photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Future Punx / hoola hooping / Final Bloom @ RBSC 7/13/2014
Sunday (7/13) was our party we threw with the good folks at Dull Tools out at Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Fruity drinks were consumed (with specially-made koozies), people danced and hoola-hooped, and four vaguely post-punk style bands of varying specifics played. It was a real good time. Pictures from the festivities are in this post.
Future Punx have become a very tight party machine, wearing their 1980 influences on their Hawaiian shirts but they do it so well. The also pulled off something not all bands could -- working in a big chunk of The Ramones' "Rockaway Beach" while in the titular neighborhood, just a few days after the death of Tommy Ramone. People cheered and sang along, it worked. Super fun set. You can catch them Saturday (7/19) at Glasslands with Donovan Blanc and headlners Cymbals (tickets).
The rest of the evening's entertainment was enjoyable too: Eaters cranked out old arpeggiated synth lines and had custom-made kites for lucky members of the audience; Final Bloom looked like Suicide but were probably a little closer to Front 242 with frontman John Falvo's entertainingly confrontational style; and wildcards of the day Royal Garde probably had the most NYC rock vibe of the day, a hodgepodge of styles (visually and musically).
There was a threat of rain (it never did), so the bands were moved indoors but there were DJs outside (myself and DeeFrance2000 [aka Reuben who used to be in Coconut Coolouts]) providing tunes all night. I wasn't quite sure how the whole thing was gonna turn out, but it ended up being a blast and felt like a million miles from the city. (Actually, it felt kinda SXSW-y.) More pics from the BV/Dull Tools beach party below...