About a few weeks ago, I happened to be working a show with Unwritten Law and opening is Ten Foot Pole bands from the 90s. The room was less than half sold. I think Mercury in Retrograde is definitely fucking with this show..oh well you can’t change nature.
The atmosphere at the show is interesting older folk who are cool and ready to hear some tunes. Bandwise, the bands are geared up, older, and the energy is there, the crowds have thinned out, lets face It is definitely harder to get out these days; but sometimes you just gotta do what it takes to get to the show. The two bands I mentioned above were part of my teenage generation, Generation X, people born from the early 1960s to the early 1980s..BEFORE the Internet. I guess I was reminiscing about what the 90’s and what was happening around me. Lots and lots of local underground shows and parties, high school was pretty kickass after I got my wheels.
What is noticeable these days, are bands you heard of or not reforming and going on tour – large tour/ small tour it’s happening. Pop bands, hip hop, funk. And it’s awesome! There is that mysterious layer of bands that are underground infamous, you probably have not heard of them or if you do know of them you have that light bulb moment OH YEAH, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THEM? moment; because they never made the internet! There are a ton of bands, artists, writers that all of us never heard of, well now is your chance to witness a piece of history if you are lucky.
Sure, the internet has evolved how we communicate; and it’s the “modern day I can’t live without you tool,” but don’t be the Tool and assume that there was no life or art in the world pre – internet. There was more real shit, raw energy, and interaction than you could imagine. You couldn’t make this shit up and put it on a shelf at Urban Outfitters.
Tonight’s show definitely, has inspired me to question music and America’s perception.. I found this quote “punk is only hibernating, not dead!” Here is my two cents: I personally think it’s not dead, but bands that make it on the radio, playing medium to large sized venues yeah or festivals, I have to concur American Punk is tired and relaxing at some jacuzzi in a trailer park somewhere in the middle of the Nevada heat. Recently, I have witnessed some kickass bands and guess what NONE were American.. Yes, the UK, AUSTRALIA, NORWAY, SOUTH AFRICA even CANADA is kicking’ ass and takin’ names. The shows are packed and the bands are performing like their lives depended on it..and trust people’s eyes were as big as pies and so stunned they couldn’t turn away…America what happened?
BANDS AND ARTISTS ON TOUR COMING THIS SUMMER
|CULTURE CLUB||25-Jul||THE GREEK THEATER||BERKELEY, CA|
|DANZIG||30-Jul||THE WARFIELD||SF, CA|
|SCREECHING WEASEL||7-Aug||REGENCY BALLROOM||SF,CA|
|THE WAILERS||13&14 -Aug||THE INDEPENDENT||SF, CA|
|MOTORHEAD||24-Aug||THE WARFIELD||SF, CA|
|DURAN DURAN||25-Sep||GRAND SIERRA RESORT||RENO, NV|
|AC/DC||25-Sep||ATT PARK||SF, CA|
|GRACE JONES||26-Sep||FOX THEATER||OAKLAND,CA|
|Outside Lands Festival||7-8-9 Aug||SF, CA|
|Burger Boogaloo 2015||4&5 – July||OAKLAND, CA|