Bands: Gangbang Gordon, The Vaporubs, Lady Pilot Date: Friday, March 28, 2014 Venue: O’Brien’s Pub (Allston, MA)
Gangbang Gordon – I’M WALKING HERE! I’M WALKING HERE! Gangbang Gordon is walking here and he’s playing here too. The party animal himself has brought along a whole crew of hooligans. BBT (Big Ben Tan) on bass, Justin DeCarlo (my bro) on drums, and Brian Hickey on guitar. They are all crammed in together on the tiny O’Brien’s stage.
Tonight, GBG’s vocals are a bit clearer than usual and the band sounds like they have rehearsed, just a little bit. Saving some of the typical GBG theatrics for another night. Though, at one point he kicks the men’s room door wide open. GBG plays for the all of the people, even if they have to take a whiz. He comes to you.
Covers. BOY, you got it. The WTF band perform a little ditty known as “Cherry” from a band (Fat Creeps) we first saw here at O’Brien’s many moons ago (April 13, 2012).
The Vaporubs – The Vaporubs hail from Providence, RI, a city that has given us its fair share of crunchy, spankin’ rock ‘n’ roll goodness in the last few years, and these fellas offer us a slice from that humble pie.
Vaporubs play a fast power pop/punk/new wave sounding set. It’s loud and feisty, and naturally would serve better with a larger audience. Alas, it’s a tad sparse in the haus. Nonetheless, they rub it all out, even hopping off the stage and into the crowd.
I must be losing my marbles these days, because I forgot to cop a set list! and this wasn’t some ordinary set list, no way. Vaporubs go all out with their set lists, they laminate them! Anywho, my eyes light up when they shred through their rendition of The Go Go’s “Vacation.” I could use one.
Lady Pilot – I don’t remember most of Lady Pilot’s set, it all happens so fast! It kept up the same punk energy of the first two bands, falling much more in line with The Vaporubs though. This show is Lady Pilot’s tape release and it is being released on La Parca. La Parca put on the show tonight, so big shout out to them! http://ladypilot.bandcamp.com/
Bands: Nice Guys, Idiot Genes, Community Service, Vundabar Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014 Venue: O’Brien’s Pub (Allston, MA)
Idiot Genes – I’m a little too sober right now to be writing about Idiot Genes, but we’ll take a trip back to last Saturday to relive the sloppy mess that was this ‘Too Drunk 2014 event’. Indeed, this here is a fun loving, party hardy band of boys. Slimy, beer chuggin’ ruffians from Allston Rock City. The first and last time I saw them was right here at O’Brien’s chub. They gave me a bit of thee old chub back then and I’m feeling the sensation all over again. Shit, I’m failing to fulfill my New Year’s resolution to cut back on phallic imagery in my writing. Damn you Idiot Genes look what you have done to me!
I’m up front for these dudes, about six or seven beers deep now. The crowd is a bit larger than most of my experiences at this venue, but still building up. Overall, they are generally receptive with headbanging and screaming, but nothing too crazy. The band themselves however prefer to flop and frolic about all over the tiny stage. Lead singer/guitar guy Pete Bayko makes a shout to his daddy who is apparently in the crowd on this fine evening. What up pops? How you doin’?
Among the many choice numbers the group whips out, my favorite is “The Charles Mansion.” A simple, but catchy punk stomper filled with painful, negative emotions that oddly enough make me smile even when I want to cry. Life can’t be taken too seriously all the time. If you’re ever feeling so sorry for yourself you feel like you are going to explode, just remember this: there once was a funny man from the House of Representatives and his name was Dick Armey aka the DICK ARMY. Imagine paling around with this fool on the school yard. Bullies coming up to you, “You and what army?” “The DICK ARMY!” Ah, forgive me and my poor Idiot Genes, I inherited them from my father. Pay more attention to these Idiot Genes here: http://stupidpants.bandcamp.com/album/idiot-genes
Nice Guys – Ohh it only gets sloppier from here on… If there’s another band around these parts that can top Idiot Genes in serenading me into a drunken stupor then it’s Nice Guys. Fuck, it’s been over a month since I’ve seen these dudes in action. It feels great to catch another fresh set from one of my favorite bands. If you ever read this site (which of course you should) then you know Glen and I have been reppin’ the Nice Guys for the past year or more. I just love their gritty, loose, scuzzy sound. If you love this sound so much why don’t you marry it and have 80 million of its kids you may say. And maybe I will. MAYBE, I WILL!
