Posted in metal | music | pictures on August 31, 2010

photos by Taylor Keahey, words by BBG

God Bullies
God Bullies

On what was a perfect day to celebrate anyone's anniversary, a sold-out crowd gathered at Grumpy's in downtown Minneapolis to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the legendary local label Amphetamine Reptile Records. It was an all-day event (on 8/28) that honored and saluted an influential and groundbreaking scene, as well a bunch of bands that perhaps never got their due back in the day. All the groups played to a large, receptive crowd that was, if not trying to turn back time a bit to see a bunch of bands that they never had a chance to, than maybe just feel younger for one day at least. Everywhere you looked there were old friends running into each other for the first time in years, and there were broad smiles plastered on everyone's faces (due in no small part to the $5 Surly's). It was a glorious commemoration of a label that still packs quite a punch and knows how to throw one hell of a party. -[City Pages]
The above review comes from the second day of the AmRep Anniversary show, which featured a headlining set from Boss Hog, as well as appearances from Melvins, Vaz, White Drugs, Gay Witch Abortion, Thrown Ups (with Mudhoney's Mark Arm and Steve Turner), Today Is the Day (who play NYC Friday), Shannon Selberg (Cows) with AmRep founder Tom Hazelmyer, God Bullies, and Hammerhead (who played DBA recently). The first night featured performances from Unsane (who just played Santos) and Lollipop.

Pics of both day one and two, as well as some video, continue below.

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AmRep Day One

Lollipop

Lollipop

Lollipop

Lollipop

Lollipop

Lollipop

Unsane

Unsane

Unsane

Unsane

Unsane

Unsane

Unsane

Unsane

Unsane

Unsane

Unsane

AmRep Day Two

Vaz

Vaz

Melvins

Melvins

Melvins

Melvins

Melvins

Vaz

Vaz

Vaz

White Drugs

White Drugs

White Drugs

White Drugs

Gay Witch Abortion

Gay Witch Abortion

Gay Witch Abortion

Gay Witch Abortion

The Thrown-Ups

Thrown Ups

Thrown Ups

Thrown Ups

Today Is The Day

Today Is The Day

Today Is The Day

Today Is The Day

Today Is The Day

Shannon Selberg & Tom Hazelmyer

Shannon Selberg & Tom Hazelmeyer

Shannon Selberg & Tom Hazelmeyer

Shannon Selberg & Tom Hazelmeyer

Shannon Selberg & Tom Hazelmeyer

Shannon Selberg & Tom Hazelmeyer

God Bullies

God Bullies

God Bullies

God Bullies

God Bullies

Hammerhead

Hammerhead

Hammerhead

Hammerhead

Hammerhead

Boss Hog

Boss Hog

Boss Hog

Boss Hog

Boss Hog

Boss Hog

Unsane -- Sick (AmRep 25th Anniversary Bash, 08/27/10)

Shannon Selburg & God Bullies at Am-Rep 25th Anniversary

God Bullies at Am-Rep 25th Anniversary

Boss Hog at Am-Rep 25th Anniversary

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Comments (22)

Lollipop played? Holy shit. Wish i could've been there. Best band no one cared about.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:29 AM

Finally today is the day is back...friday night will be one to remember...

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:30 AM

Now this was a good show

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:56 AM

10:30 says the Santos publicists

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:58 AM

Great label. wish I could have made it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 12:31 PM

Damn. So good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 1:26 PM

too much flash in those pics

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 1:46 PM

Now God Bullies were an excellent band with intelligence not many people got in the first place. It was never suppose to be shocking.
Ah Mike Hard.

Today is the Day were especially great before it became just metal after the first three albums.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 5:47 PM

I assume from the perspective here the photographer was the jackass in front who kept holding his big camera and flash pointed backwards in front of everyone's faces obnoxiously

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 9:04 PM

Great label. Used to buy almost everything that came out from them. Remember those days or just buying shit blindly from a label because you knew 8 out of 10 albums would be good?
Hammerhead is my vote for great band no one listened to on AmRep.
Oh and Cristina still looks amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2010 10:57 AM

yep, amazing label, they are missed!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2010 12:20 PM

lollipop! are they even from the same photographer? looks like only boss hog has flash.

are god bullies playing more shows?

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2010 1:16 PM

It's an event of the year for me. I regret I couldn't be there... See you on the next AmRep Anniversary show :)

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 3:30 PM

Hey Hammerhead, you're the God of noise for me :D

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 3:33 PM

I really love a crazy Shannon, but where is the rest of the Cows???

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 3:35 PM

Was Polish vodka Sobieski good? ;)

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 3:42 PM

No, it made me barf.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 3:49 PM

Try to say it to Bruce Willis ;)

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 4:34 PM

man do I miss Lollipop, a real rock n fuckin roll band

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 8:22 PM

Wow, what a great time! People were very friendly and wore all kinds of cool band shirts, no snotty hipster-tudes, and locals were floored so many of us flew in for what they thought of as a local music festival.

Incredible music all day long, but it really kicked in and felt like more than a collection of awesome sets when the Thrown-Up's brought the mayhem. Today is the Day were powerful and added some good metal to the mix. God Bullies never disappoint, but having David Livingstone on guitar was sludgy, fuzzy perfection. They were my Am Rep gateway band. Hammerhead pummeled and Boss Hogg showed what an tight and amazing band they became sometime after 1995, proving that they deserved the headline slot to any doubters.

Posted by Marc B. | September 8, 2010 4:21 AM

Were Helmet busy?

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 12:33 PM

I was there. Great show. It would have been the greatest show ever if Helmet and
Guzzard would have been a part of it.

Posted by Brian Nossell | May 30, 2011 10:48 AM

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