The BGN News Archive
December 25, 2017
Sunday is BGN workday for us but we were able to find time last
week to hit the Thrash n’ Bang 7th Annual Christmas
Party. This was our third. First
Plenty of people including children at the club. Sewer Buddies
is a side project of Lindsey Lauren WarNot of Whoopi Sticks.
They play punk for kids. What a concept! Indoctrinate them early! We got to
hear Lindsey’s Poly Styrene style singing which we love and also learned
how to do the “Doggy Dance”. This could catch on like “Do
The Mouse” by Soupy Sales .
Next up The Grommets. They had the whole family there; parents
on stage and kids in the audience. The Grommets play simple punk with the spirit
and sound of the groups that played Cantones and The
Space back in the day. There’s so few of these type of groups
now that we appreciate when we get to hear it. They got noisy and they did some
yelling on a few tunes. What must the kids think when they see mommy screaming
like crazy? They also covered The Dogmatics song “Sure
Don’t Feel like Christmas Time”.
CAC were all dressed up like English punks. Up to now things
were sort of low key and family friendly. CAC warned everyone that things were
going to change and they got serious as they upped the volume and intensity.
It was our first time seeing them and we were impressed. The lead singer was
leaning into the microphone like Johnny Rotten. She leaped off the stage and
got rowdy on the floor for a song. The songs were fast and short. Even though
the set was short you felt like you got a good dose of hardcore/punk. The songs
had lyrics with a strong point of view. We hope to see them on some punk/oi
bills in the future!!.
We had to get back to finish the BGN so we left before Crimespree
which was hard because we know they put on a wild show. We look forward to this
Christmas show for the bands and the free pizza!
Thrash n’ Bang carved out their own niche and are a
big lift for the local hardcore scene. Check out Thrash
n’ Bang .
Actor/Observer was a late add on the Envy
of the Coast show at the Middle East.
Envy of the Coast started in 2005. They had a five year hiatus
and re-formed in 2016. This reunion show drew an almost full Middle
East. It was an all ages show that started at 6pm and ended at
We only wanted to see Actor/Observer. They did not disappoint.
They're made for stages the size of the Middle East. They need a little room
to roam and the sound is so huge it can fill up any space.
To us it seemed like the raw intensity would be too much for such a young crowd
but they got a very good reaction. The volume was overpowering in itself. The
trademark sledgehammer slams say everything. It’s all energy focused in
a single moment. If you are anywhere in that club you are listening. The screaming
vocals did the same thing, delivering emotive lyrics that urged you to bring
your feelings to the fore. We walked out of the show in a fragile emotional
state. This was gut wrenching music. They do it every time too.
Lead singer and frontman Greg Marquis is often off the stage.
He’s on the floor, climbing the speakers, standing on the drums or hanging
from the pipes. We love that the guitarist and bass player shared the vocals
to give Greg a rest, thus keeping things at top intensity. They all sang in
a similar manner so if you weren’t looking you couldn’t have known
the singing was being passed around.
After the set the thought - what band would want to follow this?
It’s no secret we love Actor/Observer.
It was like a Christmas present to ourselves to be able to see
More band photos below the show listings.
And in other news.....
Boys From Nowhere got a great review
on the Film Threat website. They say
the " film pulses to the punk aesthetic, rapid blasts of
snapshots over the frenzied soundtrack, random mixing of color
with the black and white images, messy edits, and best of all
the miraculous performance footage inside the clubs. It’s
a masterful work to enjoy, an archival document to pore over,
but above all else will make the old rage rise up to meet the
new rage so you haul out your vintage vinyl and turn that shit
up. Maybe break something." Read
it all here .
The Boston Globe did an article with a bit of interview on the Jay
Hale photo exhibit at the Middle East….pretty interesting- you
can read that here.
neck guitar from Walmart! Just sayin'…. "Double necks design is very
special and cool enough....Fit for professional or personal use, great for party.".
The Hi-End posted two new songs on their Bandcamp
page - Nervous Breakdown b/w Looking For Some Kicks and, yes,
they are worth a good listen..or many!! Have
a listen here.
If you're not following us on Facebook you are missing a few things we posted
lately like: A photo of Digney Fignus at the door at Cantones, the Punk Past
which is the goings on 5, 10, 40 years ago, and a link to info on the XTC documentary
coming up on Showtime. Like
us on Facebook!
Jeff Hudson got a rude Christmas gift - Lyme
disease. He warns on Facebook that ticks are still out there.
He's getting the shots and hopefully caught it early enough. Best
of luck Jeff!!
There is a Jonathan Richman show at the Somerville Theatre
for March 2, 2018. Tickets are here, CLICK.
Jonathan is more popular than ever. That last time we saw Jonathan
was at The
Middle East in 2014 it was so GREAT...and packed!!!. And in
case you haven't read it before here is our Jonathan
Richman intrerview from 1980.
At Lemmyfest III on Dec 29 there is a tribute to The
Damned called The Damnedsels. They are Justine
Covault, Emily Grogan, Gay Hebert and with Guest
star - Dave Tree. Facebook event page.
PA's Lounge and The Cantab make the
top two spots in a list of dive bars by Hidden Boston …..
And we leave you with a few Christmas songs.....
The I Want You have the Christmas song of the year for us. We have it on our Top Ten Songs. "I Know What You Don't Want For Christmas (It's Me Right?!???!???)"
