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Catching Up With M R from Picniclunch & Eric Baylies Before 4752 Fest

4752 Fest is almost here! We can’t sing its praises enough over at KLYAM. In case you missed it: Saturday afternoon/evening (OCTOBER 23) in Downtown New Bedford – 13 bands of various persuasions will play at 6 different (mostly nontraditional) venues starting at 2:30 PM. Experimental and DIY meets the small business entrepreneurial spirit. There isn’t anything like it in New England – or even the United States. Maybe? Maybe this will be the start to people from all over the world coming through to the hidden gem that is New Bedford. A la Gonerfest? Maybe.

In the spirit of 4752, I caught up with Mike Ribeiro of Picniclunch and Eric Baylies of Baylies Band. Both are playing. Check the full lineup and details at the end of this post.

Mike Ribeiro (PICNICLUNCH) – an oral history:

My family moved to New Bedford in 1984, when I was about to turn 10. After graduating high school I went to college in Boston, dropping out after two years, then spent a couple years in Baltimore before coming back. Talking, 1996. So, outside of those 4 years and my early childhood, I’ve been here most of my life. I picked up bass in high school, and even sang in a band with some of my friends for a bit, but it wasn’t until I got back from Baltimore that I really got into performing. I played in a couple, mostly recording, projects—including one with Devin Byrnes, our bassist and sometimes singer, called Steer Beyond Pink—before starting a band with my friend Jon DaCosta we dubbed Acrylic Anatomy. This ended up morphing into The Visa Mastercard Liars when my sister Rozana joined as a vocalist, and we played together for a good five years, mostly performing in and around New Bedford, which was a lot of fun. Splitting up sucked big time because I really loved our sound—very cacophonous and careening—but there had been some tension building, and getting things together had become very tough. I had put out a solo recording as M.R. (“Cornrows On the Desert Storm”, 2001) while still in VML, so when we broke up I just went full on with it, self-releasing an EP (“Loose Advocacy, 2005) and another full length (“Title Evoked”, 2007). Due, I think, to the abrasiveness of my guitar work, and possibly the lyrical content, it wasn’t always easy getting shows. And I really do love to play out, so this was frustrating. Seeking out open mics was practically the only way I could perform. But it was rarely ever gratifying in that I was basically forcing my material on an audience expecting the usual acoustic, mellow stuff, and feedback was at best things like, “Hey, keep at it, buddy, you’ll get better,” haha, when I’m thinking, “This is exactly how I want to sound, folk loser.” So after six years of this, I really wanted to get a band going again, both to collaborate again, and for access to other, more receptive venues. Devin was game, so we found a drummer, and that’s how Picniclunch started, and we’ve been at it—with a three year lapse while I went back to school from 2010 to 2013—since 2009. As to how it all relates to New Bedford itself, I’m not totally sure. I will say that, though it’s not always overt, New Bedford has consistently been referenced in my lyrics, so I’ve always considered what I do as being regional. Another way it might relate is the fact that it’s always seemed to me that metal and cover bands are the only kind of music that’s given any attention around here. So I have to give myself credit, along with long-time veterans of our scene like Eric Baylies and Carl Simmons, and Mike Montagano when he was around, for so stubbornly offering an alternative to that all this time.

Wow, that’s a lot to respond to, haha. Definitely think those open mic audiences would agree with you about me “killing songs” with my guitar. I’m very much in love with that description. That “attack” is very much a direct influence of several post-punk bands of the 70s and 80s I totally immersed myself in in my twenties, including The Fall, Gang of Four, and Sonic Youth, not to mention precursors like Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band and the Velvet Underground. And yeah, Minutemen and Burma are definitely in there, too. That visceral feeling these groups exuded really grabbed me, and continues to do so. Free Jazz and, as you mentioned, No Wave are another two huge aesthetic influences. What’s so exciting to me about those two genres is the musicians’ intense tenacity, hanging onto a note or idea as if letting go of it would mean death. And maybe that’s why you find what we do so danceable: we’re all trying to do our own individual thing—me, Devin, and our amazing drummer Mac Williamson—while doing our damnedest to hold down the rhythm, and that dynamic just sucks you in, and gets you moving. It’s our simultaneous joy and anxiety you’re dancing to, haha.

