11/08/2013 Leave a comment
Woah! This is a clip of SKIMASK from last year’s Hassle (Homegrown) Fest. I can’t wait for this year’s event. It’s starting any minute now…
punk slime ALL OF THE time
01/23/2013 1 Comment
Release: December 21, 2012
Labels: Infinity Cat Recordings/Sophomore Lounge/100% Breakfast
1. “Slap Me Silly”
2. “Creature Double Feature”
4. “4EVA LTD”
5. “Candy Cane”
6. “Every Week Iz Shark Week”
1. “Tempurpedic Mattress”
2. “Blow Up: Bubblegum”
3. “If Foolish Men”
5. “10 Speed”
6. “Favorite Flavor”
Comments: SKIMASK have been frightening ordinary people for years, but now is the time we finally get to hear a nice to see/feel/hear LP from the Boston trio. With capital and distribution provided by three reputable labels, this record will serve as a crucial source of discovery for many – both in the Boston area (where the band is a live staple) and outside (where the band has toured in venues both small and others significantly larger).
The best descriptions of the band that I’ve come across involve the words assault and primal. And, of course, no better place for that than three feet away from a pacing Profit Mohammad. But you get the gist of the insanity that is SKIMASK from the speakers in your home. Often times I do not know what Profit is saying, but his vocals are incredibly memorable, especially when he’s shouting things like”CREACHA, DAUBLE FEECHA!” and “IS IT VANILLA OR IS IT CHOCOLATE?????????” The critical base co-existing with our friend on vocals is a triple vocal mega-effects man and an unapologetic drummer, pounding away, astonishingly to the workings of that mega-effects man. Of course, I take it that you know SKIMASK visually, but in case you don’t, you might have already conjured up a stringed instrument or some guy on the ground pushing pedals. Or not. They aren’t your typical band and these aren’t your typical songs.
And that’s a great thing. I’m challenged listening to SKIMASK; I do not know many records that are this in your face. The presentation brings both the unexpected (“Tempurpedic Mattress) and the innately hooky (“Creature Double Feature,” “Candy Cane”). I’m swept away by such immediacy and it’s addicting “Blow Up: Bubblegum” is begging to be chewed all day. Never once in my listening to Cute Mutant do I ever want to step away for a moment. The Profit would get angry.
I’ve been delighted by a decent array of noise in my day, but I’m not sure if I have heard an album that tops Cute Mutant in its ability to be so fun and so very different. I very much appreciate and admire this band as a force of rock ’n roll. So yeah, while I in complete honestly will not be able to immediately recall or recite a handful of these tracks, it is probably because they damaged my brain! In a good way!!!!!!!!!!!!
01/15/2013 Leave a comment
KLYAM instructs you to buy SKIMASK’s latest LP Cute Mutant out on Infinity Cat, Sophomore Lounge, and 100% Breakfast. You can enjoy it anyway you like, I only suggest that you’re not within the presence of fine china.
