The BGN News Archive
October 2, 2017
Love and Flame
We don’t ask much of life. A good pop punk bill like they
had at PA’s on a Monday that’s good for us. It was
three locals and one NYC band called The Scutches.
We were going anyway but when Eric Law sent this
video of The Scutches the urge to go got stronger.
Blame It on Whitman
This was the third show for new group Blame it on Whitman.
All three have been on bills with Loser's Circle.
We were there for the other shows – First
time . This time we just saw the last song. Our recommendation
is to check out this new band.
Mongorellis is a scrappy punk band. There is
no pretention there. They got up on stage and just dug in. They
played some things fast but weren’t afraid of slowing things
up. What they had were songs that caught your ear.
Their early effort Politician Death Camp was always
a fave. The lyrics push for getting rid of all the politicians.
70’s Again was another song that stuck out and
stuck in your mind too. The melody was poppier than the rest.
They were clever with songs like Audio Roofie and their
‘love song’ Choke You. We loved looking at
the mad dog attack by bass player Ed Lynch.
The Scutches were solid in the Ramones/Green
Day style. We could listen to that all night, no problem. They
were bright and tight. The best moments were when lead singer
Vinny puts his tweaks on the melody. You can
hear that in the first song in the link above. He has that nasal
voice that fits the snotty lyrics.
It was like a Ramones set, which is to say short songs that sound
alike. When you've got the sound down like this band did, it seems
like everything goes down easy. Sheer punk pleasure for the whole
Wrapping things up was even more pop punk from Loser’s
Circle. For us they are the go to band for pop punk in
Boston now. They claimed they were under-rehearsed, but the set
was tight. Our suggestion is that you should pick up their CD
to catch the songs and then see them live. The drummer is a multitasker.
He writes some of the songs and sings while he plays busy and
fast drums. You can feel the energy coming from him as they play.
We were thrilled to get a line up like that on a Monday and at
PA’s which doesn’t have a lot of punk on their schedule.
Thursday had a lot of people torn; Patti Smith
was giving a reading in town and Stiff Little Fingers
where at Brighton Music Hall.
Miss Lyn was at Patti Smith.
It was a sold out show and the line started early and went around
the block! It's pretty incredible when one woman can sell out
a number of 1100 capacity theaters to just stand around by herself
and talk but Patti Smith is so charming she does it all the time.
This appearance was to promote her new book Devotion
which is about the creative process.
The plan was for her to read from the book but she had a migraine,
"a 7 not a 10", but bad enough that she wore sunglasses
on stage and couldn't read. So she called her daughter Jesse,
who came up from NYC, to accompany her on piano and she talked
and sang a few songs. She mentioned, "The good thing about
singing is it can be healing" She mentioned the new film
Mother! and it turns out she sings Don't They Know It's
the End of the World over the closing credits. That was her
first song of the night. Acapella I believe. She forgot the lyrics
midway through but gained her composure and finshed it up.
She followed that with Because the Night and she asked
us to help her sing it and we did. She mentioned before hand that
there was a verse in the song about her late husband Fred Sonic
Smith. That romance/marriage/bond is easily the most momentous
thing in Patti's amazing life and the sadness of the loss of Fred
still hovers over her. She also sang Dancing Barefoot,
another love song about Fred. The lyrics took on newer deeper
meaning for me.
Between the songs she talked. She, of course, mentioned the book:
"It's a little book, you could probably finish it in the
bathroom!" She mentioned friend Sam Shepard another deep
loss for Patti. She gave a plug for the show Jesse has put together:
To Paris at Carnegie Hall in Novermber. After the singing
part of her perfornance, which went by really fast, there was
a Q&A session. Everyone prefaced their questions with how
much Patti had made an impression on their lives.
It was getting late, there were a lot of people lined up and Patti
got a little testy as the questions went on too long or were about
something she's covered at length in the past. I honestly think
she just wanted as many people as possible to get to ask their
questions. But the cue to end things came before everyone got
She ended the evening with an acapella version of I Can't
Help Falling in Love With You and dedicated it to the audience.