Yes, I did the flyers, and with Devin’s feedback, designed the festival t-shirt. So, yes, I’m a visual artist as well, and have done all the band’s album artwork—though I’d like to change it up a little, and get some guest artwork on the next lp. I also do animation, something I majored in at MassArt ten years ago. Outside of some animated visuals for a live streaming show we did at AS220 in Providence last December, I haven’t produced anything lately. Hoping I can get my act together soon and finally put together a video for one of our songs, which the guys have been encouraging me to do for a while. Dont wanna overpromise and underdeliver, so we’ll just have to wait and see….


Played a few festivals since we been back in somerville and providence, good to be getting back into swing of things. Looking forward to nov 5 columbus theatre w vapors of morphine ( surviving mem of morphine) and dec 4 the met w start making sense – talking heads tribute. Done 4 tryouts for the show – hope to start filming pilot episode next month. Looking forward to first nb show in 2 years, lottsa great stuff that day. Fav record is always the next one but right now irs KAFKAESQUE- kinda shape shifting record for is as we stayed weird but in a different way- more towards captain beefheart and pere ubu than the noisy swans and sonic youth styles that served us so well

Line up for 4752

230- 345 (fiber optics center, 23 centre street)

230-Scapeghost315-Sugar death whistle

4 to 515 (communal space, 246 Union street)

4-Myles Goulart445-Wreath

515 to 630 (Destination soups,149 union)

515-Blood feeder6-Picniclunch

630 to 745 (the madlila, 741 Purchase st)

630-G.Gordon Gritty715-Bridge of flowers

8- 10 Mcfee gallery (104 William st)8-Baylies band845-Urojets915- Loud hearts1

10 to 11 30 No problemo (813 Purchase st)

10- Black beach1045-Landowner


ATWOOD’S TAVERNCAMBRIDGE – Undergoing a renovation indoors – live shows to return late summer/fall

DEEP THOUGHTS JAMAICA PLAIN – Live shows came back in June

THE JUNGLESOMERVILLE – Live shows came back in June

LILYPADCAMBRIDGE – Live shows came back in June

THE MIDDLE EASTCAMBRIDGE – Shows in August and beyond

MIDWAY CAFE JAMAICA PLAIN – Live shows came back in June

O’BRIENS PUB – ALLSTONShows in July and beyond

ONCE – SOMERVILLE – Outdoor venue at 101 South Street with shows in July and beyond

PLOUGH AND STARSCAMBRIDGE – Live shows came back in June

THE PORCHMEDFORD – Live shows came back in June



The question we asked all of our podcast guests was always: WHEN WILL SHOWS RETURN?

In Boston – at least – the correct answer was June 2021.


Total: 74 shows

2019 [16 shows]

December 20 – KLYAM XMAS FREAKOUT/HOLIDAY HANGOVER PARTY W/ Johnnie & The Foodmasters, The Swettes, American Whip Appeal & The Glue, and Children of the Flaming Wheel  – Dorchester Art Project

November 16 – M.O.T.O, Electric Street Queens, Sticker Shock, Johnnie & The Foodmasters – Club Bohemia

October 21 – The Hussy, Funeral Cone, G. Gordon Gritty, Nice Guys – Somerville Greek American Social Construction Club

September 7– Mickey Bliss, Gull Boy, The Mystery – Club Bohemia

August 31 – Mavis The Dog, American Whip Appeal, Johnnie and the Foodmasters, F – Dorchester Art Project

August 17 – A Mouth’s A Mouth Noisefest Part 7: G. Gordon Gritty, Healers Co., DJ Tomorrow’s Achievements, Con Tex & Lindie, Corsefuckers, >>>>>>>>>>> – Trixie’s Palace

August 1 – Andy California, The Swettes, Johnnie and the Foodmasters  – Hong Kong

