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Month: September, 2012

The Menzingers in Glasgow

This past weekend was a pretty busy one for DIY punk rock in Scotland. Friday night saw The Menzingers return to Scotland for the first time in two years at Audio in Glasgow at what I believe was the first ever 100% sold out Punk Rock Rammy show, an incredible achievement for one of the hardest working (and soundest) DIY punk promoters in the country. Boab knows how to put a show together and is undoubtedly one of the backbones of our scene, putting on some of the best shows that we’ve seen across the years, and Friday night was no exception.

Abbie and I got the train down during the afternoon and went to Stereo for tea after a spot of shopping before the show. We headed round to the venue at 7pm for doors, before popping next door for a quick drink before Above Them played. Audio is a cool little venue but it’s drinks prices aren’t the cheapest. It’s also one of the darkest venues I’ve ever been in so it’s kind of tricky to get decent lighting for filming. That aside, however, it was the perfect venue for this show. I’d heard a lot about Above Them in the past although I’ve never seen them live, so I was glad to finally get a chance to do so. I bought their “We Are A Danger To Ourselves” LP on Kiss Of Death Records before they played and I wasn’t disappointed. They play almost classic 90s emo mixed with a more contemporary gruff melodic punk sound, falling somewhere in between the likes of Hundred Reasons, Hot Water Music and Jimmy Eat World. I believe the guys are holing up to make a new record after this tour, so it’ll be great to see what they come up with next. A great band for sure and definitely worth checking out.

The Front Bottoms were up next. I didn’t really know anything about these guys apart from one music video that I had seen previously, but I have to admit that they weren’t really my cup of tea. As a three piece, they play upbeat yet somewhat twee alternative acoustic pop, or something along those lines, with a vocal delivery that reminded me of something for Plan-It-X Records. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but they didn’t really strike a chord with me. They seemed to win a lot of people over though and seemed genuinely happy to be there, constantly smiling and making jokes with the audience and each other. Maybe it was their unabashed enthusiasm and zest for life that put me off; too much smiling, dancing and good times being had by all! Unfortunately, I filmed them but then accidentally deleted what I filmed when I was making space on my camera for last night’s show. Sorry guys!

Then it was time for the main event. The venue was absolutely rammed and totally roasting by this point. I stood at the back for a little while before handing the camera over to Abbie, who stood beside the sound man at the desk while I went into the body of the crowd and went mental. It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen a crowd kick off like that for a show in Glasgow, but the place was showing some serious love for The Menzingers. They are the kind of band that seems to bring people for all walks of punk rock together and they posses those intangibles that just makes them a classic melodic punk rock band. They played a range of material from their back catalogue as well as cherry-picking the finest cuts from this year’s “On The Impossible Past” LP, which is bound to be a record that tops many an end of year list for 2012. I finally managed to get my hands on a copy of the record itself also, something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while.

I spoke to Tom after their set had finished and was glad to get the chance to tell him how important that record is to me, as it was pretty much the record that soundtracked my dad’s passing. Like many records before it, it’s one of those albums that seems to stick with you and defines a certain period of time, and it was definitely one of the most listened to albums in the aftermath of Big Mick’s passing, especially as I spent so much time in the van with my bandmates on both the Cobra Skulls and US tours. It was good to get a chance to tell Tom how it had helped me through some tough times and, as clichéd as that may be, it’s also undeniably true. Tom seemed genuinely touched and he gave me a tight squeeze and a cuddle, as well as a hearty slap on the chest. That meant a lot and is, in a way, indicative of everything that is good about the punk rock scene; a coming together of individuals united in a common purpose, sharing a common passion and a seemingly common understanding. Punk rock can mend broken hearts and shine a light on darkness.

All in, it was an amazing show, definitely one of the best of the year, and a fantastic achievement for the DIY punk scene. Thanks to Boab for putting it on. The next Punk Rock Rammy show is Mad Caddies in Glasgow on Friday 23rd November (the week before Book Yer Ane Fest VI). I’ll write and post videos about last night’s Blacklist Royals show in Dundee at some point over the next couple of days.

Check out the stage diving and sing-a-longs in this video, which features the lion’s share of the set from Friday night. Thank you to Abbie for filming while I went bonkers!