The whole night was like being in a living room hanging out with
a friend. Patti Smith is witty, humble, heartwarming, and talented
and we just wanted to hang with her longer.
Death by Unga Bunga
Blowfish was at the Brighton Music Hall. Last
February we were at Great Scott and saw Death
by Unga Bunga. With only ten people watching they put
on a creative show full of fun and excellent music. All that is
This time around, opening for Stiff Little Fingers
at BMH, they had a sold out crowd. They did a lot of what they
did before. The lead singer is always going for the laugh. “You
here to see Stiff Little Fingers?” Loud cheering ensues.
“ Too bad, we have a longgggg set.” The singer jumped
off the stage and was on the floor singing/yelling multiple times.
One time he got to the alley at the entrance and was yelling at
the people coming in who must have had no idea why it was happening.
The sound coming off the stage was bass heavy as each pluck of
the bass guitar and each beat of the bass drums were sonic thuds
to your head. That makes the band sound huge but kills any finesse
in that area. This was true with Stiff Little Fingers
too. In that way the Great Scott show was a better way to hear
what Unga Bunga do musically.
They're a garage band basically, but add musical influences from
any other genre as they like. Much of the time their go to thing
is harmonized leads a la Thin Lizzy. And indeed on one song they
played the lead to The Boys Are Back In Town with all
four guitarists with their guitars behind their heads. See that
in the video below. That was a crowd pleaser. A lot of their songs
are composed of extended instrumental arrangements. The audience
loved them. We hope they get a lot of attention from this tour.
Their recorded music reveals much more of their overall strengths
and musical variety. Joanie Lindstrom said they
play them a lot on WMBR.
Stiff Little Fingers
I had never seen Stiff Little Fingers live.
Most of the people I talked to had seen them many times. I played
them a lot when I was on the Late Risers Club back in the day.
Then they were on the rough side of the punk spectrum; now they
sound positively tuneful. Perceptions change! They sucked me in
with the first song Wasted Life and they had me right
to the end which was Alternative Ulster. They did the
songs you wanted to hear like Suspect Device, Gotta
Gettaway and Roots, Radicals, Rockers and Reggae.
Most things sounded even better than the recorded versions.
One of the good things with an older group is when they play
a new song it's up to par too, and they did that. Their Irish
influences come through subtly. No jigs or reels, but you could
hear faint echoes in their bouncy beats. I loved the between song
patter from the singer in a thick brogue. The BMH is not comfortable
when it sells out like it did this night but the continuous roll
out of quality punk made it all worthwhile. They are a classic
punk band that is still on their game. The audience knew that.
They stayed for every note. I didn’t see anyone leave early.
At the end we talked to members of the New Frustrations
and Stop Calling Me Frank. The singer of Stop
Calling Me Frank said they are recording some songs.
One is a Christmas song called Santa Baby, Buy Me a Beer.
That’s them all over.
Friday we went out to O’Briens for The
Rockin Bob’s Punk Band, Silver Screams and
Von Traps but after 50 minutes without finding a parking
space we gave up.
Saturday was another night of too many good shows. Miss Lyn saw
the Blasters at Once and Blowfish
did the South Shore thing with the Rat Beach Party at
The C Note in Hull.
Photo: Miss Lyn
Once was packed right from the start for
The Blasters, Flat Duo Jets show on Saturday. We missed
the Flat Duo Jets but people were there to see
them as much as they were for The Blasters and
everyone thought they were great. The Blasters
came out to a warm welcome by the crowd. These guys are some seasoned
players! Well, they've been around since 1979 and it shows. Phil
Alvin has the longest fingers I've ever seen!! Oh and yeah they
played their mix of country/rockabilly/American Music. There were
a LOT of guitar solos. What surprised me was that people weren't
dancing. Everyone was right up against the stage though and it
looked like some people did want to dance.
As we mentioned last week Count Viglione had
lined up a band with ex-Third Rail members that
was hard to resist for someone who saw them so many times back
The sea was stormy as I pulled into the Nantasket Beach
parking lot. It was beautiful to behold….well enough of
that, it was into the clammy club as usual.