12/31/2012 Leave a comment
I saw more shows this year than any other (47 total) and all of them were FUN . The following is a list of my top ten (most fun) shows all year:
10) The New Highway Hymnal, Creaturos, Leamers, The Migs, Nice Guys @ Big Stink (10/6/12)
Damn, this was a solid night. I mean with the bands on this bill, how could it not be? Going in to this show I only knew NHH and The Migs, but I came out a fan of local stalwurts, Creaturos and Nice Guys, and our neighbors to the North, Montréal’s Leamers. Kids bashing and bopping around like they ought to. I’ll link you up to the KLYAM review: http://klyam.com/2012/10/09/concert-review-nice-guys-the-migs-leamers-creaturos-new-highway-hymnal-big-stink-10612/
9) The Migs, Nice Guys, Cult Fluorescent, Slimers, Chillcity Icon @ Wilder Zangcraft (11/24/12)
Best Migs show I’ve seen! Nice Guys played a sick set of Coachwhips covers and it was great to see the experimental one mon band Cult Fluorescent again. This show was also my introduction to the mighty Migsian two piece, Slimers and the twisted no wave/noise duo, Chillcity Icon. http://klyam.com/2012/12/06/concert-review-the-migs-nice-guys-cult-fluorescent-slimers-chillcity-icon-wilder-zangcraft-112412/
8) Hunx and His Punx, Heavy Cream, Radio Control @ Great Scott (4/2/12)
I’m a Hunx freak, so words can’t describe my excitement for this show. Having missed the past two Hunx Boston gigs :( I’ve waited for two and a half years to see the band live again. The first time back in October ’09 was opening for Jay Reatard and this served as my intro to Hunx. This time around was even better because I actually knew and loved all of the songs. Throw in Infinity Cat noise makers, Heavy Cream and Somerville rockers, Radio Control and you have one of the finest shows all year. http://klyam.com/2012/04/04/concert-review-hunx-and-his-punx-great-scott-4212/
7) Fat Creeps, Earthquake Party, Fedavees, Fagettes Halloween Show @ Rosebud (10/13/12)
2012 very well could be called the year of the Fat Creeps, especially on this site. We’ve seen a dozen Creeps shows this year, more than any other artist. In fact, I think I’ve seen them more than any other band I’ve seen. Every show has had its own special quality, but for Halloween they played a set of Ramones covers and the crowd ate it up. It was the marriage of two of my favorite bands, and on top of that there were stellar sets from Earthquake Party! (Nirvana), Fedavees (The Wipers), and The Fagettes (Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood).
6) On Broadway Fest 2008 @ Dirty Douglas/Ant Cellar (5/5/12)
I haven’t been to any music festivals, except this one, well and the first On Broadway Fest, but I arrived at night for that one. Therefore, this show was a unique experience. It was a blast seeing 15 or so bands all in one day, especially with memorable performaces from Fat History Month, Big Mess, The New Highway Hymnal (shit water yay!), and Guerilla Toss – I literally felt the Guerilla Toss, woooo. http://klyam.com/2012/06/08/concert-review-onbroadway-fest-2008-5512/
5) No Age, Make It Up @ Chum’s Coffeehouse (3/10/12)
KLYAM and No Age go way back, way back before there even was a KLYAM. The first show we saw at Middle East was No Age, and that took place in 2008. They were one of the first of our beloved, HONORARY KLYAMERS. As popular as No Age is, they still carve out their own DIY aesthetic and playing a little Coffeehouse in Waltham is a testament to that. Some of the best moshing/crowd surfing I’ve seen all year! http://klyam.com/2012/03/12/concert-review-no-age-chums-brandeis/
4) Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, K-Holes @ The Well (9/22/12)
This is one of the few shows I have seen outdoors. I need to experience more of these! Outside on a rainy night in Brooklyn with a thousand or more bodies. I usually prefer smaller gigs, but Ty Segall’s music is so gigantic it feels right in this setting. Of course, this show is also special because this marks my first and only experience with Thee Oh Sees, one of America’s greatest live bands. Can’t wait for the next NYC trip and/or Ty/Oh Sees show. K-Holes, stay solid. http://klyam.com/2012/09/23/concert-review-ty-segall-thee-oh-sees-k-holes-the-well-92212/
3) Ty Segall, White Fence, Strange Boys @ Space Gallery (5/14/12)
Ty it is again! You just can’t stop this guy from popping up on our year end lists. Ahh, our first Ty Segall show ever! An event in heavy anticipation for nearly two years. The Space Gallery is one of the finer venues in the New England area that I have attended: larger capacity without that corporate rock feel, art gallery, steady rock ‘n’ roll, and two dollar PBRs! Yeah, so if the show above at the Well felt like a big time House of Blues event, then this Space Gallery show was more akin to a rowdy, packed Black Lips show at the Mid East Downstairs. And of course, Strange Boys were better than ever!
2) King Khan & The Shrines, Hector’s Pets @ Brighton Music Hall (7/23/12)
As far as showmen go, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone that competes with King Khan. We were blessed this year to catch Khan and all the classic Shrines at a sweaty, fun filled show this past July. It’s just one big party y’all. http://klyam.com/2012/07/25/concert-review-king-khan-the-shrines-brighton-music-hall/
Who will be number 1?…..