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Jeff Rowe in Dundee

Last night’s show in Dundee was quality, especially for a show that was thrown together last week.  I got the train through from Perth and my way to Cerberus to drop my guitar for before nipping down the road to meet Jonny “Namedrop” Domino, Jeff Rowe and his wife Alissa and our favourite tour-driving German Christian, who were having something to eat down the road. It was great meeting Jeff for the first time and it’s always fun when you find out that you’ve got mutual acquaintances, and it’s always great catching up with Christian (who works for Gunner Records). We’ve met Christian a few times and spent a fair bit of time together when he was driving Cobra Skulls on tour earlier this year. With everyone fed and watered, it was just a quick nip up the road to Cerberus.

By around half 8, things were pretty much set to get going when all of a sudden my guitar wouldn’t come through the PA. After a little bit of improvisation and a little shimmy or two, we got cracking. I haven’t really played many acoustic shows for a while now and I’m kind of getting out of the habit of doing so, but the crowd was quite cosy and forgiving and I think I got away with it. I played quite a few of my quieter, more introspective finger-picked songs and got my lyrics wrong on a few others, but it was a pretty fun show. I think I made sure to get all of the necessary plugs in there too!

 

Next up was Mark McCabe. Mark is a lovely chap and we’ve been wanting to get him on one of our shows for a while now, so it was great to finally do so. Mark plays thoughtful and witty acoustic folk pop of a sort and has an amazing voice, as well as being able to write great songs. He seems to be a very comfortable performer and seems at ease with the crowd, even if there were a couple of delicate discussions had (I’m saying no more). Mark will be back in Cerberus on Wednesday 3rd October playing a show with Joshua Caole and Dave Hughes so you should try and get along to that show if you can. He’ll also be playing the acoustic stage on the Sunday of Book Yer Ane Fest VI.

 

The crowd was getting pretty rowdy by the time Grant George of The Barents Sea took to the stage and everyone seemed to be having a really good time. By this point the place was pretty busy with around 40-odd folk out for a show on a school night, which makes for a pretty decent atmosphere in a tiny boozer. Grant played some of the old classics, busted out a few new songs and seemed to really be enjoying himself up there. Grant and I took the train back to Perth together after the show and he seemed stoked. He also let me into a little secret, although I’m not sure if I’m allowed to let it be known yet. I will say, however, that The Barents Sea will be performing on the Sunday of BYAF VI. You can take from that what you will!

 

Rounding things out was Jeff Rowe who took to the stage at around 10.15pm. Jeff is pretty much a classic American folk punk singer/songwriter in the vein of Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry, Austin Lucas and company. He has an amazing soaring voice and a lyrical storytelling style that covers the classic themes of love, loss, life, drinking, touring and travelling, all with the trucker cap and road tattoos to prove it. Jeff played a fine selection of songs from across his releases, opening with the cracking “An Island’s Point Of View”. It’s clear that Jeff has spent many a month on the road playing the dive bars of America and Europe and he seemed stoked to finally make it up to Scotland. He played for around 45 minutes, including dropping in a Descendents cover, before being beckoned back with the familiar cry of “one more tune”, to which he duly obliged. The choice quote of the evening may also have come from Jeff; “you guys ever pay any attention to that Mitt Romney fellow from the States? Yeah, we’re fucked”.

 

All in, it was a cracking little night that was pulled together at short notice, so big thanks to everyone who came out for the show. It’s always nice when people don’t bitch about paying in too, although I’m pretty sure one of the old fellas only dropped a pound in the pint glass when I asked him if he was staying! It was a pleasure to host Jeff and to see Christian again and both Grant and Mark were great, so thanks to everyone who played too.

Next up for Make-That-A-Take is the Blacklist Royals on Sunday 23rd September. It’d be good to see some similar numbers out that night too. Support your local DIY scene yo!

Interview – The Murderburgers

I caught up with Fraser from The Murderburgers the other day for a little chat about their amazing year, their EU and US tours, plans for their new album and all sorts of capers. Check out what he had to say.

WYAZ; You guys have had a very busy year. Let’s star with talking about “How To Ruin Your Life”; under what circumstances was it written? How did the recording process go? How did you find working with Flav and Mass Giorgini?