Dennis Most and the Instigators
I walked in on Dennis
Most and the Instigators. They had a mix of garage
and metal that worked wonders. The influence of 70’s pre-punk
rock was a commonality in all the groups for the night. One song
had a chorus that sounded like they were singing “Shop till
you drop” and they sang it like it was a curse with a metal
riff behind it. Very funny.
They ended their set with I Wanna Be Your Dog with the
lead singer rolling on the ground. That brought up memories of
The Count doing the same thing on some of his
Velvet Underground covers. I was distracted greeting people I
knew and didn’t get to give a close listen. That makes me
want to catch a future set.
Love and Flame
The Count compiled a super group that seemed
good in theory and indeed were super in reality. At the center
was the trio of ex-Third Rail members: Gary Soprano, T.B. Player (bass) and Fred
Pineau (also ex-Atlantics). For drums it was the Figure
in a Fez Smitt E. Smitty (Figures On a Beach/Fireking).
Then original Love and Flamers, The Count and
Lady Caroline. To top it off there was our own
John Keegan on Sax.
They did four Velvet Underground songs. Early Boston punk groups
always covered Velvet songs. Jon Macey (Foxpass),
Richard Nolan and the Count were
deeply influenced by the Velvets and their interpretations always
resonated. With the combined histories of the Third Rail members
and The Count, songs like Sweet Jane and White Light/White
Heat took off. Video of Sweet Jane is the third
One of the best ideas was to play Rondy
Rush. That is the first video above. Even Nolan didn’t
play that song from Live At The Rat for many years. Its
S&M imagery has caused band members to back off playing it.
The band attacked it full on like they did every other song. The
Count was in his best voice ever. He claimed he has been
sick and his voice was down to 6 notes. Well they must have been
the right notes.
This was the first song where the classic riffs played by Pineau/Soprano
came out. As you heard them your mind went back to those
old shows and the original recorded versions in 1976. It was an
amazing moment for any punk that was around at that time. They
then played I’m A Star another song played on the
Rat stage and was another vehicle for a guitar attack.
Love and Flame
Then it was another song released on a 45 in 1976 – Fury
In Your Eyes by the Bonjour Aviators, Fred
Pineau’s early group. That is the second video
above. Again the classic intro by Fred was a mind bender. The
twist for this night was that Lady Carolyn sang
the song. Her voice changed the emphasis of the lyrics. When she
sang "like the fury in your eyes" it hit hard every
time. It rejuvenated the song. Fred now has a new group with T.B.
Player, Jim Melanson and Smitty and
they will be playing that song. We hope it gets recorded with
Lady Carolyn singing.
They played As Tears Go By making a connection between
Nico/Faithful and that’s something to think about. You can
see and hear it here in
Faithfull’s cameo in Godard’s Made in America.
Keegan put in a moody smoldering lead as only
a sax man can. It was a set that hit a lot of points and did indeed
do what the Rat Beach Party is set up to do which is to celebrate
that time and give musicians of that time a place to play again.
As a Boston music fan you learn to pay extra attention when Randall
Gibson sits down at the drums like he did with The
Stigmatics after Love and Flame’s set. Most recently
it was with the Real Kids. The Stigmatics have some similarities
with the Real Kids in that their influences go way back. The Stigmatics
have a wider spectrum of groups they take from however. There
were a few songs that had an Exile on Main Street Stones
feel. It was rock with some tasty C&W licks. Then it was a
garage and blues combination. One song had a progression like
I Don’t Need No Doctor but later felt like the
melody to Eve of Destruction but it had other things
going on also. That was the way it went all during the set.
These guys have a a lot of music knowledge that bubbles up into
the songs. New younger groups don’t bring that history to
the music. I also liked that they always kept the lyrics to the
fore. This is a group that’s going to take a few listens
to get the full story on.
