My last blog Music is a Sin! had a long, wild, and inevitably tragic night with The Vaselines and mutated into the most inspired attention-hor in the universe: Sex Sux (Amen), or, the blog you are now looking at.
Music is a Sin (RIP) featured the musical gatherings I had attended in the year 2010.
For the newbies: I am attempting to reach 100 concerts by the end of 2010.
I’ve been busy pulling Sex Sux (Amen) together. Here is what you’ve been missing out on:
Concert #10 – April 3 – Deer Tick and Those Darlins @ Firehouse 13, Providence, RI.
Opener was adequate yet couldn’t hold my attention. Apparently was first public performance.
Those Darlins are comprised of three extremely fetching young women playing country punk rawk with an abundance of delicious raw energy. I cannot come up with words that adequately portray how much joy Those Darlings brought to my night.
I must admit, I wondered during the intermission if Deer Tick would be over-shadowed by Those Darlins. I hadn’t seen the full band play in quite a while.
Luckily, the addition of former Titus Andronicus guitarist Ian O’Neil filled out the band’s live sound, adding an extra dimension that gave John McCauley some time to breath and play to his strengths.
Highlights: A slow-mo sing-a-long version of Ashamed.
An intense dance number, covering Chuck Berry’s Maybelline.
An extremely rowdy and drunk ending, covering Richie Valens’ La Bamba.
Tons of joyous and belligerent moments onstage.
Overall, the best Deer Tick gig I have attended in my long history with Mr. McCauley’s musical project. This was, by my count, the seventh and best Deer Tick I’ve ever been to, and one of the best shows of 2010!
Concert #11 – April 4 – Bellows, Holy Sheet, Normal Love, Diana Joy, @ AS220, Providence, RI
I saw twelve seconds of Diana Joy. Then I walked around Providence.
Normal Love were jagged and strange and hard to pinpoint. Decent.
Holy Sheet were hilarious, loud, spazzy, and my favorite band of the night. The lead singer, dressed down to his undies, made fun of the shitload of people hanging outside: (paraphrased) “I love coming to AS220 and hanging outside while the live music goes on inside.” One of my favorite bands from Providence.
Another impressive local group, Bellows, brought the fuckin’ ruckus as usual, playing a short set of deranged, brass-driven metal. Dan from the What Cheer? Brigade plays sousaphone while Michael blasts his baritone sax and Mark keeps the beat on drums.
Concert #12 – April 9:
I took a road trip to UMass-Amherst this past weekend to check out Friendship Bracelet’s show, details found above and below.
I was chugging a beer outside when Dom went on. They were good background music for draining a can of Rolling Rock.
Many Mansions played an excellent, dreamy set, reminding me of Panda Bear’s sprawling jams and Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid’s projects together. Built a terrific psychedelic atmosphere and made me spaz out a little.
Family Portrait brought their brand of fuzzy pop to UMass to end the night. At first, being restless, impatient, and slightly intoxicated, I disliked their music. Three of four songs in, they started to grow on me and, in the end, I really enjoyed them.
In conclusion, a great night of free music brought to you by my bro Ian. Cheers for Friendship Bracelet!