OFF! with Negative Approach
& Double Negative
It was to be a night of high class living - champagne, caviar, and old
man hardcore. Outside of listening to some Gorilla Biscuits twenty years ago I'm not usually a hardcore kind of guy, but
OFF! is the sort of band to get you out of the house.
Local lads Double Negative opened the
show. The place wasn't even close to full yet, but once the band
started the moshing and general carry on was already ferocious. It was pretty
clear that getting half-decent photos of the band was not going to be easy with one eye on the crowd, my body braced for
impact, and random people flying off the stage in my direction. The band rocked it out for about twenty minutes,
which is apparently a long show for them. Like other times I've seen DN I dug it, but I'm not educated enough in this genre
to make comparisons or really say why.
The middle slot was for hardcore legends Negative Approach. They
are one of those bands I&…
Spider Bags with The Golden Boys
& The Limes
Good goddamn what a night of garage rockery. Muy Bueno.
The Limes played first. I
didn't (and still don't) know dick about them, but they're from Memphis
and Goner has put out some of their records so I figured it was worth checking out.
They started off real damn sloppy, playing a song that they had apparently just written a few hours earlier; they got stronger and
stronger as the set wore on though. Singer Shawn Cripps has an interesting vibe about him, reminding me a little bit of
local legend Dex Romweber, though probably not as badass a guitarist as Dex. At their best they sounded like
garage combined with New Zealand/Kiwi pop, with maybe a little Cramps and very early "Westing"-era Pavement thrown
in. Towards the end of the set Dan McGee joined the band to sing one of their songs, a trend that would continue
through the night. Pretty decent - I didn't pick up their record that night…