Sorry for the long break in posts here, but I’ve been dealing with an uncooperative IDE enclosure. However, that’s been dealt with, and I even managed to get some photos off a very old drive that I’d thought long dead. I also have a slightly slower Internet connection, thus causing it to take somewhere in the realm of two-three hours to upload the photos that once took half an hour. Still, $20 Internet beats the hell out of $55 a month, especially when it costs $85 a year just to host this site (as well as the parent, nigh-on-never updated, Nuthouse Productions).
Anyhow… SCADS of pictures, some going back nearly four years, and others as recent as this past Saturday. Trust me – I was still learning how to work my camera at that point, and it shows. Still, there’s some pictures over at Rock Star Photography from the following bands:
Shotgun Idols, the Primetime Heroes, Love Me Destroyer, the Federation of Horsepower (several times), the Pink Spiders, Honeywagen, the Gloryholes, Unknown Stuntman, Black Tarantulas, Thunder Eagle, National Fire Theory, HorrorPops, No Age, and the Throttlers.
Speaking of the Pink Spiders and HorrorPops show… I was really looking forward to that show, mainly because of Steve E. Nix & the Cute Lepers, featuring members of the Briefs. The Cute Lepers canceled the show Saturday night, however. This is the band who were the main point of me going to the Bottleneck that night, and they ended up getting arrested in Denver (so I was told). Dammit. I now have to pay insanely high shipping from Interpunk to get their new record on 1-2-3-4 Go!.
So, this meant the show was just the Pink Spiders and HorrorPops. The Pink Spiders were all right, and managed to acquit themselves a nice cover of the Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks.” I’ve never seen such a sea of blank, uncomprehending faces at a cover song as I did then, however. The young women standing next to me looked at me like I was the world’s saddest man for knowing the words. “Modern Swinger” sounded pretty nice, too.
HorrorPops – a band that I’ve tried to see no fewer than three times before, only to be thwarted by late arrivals or early departures. They went on, and I was terribly underwhelmed. The show was just “eh.” The dancers were ridiculously hot, but Patricia had a fairly canned line of patter (I swear to god, if I’d had to hear “Is that a ‘hell yeah’?” everytime the crowd cheered, I was going to kill someone) and Nekroman didn’t seem to be all that happy to be there. The songs don’t really have a lot of “oomph” live, either. So, after about five songs, I hightailed it down to the Replay.
The Replay started out busy, and got worse as the evening progressed. The opening act was called the Black Tarantulas, and played a great dirty garage rock with some surf influences. They had tons of energy, and aside from half their songs sounding a lot like the other half, they’ve got some seriously potential.
The next act up was Thunder Eagle, who pretty much sounded like the Bronx. Loud, heavy rock ‘n’ roll, with lots of screaming. Good, but not what I was expecting or wanting to see that night. By the time their set got underway, the bar was packed both inside and out, and I was starting to get a little claustrophobic and tired. So, despite how much I wanted to see Brimstone Howl, who were headlining, I felt more like a good night’s sleep, and getting away from the crush of the packed bar.
Since then, it’s pretty much been me getting ready to go to SXSW in a couple weeks. Ostensibly, it’s for the radio station for which I act as music director, but you are more than welcome to ply me with food and coffee for a plug here.
the Throttlers – “Action”
HorrorPops – “Thelma & Louise”
the Pink Spiders – “Modern Swinger“