I’m going to go ahead and borrow a line from the Sygnal To Noise tune, Politician Man- “Why can’t you understand, you need to give a damn?” That’s kinda how I feel about music in Maine. Well, music everywhere really. If no one gave a damn, then what would happen to our local musicians and music in general? I don’t even wanna think about that. Simply by reading this piece of shit blog, you’re showing you care. You’re the tits.
I apologize for my rambling. I go off my anxiety meds and all of a sudden I’m some kind of off-brand, Walmart Gandhi who gets all nostalgic and cries when aroused because I’m just so goddamn happy about it. Nonetheless, I do know what I’m talking about when it comes to upcoming shows. I got that shit covered for the most part. Okay, some of the part. You try blogging on the reg when you’re this crazy.
There are some pretty sweet shows coming up that I’m excited about. The first being a stacked metal show at Geno’s Rock Club tomorrow (Friday) night. Five bands total, with two hailing from our great state. Sean Matthews and the crew from Devils Nite Out will come out swingin’, setting the bar for what is going to be a helluva night. Those Portland boys never disappoint with their live performances. Matthews is one of the most entertaining front men in Maine metal that I’ve seen, and this band is a definite must-see. Even if metal isn’t your thing, they make it funnern’hell. Just wait until they play “What” or “Ascension”.
Following DNO is Albert The Cannibal (https://soundcloud.com/use-359037113) from Bakersfield, CA and Today’s Last Tragedy (https://soundcloud.com/todayslasttragedy) from Cincinnati, OH. Nice pull, Jon! (booker extraordinaire Jon Morse of Last Mercy Emissions). I hope you’re still with me at this point, because another kickass Maine metal band is next. Destination: Void will be bringing the prog. Please tell me you’ve listened to their album, Tempvs Fvgit. If you haven’t, then buy one or borrow one (which you’ll end up purchasing anyway, because Jesus Jumped-up Christ on a cracker it is outstanding). Seeing D:Void live is a whole othah thing. Lucas Damen and Co. are technical and tight (heheh), and you won’t be able to take your eyes off of drummer Seth Perkins. Long, flowing hair aside, his technique is like, holy Jesus Jones.
The headliner for the night is Dead Eyes Always Dreaming from Michigan. (https://deadeyesalwaysdreaming.bandcamp.com/). Tickets are $7 advance and $10 day of show (yes, you can pay cash at the door). Doors at 7:45p, da metal starts at 8:15p.
Get your punk on this Saturday night as Boston’s Salem Wolves tear into Live at 212 in Westbrook, joining a sick line up of Maine punk/rock bands. Check this out: Strange Nature, Thems That Wait, Port City Saints, and The Very Reverend. MAAAAIIIINNNNEEEE pride, bub. I have a feeling it’s going to be a very loud night over at Allen’s place. I have zero problem with that. Let Anna make you a drink, settle in with a free game of pool, and have fun in Auntie H’s living room for the low admission of $7. Doors at 7pm.
Know what else is cool? Green Jello. The punk puppet show vets are rocking Geno’s Rock Club on Saturday night, along with Gwell-O (a Gwar inspired sheet metal band featuring members of Green Jello), Loki (I’m a bit moist thinking about them playing my favorite tune, Get This Right), and thrash band Cryptid. Our Maine boys open the evening of rawk, and $10 advance (https://genosgreenjello.eventbrite.com) or $13 day of show gets you in to experience it. Doors 8:30p, noise at 9p.
Like blues and soul? Papa Tim and the Desperate Man’s Blues Explosion will have you shakin’ it like I used to shake it when we shook it like a Polaroid picture. True story. Catch Papa Tim and crew at the Oysterhead Lounge in Newcastle Publik House this Saturday night at 8pm. Funky fresh.
I’m not done yet, so sitchurrassdown. Saturday night at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Iron City Preachers will be celebrating the release of their new album, Lady Sunshine, with the help of The Outsiders Punkabilly Rebels and El Grande. ERMAGHERD I love ska/punkabilly. This is a free show presented by Bottom of the East Booking. If you haven’t seen a live show at Bayside Bowl yet, you’re in for a surprise. Their sound system is bad-frickin’-ass. Plus, they have like 65 bars up in there. Get there at 8pm so you don’t miss a note. Also, check out their awesome fucking roof deck when the weather warms up. One of my fave spots in Portland, truth be told.
Wellll shiiiiit. That’s what’s going on that I’m aware of. Of course, there are always a ton of shows going on on the same night, all over Maine, so if you see something that looks good to you, GO. Support your local musicians, whether they’re playing in some hole in the wall or opening for a national act. They’ll be super grateful to see your face.
Horns, kisses, and shit.
**UPDATE- DESTINATION: VOID WILL BE HEADLINING AND CLOSING OUT THE NIGHT AT GENO’S 5/11/18.