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So now I've played with 2 of the Big 3 of GNV's punk rock icons

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Brian Krashpad, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Tele-Afflicted

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    Living in a virtual punk rock mecca like Gainesville FL (google "The Fest Gainesville FL," for example), even just playing in little crap pissant bands like the ones I'm in, one just naturally crosses paths, eventually, anyhow, with punk rock royalty.

    I consider the Big 3 of GNV's extant punk rock bands to be Less Than Jake, probably the best known to mainstream audiences (since their ska-punk sound is very pop-oriented), the current hottest punk rock band in the country Against Me! (hard to deny being on the cover of Rolling Stone), and the slightly more genre-specific cult-oriented Hot Water Music. If you want to add a couple more for historical significance that are legendary within punk-rock circles but never made any money or (much) international fame, you can add Roach Motel ('80's), and Radon ('90's heyday, but still live in GNV and play here several times a year).

    Those last two are both personal faves of mine, particularly RM, with whom my very first band played a few shows in the early '80's (our bassist was also the RM drummer), and then my current main band Crash Pad played on their two reunion tours five or six years back. I had never been on a bill with Radon until last Fall, when we played middle of the bill at an all-day unofficial The Fest gig (i.e., during The Fest but not a part of its actual ticketing/PR/bill) that Radon headlined.

    Of the Big 3, by weird coincidence Against Me! has actually opened for Crash Pad. Of course, that was like 14 years ago when the band was just a duo and virtually know one had heard of them. So, that's one down.

    As for Less Than Jake, they used to play the same venues Crash Pad did in the '90's, but we were never paired up. Their guitarist Chris and bassist Roger came to one or two Crash Pad shows a decade or so ago (they can't come to local shows in the audience without everyone going "the guys from LTJ are here!"), because we used to gig with some friends of theirs from Ocala (just 30 minutes south of GNV) called Vangard. And then more recently Crash Pad did play with a LTJ side band, Roger's Rehasher, a few years ago.

    But last night I finally crossed LTJ of the list.

    Over the last year or so I've been playing guitar in a side band called the Bill Perry Orchestra. It's sort of a performance art/experimental collective, led by an unrepentant hippie and painter. It's been around for literally 30 years, with probably dozens of local musos, artists, and other scenesters and characters of ill repute drifting in and out. Bill is sort of a Gainesville institution, and worked at our longest-standing indie record store (which closed last year when its owner unexpectedly died of a heart attack). So basically anyone and everyone in the GNV indie/punk/art community knows Bill.

    And that includes Chris DeMakes of LTJ. For the past couple years, LTJ has done a 2-day "homecoming" stand at a local venue to sort of say thanks to all their homeboys, usually over Labor Day weekend. Last night the Bill Perry Orchestra opened the first of the two shows.

    It was fun. Here's some pics.

    My artiste ID:

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    Our lap steel player Lisa. It's good to be in a band where I'm not the oldest for a change. ;)

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    Our drummer Blue's kit:

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    My rig. The Laney was just a backup. I used it to sit on, and the Fender Super-Champ XD as my actual amp.

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    View from the stage, just before our closer:

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    So now, I guess I have to set my sights on Hot Water Music. ;)
     
  2. Lowbassnotes

    Lowbassnotes Friend of Leo's

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    Used to listen to Roach Motel back in the day, I think I still have the 12" Flipside comp with them on it buried in my Hardcore boxes. I'll have to dig it out and give it a listen.
     
  3. Brian Krashpad

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    They're really cool guys. Unfortunately the member I knew best, their drummer and our bassist, Frank, passed away a few years ago.

    George Tabb, one of their guitarists, is pretty well known in punk rock circles for his subsequent work in Furious George, and before that Iron Prostate, his column in MaximumRockAndRoll, and the autobiographical books he's written. He's a sweetheart and a facebook friend of mine. I actually feel like I know him better now than I did when I went out with his girlfriend's roommate back in the day.

    Their other guitarist, Jeff Hodap, has lived in Miami for years and still plays in bands down there. Same thing for one of their bassists, Eric Engen, only he's out in Arizona.

    Their lead singer, Bob Fetz (no Star Wars jokes, please), still lives here in GNV, sfaik. I don't believe he's done anything musically since RM. I love the guy to death, but he also very well could be certifiably insane. On the eve of their first reunion tour, while we were setting up their triumphant return to GNV via emails flying all over, he said some stereotypically crazy ****, which George took exception to, and as a result they did the two reunion tours without George.
     
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    Was expecting to see a thread about punk rock bands, instead I see a thread about pop boy bands who want to be punk rock. Let down.
     
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    Good on ya Krashpad.
    Sounds like it was a night to remember.
     
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    Lowbassnotes Friend of Leo's

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    There were some pretty cool bands coming out of Florida back then, I remember interviewing Disorderly Conduct from Melborne and I was also fond of the Sewer Zombies record too.
     
  7. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Tele-Afflicted

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    Sorry, we'll all try to be as punk as you in future.

    :rolleyes:

    Oh, and **** off, mate.
     
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    Sounds like fun!
     
  9. Brian Krashpad

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    Yes it was great fun, thanks. We got a good response from the crowd despite playing some decidedly weird music that was quite different from the ska-oriented other acts on the bill.

    And despite the fact that we did this show on exactly one practice, there were no train wrecks or even particularly noticeable gaffes. There is one song which only consists of two chords, completely instrumental, called "Mothra Explains the Blues." During a large portion of it Bill plays some little electronic device that makes bleeps and bloops, which had been the whole content of the song originally. During the rehearsal for the show he cued me to solo during the latter portion of the song, which was a new addition to the arrangement, but I was not sure if he was going to want me to do that at the actual show, or was just mucking about. Anyhow, at the show he did, and I did, and I was very happy with the result, and we got a lot good audience response with it, so maybe that'll be the arrangement from now on, since it seemed to work.
     
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