Rama Lama Ding Dong 2019:
July 13 – Unnatural Axe, Nice Guys, Atlantic Thrills, Andy California, Johnnie and the Foodmasters – Cambridge Elks Lodge
July 12 – Thighs, Kremlin Bats, G. Gordon Gritty, Semi Sounds – Dorchester Art Project
July 11 – Juan Wauters, Boston Cream, American Whip Appeal, The Glue – Lilypad

June 29 – Booji Boys, Idiot Genes, Sticker Shock, Johnnie & The Foodmasters – Ted House

June 8 – Mickey Bliss with Johnnie and the Foodmasters, Life Partners, Love Strangers Duo (LSD) – Club Bohemia

April 25 – Kids Like You & Me and BUFU Present: Request Freebird (record release), Sean Daniel Daniels (fka Bad History Month), G. Gordon Gritty – Deep Thoughts

March 16 – A Mouth is a Mouth Noise Fest Part VI featuring Johnnie and the Foodmasters, Evicshen, Birthday Ass, Thighs, Pain Chain, Eric Baylies, Healers, KLYAM Haus Band – Trixie’s Palace

March 5 – The Cowboys, Nice Guys, Boston Cream – Deep Thoughts

February 16 – Mr. Airplane Man, Sticker Shock, Johnnie and the Foodmasters – Club Bohemia

2018 [9 shows]

December 21 – HOLIDAZE Party – Love Strangers, Johnnie and the Foodmasters, American Whip Appeal, The Glue – Dorchester Art Project

November 14 – Ts foss, B.J. Snowden, Glue (solo) – Potato Emporium

October 18 – Dumb Vision, Boston Cream, Request Freebird, G. Gordon Gritty – Lilypad

September 4– Proud Parents, Love Strangers, Electric Street Queens – Lilypad

July 14 – A Mouth is a Mouth Noise Fest Part V: G Gordon Gritty, Scum, Con Tex, Luoto, Blue Ray, Jarva Land, Bashful Slasher, Tom Ashton, >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> – The ER

July 13 – American Whip Appeal (“Live in NY” KLYAM Records tape release), Johnnie and the Foodmasters, Bashful Slasher, The Glue – The Farm

June 23 – RAMA LAMA DING DONG! featuring The Monsieurs, Nice Guys, Rene Chambers (Jim Leonard – “A Brief History of Slime re-release”), Love Strangers, Johnnie and the Foodmasters, James Coarse reading – Cambridge Elks Lodge

May 28 – Fire Heads, Nice Guys, Andy California, G. Gordon Gritty – The Jeanie Johnston

April 14 – Kids Like You & Me and Dann Lawrence Present: Bashful Slasher, Request Freebird, Johnnie and the Foodmasters, The Glue, Someone Else’ Blood – The Farm

2017 [12 shows]

December 18 – Kids Like You & Me and Rad Castle XMAS FREAKOUT! featuring Earthquake Party, Boston Cream, G. Gordon Gritty – ZuZu

November 17 – Andy California, Bashful Slasher, G. Gordon Gritty, The Glue – The Farm

November 4 – A Mouth is a Mouth Noise Fest Part IV: Johnnie and the Foodmasters, James Coarse reading from “American Light Beer,” Poacher, Chill City Icon, G. Gordon Gritty, >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> – The ratsnest

November 1 – Guantanamo Baywatch, Creaturos, Nice Guys, Andy California – Deep Thoughts

October 7 – Boston Hassle and Kids Like You & Me Present: Crocodiles, Saint Pe, Boston Cream, Second Becky – First Parish Cambridge

October 6 – Johnnie and the Foodmasters, _highlightreel, Picniclunch, Dylan and the Ded Beets – Club Bohemia

August 21 – Earthquake Party, Love Strangers, American Whip Appeal – ZuZu

June 16 – Rama Lama Ding Dong featuring The Monsieurs, Creaturos, Littlefoot, Germ House, Jim Leonard, Johnnie and the Foodmasters – Middle East Upstairs