Fraser; I wrote most of that album at the end of 2010 when I lived in Helensburgh, where I’d been living for a year or so previously. I was working at a job I hated, I lived far away from most of my friends, I was pretty miserable overall. My flatmate and the flat itself were both awesome but everything else pretty much sucked. I actually wrote “Unemployment, Here I Come” back in 2008 though, it was about the job I still hadn’t gotten out of when we recorded the album. Before I moved to Helensburgh I had spent 3 months being homeless but still working at my shitty day job, so I’d crash on someone’s couch in Glasgow, get up early and go to work, then have to waste time in Glasgow on my own until whoever was unlucky enough to be stuck with me that night got home to let me in. It was awful. Quite a lot of the lyrical content on the album was written about that period. I was a bit unsure about using some of the depressing lyrics on the album because I felt a bit embarrassed about talking about all of that stuff but i’m really glad we went with them in the end, now whenever I write something that I think “woah, that’s a bit heavy. Maybe we should leave that out” I know it’s going to be a good song. As my good friend Danny from Cleavers once said to me “all the best songs come from the worst times”. We recorded the music with Boab from Punk/Rock Rammy at his home studio/walk-in fridge, then we went down to Leicester to record in a massive country house in the middle of nowhere with Jamie Ward, Flav Giorgini was there to help us out. He’s always been really supportive of us, even when we sucked. We stayed at his house when we were down there for the week. Flav put us in touch with Mass but we’ve not actually met him yet, he did a great job with the mastering. For doing an album on such a low budget it ended up sounding pretty awesome.

WYAZ; The record came out in April on Monster Zero and on vinyl through All In Vinyl. Can you tell us a little about your relationship with these labels and how they came about?

Fraser; We already had 2 albums out on Monster Zero before “How To Ruin Your Life” came out, it’s based in Rotterdam/Innsbruck and is run by the guys from The Apers. We’ve known those guys for years, Kevin accidentally broke my guitar the first time I met him. Snapped it right in two. He said that’s the reason he offered to put out our “Semi-Erect, Semi-Retard, Semi-Detached” album back in 2009, I don’t think he’s lying either. We met the guys from All In Vinyl down in Birmingham when we were on tour in the UK with The Queers at the start of 2011, that’s where they asked us to do the split 7″ with The Gamits for their split series. They got in touch with us after we streamed the new album on Bandcamp and said they wanted to put out the 12″, we’ve had a severe lack of vinyl over the years so we were pretty excited about it!

WYAZ; This record was your fourth in only around five years of being a band and all the record contain around 15 songs. A lot of your songs are very autobiographical Do you find the song writing process easy and what keeps you writing?

Fraser; I get ideas for new songs all the time, so by the time it comes to putting a new album together I’ve got most of it written beforehand. I usually get the song title, a couple of ideas for lyrics and the vocal melody first then write the music around that. The lyrics always come last, I like to spend more time on them. I don’t like repeating a verse for the sake of being lazy. In terms of the songs being autobiographical, I find it easier to write about bad shit that’s happened than anything else. People have taken the piss out of me in the past and said how my lyrics are emo or whatever but I honestly don’t give a shit. If you act like nothing bad is going on in your life when it is then you’re kidding yourself and it’ll probably all explode at some point and you’ll lose your mind. By writing about things that are bothering me it gets it out of my system. It’s proof for myself that I’ve thought it through and i’m over it, so the more miserable bullshit that comes out of my stupid mouth the better I feel. It’s a good system. I’m a happy little man. People keep asking me if i’m alright after hearing our songs. Just for the record – i’m alright.

WYAZ; Once the record came out, you hit the road with The Copyrights. Things seemed to get a little crazy in Europe. Can you talk us through what happened?