1) Nobunny, Bad Sports, Xray Eyeballs, Liquor Store @ Living Bread (9/21/12)
For the past three years, the almighty Black Lips have filled the number one slot in this category. Alas, we did not see them this year, they had bigger plans – touring the Middle East. Beautiful, those kids need em’ more. Fortunately, we witnessed somebunny else on stage, this bunny we’ve also consistently seen the past 3-4 years, and he’s never let us down. 5 Nobunny shows deep and this was the best. I felt like I was watching Darby Crash or Keith Morris, but singing bubblegum and garage. I love that feeling, when you look up at a bunnyman in his underwear and say to yourself “this is the only kind of rock ‘n’ roll that matters.” http://klyam.com/2012/09/24/concert-review-nobunny-bad-sports-xray-eyeballs-liquor-store-living-bread-92112/
Ahh what a year, 2012, the best I’d say. In this year I saw the following exceptional/favorite bands for the first time (some of which I noted above): SKIMASK, Bleached, Smith Westerns, Dirty Virgins, Fat Creeps, The Migs, Ty Segall, Beach Boys, Bent Shapes (as Bent Shapes), Colleen Green (two nights in a row!), Thee Oh Sees, Nice Guys, The Fagettes, The Electric Street Queens, Yankee Power.
And now I’m off to bring in 2013 with Fat Creeps, The New Highway Hymnal, Color Channel, and Yale, MA at Great Scott. Peace.
12/20/2012 Leave a comment
As with every year, I’m listing off my favorite songs (in alphabetical order) and keeping to a three song maximum per band, because there’s just way too many to list all of them! And we’re off.
Adam Green & Binki Shapiro- “Here I Am”
Atlantic Thrills- “Foreign Lands” “Acid Rain” “Give It Back”
The Barbaras- “Breathing Underwater” “How Many Times” “Only One”
Bent Shapes- “Bites and Scratches” “Leave It Till You Need It”
Best Coast- “The Only Place”
Cumstain- “Ghost Love” “Rollin Wrong” “Sit and Twist”
Dangeresque- “Walking Dead”
Diamond Rugs- “Blue Mountains”
Dirty Virgins- “Cheap Talk”
The Electric Street Queens- “Beefcake Baby” “She’s Gotta Bruise” “Doncha Wanna Work At the Brewary”
Fagettes- “If I See Him Again” “On Drugs”
Fat Creeps- “700 Parts” “Nancy Drew” “Secrets”
Gangbang Gordon- “Life At the ABC” “QMI Fatties”
Ghetto Cross- “Still”
Gravys Drop- “Made to Love” “Runaway” “Happy Birthday”
Hunx- “Private Room” “Always Forever” “I’m Not The One You’re Looking For”
Jacques Le Coque- “Grow Up”
King Khan & The Shrines- “Bite My Tongue”
Maine Coons- “Ghetto Queen” “Tired and Inspired” “Uniform Choice”
The Migs- “You and Me” “Fuzzy Son” “Take Take Take”
Natural Child- “Faces of Death”
The New Highway Hymnal- “Hey Kid (Gotta Run)” “More” “Blackend Hands”
Nobunny- “Assholes” “At the Mall”
The Orwells- “Halloween All Year” “Mallrats (La La La)”
Peach Kelli Pop- “Panchito Blues II” “Dreamphone”
Saba Lou- “Until The End”
Shannon and the Clams- “Angel Baby”
SKIMASK- “Get U Back” “Fine China”
Slimers- “Spaghetti Ann”
Squall- “Repulsor” “No Life Here”
Ty Segall- “Thank God For Sinners” “You’re The Doctor”
Ty Segall Band- ”Wave Goodbye”
Yankee Power- “Stray” “Adopted Love Doll” “Real Folk”
11/04/2012 Leave a comment
This week’s Band of the Week is the ass kicking, mind bending, spellbounding, stupdendous SKIMASK, one of Boston’s greatest stars and noisemakers, no fakers. If you scroll down the KLYAM page, you can catch an interview we just conducted with thee SKIMASK drummer (Z). Okay fine, here’s a link, you lazy bastards. http://klyam.com/2012/11/04/check-out-this-sheeet-klyam-interviews-skimask/
SKIMASK’s forthcoming LP Cute Mutuant will be released on November 27, 2012 on Infinity Cat Recordings, Sophomore Lounge Records, and 100% Breakfast. Goddamn, that’s a delicious dish!
