Dirty And His Fists at The Black Cat
Rad new Garagepunk band alert! If you love crunchy, high energy, rough-around-the-edges rock 'n roll then check out Dirty And His Fists. If you can find them. They're so new they have no Internet presence at all except for a demo on Bandcamp for $999.99. All I know about them is that they're from "California" which is about as helpful as saying they're from "Europe" or "Asia".
So what do they sound like? Well, the last time I shot a Damaged City Fest there was this band who kind of reminded me of The Points. Well, Dirty And His Fists remind me even more of The Points so there.
Dirty And His Fists's Websit... never mind, Music (the cheap version).
Honduras at DC9
The band Honduras seem to be influenced by 70's rock music. They definitely have a punk quality and some hints of New Wave influence. They also have a tendency to make songs which are kind of epic with long intros and big buildups going into the chorus, kind of like mainstream rock from the late 70s.
This of course makes sense for a band which formed in Brooklyn this decade. They remind me of Beach Fossils but a bit more punk. Those bands clearly have some of the same influences, let's put it that way.
Cinema Hearts at National Cherry Blossom Festival
A short set of photos of Cinema Hearts. These were taken at the National Cherry Blossom Festival which certainly explains all the pink.
Normally I hate to post about the same band too quickly. It makes me feel like I haven't been getting out enough and finding other good bands. I photographed Cinema Hearts last year so I guess this will be an exception. I already reviewed their music too. Short version: It's garagey and it's great.
I decided to post about them again because lead singer Caroline Weinroth is also Miss Mountain Laurel, a local Miss America winner, and if you don't believe me check out the sash. In that role she has been raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I just want to encourage everyone to consider donating to them or to a similar non-profit which raises money for hospitals. All hospitals are facing financial uncertainty this week as our government prepares to vote on another health insurance overhaul. Now would be a really good time to help 'em out a little if you can. Just a thought.
Death By Unga Bunga at DC9
I still just barely believe that there is really a band called Death By Unga Bunga. Knowing that there is, though, I am totally willing to believe that they're a garage rock band. Also that they're not from around here (they're Norwegian).
Listening to them online before the show they reminded me of The Manikins or Together PANGEA, just without the occasional folksy bits. That's not way off. Like TP they keep the subject matter light as any good party music should. What I hadn't picked up on online are the hints of glam rock influence. Certain songs reminded me of MC5 and Stalkers. So DBUB turned out to be a little edgier than I was expecting but not that much.
Priests at Brooklyn Bazaar
Going into this show I had entertained the idea of doing a photoset just of Gideon, the guitarist. It seems to me that 90% of the photos of this band I've seen are of their lead singer, often just their lead singer. Now that's pretty typical of media coverage of bands, we all know that. Still, given the amount of effort this guy puts into bouncing around the stage you'd think people, or rather photographers, would be paying more attention to him. So I almost decided to pay off what I see as a karmic debt here but I chickened out.
With that said please enjoy these photos of everyone in the band Priests except Daniele, the drummer. Yep, I'm creating a whole new karmic debt. Next I'll probably spell Priests wrong or something. Sorry about that but there were no lights pointed even vaguely in her direction or at least from in front which is kind of the point eh? Same thing with Snail Mail in that last photoset. Their drummer was borderline invisible too. Ah well, somebody else must have brought a flash (I should really start doing that).