Fraser; That was an eventful one! First off, the van sucked. Like, really sucked. It looked amazing on the inside, we were so excited when the rental company dropped it off. DVD player, leather seats, tinted windows .All that shit. Then it turns out we couldn’t open the back of the van because the key was about to snap, instead of the rental company getting a replacement key beforehand they left it to us to get a new one cut the morning we were driving over to Amsterdam to pick up The Copyrights. Then on the way to the first show of the tour in Germany the van broke down in the middle of the motorway. I was playing guitar for The Copyrights on the tour and we were meant to have a practice before the sound check but because the van broke down we just had to play the first set without a practice. The 2nd show of the tour was Groezrock Festival in Belgium, so playing to about 7000 people for one of my favourite bands without actually practicing together was pretty a daunting task. It went well though! Then about 10 days in when we had a day off in Germany our drummer Stuart was complaining that he was in pain, he looked really bad. He had some problems with his appendix before the tour but the pain started to go away so his doctor told him it was fine and he wouldn’t have any more problems with it. His doctor is clearly a retard. We had to take Stuart to a German hospital because his appendix was ready to self destruct, he ended up on a drip and within 2 hours he was operated on. Fortunately he was fine, unfortunately it meant he had to fly home to rest and couldn’t finish the tour. We had to pull out of the Paris show the next night (which the van broke down on the way to….yet again) and the next night Luke from The Copyrights took over on drums. Things seemed to be going well but then we got to Spain. The shows were great but locking the keys to the van in the back with all of the equipment wasn’t so great. It was on a Sunday at a petrol station and no one in the place spoke English, nowhere else was open either. We had to get a hammer, a chisel and a saw and smash a hole in the wooden panel separating the back of the van where the seats were to where the gear was and (being the smallest out of all of us) I had to crawl through it and get the keys. The van hire company wasn’t too happy about it. We weren’t happy with the fact the van broke down almost every day of the tour though, so in some way we felt like things were even. Apart from that it was an amazing tour!

WYAZ; Then it was off to the USA and Canada for five weeks with Dear Landlord. How was the tour? How did it differ from the first tour of the States last year?

Fraser; The US/Canadian tour was amazing, best tour we’ve ever done. Well organised, all good shows (apart from Vegas, it was rubbish), nice weather, we all had a lot of fun. Sucks being home! Touring with Dear Landlord really was great as well, they really are a bunch of good dillards and we can’t thank them enough for taking us with them. Our driver Servo was the man as well. Sadly Adam from Dear Landlord had to fly home unexpectedly for a couple of weeks of the tour so I ended up playing bass for them while he was away. It was a pretty cool experience and it went well. He returned in a surprise blaze of glory in Oklahoma City, then I went back to watching my favourite band and stopped worrying about ruining their set! The main difference between this year’s US tour and last year’s is that this year was far less stressful and overall a better tour. We had line-up problems leading up to the tour last year, I was booking the whole thing myself which almost killed me, we were flat broke and we had pretty much no idea what we were doing. We met a lot of great people and great bands last time and a lot of the shows were good fun but next time we tour the east coast i’m sure it’ll be much better. I’m really looking forward to doing it again next year, I’ll be in a much better frame of mind next time.

WYAZ; You played at 924 Gilman Street, something pretty much every punk band wants to do. How was it for you guys?

Fraser; It was pretty amazing for us. We stayed there for 2 nights as well, played basketball and slept on the stage. We were pretty stunned when we walked in, it was insane actually being in such a legendary venue. I don’t think people from around there thought it was as amazing as we did but playing in a pop punk band from Scotland and somehow ending up playing at Gilman Street was pretty special for us. The show itself was great fun as well. It was us, Dear Landlord, Dr Frank, Cobra Skulls, Dead Ringer and Hard Girls. Meeting Dr Frank was cool, I try to avoid doing the fanboy thing but I had to get a photo with him.

WYAZ;How did you get on in Denver?

Fraser; I think you can guess how we got on in Denver! It was a very drunken Monday night! We met your good friends from Loaded 45, did a bunch of shots together and shouted a lot. Those guys rule, i’m looking forward to them coming to the UK at some point. We met the guys from The Gamits for the first time as well, it was cool meeting them since we have a split 7″ with them. They also rule. Later on that night we stayed at a friend of Servo’s house and there was some guy outside talking about going to live on Jupiter or something. That was pretty weird. I’m not going to live on Jupiter with him anyway. You can’t make me.

WYAZ; What was the highlight of tour? Did you play with any bands that you’re into or discover any new ones?

Fraser; It’s hard to pick out a highlight because the whole thing was so good. The shows that stick out in my mind are Minneapolis, Denver, Vancouver, Gilman Street, Pomona, Austin and Chicago. Staying at Atlas Studios in Chicago was really cool, so many good albums recorded there. We also did the tourist shit this time, saw the Grand Canyon and Crater Lake and stuff. We played with some great bands that we already knew like Arms Aloft and Flamingo Nosebleed. Seeing Dr Frank and The Hextalls for the first time were personal highlights for me. We played with a lot of other really great bands that we hadn’t seen before like Lipstick Homicide, Strong City, Strait A’s, Dead Ringer, Hard Girls, Capitalist Kids, Toys That Kill, Future Virgins and a bunch more that I can’t remember off the top of my head. I was really looking forward to seeing Hard Skin in Austin but some skinhead/dickhead started a fight in the crowd so they walked off stage after a couple of songs.