Charlie Don't Surf
I had seen Charlie Don’t Surf the Clash
tribute band a few years ago. They have played the Rat Beach Party
before. They did their thing and it went down well. They got the
most dancing going of all the bands. They have an easy groove
to all the material. It seems to come from their confidence in
the material and the impressive bass player. The bass player was
at the fore on almost all the material. It was obvious on the
dub material that the band plays the same way the Clash do, not
trying to be too authentic in their appropriation. He also had
the bass intro to London Calling down pat. They also
did Radio Clash, Rocking the Casbah, Clampdown,
I Fought the Law and Janie Jones. I’m
not big on the whole idea of tribute bands but Charlie
Don’t Surf works for me.
Next up was the reunited Pop Gun. They've been
defunct for about a year. Right off you could see they were playing
full of spirit; it seemed like pent up energy being released.
The bass player was jumping all over the stage and was in great
voice. To add insult to injury they played three new songs. New
songs!? That just didn’t seem fair for several reasons.
One of their best efforts yet was called Stop the World,
and another, Soul Sucker, wasn’t far behind. Melanson
showed why he is the go to guitarist for many groups with his
burning solos. They ended with the Chambers Brothers’
Time Has Come Today.
I had to call it quits at that point.Michael Weddle
the organizer of The Rat Beach Party got thanked
many times from onstage and we also appreciate the shows he’s
brought to the South Shore.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
October 2 (Monday) Cryostasium,
Rawstrum, Petridisch, Hannah Judson at PA's Lounge
October 5 (Thursday) Damnation,
The Beat Seekers, Chanticlear, Blood Drive at OBrien's
October 6 (Friday) Gold
Blood & The Associates, Diablogato and the Radiator
Rattlers at Koto in Salem
October 7 (Saturday) A Boston
Punk Rock Benefit for Rosie's Place featuring The Welch
Boys, Jason Bennett & The Resistance, Pint Killers, and
Guns of Brighton 9PM show at The Midway FB
October 7 (Saturday) Teenender,
Slow Caves, Deep Secret at OBrien's
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 8 (Sunday) The
Crank-Tones are at Atwoods. This is a 4PM show. Atwoods
is a great place for dinner too!!
And further out we have...
October 9 (Monday) It's
another fun night of Rock and Roll Trivia at
ONCE Lounge by Rocker Zine....starts at 7!!
October 12 (Thursday) Bash
& Pop with Tall Teenagers, Gymshorts
at the Met in Pawtucket. FB
October 12 (Thursday) Slim
Jim and the Mad Cows, Gold Blood & Associates, Sugar Blood
October 13 (Friday) Silver
Screams, Idle Pilot, Black Cheers and Psychic
Dog at Koto/Salem
October 14 (Saturday) Rumbar
Records presents- The Dirty Truckers celebrate
Jamie's Dirty 50th BDay! Also on the bill- Watts, Kris
Rodgers and the Dirty Gems and AM Stereo
at The Midway (9pm)
October 14 (Saturday) The
Worried, Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Classic Ruins are
at The Parlor, Providence, RI
October 15 (Sunday) Refuse
Resist 10th Anniversary Show! with special guests Disaster
Strikes, All Torn Up, Neighborhood Shit, and Cry
Havoc This is a 3PM start matinee show
at The Midway.
October 15 (Sunday) Taco
Monday Mess-Around at Once! This time around they have the usual
messers Jay Allen, Justine Covault, Tom Baker,
and will be joined by Mitch Murphy and Henry
Marcucella III (Triple Thick, Shiny Beasts, Ten Dollar
Mistake) and BOX featuring Kimi Hendrix
(Killer Abs, The Unstables) and Jen W (Moonlight
October 18 (Wednesday) The
Nekromantix and The Brains also with
Diablogato and Dead Trains at
The Middle East Down 7PM- Midnight show Tix
October 20 (Friday) Hey
Hey Record Party Par-Tay! - Andy California celebrates
the release of his new 7 inch and don't forget to bring the money
says Andy. He par-tays with Sticker Shock and
Johnnie and the Foodmasters - 10PM @ The Jeanie
Johnston Pub- Check out the Facebook
page- worth it for the visuals alone.
October 20 (Friday) Boston
Hassle presents Boston Underground Summit 10!
