This uncultured piece of shit is two years old today. Not me, my blog. Although, I do have moments where one could possibly assume that I never outgrew my terrible twos. I ain’t even mad.
I cannot believe I published my first post two years ago today. Even more so, I can’t believe all five of you read it. With all the publications nowadays, I’m honored if even one person reads my words. New goal: tens of readers. I shoot for the stars. Sure, I may be a bit crass sometimes, but I am who I am. Your mother seems to like it.
While my involvement in local music tapered off this past year, rest assured that the caring was there. These past two years have been the most heartbreaking, difficult years of my life. I wish I was exaggerating. But, here I am. Not only do I plan to continue with the blog, but I’m hoping to open it up to bands outside of Maine. Cross The Divide, Begat The Nephilim, Reaver, BadTude, Deathcode,Threatpoint…I see youuuuuuu.
Also in my plan? Booking shows. I know, who the fuck would let some bush league shitheels book shows? Turns out, at least one person will. I have to try it once. Bonus points if people show up. You’d better show up, or we aren’t as close as I thought we were.
Like with any sap-happy anniversary post, I have to throw in some of my favorite photos from the past two years. There were some badass times, and I have the receipts:
Since being introduced to all you yahoos in 2016, I’ve watched some great things happen. I still have to pinch myself to remind me that you’re all real and I’m a part of this kickass Maine music scene. Getting to meet The Facemelter of Rock Rage Radio, and formerly of my alma mater, WCYY, was the shit. Very few know music like he does, and I learn as much as I can when I’m in his bubble. Co-judging a battle of the bands and co-emceeing with him was an out of body experience. You could put my favorite band and a radio DJ in the same room, and I will talk to the DJ EVERY TIME. Don’t even get me started on the time I met Kennedy from WTOS…
Can you believe how many local musicians have multiple bands? Dan Aldrich, drummer for Burning Time has a new band called Division/North, and they are the tits. Sean Matthews of Devils Nite Out has a new band called Trawl (catch them this Friday night at GFB Scottish Pub in OOB with BadTude and Twin Grizzly!), including former members of Fifth Freedom. Gary Porter of The Struggle Within has at least ten bands at this point, with Greg Burns-Jackson (Stillborn Condition, Sygnal To Noise, Project 246) probably tying him for the lead. How do you fuckers do this? I can’t even make it to the laundromat once a week.
Yes, Cross The Divide is from Rochester, NH. They play “storm rock”. I never knew what that was until I heard CTD. I get it, now. Their album “Fearless” is in constant rotation for me. Play “Sail On The Stars” and “Hostage” Kthxbye. #noweverybodyhittheground
In The Wind…oh man. Seth Leaf Pruzansky sounds like a cross between Travis Meeks of Days of the New and Chris Cornell. I can’t accurately describe it. Just do yourself a favor and see these guys live. I’m happy to see they’ve joined the Live@212 family. Good call, Allen.
Stillborn Condition. Portland, Maine death metal. They’ve agreed to play my future wedding and baby shower (god willing…). Mark my words, I will be walking down the aisle to “3 Bitches in a Bucket”. Nick Morin promised me, man.
RUIN. What can I say? These dudes are Portland’s finest. If I have to miss their show, I make sure I have a damn good excuse. Rich once said to me, “if I fuck up the lyrics, I know you’ll be the one who notices”. He’s not wrong! Go ahead and mess ’em up. I’m too busy losing my bananas in the pit.
There are no children looking over your shoulder at this, right?
Boy, was I not in the mood to emcee LME in September 2017. Boys (NOT men) can be such douche b’s sometimes. But, my word is my word. I had a great time and met some cool people. What up, Threatpoint, Deathcode and Shadowplay?
Omigod, I almost joined Jimmy Jacked as back-up vocals in 2017. I kid you not. I love punk rock. How ridiculous would I look singing? Please don’t even answer that. Yes, dude is playing a fretless bass.
Radio nerds unite! Love my brutha from anotha mutha! Justin Sane has given me so many opportunities over the past three years and has introduced me to many people I now consider friends, and for that, I thank him. He’s WICKED FUCKIN’ SWELL.
Thank you for coming along for the ride these past two years of Behind the Local Scene. Here’s to many more years, interviews, shows, photos, and good times. I hope you’ll stick with me as I take this bitch across state lines.