The BGN News Archive
November 13, 2017
The hardest thing about Friday night was getting out the door. The sudden cold
made you want to stay in but the music called. Channel 3 from
Southern Cal was playing at the Middle East Up.
We missed Fast Times which was the only blip of the night.
Silver Screams was beginning their set and they were just what
we needed to warm up. Their sound is a punk/metal mash up. On their record they
cover Joy Division, this night they covered Government Issue so they are comfortable
in a wide area of punk
One song highlight was The
Evidence an old song with a political point about an older administration.
They want to update it for the current one, which is something that Channel
3 mentioned that they wanted to do with one of their songs. Hardcore has always
used gripes about politics as grist; it continues. They had some moshing going.
It picked up with the FU’s. It was the last show for
bassist John Darga who is becoming a dad. Congrats John!!
Photo: Bob Cenci
The set list had 20 songs on it and they played them all. They didn’t
need much warm up, they blasted it out without relenting. No matter
how good their set may be, the song “Young, Fast, Iranian”
is always a step up as it was Friday. It made the already wound
up crowd go more bonkers. They still put the cover of “Green
Beret” in there too. We’ve always had a soft spot
for the FU’s. They were in the last print
issue of the Boston Groupie News in the early ‘80s.
Photo: Bob Cenci
Some people left after the FU’s and it was less than half a club left
for Channel 3. They've got some attention lately because their
song “Strength in Numbers” was on the TV series Stranger Things
They put just the minimum of melody in their sonic barrage that gives their
music a perfect balance. Time after time the songs got under your skin. The
lead singer/bass player had a good personality which made for good stage patter.
They've been around as long as the FU’s.
It was a strong bill if you like your music loud and uncompromising.
Saturday was Veteran’s Day. The Midway
had a “Hardcore & Punk Veterans Day Benefit
Matinee”. It was in honor of Keith Brooks.
As they mentioned on the Facebook page, “Our friend Keith
Brooks started the tradition of doing a benefit every year to
help out his fellow vets. We are going to keep it going and donate
in his name to Operation Delta Dog--an organization that trains
service dogs for vets.” Keith was an Afghanistan vet. Facebook
page Thoughts on veterans were constantly voiced on stage.
Every band was in the spirit. The day was a worthy tribute and
showed how hardcore is connected to the community and the country.
Bravo to all who set it up and were there.
Meanwhile...the music! We saw three bands and they were all hard uncompromising
Working Poor are a Oi/street punk band from
Cape Cod. We thought they were a bit rough but by the end of the
set we were loving every song. The lead singer used to be in the
Antibodies and we liked that group a lot. As
a matter of fact our photo of them is at the top of their Facebook
page. The singer did the growly voice but you could still
catch the words. He’s a front man that you give attention
The last song was dedicated to working people and we tried to catch the words
but thought we heard some talk about the burden of overtime. Having been the
victim of crushing mandatory OT we were cheering that song along.
Out Live Death
Out Live Death came from Long Island, NY for
the gig. Keith Brooks was a big fan of the group. The lead singer
had several stories about Keith and played a song written for
Keith. The set was all bone crushing material. The singer prompted
people to do a circle mosh but only got tepid response. That was
until they played "We Ain’t Dead Yet" and the
place exploded. Here’s
the song. That song just unleashed the energy in the room.
The whole set was worthy of the same response in our judgement.
They saluted our veterans but also complained about the current
president. We are hearing similar comments at half the shows we
go to these days.
Held Hostage from Rhode Island continued the ear assault.
They were super tight. The lead singer had tons of personality and had you laughing
during the talk ups. We were still chuckling as the song started and he immediately
got super intense as only hardcore singers can. Hardcore singing is a real skill
and a physical trial. All three singers on this bill displayed the craft. Held
Hostage Bandcamp page.
There was plenty of quality hardcore on stage, lots of friendly people in the
crowd and a sincere show of spirit for our veterans.
It was the ninth year for Hassle Fest. Pere Ubu
was the big act but Hassle Fest is about the small odd acts most
of all. John Keegan was there see below for his review.
And in other news...
"All Done With Rock n’ Roll" is a new song from
Watts. It’s a drum lead slow burner. It
seems, in the song, they are talking about the audience giving
up their interest in rock. Watts, we know, loves rock to death
and aren’t giving anything up. Listen
to it here.
Transgender Metal Vocalist Danica Roem Wins Election to Virginia House of
Delegates! How’s that for a headline? It actually happened,
not fake news. The
article sums up: This is a huge day for transgender people
and, to a lesser extent, metalheads. Here’s the Bandcamp
page for Roem’s metal band Cab
And so it’s come to this (again): "Here Comes Your
Man" by the Pixies in a Citibank
There’s a new documentary about Agnostic Front coming
out called The Godfathers of Hardcore….looks
real good. Check it out
Thigh Scrapers have talked to David Minehan
and are lining up time to record a 4 song EP at Wooly Mammoth in December/January.
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Here's some good shows coming up .....
November 163 (Monday) Coffin Salesman, Seth Anderson, ForestPooky,In The Meantime,Michael Kane at Charlie's Kitchen
November 15 - 18 (Weds - Sunday) International
Pop Overthrow is at PA's in Union Square Somerville. Check
out the website for bands, set times etc.