Featuring Panicsville (Chicago), Diva
Karr, S Nicaenum, Manes Prophet (VT), +DOG+,
Service ....MORE TBA at the Massasoit Elks Lodge
Bishop Allen Dr Central Sq Cambridge. FB
page The 9 bands will set up round-robin-style in two rooms,
3 stages and take turns playing a song. When the cycle is complete,
the loop repeats again...and again... and again. First cycle starts
October 20 (Friday)
Highway Chapel and Cal
Cali at Tavern At The End Of The World.
October 20 (Friday) Scissorfight,
Roadsaw, Test Meat, Mantooth at Great Scott
October 26 (Thursday) GRCB
Halloween Fundraiser Cover Show! at O'Brien's - it's
a load of Boston rockers doing covers as various bands...in the
mix you've got Hilken Mancini, Samwise Faye, Liz Vom Teufel,
Megan Sutton, Anjimile Yvonne, Jennifer Turpin, Liz Vom Teufel,
Erin Genett Cat Verlicco, Jenny Bergman and Flight
of Fire and a lot more people.... they'll be doing Cramps,
The Pixies, Spice Girls and Led Zepplin. ....Stick around for
costume prizes for Best DIY Costume! Best Group Costume! Scariest
Costume! Most Creative Costume! Costume that needs the most explanation!
...it's gonna be a FUN night!!
FB page Haunting your our earlobes this year: Beware
the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!, Sinnet, and Boston
Cream. It all starts at 10PM
October 28 (Saturday) Tube
Fest,New England's all day instrumental celebration, is coming
to the Midway Cafe - on the bill: The Fathoms, Tsunami
of Sound, SPF4, Matt Heaton and The Electric Heaters, 9th Wave,
The Derangers, The Spytones, The Beachcombovers
November 3 (Friday) Indonesian
Junk, Justine and the Unclean & Gymnasium
at Tavern at the End of the World.
November 3 (Friday) The
Woggles, Muck and the Mires, Stupidity, Andrea Gillis Band
at The Middle East Up
November 4 (Saturday) Fireking,
The Billy Connors Project, Hummingbird Syndicate, Tracy Chevrolet
doing a 4PM Matinee show at The Midway
November 4 (Saturday) Loser's
Circle w/ Rebuilder, Dead Bars, and Settlers
November 4 (Saturday) Human
Sexual Response at HOB
November 9 (Thursday) The
Proletariat at ONCE Ballroom w/ Siege and
November 9 (Thursday) If
you are in NYC or can get to NYC Celebrate Stranded in the
Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride the new book by Curt
Weiss that covers 40 years of L.A.M.F. and is A Tale
of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock. Also there'll
be music by with Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, and ...book reading,
panels, Q&A, guests, book signing. It's at The Delancey in
the Lower East Side 7-10PM FB
Page for directions and more info He's at Out of the Blue/Cambridge
on the 12! see below.
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, MA (FB
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.
November 12 (Sunday) Curt
Weiss covers 40 years of L.A.M.F. and is A Tale of Drugs,
Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock in his new book Stranded
in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride Also, rock and roll
with the Thigh Scrapers, Tiger Bomb, Moto, Glider,
and the Lyres starts at 2:15. Here's
the FB page Also added to this show Greg Allen &
The Fringe Religion who go on right after the reading.
November 19 (Sunday) OC45
w/ Diablogato, On the Cinder at Great
December 2 (Saturday) DJ
Easy Ed presents: The Cranktones plus
Easy Ed's Record Hop! 4-8PM matinee at The Midway...followed
December 2 (Saturday)
Watts (45 Release), Diablogato,
Duck & Cover, A Bunch of Jerks at The Midway
December 8 (Friday) Rumbar
records is throwing a HUGE record release party of the
new Justine and the Unclean record Get
Unclean....It's at Once and there will be bands
in the ballroom and in the Lounge. Check out this list!: In the
Ballroom- The Upper Crust, Hey Zeus, Tom Baker and the
Snakes, Justine and the Unclean ....In the Lounge - Cold
Expectations, Roy Sludge Trio, Pinecone Teeth and Jay
Allen - doors at 7:30 show starts at 8:15.
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