May 22 – Peach Ring, Proud Parents, G. Gordon Gritty – ZuZu

April 1 –  A Mouth Is a Mouth Noise Fest Part III featuring Fat Shuggy, Sam Rog, April & the Foolmasters, Picniclunch, Tom Ashton, vbit 32, >>>>>>>>>>> – Trixie’s Palace

March 27 – Kids Like You & Me and Rad Castle Present: Birthing Hips, -1, Body Meat, Johnnie and the Foodmasters – ZuZu

February 4 – Kids Like You & Me Presents: Johnnie and the Foodmasters (return show!!!), Thee Cavemyn, Jim Leonard, Peach Ring – Club Bohemia

2016 [13 shows]

December 12 – Electric Street Queens, Andy California, Tiki Twins – ZuZu

November 14 – Illegally Blind, Kids Like You & Me, and Rad Castles Present: Straight Arrows, Sprit Ghost, Ryan Major & The Love Strangers, Chasms – ZuZu

November 12 – The Channels, TRIM, Request Freebird – Lilypad

October 8 – A Mouth is a Mouth Noise Fest Part II featuring Id M Theft Able, G. Gordon Gritty, Asher Tuil, Mike Mountain, The Craters, Disembowelment Choir, Negative One, Orgins – Black Lodge

September 12 – Nice Guys, Sauna Youth, Earth Heart, G. Gordon Gritty – ZuZu

July 23 – 7th Anniversary Show featuring (New England) Patriots, IAN Sweet, Giving Up, Birthing Hips – Lilypad

June 11 – A Mouth is a Mouth Noise Fest: The Cavemen, Puzzle Mansion, Meat Dreams, Fenner, Wendy Alembic, Gangbang Gordon, >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> – Black Lodge

May 14 – Illegally Blind and Kids Like You & Me Present: Peach Kelli Pop, Secret Lover, Gravel, Electric Street Queens – Middle East Upstairs

Rama Lama Ding Dong 2016
April 30 – Guerilla Toss, Ursula, The Barbazons, Johnnie and the Foodmasters, Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion, Electric Street Queens – Middle East Upstairs
April 29 – The Monsieurs, The Prefab Messiahs, Nice Guys, Scully, Black Beach, CosMc (First show!), Future Spa – Middle East Upstairs
April 28 – Funeral Cone, Second Becky, Andy California, G.Gordon Gritty – Club Bohemia

April 22 –  Boston Hassle & Kids Like You & Me Present – OBN III’s, The Monsieurs, Devil Music, Far Corners – Out of the Blue Too

March 30 – Kids Like You & Me Present: Cumstain, Pookie & The Poodlez, The Mardi Kings, Idiot Genes – Out of the Blue Too

2015 [19 shows]

December 14 – Kids Like You & Me and Rad Castle Present: Gravel, The Nude Party, Adam PC, Johnnie and the Foodmasters – ZuZu

November 21 – Kids Like You & Me Presents: The Lonely Machines,Future Spa, Squash, Johnnie and the Foodmasters – Wilder Zangcraft

November 20 – Kids Like You & Me and Bob Records Present: Future Spa (“Girl” CD EP Release Show!), The Double Buscemis, The Rococo Bang, Johnnie and the Foodmasters – Out of the Blue Too Gallery

November 13 – Illegally Blind and Kids Like You & Me Present: Nobunny, The Monsieurs, Nice Guys, Gymshorts – Middle East Upstair

October 20 – G. Gordon Gritty, Style, Whip Appeal, Mike Mountain – Midway Cafe

October 3 – The Shallow End Divers, Drug Dogs, Johnnie and the Foodmasters (first club show!), KLYAM DJ Set – Club Bohemia

September 23 – Wet Nurse, halfsour, Digital Prisoners of War – ZuZu

August 28 – Só Sol, Bum Candy (first show!), Field of Sheep (first club show!), G. Gordon Gritty – Club Bohemia

August 17 – Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion, Electric Street Queens, The Shallow End Divers – ZuZu

