The BGN News Archive
August 28, 2017
We took a chance and hit O’Brien’s on Tuesday. Sticker
Shock describe themselves as punk/garage but they were fast and hardcore
sounding. It’s been a while since we heard a real fast band and they filled
that need. Rather than a “one, two, three, four” from the drummer
he clicked his drumsticks together with 64th notes and the band was off to the
races. You can catch that in the video below.
They did as good a job as can be done without a bass, but with
this music you need a bass for the full power. Their Bandcamp
Eric Law showed up. He was interested in the
next band Needles//Pins from Vancouver. It took
them a few songs to warm up. After that every song hit its mark.
The main singer has a raspy voice that he fills with emotion to
amp up the songs. He reminded us of the singer for Stiff Little
Fingers. Eric thought the band sounded like Husker Du and we did...just
a bit. The singing along with the group attack commanded attention.
Catch the chorus of the song in the middle video below where he
sings “It’s all the same”. That’s what
he was doing to all the songs. There was such a good stretch of
notable songs that when it was over you felt like you had just
heard a set you would remember for a long while.
We haven’t digested their new album yet but a quick listen
revealed it has elements of the live set. You can catch that distinctive
voice there. It would have been better to be familiar with some
of their songs. Well, we will next time...they are a group to
catch again. Check 'em out here. You
can check them out here
The Natty D's
We wanted to see Carissa Johnson on Thursday at O’Brien’s.
She was listed as going on first which seemed odd ....yup the bill was listed
in reverse order. Because of that we caught The Natural Disasters.
When they got on stage they declared that their new name was now The
There weren’t many people in the club and zero energy
in the room but The Natty D’s put rock
in the place. We could easily imagine them in a full club on a
weekend night as they worked up the crowd. At O’Brien’s,
even as they played to the void, they kept the stage energy up
and put on a worthy show. The bass player was impressive; he had
a thick sound tweaked with effects and he was nibble-fingered.
It felt like he could carry a group sound with just a drummer’s
help. They played Gang Green’s Alcohol – that's the
first video above.
We haven’t hit a lot of shows at Sonia
since it's been going. Nothing like the amount of shows we used
to go to when that spot was TT’s. We did go on Saturday,
there was a line up of 5 rocking bands.
They were all new to us...but not to the crowd. The place was eventually packed
by the time the last band played at this 5 pm to 9 pm show. The show was put
on by the Keynote
Company. We didn’t know about them but they book a lot of shows.
In Good Nature
We just caught a few songs by In Good Nature but liked the
bright pop punk a lot. They were a young band who played and sang well and they
were good natured!!
Ten Cents Short
Ten Cents Short (they should team up with Ten
Dollar Mistake) were pop punk with some emo thrown in. The band
had punch to their sound and strong main vocals. They were rewarded
with some moshing from a small but psyched crowd. When the background
vocals were added to the mix it was a really engaging sound. You
could see the people singing along on the floor. They are from
Somerset, MA. You don’t hear a lot of bands coming out of
there. They did a good job on their video too. Check
it out here
With two sets of sunny pop punk under our belts we were initially
stunned by the onslaught of Degrader. They are
metal/hardcore. They came out blasting with a growling thunderous
overall sound.....then the bass player would madly swing his bass
around his body which seemed....movie-like, not like anything
you see in real life. He continued to do it all during the set;
see the middle video below. Just wild and kind of dangerous adding
to the feel of the set. The audience was fine with the switch
of genre and were moshing and singing along.
As Bleacher Days was scheduled to play people
started pouring in and the place got packed to its fullest. This
was their CD release party. These guys have a following. How did
this group from Avon do that? The lead singer had been bounding
all over the place and moshing to the earlier groups. He even
did a somersault at one point. Still, he had plenty of energy
left for the set, no problem.
Their first song was Once
Again which begins with the same chords as Do
Ya by the Move but goes elsewhere after that.
