8PM) at the Midway
with Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, The Swindlers, The Skeleton Beats
and The Knock Ups.
Saturday August 16th over in Allston O'Brien's has The FU's,
MOTO, Round Eye and Daikaidju
(sounds like a wild show!!)
It's Hixxmas in August folks! On August 23rd at Club Bohemia
at The Cantab it's Hixx and Psychic Dog and more bands TBA...
This should be an interesting evening...at The Cantab August 30th....The
Sound Down Cellar, Nelson Slater (tentative), Annie Activator and
the once a year gig by Love & Flame featuring Danny Rybar, Lady
Carolyn and Joe Viglione along with Mike Quirk on bass, Kenne
Highland on guitar. (they are on at 9:30) and The Guns of Brighton
We finally get to see Dave Minehan with The Replacements since
they are on the bill for the Boston
Calling Show September (5,6 & 7)!
But also put this on your calendar: At O'Brien's on Friday Sept 5...It's
Fri Lisa & Malibu's 10 Year Anniversary Rock Off!!! Featuring: The Kurt
Baker Band, The Connection, Tom Baker & The Golden Shower Band (Members
of The Dirty Truckers & Watts)and ZipGun Bomber
The Legendary Shake Shakers are coming to the Middle East down September
Saturday September 13th is Matt Burns' 60th Birthday Party! He's
celebrating at The Lizard Lounge. So far the bill includes Litehouse,
The Handymen, Kenne Highland, and more bands to come.....
There's also a excellent show at The Midway on Sept 13. Cal Cali
brings us Lyres-Nervous Eaters-Cal Cali Band- The Invaders (Les Envahisseurs-from
Quebec) - whew!!!
And at TT's in September there's a couple great shows coming up -
Sunday Sept 21 is Queerstock 2014 with Gunpowder Gelatine, Thalia
Zedek, The Kitchenettes and Fur Purse and to finish off the week
on a definite , awesome actually, punk note Friday the 26th they have
The Angry Samoans, Reagan Youth, Burning Streets and The Welsh Boys
opening the night.
The Rat Beach Party set for September 14th& 15th you get all
the info on their
September 14th -a Sunday daytime show- at the Midway will bring
us The Members!!
October 5th - a Sunday daytime show at The Midway will bring
us The Vibrators!!!
And September 22nd at the Middle East up is a great show with
Shonen Knife and Petty Morals.
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