Review: Fat Creeps, Thick Shakes, Fume Hood, Secret Lover, Extreme Animals @ Lilypad (11/2/13)

Fat Thick
Bands: JUICEBOXXX, Extreme Animals, Secret Lover, Fat Creeps, Thick Shakes, Fume Hood
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Venue: Lilypad (Cambrige, MA)

This is a review of two different shows that took place one after another on the same night at the same venue (Lilypad).The first is a review of Fume Hood, Thick Shakes, and Fat Creeps and the second is a review of Hassle Night # 9 featuring Secret Lover, Extreme Animals, and JUICEBOXXX, though we missed Juice :(.

Fume Hood – It’s my first time here at the Lilypad. It’s a sweet little spot; art gallery, no stage, tiny bar, there’s something charming about it that I haven’t put my finger on yet. Not the best space I’ve seen for a crazy rock ‘n’ roll show per se, but a fairly comfortable, fun, fitting place for an underground music show, if you will. Glen says it reminds him of the 119 Gallery in Lowell, but I disagree. I think he was too fucked up to remember what the 119 Gallery looked like the last time we were there  – it’s okay, I was equally shitfaced myself, but that’s a whole other story. We’re here now at the Lilypad and Fume Hood is playing (pretend that they are playing in front of you, use your wonderful imagination).

The first and last (up until now) time we saw Fume Hood was at the Boston Underground Summit this past September at the Cambridge Elks Lodge. With that show we only got a taste of the Fume Hood, we got teeny flashes of the fume because it was a round robin set – up, so we only heard one song at a time, ya dig? Tonight’s show is a standard back to back performance. I have to say I preferred them last time and this could be attributed to the fact that they are missing their lead singer. Or, I just have a really short attention span. A solid combo of both.

Fume Hood is fairly strange and psychedelic for lack of a better word. A bit experimental, artsy at times. Perhaps music that’s better if you’re really high, but then again what kind of music isn’t better when you’re high?

Fume Hood’s set also includes some special guest vocals from Gracie Jackson (Fat Creeps). Is dis a sign of future collaborations? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Listen to Fume Hood here: https://soundcloud.com/fumehood

Thick Shakes – It’s been a while since we’ve seen our local Thick Shakes. Last show was at the Precinct in the Summer of Twenty Twelve. What a grande olde tyme. But,  we go even further back with the Thick Shakes. Nearly three years ago we caught the Thick Shakes at the Dirty Douglas in Lowell, in fact that was our first basement show. A straight up surreal introduction to this weird, wonderful world of underground rock ‘n’ roll. Even more fitting is Thick Shakes’ grasp on garage rock ‘n’ roll; they lean towards the dirtier, noisier side of the rock ‘n’ roll spectrum and that’s what we love.

I honestly haven’t listened to Thick Shakes in a long time, so I am not all too familiar with their songs. But, my memory serves me right and they are still the same old garage punk band as I remembered. Fast, head banging, hip shaking, slimy punk jams. Though, they are missing an organ player,  a key ingredient in the Thick Shakes plate.

Thick Shakes are a genuinely fun band and overall I dig their performance, but I would prefer it if there was a bit more of an edge to them. I don’t feel the same wild, reckless vibes I feel when I see other garage animals. I still would recommend them to people that dig the aforementioned style of music, especially Bostonians, since they play around town all of the time.  Check it out: http://thickshakes.bandcamp.com/

Set – List:
“Dead Out”
“Nobody’s Girl”
“Glass Mask”
“Neighbor’s Goods”
“I Said So”
“Polyommatus Blues”
“Jaywalker”
“Go Back to New York”
“Banned From the Laundromat”
“Friends Like These”

Fat Creeps – I really wish I was drunk right now to write the rest of this. I’m just not feeling it anymore. I wish I was as drunk as I was when I saw this show. I’m sure they played “Nancy Drew” and “700 Parts” and a bunch of other songs, and I’m sure we all had a blast. You can thank Mr. Melody Matters for capturing the lovely, feed backy, “Going to the Party” on video below.

Fat Creeps have a new drummer named Chris Geller and he does a sound job with all of the Creeps tunes. Give him a great big kiss when you see him at the next show.

