Posted in music | pictures on May 7, 2008

The Night Marches @ SXSW

John Reis (b. 1969 and also known by the pseudonyms Speedo, Slasher, and The Swami) is an American musician, singer, guitarist, record label owner, and disc jockey. He is best known as the singer and guitarist for the rock band Rocket from the Crypt, which he formed and fronted (as Speedo) for the entirety of its career from 1990 to 2005. Prior to this he was the guitarist in the post-hardcore band Pitchfork, and also played in Drive Like Jehu during the early 1990s. In 1999 he formed the Hot Snakes, and in 2000 also formed the Sultans, in which (as Slasher) he sang and originally played bass before switching to rhythm guitar. He played in both these bands until their breakups in 2005 and 2007 respectively. He also released a solo recording under the name Back Off Cupids, which was recorded in 1994 but not released until 1999. Over the years he has performed in many other musical acts including Conservative Itch, Stacatto Reads, Custom Floor, and Beehive and the Barracudas. He is the owner of Swami Records, a label he founded in 1999 (he uses the title The Swami in this capacity). He frequently works with bands in a studio capacity and releases albums by many southern California groups through his label. He also hosts the "Swami Sound System" program on San Diego radio station 94.9 (KBZT). Reis remains an influential figure in the San Diego underground music community and is currently performing with a new band named The Night Marchers. [Wikipedia]
The Night Marchers have been on tour for a while and tonight (May 7th) is the night they play their show at Mercury Lounge in NYC. In honor of that, here are some photos I took of them on March 15th in Austin (as the Mess With Texas festival.... that many comedians and bands including The Breeders also played).

The Night Marchers' new album See Your In Magic is out now on Swami/Vagrant.The rest of those SXSW pics are below...

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marches @ SXSW

The Night Marchers - 2008 Tour Dates
May 7 - Mercury Lounge w/DYNAMITERS & LOVE OR PERISH New York, New York
May 8 - The Middle East Club w/ CPC GANGBANGS & DYNAMITERS Boston, Massachusetts
May 9 - The Oregon Club w/ DYNAMITERS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 10 - Ottobar w/ OBITS & DYNAMITERS Baltimore, Maryland
Jun 5 - Dirty Boots at the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes London
Jun 6 - Dirty Water at The Boston Music Rooms London
Jun 7 - Nottingham Bodega Social Club Nottingham
Jun 8 - Manchester Night and Day Cafe Manchester
Jun 10 - London 100 Club London

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Comments (16)

Speeeeeeeedo!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 3:09 PM

john looks like george clooney these days.

if rick is in the house, you have the original hot snakes lineup potentially playing.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 3:10 PM

crap. sold out

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 3:12 PM

I doubt Gar has a bass with him to play Hot Snakes stuff.

Obits and the Night Marchers are playing together in Baltimore.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 3:12 PM

Best dude and band out there.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 3:24 PM

I don't think these guys are going to play any Hot Snakes songs. I think the idea of Reis splitting up all his old bands was to start over with a clean slate.

Not that I'd mind if they did...

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 3:29 PM

The Hot Snakes split up party because they were a "bi-coastal" band and the geographic divide was too big.

Did they ever play DLJ songs in the Hot Snakes? Don't think so.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 3:38 PM

Hot Snakes played a few Jehu ongs at their last NYC show at Bowery.

Can't wait to see Night Marchers tonight!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 3:42 PM

They played Bullet Train to Vegas and Luau on the last couple tours.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 3:42 PM

it's called "photo editing" - pick the best few photos and call it a day.

Posted by ansel | May 7, 2008 5:39 PM

^^^^^^^
Man, this kind of posting is tiresome. Thanks for commenting Ansel! You've made the world a better place.

Anywayzzzzz:
Here's a good interview with John Reis where he discusses breaking up all his bands.
http://blogs.westword.com/backbeat/2008/04/interview_with_john_reis_of_th.php

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 6:11 PM

"Did they ever play DLJ songs in the Hot Snakes? Don't think so."

Hey Smarmy Pants...Hot Snakes played "Bullet Train" and "Luau" on multiple tours. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

Just saw NM in Omaha last weekend and it was sweaty, loud, and John was drinking cognac all night. All in all, one of the more fun nights I've had in a while.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2008 10:01 AM

When Hot Snakes played at Northsix, they did at least 4 Jehu songs.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2008 11:29 AM

God damn this show was good.
The drummer was loud loud loud and great great great.

I only ever saw Luau and Bullet Train played by Hot Snakes. What were the other two songs 11:29?

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2008 11:55 AM

ray liota

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2008 3:52 PM

RE: Anon - 5/8/2008 - 11:29 AM

They played Jehu songs because Hot Snakes was pretty much Jehu 2.0. Same main band members.

Posted by spielster | May 8, 2008 5:06 PM

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