The crowd was jammed in the front and it was an active mosh pit with mucho stage
diving. There was a lot of fun being had. It was a topper to the whole good
So this bill was showcasing new bands to us, putting out good
rock, and drawing a crowd. We go to a lot of shows and there are
times where the audience is a dozen people so it was revealing
to see this other corner of the local rock world. How do we get
these people out to more shows in town??
And in other news ....
Joe Fagan has been doing shows with Highway
Chapel for a while, but this is the first time he's recorded
something for all of us to hear. He rocks out on Nobody’s
it out here. And luckily for all of us he's playing at Sally
O'Brien's on September 9th!
Another night of Rock'n'Roll Trivia brought to
you by Rocker Zine is comin' up on at Once. See
below for more info
Mon Sept 4 is the 3rd Annual DO617 Allston Christmas
show at the Brighton Music Hall. It's primarily for students and
well, anyone in Allston...and anyone else too. All you have to
do is RSVP
to DO617 here. On the bill: Marcela Cruz, Latrell
James, Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections, Elephants,
and Glass Half Empty.
The movie L7: Pretend We're Dead is
at the Arlington Theatre Thurs, 9/14 & Fri, 9/15. Here's the
FB page It's an "all-access journey into the 1990’s
grunge movement that took the world by storm and the band that
helped define it as the genre of a generation." Read
more about it here. You
can grab tix here.
Vanyaland has a great interview/article on Ralph
Fatello’s roll in surf music in Boston punk. DO
read it here. How awesome is that?? How awesome is he?? And
see that BGN button logo above? Ralph designed that too!!
Damned interview got us another mention.
This time in The Damned:The Chaos Years – An
Unofficial Biography by Barry Hutchinson. Our mention
is just two paragraphs and the Rat gig itself a paragraph. The
book is packed with info in its 396 pages. It covers their career
from the beginning untill 1995. Damned fans will love this book.You
can grab it On
We suggest you check out PostPunk.com.
There's lots of great stuff to read about there. You can check
out the trailer for the Morrissey biopic England
Is Mine coming out soon there.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
August 28 (Monday) Its another Taco Monday
Mess Around at Once- this week we have Jay Allen, Justine Covault,
Tom Baker and...Lee Harrington from The Neigborhoods
and drummer Scott Pittman (The Shods, Frank Morey, Sugar Blood
Jinx, Aquanutz), among others,
September 1 (Friday) Silver Screams,
The Runouts and Crimespree at Koto in Salem
September 7 (Thursday) Teenage Bottlerocket,
OC45 and MakeWar at The Middle East
September 7 (Thursday) Thrust
Club, Burnt VIllage, Psychic Dog and Cook Bag at O'Brien's
September 8 (Friday) The Nervous Eaters
and Glider , State of the Union and Casanovas in Heat at
Out of the Blue Gallery Central Sq. here's the
FB page to get updates.
September 9 (Saturday) Starlabfest 8
Starlabfest VIII will be taking place at the Somerville Arts Council's outdoor ARTFarm location at 10 Poplar St. just outside of Union Square.
There will be beer, wine and cider, as well as FREE BBQ (including vegan/veggie options) from Scott Brothers New American Meat Co.
Also, a flea market will be on site curated by High Energy.
PAUL COLLINS & THE DAZIES,
ME IN CAPRIS,
JOJO & THE ANGRY GIRLS,
JEFF ROWE. INFO
September 9 (Saturday) The Stigmatics
are on A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 91.5 from 1-4PM
September 9 (Saturday) The Gala,
Future Carnivores, Stars Like Ours and Courters at
September 9 (Saturday) Highway
Chapel at Sally OBrien's
September 9 (Saturday)
Charlie Don't Surf at McGann's Pub down in
North Station area. FB
September 10 (Sunday) A Giant Dog, The Dazies, Boston Cream at O'Brien's
September 10 (Sunday) GBH and The
Casualties at The Brighton Music Hall
And further out we have....
September 11 (Monday) Roky Erickson
at the Brighton Music Hall. WOW!! Get
yer tix here.