Oh and buy the band’s ten incher from two sexy Italian men here: http://klyam.bigcartel.com/

So, that’s the end of the first show….  Now to Hassle Night #9:

Secret Lover – I seem to be seeing Worcester’s Secret Lover a lot lately. I usually see them in basements, but the Lilypad works just as well. I can imagine no setting would be too big or small for lead singer Sally.

Sally is one of the most exciting performers I have come across. I just adore the way she delicately darts out into the crowd and passionately sings every word. You can tell she loves what she’s doing and loves to get people dancing.

Give Secret Lover’s sensual, grave yard pop some ear time here: http://secretlover.bandcamp.com/

Extreme Animals – Extreme Animals hail from New York and they are on tour with JUICEBOXXX. I like me some rap/hip hop for sure, but this just isn’t my style. It’s heavily electronic and just makes me feel like I’m at a robotic, mainstream dance club. I’ve been clubbing before and it sucks. I don’t know how others felt, but the crowd seemed kind of awkward, just didn’t feel like the right audience for this type of music. Still, Extreme Animals may be your thang. Check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/extreme-animals

JUICEBOXXX – Unfortunately, we missed this :(. Enter the thunder zone here: http://juiceboxxx.com/blog/

Concert Review: Fat Creeps, Thick Shakes, Royal Wedding @ Precinct (7/7/12)

Bands: Fat Creeps, Thick Shakes, Royal Wedding, TRiPLE ThiCK
Date: Saturday, July 7, 2012
Venue: Precinct (Somerville, MA)

Act One: Fat Creeps – Following an introduction from Tim Cushing of Bundles of Joy (a Dazed and Confused movie reference), the Fat Creeps emerged on-stage. Tonight — more so than the other Fat Creeps performances I’ve witnessed –there seems to be a greater audience appreciation for the band. I could tell from the various people dancing, the joyous clapping at the end of each song, and stuff like that. The Fat Creeps have dedicated fans and for that we can thank the group’s musical ingenuity. They opened the set with a cover of “Sex Beat” before diving into their own original greats and another cover, Devo’s “Gates of Steel”. The band was in tip-top form. Not sure if I’m the only one who noticed, but Jim seemed to be bashing the shit out of the drums harder than ever (as witnessed by his broken stick during closer “Horoscope”), Gracie’s guitar effects/playing were louder and generally more amazing (most especially on “Leave Her Alone”) as were her vocals and harmony with Mariam on “700 Parts,” which to my excitement will be coming to the masses in some recorded form soon. I’d say one of the many fine moments of a Fat Creeps show is “Cherry,” which has a groovy bass line and cool/different vocals! Check out the new video for that. I’m convinced that Fat Creeps are the most intriguing band I’ve heard in the past six months or so. It’s fascinating because all of their songs stick out and make a lasting impression in a less-is-more kind of way that’s hard not to love.

Act Two: Thick Shakes – The last time I saw the Thick Shakes was February 2011 about six feet underground in a hazy basement setting – the Dirty Douglas of Lowell. I don’t remember much from that night, but I surely recall the Thick Shakes energy. Their rock and roll attack is a frenetic blend of blasted organ, crazy rhythym, and sustained fun. Members of the crowd sure seemed to appreciate what was going on before their eyes as they reacted with unrelenting head bobbing and creative dance moves. The Shakes themselves were most surely into it as well. They played a couple of brand new tunes — some of which appear on the just released cassette French Dyppe (Aurora 7 Records). They won me over during their set and I’d say that was the case for a lot of folks…if they weren’t already won over!

Act Three: Royal Wedding – If I’m sticking with the superlative route of describing this show, I might as well say that Royal Wedding was the most psychedelic. The guys battled through the elements (a malfunctioning bass head) in the way of delivering music for our curious selves. Vocals were full of reverb, guitar full of effects, and the end result was similar to a possessed take on rockabilly and old time rock and roll. I never felt like I knew what the guitarist/singer was about to do and I’ve come to the conclusion that is what made Royal Wedding real likable. I’m not sure I understood more than a few words either; this mystery coupled with the other things I’ve said makes it cool to imagine Royal Wedding as a futuristic band that’s come to let everyone know that the possibilities of rock and roll are far-reaching and not something that can easily be grasped or judged.

Act Four: TRiPLE ThiCK – We weren’t able to catch ’em, unfortunately. Here is a link to their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/triplethickband