OK, here's a brand spanking new video from the Streetwalkin' Cheetahs, a band freshly back from the dead and hitting the road and bringing the debauchery back to Punk Rock. Song's called Fuck The Future (I Want Now) and it's very, uhhmmm, how shall I put it...
Motörhead influenced, let's say... heh heh
Lots of stuff going on this weekend. Check out the Gig Calendar page for what's what. I'm not sure what day it is, but I know I got something band related going on today. See you somewhere this weekend. :-)
I got no cool GWAR stories. Saw them multiple times and never took pictures of them performing. I was either too busy having fun or I didn't have a camera with me. If you were there when GWAR played at the Huntridge Theater with Body Count (don't ask) in like, 1996 I think, I got to be one of the lucky few that got eaten by the Monster on the stage. In a Rhyme Syndicate shirt, no less... heh heh Once you got past the monsters mouth and teeth, you crawled through a smelly, blood stained tube that took you behind the stage and out to fresh air and freedom. It was neat. :-) Anyways, RIP Dave Brockie. Love 'em or Hate 'em, you gotta admit, GWAR were a musical force to be reckoned with, and that's all because of Mr. Brockie and some twisted vision he had many moons ago. So long Oderus Urungus. See you on the next planet.
The Total Gayass gig on Thurs. was fun, but not because of that lame, washed up band. Here's some more helpful advice: if you're gonna try to be all D-Beat out and play stuff off of your first album, find a Drummer who can play it right. Just saying. It was both sad and shocking to see how many people came out to the gig to see them play. Le sigh. The Dive now has bands start playing their sets at 8 pm now, which would be great if we were L.A., but we're not, and which means the opening bands are basically playing for nobody. Phooey. And it doesn't make the gigs end any earlier either. Headlining bands are still playing at 2 in the morning to a gathering of die hards and derelicts, because 5 or 6 bands already played, well, they had some allotted time to play anyways. Yeah, this gig could of ended earlier, because some bands either didn't show up when they were supposed to, or they had band members who were perpetually 5 minutes away, sitting at a light @ Flamingo / Boulder Highway. Instead of letting the next band play, or letting that terrible Beardcore Pirate band Bloody Ale play like they were itching to, there was just huge, mind numbing chunks of nothingness coming from the stage area, and it was terribly dull, forcing people to actually interact with each other or checking what's going in Facebook land on their phones. Once bands were playing, it was a fun time for all. That band Bloody Ale had a shitload of people dancing around and getting down while they played, and I stayed outside during the Total Gayass set just listening and wincing at all the mistakes being made. If you were drunk I'm sure they sounded amazeballz. And I'm sure S.F.T. sounded better with a load of booze in ya, and Thanx to everyone for the kind words afterwords. If I wasn't the only sober one on stage, it might of been a pretty good set from us... hahahaha I think the Seriouslys were the only band worth watching, as they played a sloppy but great set of their catchy Punk tuneage. Love their songs Wrong Tree and Downtown. Those 'OoooOooohhs' and 'WhoooOOoaaAAAooohhss' get stuck in your head for days afterwords, I swear... hahahaha The almighty Xtal gave me a download card for the latest Seriouslys release, Keepin' It Shrill, and I'm looking forward to hearing it. Thank You Xtal! :-) I took some Pictures of the Seriouslys playing, and you can click here to check those out.
The gig on Sat. was much better. Fucking Voodoo Glow Skulls just killed it. How they fit all 6 band members on that tiny stage @ the Dive is anybody's guess. Hell, Guilty By Association barely fit on there! hahaha I think we played pretty good, and I was told the crowd dug us, so yeah, whatever. Thanx everyone for the kind words afterwords. Did I hear Mike say something about a new album coming out in June? News to me, but then again, everything that band does is news to me. The Drummer is always the last to know. :-) War Called Home told me that they again, played to no one by opening up the gig (poor guys) and I.D.F.I. were ripping through a sick cover of Fang's The Money Will Roll Right In by the time I got to the place and started setting up my drums. They were playing it in the middle of the set, which was kind of sucky, but oh well. The less said about Shotguns N Gasoline the better. Jeesh! I was having fun inside the place watching VGS fucking shit up until that mountain of a bouncer threw me out of the place... LOL Wasn't my fault that I was smart enough to get out of the way when the crowd surged forward into the column monitors, sending them flying onto the stage and the horn section of the band... hahahaha My days of being a bouncer and protecting stage gear and band members are over! :-) I had more fun hanging out with everyone outside in the parking lot, drinking on the down low and watching old guys skateboard, which is always entertaining... hee hee hee It was a most excellent night, and a great ending to a long stretch of gig playing and band rehearsing. I'm going on vacation. See you when I get back. Maybe.
Music Review on the latest offering from Black Flag, the epically titled What The... release, and it's written by Karl Bakla, because he was the only one brave enough to give it a write up. You can check it out by clicking here.