The Bruvs plays "Little
Rebuilder playss "X-Mas
The Showcase Showdown - "Merry Christmas I Fucked Your Snowman"
So...Ho Ho Ho and
to you all...Here's Willie Loco Alexander doing "Santa
Claus is Coming to Town"!!
Here's some good shows coming up .....
December 26 (Tuesday) KCUF, Loser's
Circle, The Essays at O'Brien's Pub
December 28 (Thursday) The Knock
Ups, Gene Dante And The Future Starlets, Godmouth, Set Fire at O'Brien's
December 30 (Saturday) LemmyFest
III with Iron Fisted, The Scrooges, The Damnedsels, Keith Bennett
at Once Ballroom.
December 30 (Saturday) The Hi End
are on Crash Course For The Ravers on WMFO 91.5 1PM-4PM
with Brian Young
December 30 (Saturday) When Particles
Collide, Old Jack, Petty Morals at The Lizard Lounge
December 30 (Saturday) 3 Parts
Dead, Z28, Test Meat at Koto in Salem
December 31 (Sunday) NYE BASH with Today
Junior, The Way Ways, Salem Wolves and DJ sets by Johnny Stevens
+ Champagne toast at midnight at The Automatic - new restaurant in Kendall Square.
page here. Get there early this place is small!
And further out we have...
January 6 (Saturday) Skytigers,
Whoopi Sticks, Crowfeeder, Rarig's Kid at UnChARTed in Lowell FB
page for directions etc
January 6 (Saturday) Nervous Eaters,
Watts and David Age & The Regrets at ThunderRoad
January 6 (Saturday) Highway Chapel
are at Cantab Club Bo Ho
January 6 (Saturday) Fur Purse
Album Release Party with Whore Paint, Shepherdess, sister at
January 9 (Tuesday) The Hi-End,
Ski Bunny and Monty's Lobster at OBrien';s
January 13 (Saturday) Stop Calling
Me Frank, State of The Union, The Johns, Angel Martins at The Midway
for a early show at 4:00 PM
January 13 (Saturday) Lyres, Paul
Collins Beat, Boston Cream at Thunder Road FB
January 13 (Saturday) Pop Nite w/ Greg
Allen's Fringe Religion, Tiger Bomb, Pop Gun - at Bayside Bowl Portland,
ME. FREE SHOW!
January 14 (Sunday) The Black Souls,
Crunch Time, I Wish I Could Skateboard, Vanishing Point at The MIdweay
for a early show at 4Pm
January 20 (Saturday) -Five Bands Five
Bucks! Matinnee at The Midway! with The Grommets, Cotton Candy, the
invisible hours, Kermit's Finger, The Instamatics at 4PM
January 20 (Saturday) Muck &
The Mires, Tiger Bomb, Duck & Cover at The Dover Brick House, New
Hampshire. 8:30 PM
January 20 (Saturday) Punk Rock at the
Chit Chat with Jonee Earthquake, The Radiator Rattlers, The Grubs, The
Imposers and The Lipstick Boys at the Chit Chat in
January 21 (Sunday) Punk Benefit Show
for American Cancer Society with Electric Street Queens, DNZL, Jerry’s
Got Jokes, Color Killer, Whoopi Sticks at The Midway 4PM matinee show....check
out the FB
page for info on the Benefit!!
January 22 (Monday) U.S. Bombs,
Wimpy Rutherford & The Cryptics, The FUs - at the Dover Brickhouse
Dover, NH - Here's the
January 27 (Saturday) Red Mantis,
Silver Screams, Wrought Iron Hex & Greylock at
January 27 (Saturday) Il Mostro,
Mercury On Mars, Uncomfortables, Silver Screams at O'Brien's Pub
February 2 (Friday) It's a double shot
of The Dirty Truckers with Michael Kane & the Morning
Afters, The Dirty Truckers (first shot), Tad
Overbaugh, The Dirty Truckers (2nd shot) at O'Brien's
February 3 (Saturday) Isolations,
Rictus Grin, WIMP, Ratz, Whoopi Sticks at Club Bohemia at The Cantab
February 10 (Saturday) The Classic Ruins, TJ Wheeler, Black Cat Road at Bayside Bowl, Portland ME.
Free Show! Starts 8:30 Sharp!
February 11 (Sunday) The Thigh
Scrapers, State of The Union, Pop Gun, Lily Black for a early show
at 4PM at The Midway
February 15 (Thursday) Major Stars,
Black Helicopter & Henry Owings at Once Ballroom
February 17 (Saturday) Crunchtime,
State of the Union, Little Billy Lost & the Cocks of the Walk at
Tavern at the End of the World
February 23 (Friday) The Dirty
Truckers "Best of" double shot release party with very special guests:
Tad Overbaugh & The Late Arrivals and Michael Kane
& the Morning Afters
February 24 (Saturday) A Bunch
of Jerks, Muck & the Mires, Jay Allen & The Archcriminals, Hambone Skinny
at The Midway 9PM show
March 2 (Friday) Damon & Naomi,
Thalia Zedek and Kevin Robert Thomson at The Lily
Pad Inman Square 7-10PM
March 2 (Friday) Fat Togue Music presents!
.Black Helicopter, Blackletter and more TBA-
check the FB
page for updates.
March 10 (Saturday) Carissa Johnson
Talk Talk Talk Album Release at Great Scott also onteh bill:
The Organ Beats, Lady Pills, and Watts!
March 23 (Friday) Barrence Whitfield
& the Savages at the Middle East!! FB
page and tix link here.
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