Punk Past and Present
Of course the set was littered with Television favorites ("ya gotta play the hits") and the Shank Hall crowd voiced their appreciation once they kicked into Elevation, followed by a sweaty version of Marquee Moon that justified a punk label, but still retained the exacting but exciting precision that other guitar player in TV usually puts forth.
The night opened with a local quartet of shoe gazers called Sleepersound. They were a good pick: their songs rode a rollercoaster of melody and dynamics. They seemed to drift into their songs, and right when you'd be ready to think they were some kind of ambient combo, they'd subversively crescendoe into a blistering chorus or bridge. Here's a whole album of that night.
|The Roosevelt Dolls|
So a couple weeks later, in fact, this past weekend, I bookended it with a visit to the annual Kenocore Punk Piknik. As usual, I'm good for about four bands at this wonderful community event. I applaud the local diehards who stay to the bitter end. The nice thing about my experiences is that I usually get to see at least three, sometimes four bands I had never seen before, and there's at least one or two that I make a note of to see again. This year was no exception. The first band I caught was the Roosevelt Dolls, a band I've been meaning to catch for some time since local legend (and MATA horror movie host) Dr Destruction is a key member. True to what I expected, they had a bit of horror movie to them, combined with a 70s glam songwriting style, tuned to downright rock and roll/punk. Very enjoyable, and I'm sorry I haven't seen them sooner. They had the guts to bring up a slower (I'd want to call it a ballad, but, well, in contrast to everything else that was playing, you might call it a ballad but ..... no) called "Dorian Gray" and capped off their set with a rocking tribute to the New York scene called, of course, "New York" which could have easily been done/written by the Dolls (the NY Dolls, that is) themselves.
|Revel in Rot|
|Full Shred Ahead|
|Army of Cretins|