Pictures of The Crazy Squeeze, a band that features a few ex member of The Stitches in it, were just posted, and you can click here to check them out. I was drunk and don't remember taking them at all. :-)
Music Review on the debut release from New Cold War, a Local Punk super group sooooo good that they got one of the opening slots at some supposedly big whattodo concert that's coming up here soon... hahaha I give them a lot of grief about that, but they're my friends, and I hope they can see the humor in it. Anyways, I gave their release a write up, and you can click here to check it out.
Total Gayass tonight @ The Dive. My band S.F.T. is playing. And I was told The Seriouslys are too. Other than that, it's anybody's guess as to who's playing it. The flyer has been changed repeatedly, so who fucking knows. S.F.T. will be debuting a shitload of new songs - Friday Night Marauder, 12 Pack, Addiction, Bitch Slap, Pepsi, so come out and see what the new S.F.T. is all about. It's a whole new thing, and I'm pretty hyped on being a part of it. :-)
I took it as a thing of Honor, but my band mates didn't... LOL
So yeah, a few days ago there was an announcement about the record release party for the Jizz Hat Records Desert Rats With Baseball Bats II compilation, and I couldn't help but notice that the 2 bands I'm officially a member of, The Civilians, and S.F.T., were not on the bill of bands scheduled to play. Every other band was, and even a few bands that weren't on the compilation were playing, but not my bands. Like I said, I thought it was hilarious and took it as a thing of pride... can't say the same for others around me... hahahaha Yeah, me mates got a bit peeved about it, but only because they weren't given the chance to turn the gig down themselves! lol It wasn't like there was a snowballs chance in Hell I was gonna dignify that gathering by playing it, but my friends were upset because they weren't informed of it, and it is kind of a dick move to not contact the band and let them know what was going on, but what do you expect from the 2 forces behind the event, a so-called record label more content to push their Britney Spears cover band than any 'Punk" band on their label, and a Promoter involved with one of the biggest joke bands in the City who's content to put on gigs with shitty bands that nobody wants to see, and he wonders why he can't get more than 20 paid at any gig he does... LOL I was given the chance to pre-order a copy of the limited edition, only 500 pressed in green vinyl copy of the record, a record that I'm on, not once but twice, for the amazeballs price of $14.99, and I didn't even get one because I'm embarrassed to be associated with the mediocre lineup of Local so-called "talent" on that compilation. I think the first compilation pretty much nailed the best of what the Vegas Punk Scene had to offer, per se, and yeah, there was some obvious filler on that CD, but this record, looking at the line up of bands on it, well, this one is pretty much all filler,no killer, the GMO's of Local Punk bands. The backlash has begun, but those involved turn a deaf ear to it. If you listen, you will hear it... it's out there. I'm glad to be a part of it.
Tomorrow night the only place to be is at this gig that's going down @ the Artistic Armory. Not only is it the grand debut of new Local super group New Cold War, a band so good that it's already scheduled to play @ Punk Rock Posing, a prestige that sometimes is only bestowed upon bands that have actually done something, or bands with a track record or a proven draw... hahaha Plus, it's their CD release party as well, so there is no place else to be on this particular evening except at this gig. They're doing something cool too, something about giving out free CD's to kids under 16 that show up, and that's rad. DC Fallout are OK, not my cup of tea but whatever, and the Happy Campers have a new album out, so they should be pretty good, and I don't know a thing about the C.G.'s, except for the fact that they're part of that mess of bands that are going out to Lake Havasu to play under the bridge this weekend, but whatever. I might have to drag my ass to this gig and see if New Cold War lives up to the hype, and you should too. :-)
Everything's updated. Tomorrow night Qui is playing with the Fat Dukes Of Fuck, who are debuting a shitload of new material, guaranteed to make you shit your pants in excitement and fear. Plus they're having that Chicken Shack thing afterwords, so you can get drunk and get fed, all in the same dirty place! On Sunday my band The Civilians are playing the St. Paddy's Day Festival in downtown Hendertucky, and all I can say is that I'm glad I'm not driving! hahaha There's a whiskey drinking contest I plan on owning, and some carnival food that I plan on grubbing! Not to mention all the glorious Guinness I'll be imbibing... <3 I might as well just stumble across the street and check myself into the jail and just get it over with, because the odds of me coming out of Hendertucky on the same day are long. Oh well. I got my Lawyer on speed dial. I'm not worried about it. ;-) Have a great weekend everyone!
First off, I don't know anything about the Thrasher Skate Rock gig that's supposedly happening during Punk Rock Posing weekend. I love that Shawn Stern thinks that I do, but I seriously don't. All I do know for certain is that the Big Boys are not playing the thing... on that I'd bet. Like the rest of you, I'm just watching and waiting to see how it all turns out. :-)
Second off, do you really think that some band from Vegas is going to play in Lake Havasu this weekend and talk shit about me and think that I'm not going to hear about it? Seriously? hahahahaha Oh, you silly girls... you never fail to amuse me. And if I had said half of the things you claim that I have said about your band, you would of been ostracized and given a funny band name and your bands name wouldn't appear on any flyer I post on here, which is what I do to bands I don't like. Better luck next time though... and please remember who your friends are. ;-)
Everything is updated. Too busy with band stuff and too tired to even give a fuck or even bother. I pulled both S.F.T. and G.B.A. band practice yesterday on the same day. Why? Because I'm stupid, that's why. Music Reviews on Failed Mutation and Energy posted recently. I forget when. Click here for the Failed Mutation review, and click here for the Energy review. I gotta get back to breaking up these MP3's before my band mates yell at me again...
