The Dirty One CD Release Party With The Loud Pipes / Stuck Naked / Absent Minded / The Shaws @ The Java Joint
Written by GE 138.
I'm not really sure how you have a CD release party, especially since there's no CD released, but since (I believe) that the hold up is The Loud Pipes fault, I will say no more on the subject... heh heh Anyways... The Java Joint! Definitely the best smoothies in town! I had so many I was full for days afterwards!
The Shaws got things going with an OK set of badly played Punk Rock that had lots of their friends goofing around with them while they played. I was too busy drinking the first of many smoothies to really pay attention to them, sorry. I do know that they played waaaayy too long though. Absent Minded are the band that really got the show started with an great sounding set of Punk Rock music that had the kids bobbing their heads and singing along to what Brendan was shouting out to them. Their drummer Adam was really good, even if he was a trying a bit too hard to put on a show, shaking his Bo Derek beaded hair around and all. But still, an awesome set from Absent Minded, who are quickly becoming one of my favorite bands here in town, and they're all a bunch of nice guys too! Stuck Naked set up quickly and started rocking the Java Joint with their NOFX / Sublime party music, and the bass player reminded me of the guy from NFG when he took his shirt off... and that's not a good thing! Playing bass and having large breasts only works for us... sorry! lol We quickly set up before curfew kicked in and played an intense set of Loud Pipes Rock N Roll! We had the kids screaming along to Insurrection... raising their fists and pumping them in the air for Wild Nights... damn mosh pit broke out during The Way... how I don't know, cuz the Java Joint is so small. Bryan knocked my entire kit down jumping up on top of it like a man possessed and knocking all my cymbals over in the process, and if it wasn't for Bobby Franks saving the day and holding my set up while Bryan was jumping on top of it, I don’t know what I was gonna do. But once he got it out of his system, it was an awesome set. Pitt and Roxie hit instruments mid-air and knocked each other out of tune... Jesse broke strings... nice chaotic set! And smoothies were waiting for us right when we were done! What more could you ask for? We took pictures, signed autographs... sold a lot of merch... great way to end a great show! Cheers to Dirty Records for a great night of Punk Rock! Woo Hoo! Can't wait to do it again when the CD actually comes out!
The Dirty Babies / The Loud Pipes / Damnation / Bloodjunkies / The Arcade Heroes / The Vague @ The Huntridge Theater
Yup! Another beautiful lobby show, brought to you by Tim and Tom and Kim and the rest of the good people at the Huntridge Theater. Waaaaaay too early of a time for this gig to start, but at least they had the air conditioner flowing on the inside, and it didn’t smell like ass in there. Sort of. I got there early and hung out with Damnation... went shopping at Savers... you know, the usual pre-gig stuff. Watched as Bryan used the Huntridge as his own personal skating spot, and as Jesse threw things at him... nice.
The Vague started the day off with a set of songs that sounded just like The Used, but with a good drummer, but still crappy like the Used. Oh well.
The Arcade Heroes were up next and played a good set of poppy Punk tunes which sounded just like Scared Of Chaka - it was great!! They were really cool kids and so young that I couldn’t help but like them. Great stuff from the Arcade Heroes. Excellent.
Bloodjunkies were up next, and this was advertised as their CD Release show, but they didn't seem to have anyone in attendance into their spooky countrified mood music. Basically, Bloodjunkies are Damnation playing with two crazy Mexican brothers, one looking like Axl Rose and admitting to me and Pitt that he LOVED the new Metallica CD (WTF??) on keyboards and the other one banging away on some congas, plus a Rockabilly kid playing a hollow body guitar with lots of tremolo on it! The sound of complete silence after they finished their first song was awkward and embarrassing. I left... wasn't my cup of tea.
Damnation was up next and ripped through a set of Punk Rock and Roll that had a few people moving and shaking, but not many. Poizen Ivy from Sin City Sounds really dug them though. I saw her taking pictures of Shawn... go figure. Shawn has always been a great front man, but I don’t think today was Damnation's day. 2 sets one right after the other is never a good thing. Better luck next time guys.