November 16 (Thursday) Celebrate
The Rat with Jim Harold, The Nervous Eaters, The Dogmatics,
Willie Loco Alexander and Emily Grogan at The Ballroom
at the Hotel COmmonwealth 6PM- midnight
November 17 (Friday) Greg Allen's
Fringe Religion, The Stanleys (from Australia), Mercury On
Mars and Classic Ruins are at Club Bohemia
&b>November 17 (Friday) The Handymen
are at The Plough
November 17 (Friday) The CK5,
Damnation and The Evil Streaks in Worcester MA at
November 18 (Saturday) Cheech (EP
Release), The McGunks, Steal Reserve (NY), Hopeless
(mems of Reason To Fight) at The Midway
November 19 (Sunday) OC45 w/
Diablogato, On the Cinder at Great Scott
November 19 (Sunday) Scorpio Rising II
featuring - Thrust Club, Psychic Dog, sister, Banana, & DEBRA
at O'Brien's - We're doing it again! Every band has at least one Scorpio in
'em! Come and celebrate the greatest* zodiac sign with us! Yes!! celebreate
And further out we have...
November 20 (Monday) Taco Monday
Mess Around with Jay Allen, Justine Covault, Tom Baker
with special guests Eric Martin (Neats, Illyrians, Martin &
Morrell) Kelly Knapp & Kimberleigh Ernst (The
Bristols) aty Once Lounge
November 22 (Wednesday) Stray Bullets,
The Radiator Rattlers, Cactus Attack, Art Thieves, Coffin Salesman at
November 22 (Wednesday) Hip Swayers
& Thee Sonomatics - Give Thanks! at The Hotel
Vernon in Worcester
December 1 (Friday)
The Monsieurs (LP Release Show), Nice
Guys, Earthquake Party at Great Scott’s FB
December 1 (Friday) The Dream Syndicate,
The Richard Lloyd Group and DJ Carbo at Once
December 1 (Friday) Damnation,
Evil Streaks, Downbeat 5, Michael.Kane & The Morning Afters at Koto
December 2 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed
presents: The Cranktones plus Easy Ed's Record Hop!
4-8PM matinee at The Midway...followed by......
December 2 (Saturday)
Watts (45 Release), Diablogato, Duck
& Cover, A Bunch of Jerks at The Midway
December 5 (Tuesday) Off With Their
Heads, Mobina Galore (Canada), Michael Kane & The Morning
Afters, James Lynch at The Hotel Vernon, Worcester
December 5 (Tuesday) Rambudikon & NHBooking
Presents:: a great show!! with Great American Ghost, Downswing, Absolute
Suffering, Degrader, Boundaries at Bungalow Bar & Grill in Manchester.
NH FB page
December 6 (Wednesday) RTT Presents: Boston
Punk Shows - Off With Their Heads, Mobina Galore, Tied To A Bea, The
New Warden at Great Scott's
December 7 (Thursday) TSOL are at the Sinclair with The Bouncing Souls and Rebuilder
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.
December 9 (Saturday) The Raging
Teens are turning 21 this year.. and that's "Drinkin' Age!"
There's releasing a 45 called "Drinkin' Age" on Swelltune Records
to celebrate their 21 years as a band! AND that means The Raging Teens
Holiday Shindig Record Release! With The Raging Teens, Nate
Gibson, Bloodshot Bill, Sean Mencher at Great Scott. FB
December 9 (Saturday) Radiator
Rattlers, Brix'n Mortar,Lipstick Boys, The Grubs at The Chit Chat Lounge
in Haverhill FB
December 10 (Sunday) It's that time of
year again: Rockin Holiday Flea Market and Bloody Mary Bash
At Once Ballroom - they'll be over 40 vendors selling Vintage, Vinyl, Collectibles,
Clothing, Knick Knacks, Hand Crafted Items, Music gear, Jewelry, Art and plants-
page 11Am -5Pm
December 10 (Sunday) You can follow that
with Great Scott Holiday Party featuring . The Scrooges 9Pm to Midnight
December 10 (Sunday) Horton's Holiday
Hayride featuring Reverend Horton Heat & Junior
Brown with special guests The Blasters & Big
Sandy at The Sincalir (7-11PM show)
December 14-16 (Thurs-Sat) Bowery Boston
presents Street Dogs Wreck the Halls Thursday 12/15- with
special guests The New Darkbuster & Taxi Driver
at The Sinclair - Proceeds benefit Massachusetts Fallen Heroes
December 14 (Thursday) The Hi-End,
The Peasants, Trusty Sidekick at Sally O'Brien's
December 15 (Friday) Street Dogs
Wreck the Halls with special guests The Pinkerton Thugs
& The Abductors at The Sinclair
December 15 (Friday) Street Dogs
Wreck the Halls with special guests A Wilhelm Scream
& Michael Kane & the Morning Afters at The Sinclair
December 15 (Friday) It's a metal xmas
party with Tragedy, The Scrooges, Rawstrum at The Middle east
8PM to Midnight
December 16 (Saturday) Bent Shapes
with Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion @ Great Scott-
this is Bent Shapes' FINAL SHOW
December 17 (Sunday) Thrash N Bang's
Annual Xmas/Pizza Party Show! with Crimespree, CAC, The Grommets,
The Sewer Buddies, and Jenn Lombari & special guests
December 28 (Thursday)
The Knock Ups, Gene Dante And The Future Starlets, Godmouth,
Set Fire at O'Brien's Pub
January 6 (Saturday) Nervous Eaters,
Watts and David Age & The Regrets at ThunderRoad
January 13 (Saturday) Lyres, Paul
Collins Beat, Boston Cream at Thunder Road
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