September 11 (Monday) Rocker Zine's
Rock'n'Roll Trivia at Once (Taco Monday too! YUM) FB
page here for more info
September 15 (Friday) Cold Expectations,
Justine and the Unclean, Ten Dollar Mistake at The Tavern at the End
of the World - FB
September 15 (Friday) Boston vs Tokyo
Rock n Roll Showdown with Muck And The Mires, The Fadeaways (from Japan),
Mellvins (from Japan), Jittery Jack at O'Brien's Pub
September 16 (Saturday) Big Giant, Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, The Melatonins at The Midway - 4PM matinee show
September 16 (Saturday) Chameleons VOX
At the Middle East Also on the bill: Soft Kill , Way Out and The Milling
September 18 (Monday) The Dictators NYC (aka Manitoba NYC) are at The Middle East
September 18 (Monday) Duck & Cover
and the Quiggs are at Once with a fake version of The Dead
Boys...no Stiv no Jimmy Zero -how can you call that the Dead Boys?? sad.
September 20 (Wednesday) X doing
their 40th Anniversary Tour- at the Brighton Music Hall
September 20 (Wednesday) Kris
Rodgers and Soraia are At O’Briens
September 20 (Wednesday) a super-special
Rockabilly edition of Primitive Sounds with host DJ Easy Ed will
be spinning with three top DJs from out of town: James (Los Angeles), El Dedo
(Phoenix) and Skeets (Montreal)....All 45s... All Killer, no Filler!- its at
Brass Union in Union Square Somerville. Starts at 8PM
September 21 (Thursday)
Mailman Carl, Dead Trains, Hambone Skinny, Natty D's,
The Appleyards at Club Bohemia
September 22 (Friday) The Go
Set, Beantown Boozehounds, The Pint Killers, The Disquiets at O'Brien's
September 22 (Friday) The Ataris and The
Queers at The Middle East - this is an early show- 6PM -10Pm
September 22 (Friday) The Hi-End,
Corin Ashley, Modern Day Idols, The Curtis Mayflower at the Midway
September 22 (Friday) The Bushwick
Hotel, Petty Morals, The Fellowship of Feeding Wolves are at The Middle
September 22, 23 & 24 (Friday-Sunday)
The 5th Annual Rat Beach Party is at The C Note in Hull. FB
page here. Lotta bands!! The Black Souls, Hummingbird Syndicate,
Greg Allen & The Fringe Religion, Highway Chapel etc.
September 24 (Sunday) The Grommets,
Uncle Spudd, Kermit's Finger, The New Frustrations, Sewer Buddies at
The Midway - 4PM Matinee show
September 25 (Monday) Loser's Circle,
Mongorellis, the Scutches, and Blame It On Whitman @
September 28 (Thursday) Stiff Little Fingers
are doing their 40th Anniversary tour they have Death by Unga Bunga opening
for them - at the Brighton Music Hall
September 29 (Friday) Il Mostro,
Silver Screams, BDSX and The Von Traps at O'Brien's
September 29 (Friday) Brian Young's
ACCFTR A Crash Course for the Ravers featuring A Tribute to
Thunders with Simon Ritt! 1-4PM WMFO 95.1
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
October 13 (Friday) Silver Screams,
Idle Pilot, Black Cheers and Psychic Dog at Koto/Salem
November 3 (Friday) The Woggles, Muck and the Mires, Stupidity, Andrea Gillis Band at The Middle East Up
November 4 (Saturday) Human Sexual
Response at HOB
November 9 (Thursday) The Proletariat
at ONCE Ballroom w/ Siege and Black Beach
November 10 (Friday) CH3 (Channel
3), The FUs, Silver Screams, Fast Times Punk at The Middle East Up
- 8-Midnight show
tix here Read about
CH3 here. there's links for tix etc too
November 10 (Friday) The Proletariat
are at Narrows Center for the Arts w/ Black Beach in Fall River,
page for info)
November 11 (Saturday)
Hasselfest #9 this year has Pere Ubu
and a ton of other bands at Once- get
the info on the FB page here.
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