The Loud Pipes were up next and we tried to destroy everyone in the place with a fast and furious set, and I think we succeeded! Kids were singing along... slamming along... and having fun!! It was a blast!! During the beginning of Rock And Roll Nitemare Pitt held up the latest issue of the City Life featuring Roxie on the cover, but I don't think anyone noticed or cared. Whatever. We blew the roof off the joint. Damnation saw the crowd going nuts for us and they packed up and left quickly after their set... booooooo! Guess they were in a rush to get to the Double Down! God knows why though...
The Dirty Babies followed us with a great set of fucking pure Punk Rock songs that started off with them playing Up All Night 7 times in a row! Me and Pitt and Jesse were just laughing our asses off, as Jaime would call out a song title, like Bitch Reaction, or County Jail, and no matter what it was, they would play Up All Night... lol. The song was stuck in my head for hours afterwards, dammit! I was laughing so much that I had to leave and head outside to the merch table, where Roxie was holding court with a bunch of Punk Rock kids. The coolest one was like 10 years old and wearing a red Clash t shirt. I finally caught my breath and I walked back inside to watch The Dirty Babies finish their set to a half empty room of Punk kids going crazy while the band played. The crowd of kids really dug the Dirty Babies, and they even played a Pagans cover to end things. How sick is that? Great show!
Very strange gig. We get there to find out 2 other bands had been added to the gig... and that Bryan's car broke down on the way to the show... nice. I didn’t really pay much attention to the opening bands, except to catch that they were from Florida and they played very Metal sounding tunes, which was pretty much the theme of the evening. What we were doing on the bill I don't know. Anyways, once Bryan finally shows up we set up real quickly and start to play... short set but it sounded good. Didn’t seem to go over too well with the Hardcore kids, but what can I say? We don’t play music to swing your arms around to... we play PUNK, which means you're supposed to slam and pogo, doesn’t it? Anyways, City Life was there taking pictures of us and interviewing Jesse and Roxie for some story they're gonna be running on The Loud Pipes soon, so keep an eye out for Miss Roxie on the cover sometime in the near future. After us Stabbed In The Throat played some scary tough guy Hardcore which the kids were eating up. Some Good Charlotte look a like was hanging from the rafters during their entire set. Why I don't know. A quick turnaround brought the Hoods on, and although they were the best band of the evening, it was very METAL sounding and I was just bored to tears falling asleep during their set. Sorry guys. I just wasn't feeling it. Folsom was up next and just proceeded to rip shit up with their Metal sounding Hardcore tunes, and it was sick to see. Kids were dancing... arms were flailing... people were having fun, and that’s all that matters. In case you haven’t figured it out, I don’t like Metal, but the kids nowadays do, and they were digging it, so what do I know? It was a good show for the Metal heads... bad show for the Punk Rockers.
It’s my website, and if I wanna take up more space in it to tell you what a piece of shit this Keith guy from Skratch Magazine is, and how badly he fucked us over on this show, I will dammit! You see, we’re The Loud Pipes, and doing things the hard way comes naturally to us... Adversity is our middle name. It’s just how we Rock, OK? So we pull into the Ralph’s shopping center where the club / restaurant is located, and we check it out. The club has a great layout, with a bar on the left side and a restaurant on the right. The stage is big and it even has monitors! Wow! Me Hank and Jesse venture in to ask about the gig and what’s going on and the employees have no idea of what we’re talking about. Now this is a really nice Italian restaurant, with a helpful staff, and they’re getting ready for the Father’s Day rush of business (people were already showing up to eat dinner, and I over heard the Hostess tell someone on the phone that they were booked solid). This is not looking good. After we’re taken to the restaurant side of this establishment, the Hostess calls the owner of the place, who tells us that Skratch Magazine called up and asked about doing a show, but that was all... no confirmation... no call back... and the owner never heard from them again. Isn’t that just awesome? A so-called big time "National" Magazine decides to put it’s name and reputation on the line by sponsoring a Battle Of The Bands, and then drops the ball by NOT EVEN BOOKING THE FUCKING VENUE??? Now this wouldn’t of been so bad if the bands would have been told about it, since it was obvious that Skratch Magazine and this idiot named Keith knew that THERE WAS NO FUCKING SHOW! But I can only speak for us, The Loud Pipes, and say that no one ever called to cancel the show... not the Promoter, not the Magazine... no one. If they would have called to let us know, it wouldn’t of been a big deal, we would of never even of taken the time off of work, rented a van, made all these arrangements to get their on time and so on. Fucking asshole promoters. There’s one in every town.