WYAZ; Now that you’re back, what’s the plan? Are you guys going to tour this album some more or are you going to get cracking on a new one?

Fraser; We have a few more things coming up in the UK and Europe this year. Playing with Joyce Manor at King Tut’s, Glasgow later this month, Summer In October Fest in Belgium next month, Book Yer Ane Fest in Dundee at the end of November, then we’re doing a few European dates with The Priceduifkes in December including Monster Zero Mash in Innsbruck, Austria. We’ve been doing new demos so we’re going to start working on our 5th album within the next few weeks. 13 new songs, we hope to have it out in time for a 2 month long tour of Europe and the UK starting on the 8th of March next year. We’re planning to go back to the states to tour next September and October, it’s early days though so no dates confirmed yet. We’ll be sure to keep everybody posted.

WYAZ; Any last words?

Fraser; We’re on Facebook and Bandcamp and all that crap, keep an eye on those for news and tour dates. Stay away from Staker 3 trucker capsules. Thanks for the interview, kind sir! See you soon

Jeff Rowe (USA) / Mark McCabe / The Barents Sea / THT – Next Week!

Make-That-A-Take presents a last-minute evening of acoustic goodness with…

JEFF ROWE (USA)
Heartfelt Americana-influenced acoustic folk punk singer/songwriter from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Signed to Gunner Records, Jeff shares a European label with the likes of The Gaslight Anthem, The Riot Before and World/Inferno Friendship Society and plays passionate acoustic punk not a million miles away from the likes of Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry, Austin Lucas and Smoke Or Fire’s Joe McMahon (who appeared on Jeff’s “Barstool Conversations” record). This is Jeff’s first time in Scotland and we’re happy to be able to help him out with a last-minute show after a bunch of his UK dates fell through. This should be another rare ol’ treat!

MARK McCABE
Hard-working and hard-touring singer/songwriter from Aberdeen. Mark has taken his cynical yet witty songs all over Europe and the US in the last few years and has seen him shares stages with the likes of The Flatliners, Frank Turner, Lemuria, The Arteries and many, many more. He’ll be back in the States touring down the east coast to The Fest 11 in Gainesville later this year. We’ve been wanting to put Mark on for a while, so we’re pleased to finally be able to do so.

THE BARENTS SEA
Perth-based singer/songwriter Grant George is the founder member of The Barents Sea and has seen his baby evolve from solo acoustic project to full-blown rock’n’roll band and back again over the past few years. The one thing that has remained constant is Grant’s ability to weave tales of desperation and despair into huge choruses and infectious melodies. Check out the “Greetings From The Devil’s Playground” EP that was released last week.

TRAGICAL HISTORY TOUR
First solo Dundee show for quite a while (by our standards anyway) from the UNIFORMS front roaster playing tooth-rattling fast bleak acoustic punk and equally miserable introspective quiet finger-picked heartbreakers. Has played all over the place with the likes of Ghost Mice, Paul Baribeau, Mike Park, Billy Liar and many more, plus the odd cowpunk wedding or two. There’s also talk of a new EP soon.

THURSDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 2012
CERBERUS BAR, BELL STREET, DUNDEE
Doors @ 7.30pm
£3 Tax.

Check out the facebook event page here.

Lastletters – “From Her To Here”

This review was originally published on punknews.org

Lastletters – From Her and Here CD/Cassette/Download

(Self-released)

Lastletters are a four piece emotional hardcore band from Bayonne, New Jersey. From Her To Here is their first self-released EP and showcases seven songs of bleak and angst-ridden emotive yet progressive hardcore. Mixed and mastered by Jay Maas of Defeater at Getaway Recordings, the production job is clean and crisp whilst not seeking to ape the traditional emo/hardcore sound. Instead, we get twenty minutes of intense and lacerating post-rock/screamo.

