I’ve mentioned it before but I’ll say it again: this has gotta be the fifth time “garage rock” or some nearby cousin has been the IT THING since I started caring about music. Like any bandwagon you get your fair share of mediocre blahs and whatnot. There are just so many bands. The world is overflowing with bands. Everybody has to be in a stupid band.
It’s nice then when I finally hear some stuff touting a “garage rock” pedigree that actually gets me anywhere near excited. Thankfully Wooden Indian Burial Ground are, well, pretty good. They remind a lot of Comets on Fire or any equally freaked out psych-garage band. They’ve listened to a ton of Nuggets probably. While it’s next to impossible to be original when you’re working in this genre, it’s not always easy to sound like you’re actually having fun. I like to think this is FUN MUSIC. They’re coming to Missoula on Friday so there’ll be some time to check it out.
There are a ton of bands playing this show. Yeah, we classify five bands as a ton. Come early, stay late, watch the whole damn thing because guess what? Not only is there this psych-out group doing some psych-out stuff, King Elephant is releasing their new 7” at this thing so DON’T SNOOZE.
Wooden Indian Burial Ground, One F, Copilot Eyedrops, Confidence Man, and King Elephant play the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Friday, May 10th. Doors at 9pm, show at 9:30pm SHARP. $5 cover.
Street Gnar aka Case Mahan does or does not currently reside in Lexington, Kentucky. There is internet talk of Brooklyn but I don’t think shit like that is really important. He sings like that guy in Vietnam and like that band Mr. Gnar mines a weird backlog of sounds into something so familiar it goes from pleasant to boring to astounding after so many listens.
I’ve never had the opportunity to see Street Gnar live. Who knows if we can expect a one-man-band thing or backing dudes or what but if you take the trip through his Bandcamp page (which we suggest), you’re bound to run across something you like. Think 70’s power pop or Jonathan Richman or early Echo or fuck I dunno Mac Demarco? There’s some noisier stuff in there too and we like that all the same.
Here are some songs I particularly like:
Street Gnar is playing with Bacon & Egg, J. Sherri, and Shahs at the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Saturday, April 27th. Show gets rolling around 10PM and there it’s $5 if you’re 21 (and over) and $7 if you’re between the ages of 18-20.
It dawned on me earlier today that I completely forgot to mention two cool shows that happened over the weekend. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was unable to attend either. Oh well. I hear they were awesome/fun/etc.
So…on Sunday April 21st I (and possibly you) missed Olympia’s Criminal Code, The Funs (Chicago), King Elephant, and Needlecraft all playing at the basement of the ZACC. Yeah, that basement. It’s back and you can read a much better introduction to the new/old space by Josh Vanek here. The following night The Funs played a second show, this time at the VFW with Bad Naked, I Hate Your Girlfriend, and Buddy Jackson. Those are both things that happened. There. Now you can say I had my finger on the pulse of Missoula’s nightlife albeit two days late.
There’s some stuff happening this upcoming weekend. Some good stuff. I’ll write about that stuff soon.
The VFW’s Residency Series is still going strong, what with 2013’s killer month-long stays by The Hasslers, Boys, and King Elephant. It’s April now and that means the last few Thursdays have been under Vera’s purview. This week is no different and those killer ladies (plus guy) are going to playing with what they’re describing as “Vera’s Heavy Hitters Club” aka Missoula’s Skin Flowers and Total Combined Weight.
Full disclosure here: I am in the band known as Skin Flowers. As much as I’d love for you to come see us I’m not about to start writing that we’re the best you’re ever going to see. We sound kinda like weirdo classic rock. I dunno. I hate describing bands I’m in.
Total Combined Weight however, well, they sound like their name. It’s the kind of pummeling heaviness you imagine large men with beards would be making once they got the OK from their respective wives. They generally don’t like tap beer. Give them cans. Large cans.
Vera, Skin Flowers, and Total Combined Weight play the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Thursday, April 18th. Show starts around 9PM and there’s an admittedly affordable $2 cover.
So…it usually blows when a great touring band has to cancel a show in Missoula due to either underestimation of drive times (note to bands coming from the Midwest: eastern Montana is HUUUUGE) or some other unforeseen event. It sucks and we cry and they cry and nobody gets to have fun. Agatha had to cancel their appearance at the VFW yesterday because of an apparent snowstorm. Yeah, fuck you weather.
Here’s what’s super cool though: Agatha is playing a show TONIGHT instead! Marty over at Minor Bird Records managed to finagle a last minute show (also at the VFW) in time for Agatha to beat that snow storm and finally bring their metal-ness to Missoula for one night only. In addition, Night Nurses were already planning on sticking around town for another day…they played the show on Monday…and they’ve agreed to play this one too! So wow. That’s two killer touring acts that weren’t booked tonight getting booked last minute and that gives you, fair Missoula show-goer, an ample opportunity to get your rocks off.