There’s a plethora (haven’t used that word in a while, what can I say it’s just a plethora moment) of vintage Nice Guys tunes on display here tonight. Among the best are “HD Snobs,” my dad’s favorite Nice Guys song, “Boxfort,” a jam dedicated to the Allston underground venue of yesteryear, “Unholy Sacrifice,” which makes me tingle, it’s that unholy, and “Cop Walk,” a slow, but menacing number that sonically knocks you right the fuck out. Even better than those songs, however, are a couple of new sludgey, smudgey cuts for the raging and aging punk rocker in all of us. Even I don’t know how I feel about that last sentence. Anywayyy they are known as “Jamaican Vacation” and “Medical Envy” and they are coming to a theater near you.
Yesemm, these are nice guys, no doubt. But, they have a wacky wild side to them. They like to have FUN and this spirit is alive and well in their recordings and especially in their live performances. I especially dig Alex rocking out in the crowd, shredding on his guitar like a dominatrix tortures her humiliated male customer. Don’t worry, I assure you that guitar had it coming.
So, I’ll be square with y’all I vaguely remember Community Service’s and Vundabar’s sets. Whoops! I may have taken the Nice Guys’ mantra of “Drunk As Fuck, Stoned As Fuck” a little too far. I do remember enjoying myself very much though. Yeahhhh, I wish I had some sort of snappy line to go out on, but I’ve tried nothing and I’m all out ideas.
Very excited for this show. I’ve been anticipating seeing Jacques Le Coque for quite a while now – it’s totally awesome that they are playing with a band that blew my mind the first time that I saw them … Beware The Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion.
Bands: The Fagettes, Fat Creeps, Dream Warrior, The Electric Street Queens Date: Friday, February 22, 2013 Venue: O’Brien’s Pub (Allston, MA)
Dream Warrior– Never heard of these girls before, which is pretty cool because I think seeing a band live is the perfect introduction. Dream Warrior are an all female, all instrumental three piece and they bash out heavy, headbanging, blues inspired, quasi metal tunes. It’s a slow, sludgey, doomy kind of rock, but it never drags. A few attendees compare them to Metallica, I can see that, especially the first few albums, not St. Anger Metallica or any of that garbage. Glen says they are like the “girl Big Mess.” I actually haven’t thought of this, but I agree to an extent. Both bands create heavy, all instrumental songs that have the power and volume of a metal band, but with more of a blues, perhaps even hook emphasis in some respects. The crowd response is pretty solid and I am digging them as well. I’ll have to keep my eye out for them in local listings, as I am sure they’ll pop up again sometime soon.
Fat Creeps– Yo dawg, Fat Creeps two nights in a row sucka, that’s what I’m talking about! We KLYAMERS like to jam out with our KLYAM out, lord knows how that works. Last night was at the Salem Cinema, first time I have ever been there. In fact, I have never really been in Salem, place kind of gives me the creeps, no pun intended. Tonight is O’Brien’s, one of the best and most active rock venues in Boston, and this is my third time seeing the Fat Creeps here. More national rock ‘n’ roll and shock ‘n’ troll and jock ‘n’ skoal bands should come through to OB’s more often. Seeing the Fat Creeps though is sound enough for me, being a tremendous fan of the band.
I have a 70s conservative take on rock ‘n’ roll, a select few bands that rule, like when you think of rock ‘n’ roll you think of these bands. Like one of those infomercials that air in the wee hours of the morning featuring hit songs from the 60s or 70s, I like to think of all of the music I love being featured in a fake ad with some black guy’s low, soulful voice in the background. Someday, that will become a reality! Transitioning back to the present, it’s a real pleasure to see some great rock ‘n’ roll bands under our nose right in Boston. As I’ve said a million times, Fat Creeps are our favorite Boston band and one of our favorites in general. This is the first time I’ve seen them back to back and it’s exceptional.