11/04/2012 2 Comments
Heyyyooo, KLYAM (Chris and Glen) had a quality, fireside chat (spiritually) with SKIMASK drummer (Z). Topics included the band’s roots, their upcoming LP Cute Mutant to be released on Sophomore Lounge/Infinity Cat/100% Breakfast, the importance of house/DIY Shows in the music community, their tour with JEFF the Brotherhood, Iggy Pop (the crazy political figure), and a number of other wacky, off the wall topics. Just read the damn thing below! Make sure you send the little ones to bed first though. Tuck em’ in real tight, cause America’s worst nightmare SKIMASK is ready to play.
KLYAM: When did you guys meet and how did ya get started as SKIMASK?
(Z): We met working at a bar in Boston that is now defunct, another cool spot in the city swallowed up by the yuppies. We were flirting with the idea of starting a band since we listened to good music and liked each other. I went ahead and booked us a show to ensure that we would actually start a band, practice, play shows and not just talk about it. We had a month to come up with what we wanted to do and write songs. It was pretty natural once we got started.
KLYAM: SKIMASK has one of the more unconventional set-ups instrumentally speaking. How did you guys decide on this set-up? We haven’t seen any other bands with a similar look/sound. You are able to have that punk rock and roll sound without having a guitar.
(Z): A while back our “mouth-bassist” did a one man show where he played drums and hummed into a microphone hooked up to electronics – similar to the minimal set up he has now. I saw this and was blown away. Somehow I convinced him to let me play drums and coming from a punk background of playing in hardcore bands, our two sounds just merged. With the profit growing up on DC hard-core, and never having been in a band before he added this vocal rawness. He would expel these Ian Svenonius-esque lyrics with such raw energy. Adding stage banter and insults to the live show just added to the aesthetic. The lack of guitar was more of an accident then a planned out idea. It simply worked without guitars, so we stuck with that sound. “No strings attached.”
KLYAM: Any key inspirations or influences on SKIMASK?
(Z): JEFF the Brotherhood, Chain and the Gang, Fat History Month, and the Boston/Allston scene in general. If kids can make amazing music, put on house shows, continue doing what they love while working shit jobs and still be able to survive in this expensive city. That is inspiring.
KLYAM: How has your sound evolved over the past few years?
(Z): Not sure if our sound evolved much since we started. We just try and keep it simple. Primitive, and add a small amount of catchiness to the nonsense.
KLYAM: You guys play a prominent role in the Boston underground. What are your thoughts on the local music scene and, in your experience, how far has it come and where do you see it going? Do you think Boston is on its way to receiving wider recognition nationally?
(Z): For the last three/four years it’s been on the up n up. But, as of late, the scene now is in a bit of a lull with Gay Gardens and Whitehaus shutting down. Every September new kids move into show houses and new neighbors move in next door. Some neighbors are cool, but others just don’t dig loud parties or shows on Monday- Thursday nights. Some kids running the houses only do shows a few times a week keeping it on the low. For the houses that host lots of touring bands and have lots of shows each week, the neighbors call the cops with noise complaints, the cops find out what your up to and that’s the end of your house. There will always be more houses popping up that have shows and more warehouse spots.
As for Boston gaining some wide recognition nationally, that is debatable. If you talk to any national touring band that has come through Gay Gardens or Whitehaus chances are they will tell you Boston always has the best shows. If you ask a touring band that are “bigger” or more “popular” that play House of Blues or the Royale or even Brighton Music Hall, you’ll get the opposite reaction. These venues are stale and therefore it’s hard for people to let loose and have a good time at these venues therefore resulting in a boring audience for the touring band. Boring audience usually equals boring show. Unfortunately in my opinion Boston has traditionally been a city of boring show goers. Also this city can be very corny when it comes to its music publications that are seen nationally. This makes Boston come off to the nation as corny. Again, this is just my opinion.