Things begin on “Moment of Separation” with solemn bass chords before the paint-stripping vocals kick in, then subtle yet haunting strings join with mix in the second verse before sharp guitars and pounding drums join the fray. The first track clocks in at just a shade under two minutes and serves more as an introduction rather than a full song. Where most bands would perhaps opt for a banger to get them out of the starting blocks, Lastletters go for a more restrained approach. This would work better if track two was a little more up-tempo, but instead “Present Passing”, while full of bluster and desperately screamed vocals, is a little short and seems to serve as almost a second introduction. The cry of it hurts so much to hold you this way is indicative of where things are at lyrically; intense and personal yet broadly universal.

 “Away” is better and finally sees the band kicking things up a notch. The guitars are reminiscent of the post-rock of bands such as Envy, Mono and perhaps even Explosions In The Sky, and the use of soaring harmonic backing vocals serves to accentuate the urgency of the lead vocals. However, at just under three minutes long, the song lacks the depth and gradual development of soundscapes associated with the aforementioned bands. That said, there is enough bombast and bluster that the song doesn’t overstay itself welcome whilst remaining taut and focussed.

 “The Future Is Fading/The Past Is Still Begins” begins with tight clean guitar chords before the gravel-throated cry of I put my love in the ground before I ever met my love which sounds to me not unlike Deftones in their more reflective moments. The Defeater comparison is inescapable when the band scream No-one’s going to save us/We are all we have in its main hook. The song builds into a wall of noise with some intricate guitar leads juxtaposed against the slashing rhythm guitars and crashing of the drums. It all seems to lead back to one word; desperation. I’m left with absolutely no doubts as to their sincerity, as their passion bleeds from my speakers.

 The centrepiece of the EP is the seven minute “Crushing Petals” with its cries of No-one ever comes. The song has an ebb and flow that captures the band’s understanding of the dynamics necessary in producing prolonged post-rock pieces, going from loud to super-loud to quiet and introspective before building things back up again. It sounds like there’s an e-bow in use on the guitars in the mid-section before the drums and screamed vocals collide, creating a sense of tension and a somewhat epic feel. At the half-way point in the song, there are some gang vocals and what sounds like a sampled loudspeaker voice low in the mix, adding to the creepiness before things kaleidoscopically explode in a cacophony of guitars and drums, not unlike the post-rock/screamo of Envy and perhaps Mesa Verde, the slowly fades out at a cinematic pace. For my money, this is by far the best track on the EP and a side of the band that I’d like to see them further explore.

 The slow chiming guitars and strings are a back on “Just outside the Reach” which also includes a panic-stricken telephone call with female vocals, bringing to mind the first Alexisonfire record, and serves as more of an interlude between songs rather than a song in itself (back to the idea of soundscaping). “I Don’t Want To Lie Here Anymore” rounds things out and is five minutes of intensity and, yup, that word again, desperation. The guitars are dense, the drums pounding and the vocals are dominant and clear without being overbearing. The “woahs” on the last half of the track bring with them a sense of euphoria before things begin to break down to the most base elements as the five minute track comes to a close.

 On the whole, this is an ambitious EP that shows great potential. While things start out somewhat slowly, the two main tracks showcase everything that is great about emotional hardcore/post-rock. While the band may edge perilously close to post-rock cliché at times, there are moments of genuine greatness here. I’d be very much interested in hearing the band push the boundaries a little further but think that, on the strength of this self-released EP, the band could make an amazing full-length. As a snapshot of where the band are at right now, this EP serves its purpose and whets the appetite for what is next to come.

You can stream the EP from their Bandcamp page.

Drug Couple

I was in Dundee the other day attending Dundee Together, a show of solidarity against the Scottish Defence League who were coming to town on the anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland. Tasteful, I’m sure you’ll agree. As it happens, around 40 of them showed up and were contained by police just beside the Overgate in Dundee, with around 250/270 odd anti-fascist protesters facing them off. There wasn’t really much to it and the SDL were an embarrassment to both themselves and sound-thinking individuals. Kudos to the police also, many of whom appeared bemused by the whole affair.

Before I went home, I stopped by Beat Generator Live very briefly to catch Drug Couple play their first show for a few months at the album launch of Excellent Cadaver. They were the only band that I saw as I had evening plans, but they were most entertaining, as always. Here’s the lion’s share of their set.

The key exchange contained within may be “Stop smoking crack!”, “we will when he gives us our wine back”. Check out their EP here.