Check out some Agatha here so you can pre-party or whatever:
EDIT: The band “Agatha” featured below (and in the above picture) is not the Seattle-based Agatha. We screwed up. There is an Italian metal duo of the same name.
Agatha (WA), Night Nurses (CO),Scammers, and possibly some locals TBA are all playing at the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 tonight, April 16th. There will be a cover and it’ll be an affordable $3 for 21+ or $5 for those 18-20. Music should get going around 9PM and we’d love to see you there.
As far as Matt Melton projects go, I still maintain that Bare Wires was always more up my alley. That’s not a huge knock on Warm Soda, just letting you know where my tastes lie. If you’re the kind of person that enjoys anything that could even remotely be called “sunny” or “beach-y” you would like this. Melton & co. are solidly in the pop camp. That’s also assuming you consider The Ramones pop, which is something I do, and that you get over the fact that no one ever, ever will be as good as The Ramones.
Vera too, if you didn’t know, is in the midst of their April Residency Series at the VFW and this show would be pop #2. They’re the only local on the bill and if you haven’t checked ‘em yet then dude…why are you so lazy? Though this isn’t the only night this month Vera’s gonna grace the place, I’m hoping the pedigree of all these touring acts intices you to get CRAY. Word is Vera’s playing an acoustic set for this show.
Speaking of other touring bands…Estefets and Highlight Bomb, from Sequim and Tacoma, respectively, are coming out too.
Warm Soda (Oakland), Estefets (Sequim, WA), Highlight Bomb (Tacoma, WA), and Vera are playing at the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Thursday April 11th as part of Vera’s April Residency Series. Doors at 9PM, show at 10PM. $4 cover.
White Mystery has been in town it seems like a thousand times since their Missoula-inaugural at Total Fest some while ago. They’re good, yah, and especially so if you’re into Chicago-bred redheaded rowdy rawk fury. Over here in Weird Missoula-land, we’re hoping to catch NYC’s Organs most of all. Check that video up above, it’s cool. Like almost too cool. I’m sure the Needlecraft ladies are freaking out over how many hunks and babes are gonna be all over this show because it’s hella hella cool. Hell, there’ll be even more tomorrow night when Warm Soda plays Vera’s Residency Series.
Opening are local hunks Boys and a special fresh-from-tour edition of The Magpies. It’s gonna rule, dudes. Come get CRAY with us.
White Mystery (CHI), Organs (NYC), Boys, and The Magpies are playing the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Wednesday, April 10th. Doors at 9PM, show at 10PM. Cover is $5 for 21+ and $7 for those 18 to 20. The VFW is located at 245 W. Main St. in lovely downtown Missoula, Montana.
These guys (Shannon & the Clams) will be coming to Missoula this June…along with the equally awesome Mikael Cronin. All at the VFW. We’ll be writing more about this in the future but yeah, it’s gonna be a fun one.
Oakland’s Religious Girls played Total Fest a few years ago. I remember it pretty vividly as other than Shannon & The Clams, they were probably the band I was most interested to see. The original description on the Total Blog left me guessing they were somewhere between Drums Not Dead-era Liars or like Aa or something. After watching them at the fest I guess that’s kinda a correct description but eh, not really. There’s some hardcore in there too. We’re not talking percussive German-sounding art-rock. There is too much malt liquor involved. These dudes like to party. Guess what!? They’re back in Missoula tonight and we’re gonna party. Or something. It’ll be fun.
Religious Girls,J. Sherri, William & Ingrid (PDX), and Conservative Dad play the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Monday April 8th. Show at 10PM. $3 for 21+, $5 for 18-20.
(Hana & Mikki & a boxed wine of Needlecraft, photo credit unknown)
As with many shows I end up working door for, my ability to actually “hear” any of the bands clearly is pretty nil. This was again the case last Saturday when Gidget-worshipers Needlecraft returned from hiatus and finally released their debut LP (with help from patrons Wantage USA).
If you weren’t there then you obviously have no idea how dangerous it is to let a pack of hunks get their hands on a full bottle of baby oil, or how hilarious tropical drinks can be, or how absolutely killer it is to overhear so many different people talking about how they can’t wait to run up and buy one of Needlecraft’s LPs. Local love, dudes. In my estimation, these divas have only just gotten going. Their current lineup is the best live version of Needlecraft I’ve seen, and they are undoubtedly the only Missoula band to have released a video game. Seriously. They also released a video game. Though we haven’t gotten around to reviewing the LP, I plan on at least reviewing the game. Look for that.
Like I mentioned earlier, I couldn’t see or hear as much as I’d like to but from what I could ascertain, J. Sherri is only getting better with this weirdo take on 90’s R&B, Bad Naked is as polarizing as ever (the sound guy walked outside and muttered how awful it was to me…I laughed), Oll Breds obviously don’t need to practice forever and they’ll still be a good band.
What I could see were a ton of beach babes and hunks and punks and nearly everything in between. If I had my way I’d have filled the bar with sand and replaced the pool table with a hot tub.