KLYAM: NOW NOW NOW – let’s talk about Cute Mutant. Congrats! Can you tell us about the recording process/recording length/studio/etc?
(Z): The recording process was the best time. Doug Demay recorded us at his home studio in Cambridge. We recorded in the isolation room in the basement which is separate from the foundation of the house making it totally sound and vibration proof. This room is also where Exusamwa practices which is a trip if you think about the music that they create in there. It was very comfortable, shoes off, stress free and Doug is pretty much the coolest guy on earth. He bought us food every night even though we put him through hell. We were only in the studio for a weekend, then went back for a few mixing sessions. All in all the process didn’t take long and we are so thankful that Doug was involved every step of the way. Big thanks to him.
KLYAM: Cute Mutant is being released on Infinity Cat and Sophomore Lounge, what’s the scoop on this? Both labels have intimidating catalogs. What’s it mean to you to be associated with these labels? Infinity Cat is a high profile national label. A lot of the bands on the label tour incessantly, is this something Kids across America can expect of SKIMASK?(Z): Well Sophomore Lounge Records put out our first release, which was a 200 run split 12″ EP with a band from Chicago called Geffika. They were a natural choice to go through again. Infinity Cat Recordings, on the other hand, was a bit harder to get on board. Like you said, they mostly put out bands that tour extensively and relentlessly so for them to put us out (a band that doesn’t tour much that is relatively unknown beyond boston) I think it was a big decision for them to make. They’ve heard the record and though it’s a stretch from what they normally put out, they’re a small enough label that they can still take chances on things they feel strongly about. Jake Orall, head of Infinity Cat, is a friend of ours and a huge fan of Fat Day (an epic, groundbreaking band that Doug Demay was in). He has seen us numerous times and has faith in what we do and what were about. We are so grateful that they are a part of this release. 100% Breakfast is also helping to put this out which we are psyched to be on. This is the label that Doug runs and that Fat Day and Exusamwa are on. To be on labels with such great rosters is mind bending to me. We feel privileged to be working with everyone.
KLYAM: You guys have toured the East Coast with JEFF the Brotherhood, how was that experience?
(Z): It was a real trip. JTB are the greatest dudes. They take unknown bands on tour with them because they like them, not because they’ll bring out more people as most bands do. Playing the Bowery Ballroom was insane. Watching JTB from the back was insane; just a couple years earlier I was in the crowd watching them play the same stage. Crazy. They are sweet, kind and we are forever grateful to them for giving us that opportunity. I just wish we could do more with them. Forever my favorite.
KLYAM: Alrighty to lighten shit up, what was the lil Prof$t Mohamed like on the playground?
(Z): God, I don’t think I wanna know. Probably someone who was always doing fun and crazy shit, but that I would have been too intimidated to do stuff with.
KLYAM: Not to promote violence, but if you had to get into a physical altercation with a political figure past or present, who would it be?
(Z): Iggy Pop. He’s a crazy person and would probably fight to the death.
KLYAM: Your music is known to incite some crazy fuckin dancing…do you see SKIMASK having its own associated dance?
(Z): Yeah, it’s called, “Do the crusher” (see The Cramps).
KLYAM: Lastly, anything or anybody you want to plug?
(Z): Every Allston band we’ve played with, too big to list. Every touring band that plays house shows or warehouse spots or secret venues. Everybody who comes to these shows for the music more than to just party and who DONATES to touring bands. And lastly Doug Demay because I know he likes seeing his name over and over again. Just kidding Doug!
09/27/2012 Leave a comment
Issue #33 is coming soon and what better way is there to celebrate this than to have some good ‘ole bands play at TT The Bears?
That’s right. October 1st is the date. The bands? SKIMASK, Casanovas In Heat, Dolores Boys, and Beach Cops. This is happening at 8 PM.
