Entries tagged with: The Rats
Ten Foot Pole in 2014 (photo by Denise Borders)
Punk veterans Ten Foot Pole, who formed as the hardcore band Scared Straight in the early '80s but changed their name before 1993's more melodic punk-styled Swill, have announced that they'll release their first new album since 2004's Subliminable Messages in 2015 via Cyber Tracks (El Hehe of NOFX's label). The band is currently fronted by original member Dennis Jagard like they've been since after their 1995 split with Satanic Surfers (when singer Scott Radinsky left to front Pulley and play major league baseball), and also features drummer Chris Dalley, bassist Chris Del Rio and guitarist Keith "DJ" Divel.
Ten Foot Pole have also announced a tour which hits NYC on July 25 at The Grand Victory with Boston's Burning Streets (who opened for Dead Kennedys and Reagan Youth at Irving Plaza last night [6/19]) and NYC's Sad and French. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
You can also catch Sad and French at that venue even sooner on July 9 for their record release show that also includes Arliss Nancy, Gameday Regulars, The Reveling and Spirit Houses (tickets). And even sooner than that, they'll open the previously discussed Captain, We're Sinking show at Union Hall.
Burning Streets and Reagan Youth (who both play Punk Island on Saturday [6/21]) will team up on a bill again at Grand Victory on Sunday (6/22), this time to open for another veteran melodic punk band, Sloppy Seconds, who haven't released an album since 2008's hiatus-ending Endless Bummer, but are still an active live band. Tickets for that show, which also includes The Basicks, are on sale now. All Sloppy Seconds dates are listed below.
That same day (6/22) but earlier (2 PM), another band playing Punk Island, Empty Vessel, hits the venue with OC45, Blest Mess and Harm (tickets). You can check out some of their Kurt Ballou-recorded tracks on bandcamp.
On Monday (6/23), California punk vets D.I. bring their ongoing tour to Grand Victory for a show with Runny and Spewing Cum. Tickets for that one are on sale. All DI dates are listed below.
NYHC vets Antidote, who put out their first new album in over two decades back in 2012, plays an all ages matinee show (2 PM) at the venue on August 3 before their European tour. That show is with Beyond, Manipulate, Downlow and Point Blank. Tickets are on sale now.
Italian hardcore band Raw Power (active since 1981) come over to NYC to hit Grand Victory on August 7 with Wartorn, Agitator and Miscegenator. Tickets are on sale.
'70s-era British punks Slaughter & The Dogs (who reformed in the '90s) will be touring North America and hitting Grand Victory on September 25 and 28. Night 1 will be opened by Stalkers, 45 Adapters and The Rats, but no openers announced for night 2 at the moment. Tickets for both nights are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Back to the '90s melodic punk: Lagwagon singer Joey Cape (who's also in Me First and the Gimme Gimmes who have a new album and play Riot Fest this year) brings his solo tour to Grand Victory on September 23. That tour is also with Flatliners singer Chriss Cresswell and Brian Wahlstrom (who plays in Scorpios with Joey). Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
And one last bit of previously-mentioned related news, Ensign are playing some shows this year including Grand Victory on July 20 with Livefastdiefast, The Last Stand and Silence Equals Death. Tickets for that show are still available.
All lists of dates, and streams for some of the bands mentioned, below...
Fred & Toody of Dead Moon
That summer, I went to an all-ages show at The Long Goodbye. The band came on. Four girls. Wow, two of them were THE girls. The redhead went to the microphone, the blonde picked up a bass. They even had a girl drummer.All-female Portland, OR punk band Neo Boys, who existed from 1978 to 1983, have compiled early live recordings through later studio recordings for a new collection, Sooner or Later, which just came out last week (10/15) via Calvin Johnson's label K Records. You can stream six songs from the compilation below, and the whole thing is on RDIO. The compilation is being celebrated with a release show in Neo Boys' hometown on November 10 at the Crystal Ballroom with Cold Beat (Hannah Lew, of Grass Widow), Newman/Schonberg/Reyna, The Vandies, Toody Cole (of Dead Moon), The Ghost Ease, Monica Nelson, Busy Scissors, Crimson Typhoon, and more.
How did they do that, start a band with other women, three of them not the singer? Maybe they thought the rules were stupid too. No, that hope was too big. I pushed it down. I watched them tune up, waited for them to be terrible or act campy.
But they weren't, and they didn't. The Neo Boys had a strong pop energy, but Kim's hard-edged voice was never too sweet. KT wove her basslines around Pat's solid beat, while Jennifer played a twangy, clean guitar.
The lyrics were real poetry. None of their songs were about boys. THEY weren't about boys. They were a band. Four equals, up there on stage in their regular clothes, being their regular selves. And kicking ass.
Their regular selves kicked ass...
- Lesley Reece (aka Suzi Creamcheese): bassist, The Braphsmears, Jungle Nause, The Redheads, 1980-84.
About a month after that, Toody teams up with her ex-Dead Moon bandmate/husband Fred Cole for an unplugged tour. Dead Moon has been an underground staple since their inception in the late 80's, having been called "truly one of the most independent and revered Northwest underground bands of all time" by Sub Pop. They were highly influential on the "Seattle sound," having made fans out of Nirvana, Mudhoney, and Pearl Jam, who have been known to cover them. Newer bands have covered them too, like A Place to Bury Strangers (video below) and Grouper. Fred and Toody were also in other bands, like The Rats, who recently reunited for Chaos in Tejas and were covered by Veronica Falls, and Pierced Arrows (who are playing a Portland Halloween bash soon).
Fred and Toody's unplugged tour hits NYC for two shows before they cross the Atlantic for a European tour. Those shows happen at Knitting Factory on December 8 and Mercury Lounge on December 9. Tickets to their show at Mercury Lounge and tickets to their show at Knitting Factory are on sale now.
All Fred + Toody tour dates are listed, along with some videos, below...
Veronica Falls' new album, Waiting for Something to Happen, is out February 12 and the band have just shared the new single from it. You can stream "Buried Alive," which they've been playing live for a while now, below.
In addition to the new album, the band are releasing a covers EP featuring their versions of songs by Homeblitz, Bob Dylan, The Rats, The Moles, The La's and Ween. That's the cover art above. It's limited to 300 vinyl copies and is only available through Rough Trade.
Song stream below...