Our label New School Records has a new web store. They are about as DIY as you can get so check it out. Also, we finally added some shows in Longview and Bend. It’s like 1998 all over again.
There’s a cool internet radio show called Punk Rock Demo that’s been playing our music periodically over the past year. This is a long overdue plug for their show. Check them out as they have a great variety of the new and old, as well as the big and small.
Wow, I had forgotten what it feels like to play in front of people. Our past few shows have been pretty good, but not a couple hundred people good. While we were setting up I was handed an interesting item. I was given a 2″ button with our logo on it that we never produced. The guy who gave it to me said he saw it in a rockabilly shop in Hungary of all places. He swept it up and gave it to us which was way cool. I suppose the story could have been completely fabricated but why would anyone make that up? Better yet, why do Hungarians make buttons with our logo? Weird. The Bullies were up first and were entertaining as always. We played second and I think we did pretty well. There was a pit for most of the show which was very nice to see. What wasn’t nice was the rowdy dude in the front who kept grabbing Dave’s strings and pick and eventually smacked him in the mouth with the mic stand. The quote might not be precisely correct but Dave basically told him “if you hit me with that microphone one more time I’m going to kick you in your fucking face”. I’m not sure what happened as I was concentrating on playing the songs correctly and not sucking, but the next thing I know Dave’s foot is recoiling from his face and security guards are dragging him kicking towards the door. We finished solid and loaded out into the snow. Guttermouth was last and were really good. Different, but good. Mark is now the only original member and his new band is made up of people half his age. Although I had grown to like the other dudes in the band, these guys were were fast and energetic and brought a totally different energy level to the show. Beyond the lineup change it was typical Guttermouth goodness with sweat, spit, humor, harassment, insults and of course girls kissing. All in all an excellent show and probably one of the best times I’ve seen them. Big thank you to Mike Thrasher and crew, The Hawthrone Theater and all who attended.
Come one, come all as we are playing with Guttermouth and The Bullies tonight in Portland at the Hawthorne Theater. It’s hard to believe the first time we opened for Guttermouth was 8 years ago. I think this will be our 4th show with them which is kind of cool. If you do make it to the show be sure to ask about the box of “free stuff” which contains lots of “stuff” that is “free”. We also call it the “box of old comps, bad demos, lame DVD’s and other shit that was can’t sell”.
Every new year we joke with ourselves that there’s no way we’ll still be playing at the following new year. Amazingly, we’ve said that fourteen years in a row now. To start off the new year we got some good news and will be playing with Guttermouth in Portland. It’s on Jan 24th and tickets are available at TicketsWest. Needless to say, things are starting off well. Hope everyone has a good 2009!
We were browsing through some old flyers and found this gem to promote one of our shows w/ Thirty3 a few years ago. Sometimes being wrong just feels so right.
This year we are thankful for Pandemonium Media for giving us a long overdue web site update.
Requiem is finally available on iTunes along with many more of our prior albums. If you prefer your music as MP3’s or just want to buy a few tracks you now know where to go. No props to the iTunes store for tagging us as “alternative”.
Weirdest show ever. There’s a lot to cover so I need to go through this quickly. Dustin was arriving late and Justin was impaired due to knee surgery, so Dave, his wife and his wife’s friend had to unload the van. Weird how two small women can unload the van faster than four dudes. The opening band was the Wayne Gacy Trio. They soundchecked with a cover of Ring Of Fire. Immediately afterwards someone wandered over to the merch table and asked when the next band started and displayed his dissatisfaction that a band played a one song set. Apparently he wasn’t familiar with the idea of a soundcheck. Wow. I wandered over for my first Voodoo doughnut of the evening (one of two trips) and on the way back was accosted by a homeless man who informed me he wasn’t homeless, but rather a professional standup comedian who works for tips. Uhmm, ok. His opening joke was as follows “What is the coldest part on the male body? The balls, because they are always two below.” I was prepared to offer him a buck for that gem of a joke, but he kept talking and got sent away by the bar staff. You can tell the economy is tough because the life of a professional standup comedian sure is hard these days. Afterwards I came back inside the bar and sat with Jeremy and Jeff. We were soon joined by a drunken older man in a wheelchair who insisted on giving us hugs and raising his glass. After trying to decipher his drunken ramblings and watching him hug Jeff for a little too long, he accidentally spilled a full pint glass of beer onto Jeremy’s lap so we quickly made an exit to the back of the club. The Wayne Gacy Trio (actually a quintet) started playing and sounded pretty good. Kind of catchy, kind of fun and the clown faced singer was a creepy twist. Nice to hear a “put the lotion on it’s skin” reference in mid-set. About half way through their set people are starting to get a little rowdy. Lots of awkward dancing, some bumping, some grinding and then we notice a commotion on the floor. Sure enough Mr. Wheelchair is on the ground, taking his shirt off and unbuttoning his pants. Although we had noticed him in the wheelchair we hadn’t noticed he was missing his legs just above the knees. So, to clarify, there was a legless man on the floor of the Ash Street causing a ruckus. One girl continued to dance with him (ie – grinding his head with her ass) while curious onlookers took pictures with camera phones. It was funny, sad and utterly bewildering all at the same time. Eventually a bouncer asked him to put his shirt on he “stood up” on his stumps, extended a middle finger and told him off. Within minutes he was back in his chair and being escorted out the door. Later we found out he accosted some of our friends insisting on hugs and asking for kisses on his neck. Needless to say it had been an interesting 30 minutes. WGT finished up and Dreamkiller went on. They were energetic, tight and fun to watch. I was pretty impressed. The only sad moment was when the drummer mentioned he had seen us when he was 14. Damn I’m old. I really wanted to tell them I enjoyed their set but never got a chance to, so their props will reside here in cyberspace. We were up third and were all a little ancy about Justin who had knee surgery a mere 3 days before. We put him on the side with the railing just in case but he held strong. We played a lot of new songs and it went well. I was stoked to see some people already knew a few of the words. Our set wasn’t too eventful, except in the crowd where a biker gang, some sailors and a gypsy selling roses came in and had words with some of the people. There was also a guy who kept punching Dave in the leg for about half the set. I once saw someone try to light Dave’s pants leg on fire at a show and Dave kicked him square in the back and dropped him to the floor. I’m surprised “the leg puncher” didn’t receive such a treatment. Anyway, I was very happy with the show and the warm reception. The Independents were up last. They didn’t play as long as I had hoped but were excellent as always. The crowd thinned out a little around 1 but everyone who stuck around seemed to enjoy it immensely. It’s hard not to as they are so charismatic on stage. Thanks to everyone to showed up and hung out late!
Tonight is our CD release show in Portland. Yes it’s short notice, yes, Justin may or may not able able to stand and yes, we aren’t even headlining our own show, but it’s the only CD release show we’ve got so we’re going to make it work. If you live in Portland and are over 21 do stop by this evening.