There will be 15,000 copies they say — so you gotta get one. First hand. And watch good bands.
08/01/2012 Leave a comment
Bands: Natural Child, Liquor Store, Skimask
Venue: Great Scott
Date: Monday, July 30, 2012
Act One: SKIMASK – SKIMASK is a band that I think everyone should have at least checked out by now and by checked out, I’m talking LIVE. They now have a website (HERE) but you still got to do some digging for recordings so for right now, at this very moment, you need to see them. Upcoming shows (Boston area) are on their website. I find myself gaining more appreciation for SKIMASK each time I see them. On this night, vocalist Prof$t Mohamed isn’t as spontaneous and incendiary as I’ve seen him in the past, but he seems more in-tune with the music. Whatever he is saying is as forceful as the drums and effects behind and to the side of him. The chemistry amongst the trio and the sounds they emit is baffling. It doesn’t take too long to realize how good the drummer is at drumming and how good the effects man is at effects. Stuffing the face with three microphones is not something you see at shows these days. The other thing I’d like to say is that even though SKIMASK is not your typical rock and roll band – stylistically and so forth – they set the tone for a night of balls out RnR. They can fit in on any bill really and just pump up the audience for what’s to come (or finish things off right…if they are headliners).
Act Two: Liquor Store - Liquor Store fit in perfectly as openers to Natural Child. While Natural Child is a bit more stripped down and to the point, Liquor Store is more expansive on this night. They build their tracks up, making grand use of the old guitar. This isn’t always the case (“Manchild In Paradise” is a short, sweet, and twisted take on classic rock), but their performance makes it seem like they’ve been around for longer than they probably have. Judging from their set-list, they’ve been playing some of these songs for a while now and a good chunk is from Yeah Buddy, their 2011 2X LP. I’ve got to listen to that record. From what I’ve read, it’s killer. I guess some cynical person could come along and say they are reinventing the late ’70s punk wheel, but with Liquor Store’s passion and sloppy New Jersey precision…that cynical person would be guilty of oversimplification. I’ve taken note and really wanna hear some Yeah Buddy and drink some Narragansett, a beer previously unheard of to one of the guitarists in Liquor Store. But like that guy, you just gotta try it out even if you can’t pronounce it and you play in none other than a band called Liquor Store. Yeah, buddy.
1. Proud To Be An American Man
3. Manchild In Paradise
5. Big Wheels
6. Gas Station
7. Pile of Dirt
8. In The Garden
Act Three: Natural Child – The last time I saw Natural Child (abbreviated Natti Child for whatever reason in a lot of KLYAM postings) was in August 2010 on a packed yacht cruising up Hudson River near the Statue of Liberty. They were opening for Black Lips so needless to say my excitement for the show was through the roof. The members of Natural Child recall that show fondly, describing it as a lot of fun and quite memorable. The other day at Great Scott wasn’t a close replica to that event, we weren’t anywhere near water, there weren’t as many transvestites, and the show wasn’t close to sell-out capacity. Natural Child themselves though – the band, the myth, and the legend – treated the crowd with plenty of spirited numbers, ranging from 1971‘s “White People” to For The Love‘s “8 AM Blues” and “DTV” to 7″ classics “Crack Mountain” and “Dogbite”. It was these last two songs that came toward the end of their set and brought the most willies for me. The crowd was into Natti, but not on the scale as that NY show that finished off with guitarist/vocalist Seth crowd-surfing his way up to the boat’s balcony. There weren’t any moments like that at GS, but I think I was spoiled for that NY gig. Either way, it’s great to see these guys rising through the ranks and chugging out quality records every few months or so. I’ll make every effort to see them next time around and who knows what that show might bring. This was a fun night, but I surmise the most fun is yet to come!
06/13/2012 Leave a comment
KLYAM debut posting about Juiceboxxx, an interesting rock-rapper. What might pique your interest is first watching a documentary about the man that was shot in 2009. http://vimeo.com/36322485
Juiceboxxx is playing this Friday, JUNE 15, at Video Underground with SKIMASK, Big Digits, and Fucktrots. It is a Bodies of Water show.