John Keegan's Neglected Camera Card Slide Show
Various Bands, Dates and Locations
I discovered a couple of neglected camera cards buried on my bureau. I'm going
to resort to a couple sentences about a bevy of fine bands and a slide show.
The Squeeze Box Stompers brought the bayou boogie
to a little church in Wakefield. On October 14 at the
Shaskeen Pub in Manchester, NH the Humanoids
brought the leather to early NWOBHM heavy rock and metal. How
does Johnny Machine hit those high notes?
Scissorfight 2022 waves the NH flag and rocks so hard that
the audience just might fall in and march north. Drunk Off Diesel
get all the heads banging with hot solos, a front man who brings the party,
and a drummer who kicks metal moonie on an electric kit no less and a bass player
who channels a bit of cookie monster.
Sapling is an art rock band out of Worcester complete with
occasional theremin play welcome angular post punk to kick off the Crow
Follow cd release party. The Daylilies ratchet up
the pop sophistication. Laura Klain lovely vocals are offset
by Ad Frank's twirling guitar fills and backing vocals and
all are set over a percolating, tight, keys and rhythm section.
Classic Ruins kept it snappy at Rick Paige's
party on the cape. Ken Cmar and friends roasted a pig at Plum
Island. Gretchen Shea and crew brought the big brawny rock
to the Midway.
Schedule conflicts got me to do the wiggle at Woggles and
Itchies at Dusk in Providence. Last but not least I spent a couple
of days with those crazy, charming Swedes, Stupidity and their
twisting and twirling gunslinger Keith Streng of Fleshtones
The Bumbling Woohas did the crazy mobile walls art thing and
Tiger Bomb laid out a batch of excellent new rockin' power
poppers at the very cool Sun Tiki room in Portland. At the
Frenchclub Cold Expectations keep evolving with great new singles
and the Jim Melanson enhanced cover of the year of Lou Miami's
"I Live with Ghosts." Justine and the Unclean kicked
it. Andrea Gillis band for a night was fantastic especially
on the big hearted "Weed Me Out" from her Ladies Love Thunder
disk from a few years back.