Performance wise, tonight is pretty solid, not the best from the band, but awesome. “Going to the Party” is quickly becoming one my favorite Creeps numbers, I just adore Mariam’s monotone vocals and how they transition into screams as the song gets heavier. Much of this heaviness stems from the early hardcore riffage coming from the guitars, like a diabolical Dead Kennedys tune. “He Comes In Loudly” is another stand out, especially in Gracie’s mumbly vocals. As always, fun show from your local creeps. See them live, if you haven’t! Or start by listening to them here: http://fatcreeps.bandcamp.com/
Following the Creeps’ performance is the movie premiere of Ali White’s and Lauren Kimball’s Nautical Nymphs. A short film about some wild mermaids and an unsuspecting sailor. It’s a colorful, cool little movie. I suggest you watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pfW0_EIyxA
The Fagettes– The Fagettes are up on stage, but before they play there is a special guest performance from The Electric Street Queens, a kickass duo consisting of Coco Roy on vocals and guitar and the Fagettes’ Melanie Bernier on drums and vocals. They play a couple of tunes alongside the other members of the Fagettes including their nastiest number, “Dontcha Wanna Work At the Brewary” and like the last time I saw em’ Coco comes out to the audience, playing her guitar on the floor. I am pretty excited for this, cause I dig the ESQ very much and I didn’t hear of their special guest appearance until an hour or so before they hit the stage. Check dem out and like their page!: http://www.facebook.com/ElectricStreetQueens?fref=ts
The Fagettes open with their latest and greatest offering, “Gonna Die Out Here,” and it gets the crowd a rockin’. It’s a smooth, catchy song that showcases the simple drum beats and dual vocals that make the Fagettes an impressionable garage pop group. Their set features most of the hits I have fallen in love with over the past six months, such as “Mystery Pills,” “On Drugs,” “My Girl Looks Like Johnny Thunders,” and more. They are a fun loving, light-hearted band in the spirit of Hunx and His Punx, Shannon and the Clams, and Nobunny, just the kind of rock ‘n’ roll we dig around here. This show doesn’t sound as nice as the previous Great Scott show we attended, but there is more of a physical presence, and energy coming from both the performers and audience and that always makes for fun at a rock show. In particular, Ryan Major hops into the crowd bringing the mic stand with him, dude’s a boss, one of the best showmen around town. They close their set with the classic, “Water, Tea, and Alcohol,” a fast pounder indeed. Haha pounder. Listen to Fagettes, yeah I’m talking to you. http://thefagettes.bandcamp.com/
“Gonna Die Out Here”
“The AA Took My Baby Away”
“I Kill Him If I See Him Again”
“My Girl Looks Like Johnny Thunders”
“I Wanna Feel Good”
“Water, Tea, and Alcohol”
Aussie clangers The UV RACE are coming to America in May. In fact, they are hitting up O’Briens Pub here in Allston on May 20. They’ve got an album Racism that came out in January on one of the finest labels around – In The Red.
There is a video out there for “Raw Balls,” a cool track on that record I just mentioned. Check out the video:
The tour dates, as plagiarized from TermBo:
Sat-May-4 Los Angeles,CA – Los Globos
Sun-May-5 San Francisco,CA – Rickshaw Stop
Mon-May-6 Oakland,CA – 1234GO Records
Tue-May-7 Portland,OR – Doug Fir
Wed-May-8 Seattle,WA – Barboza
Fri-May-10 Fargo,ND – The Aquarium (Dempsey?s Upstairs)
Sat-May-11 Madison,WI – University of Wisconsin (FREE SHOW)
Sun-May-12 Milwaukee,WI – Mad Planet
Mon-May-13 Chicago,IL – the Empty Bottle
Tue-May-14 Detroit,MI – the Majestic
Wed-May-15 Columbus,OH – Ace of Cups
Thu-May-16 Cleveland,OH – Now That’s Class (Horrible Fest)
Fri-May-17 Cleveland,OH – Now That’s Class (Horrible Fest)
Sat-May-18 Cleveland,OH – Now That’s Class (Horrible Fest)
Sun-May-19 Rochester,NY – the Bug Jar
Mon-May-20 Boston,MA – O’Brien’s
Tue-May-21 Brooklyn,NY – Death By Audio
Fri-May-24 Philadelphia,PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Sat-May-25 Washington,DC – the Black Cat
Sun-May-26 Richmond,VA – Strange Matter
Mon-May-27 Atlanta,GA – 529
Tue-May-28 Memphis,TN – Murphy’s
Wed-May-29 Denton,TX – Rubber Gloves
Thu-May-30 Austin,TX – Chaos in Tejas
Fri-May-31 Austin,TX – Chaos in Tejas
Sat-June-1 Austin,TX – Chaos in Tejas
Sun-June-2 Austin,TX – Chaos in Tejas
On Sunday, August 29, The Maine Coons will be opening for Unatural Helpers (never heard of them) at O’Brien’s Pub. I will not be in attendence because it will be my first night back to colllege, but I really dug the Coons’ performance at the PA’s Lounge a little while back, so I highly recommend you check it out. Help a strugglin’ band!