Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hitch a ride to see The Dee Dees | Photos

The Dee Dees (All Andy photos)

Yeah, so The Dee Dees shredded it up with their Ramones tribute set in the opening slot for The Flesh Eaters last month at the Crocodile in Seattle.

Here's some shots of the action:

Get the time for Descendents tourage 2018

Descendents live in Seattle 2016. (Cat Rose photos)

With the dawning of a new day brings solid news of Descendents tourage dates.

Today begins a new quest for ALL...

So with that mantra, let's revisit some insightful Bill Stevenson quotes from our interview with him in July 2016 regarding the release of the "Hypercaffium Spazzinate" album.

Check below the interview for the Descendents' upcoming journey.

--- When that album's released, what do you hope people get out of your music?

The (best) reward for me, personally, seems to have come from when something that we wrote that was very personal to us specifically, had a way of resonating with someone else. Even if that thing didn't happen to them, they could feel what we were talking about and they could tell that it was genuine, they could tell that it wasn't a made-up song. And it somehow maybe helped them get through some maybe tough period they were having because they felt comfort in knowing that maybe somebody else had similar feelings or a similar hardship or whatever it is.

--- When you guys are playing, when you guys are recording, you look out at your bandmates and what are your thoughts with this unit? To me, it's gotta be a good feeling to have these guys on your side.

Yeah, I even kind of referred to that feeling in one of the new songs. I wrote a lyric for one of Stephen's songs, the title is 'Beyond the Music.' It talks about how we started out in the carpet cave, you know the little rooms with the carpet on the walls so cops wouldn't come. It's the story of our band, and at the end of it, it says, 'Here we are today, still look each other in the face, not expecting a single thing beyond the music.' It's kind of like how the only thing we ever wanted out of this was just to be able to play and enjoy each other's company. But we got so much more out of it -- we got a family. We got really a second family. Or for some of us with really broken-up families, we got a first family, which is our band.

*** Tickets will go on sale Feb. 16. Links at http://descendents.tumblr.com/

April 12th, Tampa, FL @ Jannus Live
April 13th, Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
April 14th, Gainesville, FL @ 8 Seconds
April 15h, Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks Live
May 3rd, Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
May 4th, Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
May 5th, Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
May 6th, Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
May 24th, Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
May 25th, Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
May 26th, Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
May 27th, Richmond, VA @ The National
June 7th, Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
June 8th, Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
June 9th, Ft. Collins, CO @ Mishawaka Amphitheatre
August 3rd, Buffalo, NY @ Riverworks
August 4th, Portland, ME @ State Theatre
August 5th, Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom
August 24th, Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
August 26th, Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room - Old National Centre
September 14th, New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater
September 15th, Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater
September 16th, Columbia, SC @ Music Farm
October 4th, Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
October 5th, Seattle, WA @ Showbox SO DO
October 6th, Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
October 25th, Silver Spring, MD @ The Filmore - Silver Spring
October 26th, New York, NY @ PlayStation Theater
October 27th, Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
October 28th, New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
November 15th, Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
November 16th, Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
November 17th, Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Arctic Flowers, Arcane, Temple and Medusa Stare | Cat Rose photos

Arctic Flowers. (All Cat Rose photos)

When the goth, post punk and smoke machine calls ... TSHIT must be on hand.

The Georgetown Liquor Company in Seattle was the spot to let loose last Saturday for the solid sounds of Arctic Flowers, Arcane, Temple and Medusa Stare.

AF gets major bonus points for its version of Toxic Reasons' "Dreamer," and Arcane's  tunes reminded us of the legendary Skids, whose latest record, "Burning Cities," was stuck in our heads last weekend.

Here's Cat Rose's photos from the gig:





Saturday, January 27, 2018

Forever came on Friday with The Flesh Eaters in Seattle

Chris D. of The Flesh Eaters in Seattle. (All photos by Andy)

By Andy

Cloaked in darkness, with the stage lights low for most of the gig, Chris D. stood in the center spot where he thrives with The Flesh Eaters.

Possessing piercing eyes with bushy dark eyebrows nestled above, the man firmly wedges people into his world with one stare -- and then his crackling, intense voice seals the deal.

He appears uneasy on stage at times, but then with a hand gripping his hip or hands locked in praying mode or clamped on his head, Chris D. takes full control of the stage and lets loose on the band's sound that's so hard to define: punk, garage, jazz, blues, rockabilly -- you name it, it's in there somewhere. And it's stunning.

In between songs, he smiles and doles out wry comments about the songs and banters with his bandmates. And those players manning the stage with him? The fucking best dudes you could have on your side: John Doe on bass, Dave Alvin on guitar, Bill Bateman on drums, DJ Bonebrake on xylophone/maracas and Steve Berlin on sax/tambourine.

The seminal Los Angeles band first oozed onto the scene in 1977, and Cat and I each caught them a few times in the LA/Hollywood area back in the '80s and '90s.

We were stoked to have Chris D. and his mates in our presence again on Friday night at the Crocodile in Seattle. The crowd packed in tight on the floor and on the balcony, and some goth-type fans' hair could be seen thrashing back and forth during "See You in the Boneyard."

Up on stage, murky moods gave way to fiery energy and then back again -- a tug of war of the senses that was the perfect concoction on the cold, rainy night.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

All revved up at The Seattle Pop Punk Festival / Cat Rose Photos

Headliner BUM rocks out. (All Cat Rose photos)

Who doesn't dig some grinding tunes that also provide a smack of melody?

Well, that's what we dug our boots and Converse into last Saturday at day two of The Seattle Pop Punk Festival at the Highline.

Of course, Kurt Bloch was on the premises while he pogoed about and mugged for the crowd while playing Fastbacks tunes with The K Streets, which also featured original Fastbacker Lulu Gargiulo on guitar and vocals and longtime drummer Mike Musburger.

Also, Date Night With Brian and The Drolls featured members of Sicko, who we're told tore the roof off the fucker on day one. Date Night and Sicko's Ean Hernandez set the festival on its course and was awash with success when the last chord hit.

Solid stuff all around, and here's some Cat Rose photos to document the mammoth, 10-band gig.