I believe that the theory has been proven; indisputable proof of how pathetically easy it is to play the 'highly coveted' Punk Rock Posing festival nowadays. The secret to it is simple.
Just flat out suck, OR, play less than 1 show in your entire history... hahaha
Yeah, I know, I know, after we all stopped laughing at the Local 'Punk' bands that were already chosen to play the thing, now word comes along that the band Illicitor, who have played a whopping total of ONE gig as a band, are opening up one of the coveted club gig spots, as well as the band New Cold War, who have never played a gig as a band in their entire musical life. Ahhhhh... Favoritism and Cronyism... and what better place to rear their ugly heads than in Sin City, a place that flourishes on BS like that. Such a shame that it's so blindly accepted nowadays by the Punk Rock sheeple perpetrating the myth that this so-called festival is nothing more than a money making scam that's no better than any other exploitative force that's ever disassembled and sucked dry any musical or youth culture that's come before it. I guess it's just easier to tolerate it, accept it, and turn a blind eye to it when it comes from someone who was in a band that you used to really like when you were younger. And before you get all a flutter and start thinking I'm hating on those 2 bands, or that I'm jelly, I'm not. I don't know anything about them, and neither do a lot of other people. I only cast the spotlight upon those bands to illustrate the point that it used to be about earning things, about putting in the work to deserve a place on a good bill, Hell, even just writing a good set of songs that a lot of people like, and then, after proving yourself in front of a crowd a few times over, THEN you get the lofty position of being the opener on the bill, given the honor of playing to the punters as they're queuing up while waiting for the headliners to play, and playing for the glorious memento of having your bands name on a flyer with the logo of your Heroes band bright and big above yours. Big whoop dee fuck. Do bands even make flyers anymore? Not that I know of, not unless they're in that annoying group of slick, glossy paper that gets tucked under your windshield wipers after a gig. Ugh! Don't get me going on that...
Where was I? Reading that back gives me no clue. I was going somewhere with it... oh yeah - humor. Funny. Jokes. Punk Rock Posing is a joke. I find it sad that soooooo many people are like, 'Well, yeah, the bands playing this year are lame, and the lineups suck, but I'm going anyway, because my clueless friends are going, and I'm too much of a sheep to be an individual and not go." There must be something cool about seeing a tiny band on a big stage from yards and yards away in an outdoor venue where the sound is shit that I'm not getting, nor do I want to. Whatever. And I don't even see why bands wanna open for the damn thing. Short of using it as a way to get out of paying the pricey entrance fee, it really serves no purpose except for ego stroking, which is fine if that's what you're into. It's not like anyone got signed to a real record label because of their massively impressive performance opening up @ Punk Rock Posing. I can't recall anyone getting picked up as an opening act because they impressed some band with their amazing performance @ PRP. And all the while, the Stern Bros. take another surfing vacation to Fiji with the money they make off of Punk Rock Posing, resting on their musical laurels and beaming with pride that they were finally able to live up to rich Mommy and Daddy's dreamed potential for their little boys. Phooey. Old guy rant over. Moving on. :-)
Fri. night was fun. Nothing better than playing a rockin' set and then heading outside to see a taco truck set up there, like it was waiting for me... hahaha Thanx to everyone for coming out. Jenn O. Cide was there, which was cool. I bought some stickers that Anne promptly stole from me. Thanx to Taken By Chance photography for the pictures of us playing, which you can see by clicking here. If we would of had some beards in our band she probably would of taken more pictures of us... ;-) Fun night. Frank & Deans were interesting with their 3 part vocal harmonies and unusually structured covers of songwriters standards like Love & Marriage, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, and, of course, My Way. People really dug the shit out of them, and they had a big crowd of people there to see them play, so I dunno, maybe a band doing 40's covers from the Rat Pack days is ironic/cool, and I'm not seeing it... hahaha Frank & Deans were alright. I've definitely seen worse. At least they can play, especially that guy with the beard. I didn't stick around to see Water Landing, but they were playing some sort of a mini-acoustic set before we played, so that was... weird? LOL I didn't do shit all weekend except practice with bands with initials - S.F.T. and G.B.A., LOL. I missed out on CH3 Sat. night, and I couldn't find a single person that wanted to go to that gig, which again, was, weird. I just stayed home and enjoyed my new Netflix account, watching weird movies and entire TV series in one sitting.
Everything's updated. There's stuff I'm forgetting but I'll remember it later. I always do. I think I'm gonna try to see Death Angel tonight @ Vinyl after Civilians practice... that could be interesting.