Posted in music | tour dates on December 15, 2008

The Fluid

The members of the legendary and influential alternative rock band The Fluid have announced they will be performing select shows starting this January in Brooklyn & Hoboken, after reuniting to perform at Sub-Pop Records 20th Anniversary Festival in Seattle this past July...

...Due to timing and the band's associations with Sub-Pop and various acts of the Northwest underground scene-the group were early boosters of Nirvana, and the two acts even shared a split single in 1991-The Fluid has long been lumped in with the period's so-called grunge movement. But in actuality the outfit's unapologetically rock 'n' roll sound bypassed the shallower sludge metal and hardcore punk influences of its contemporary brethren, reaching deeper to hint at the classic styles of forbears like the New York Dolls, The Stooges, the MC5, the Rolling Stones, and the garage bands of the 1960s...

...The Fluid's upcoming shows at Hoboken's Maxwell's on January 16th [tickets], and Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 17th [tickets] will bring together all five of the band's original members for one of the most rabidly anticipated musical reunions in years-and one that will give metro area fans the rare chance to once again experience firsthand the band's singular brand of timeless and powerful rock 'n' roll.

Another band associated with Nirvana, the Meat Puppets, were just here this past week and played the same two venues. Video of The Fluid performing at SP20 in July, below...



Comments (13)


Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2008 10:36 AM

Is anyone excited about this?

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2008 2:33 PM

really solid band but "legendary and influential"?

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2008 3:07 PM

Agreed. I'm a big fan, but "legendary and influential" is a huge stretch.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2008 4:28 PM

id rather see the fluid than say animal collective or the new indie wank but the fluid were a bit mediocre...ill sit this one out.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2008 4:36 PM

Can't wait. Saw The Fluid a few times back when, but a couple of the shows were truncated including an opening slot for The Vandals where the bass player was head-butted by a skinhead, so they stopped their set three songs in.

Posted by TWB | December 15, 2008 5:45 PM

records= not so good (probably have aged terribly too)

live = awesome

Posted by pjx | December 15, 2008 7:57 PM

zomfg! The Fluid! I am excited.

"legendary" indeed. Dunno about influential.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 12:04 AM

Wow, this caught me by surprise! This was one of the best live bands to see in a small venue back in the late 80's. Yes!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2008 2:45 AM

If you're interested in an amazing live rock band then go. If not, then stay home.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2009 10:15 AM

Purplemetalflakemusic is the b0mb!

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2009 12:43 AM

Holy fuck! This is tonight!? Yes!

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2009 4:22 PM

The Fluid are more influential than a lot of people know. It'd be difficult to trace that in their sound but in their attitude, energy and absolutely incredible performances they were better than pretty much all their contemporaries with few exceptions. The Fluid influenced the the Pacific NW scene in a way that is not well-documented. Maybe not as much as, say Wipers, but take a look at some Charles Peterson pictures sometime and tell me they didn't have an impact.

In Denver, they are absolutely legendary and influential, as you might expect, and having seen both Mudhoney and The Fluid, it's a tough call but The Fluid have truly positive energy and there's nothing slackery about their whole vibe. Something that can't be said about Mudhoney (though Mark Arm and Steve Turner are hilarious and Dan Peters is as great a rock drummer as The Fluid's Garrett Shavlick).

It basically come down to if you like great, primal rock and roll or if you imagine your tastes are too sophisticated for all of that. Maybe The Fluid aren't for everyone but they are probably the best straight up rock and roll band I've yet seen.

Posted by Tom Murphy | January 20, 2009 12:02 AM

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