Wednesday rolled around and after a couple days of being cooped up in the opium den, it was time to spread my wings. I'd finally finished my listings for the week and noticed that The Pheromones were playing a free show at Bondi. The show was being put on by Shindy.TV. The last time I saw a show at Bondi was during spring ASR in 2008, so I thought it was a good chance to check it out again, while also getting to see Craig play, and also learning what shindy.tv was all about. I can't lie- the sound is still mushy and the room isn't really meant for bands, and maybe it has to do with it being an early show, but it felt like a corporate work party and Jake and I were the crashers. Despite that, they had $4 Trumer Pils and I was out to have a good time, so we just went with the flow and stayed for most of the show. I mentioned before that Craig gave me a crash course in music appreciation and I really like what The Pheromones have got going on. Not my typical scene, but I always feel a little more alive and a little bit more carefree after seeing them perform.
After we had enough of the downtown sport coat and t-shirt crowd, we had to make like homing pigeons to be among our people at the Casbah where we caught The Old In Out. Their dirty garage noise was just what I needed to keep the party going.
Thursday rolled around and I was so excited. I mentioned that I was helping Amenity with their video event and with the help of Andrew, we were able to get the guys an interview on X1FM.com. I met Mike Down for the first time and caught up with Tim for a bit until Andrew was off air and could greet us. He showed the guys around the studio and they loved it. They did about a 20 minute interview, played some Amenity tracks on air, all the while old Chula Vista peeps were logged into the chat room. It was a great experience all around and has definitely opened up some doors for things to come.
After the interview, I decided since I was already in the South Bay that I'd say hi to my parents and have a real meal for once, even if it was leftovers night at the house. I raided their food cabinet, swung home, and it was off to the Casbah. I try to catch Prize Country whenever they come to town. They definitely satisfy my need for face melting, and they usually bring along a band or two and play with Hostile Combover, so there was no missing this show for me.
I got to the show on time, but got caught up in a long conversation at the back bar with Devon, the drummer of Kingdom of Magic. He does sound and roadie gigs when he's home, so he was telling some great road stories. I made it in to see Modern Rifles but it was so dark and I don't really know the guys, so the few pics I did take are not worth posting. Their CD has blown me away time and time again and I'm glad I was able to catch them again recently.
After MR, Kingdom of Magic took the stage. Holy shit. I love to get my hardcore fix every now and then and they totally brought it. I couldn't take my eyes off Devon who was just a total beast on the kit.
The rest of the band brought it just as hard. I guess when most hardcore bands tour, they still do the all ages circuit or play house parties to get town to town which is cool and DIY and all, but it's music that speaks to a whole different side of me and I love seeing it live, so perhaps I should do my research to find other bands doing it so I don't have to wait every 6 or 8 months for my fix of bands that are familiar.
Prize Country was after Kingdom of Magic and this is the band that I always love seeing, not only because they're perhaps more punk than hardcore, with catchier melodic songs, but they have some really great tattoos that I always like to check out. Sorry for sounding so fan girl and obviously I see a lot of people with a lot of tattoos all the time, but they have ones that I actually look at and it makes me think maybe one day I'll get some ink.
Closing out the night was local boys Hostile Combover who just brought the whole night full circle proving that some nights can really have the perfect cohesive bill.
After the show, Miggs was spinning records at the Ken so I decided to drop by to finish up what was quite a stellar evening of music.
The next morning I worked at the family daycare for the day. Just me and my dad and 6 kids all day long. That is one hell of a day with a lot of diaper changing. After that I swung by the Open Door Session at X1FM where Republic of Letters was set to play. I love these boys and seeing them live again was great. It felt like it had been far too long. (note: catch them this weekend at Art Around Adams)
Here's part of their session:
After catching up with the boys after their set, I swung home to take care of my pets before making my way to Radio Room. There was a lot going on that night, but Prize Country and Kingdom of Magic were playing again, this time with Loom, so I wanted to get my fill once again, and I sometimes don't give Radio Room enough love. I went to the show by myself, but I certainly wasn't alone as Bearpaw rolled up with the fast crowd in their "Cool Bus".
Loom is great and I caught them before at the Casbah with Prize Country, so I knew I was gonna enjoy their set. I always like bands that add unconventional instrumentation to music, and Loom has it covered with a violinist. They had some lights onstage so I thought I would play around with them a bit.
Unfortunately, the other bands didn't have lights, so I was challenged, but both of them played amazing sets once again and I was glad that I chose to stick in my neck of the woods for the night. I guess they didn't believe me the night before when I told them I'd see them again. Sometimes you just can't get enough.
It was the perfect way to unwind after daycare and you can be sure that I'll be there again. When Prize Country comes to SD they usually play 2 nights in a row, and I only hope they bring Kingdom of Magic and Loom once again the next time around.
With that, I'll end the post and pick up where I left off another time.