August 1 – Kids Like You & Me and BUFU Present: Nice Guys (Free Pizza split tape release), (New England) Patriots, Power Masters, Jim Leonard, G. Gordon Gritty – Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery

July 1 – 6th Anniversary Party featuring The Barbazons, Nice Guys, Atlantic Thrills, G. Gordon Gritty – Middle East Upstairs

June 26 – Earthquake Party, Whip Appeal, Andy California, Jim Leonard – Cantab Lounge/Club Bohemia

June 6 – Nice Guys, The Hussy, G. Gordon Gritty – ZuZu

May 29 – Kids Like You & Me and BUFU Records Present: G. Gordon Gritty “Still Not a Musician” Tape Release Show w/ Tall Juan, Underwater Bear Ballet, The Shallow End Divers – Club Bohemia

April 17 – Nice Guys, Jacques Le Coque, Black Beach, G. Gordon Gritty – Club Bohemia

March 30 – Kids Like You & Me and Rad Castle Present: The Barbazons, Miami Doritos, G. Gordon Gritty – ZuZu

March 19 – Kids Like You & Me and Illegally Blind Present: The Prefab Messiahs EP Release Show with The Barbazons, Fedavees, Secret Lover – Middle East Upstairs

March 7 – Boston Hassle and Kids Like You & Me Present: Nice Guys, Nancy, Gymshorts, Robot Death Kites, Muscle Plant – Boylston JP Church

January 24 – The Monsieurs, Atlantic Thrills, Feral Jenny, ACLU Benefit – Lilypad

January 16 – The TeleVibes,Future Spa, CHARLIE, Ben Tan – Club Bohemia

2014 [4 shows]

November 28 – Miami Doritos, G. Gordon Gritty, Ben Tan – Club Bohemia

October 24 – Big Buck Hunter, Ravi Shavi, Phaze, Gangbang Gordon – Club Bohemia

September 10 – Illegally Blind & Kids Like You & Me Present: Creaturos, The Electric Street Queens (Tape Release!), Nice Guys, Headband – Church

August 24 – Kids Like You & Me, Boston Hassle, BUFU Present: Cumstain, G. Gordon Gritty (Tape Release), Free Pizza, White Pages – JP Drive In

2013 [1 show]

October 11 – Miami Doritos, Free Pizza, G. Gordon Gritty, Ben Tan – Radio Down 

2012 [1 show]

April 29 – Kids Like You & Me Presents: Atlantic Thrills, The Roaches, G. Gordon Gritty (first show!) 


i’ll check everything else out later but for now

Terminal Boredom ‘s Greatest Garage Band of 2014 or maybe 2013. It Not Memphis In September If Not Buck Biloxi and The Fucks

Three songs, every song sounds the same not a knock but just a sound. Take that seriously and the joke is on you

The heads knew it and liked it before it came out and it delivered. Again not a knock , knock who is there?

let’s smoke a joint outside the Hi Tone and miss a little of a set. not Buck tho. Giorgio without synths

The train wreck, The Hurricane/Alligator fingers

Two years ago today I was in Tuscany!

We’re Still Here!

Hope everyone is healthy and hanging in there. We wanted to let you know that we are still here and active.

With no new shows to book, play, or attend, we’ve shifted gears to a new medium: the Podcast!

Link is up at the top of the website and here. These have been great – one to two (sometimes longer!) hours of catching up with old pals, artists, and musicians. We try to cover formative experiences in music whenever possible along with what’s going on currently and in the future.


This Day In KLYAM (March 30)

2019: RUSSIAN TSARLAG / EVICSHEN / Dan Talbot / Baby;Baby / CorpseFkrz – Deep Thoughts

2016: Kids Like You & Me Present: Cumstain, Pookie & The Poodlez, The Mardi Kings, Idiot Genes – Out of the Blue Too

2015: Kids Like You & Me and Rad Castle Present: The Barbazons, Miami Doritos, GBG – ZuZu

2014: Tacocat, Dylan Ewen/Teenage Springsteen, Miami Doritos, Dylan Ewen & The Sulk Scouts – The Womb [REVIEW]