Some primative tribes believe that taking a photo steals a being's soul. Lucky for us we are soulless.
An underground music festival based around the members of the Electrical Audio music Internet forums. Here are some crappy cameraphone photos:
Tony posting some "LOLZ" outside the T.H.Ink back door.
Blood Sucking Fiends played first. The guitarist was noodling around with a little Jesus Christ Superstar before they played, so I was hopeful we might get a little Lloyd/Webber action in their set, but, alas, I was denied.
Death Dream played just before us and the crowd began to grow during their set. Abrasive punk with a Yow-ish singer.
We played next and managed to get through our set without any problems. Soon afterwards we packed up and made room for the next bands. Tony and I left for quiet evenings with our families while John, the rock ambassador of Nonagon and all-around nice guy, rode back to represent for the rest of the day (he's probably on his bike heading for day 4 of the festival as I type this).
The Frequency's marquee. A fine place to play music and located next door to the one of Robert's favorite Madison eating establishments, The Tornado Room.
Squarewave played well-structured and thoughtful songs and had some of the most guitar effect pedals I have ever seen assembled in one place.
Knife the Symphony managed to play a great set despite being turned away at the gates of The House on the Rock.
United Sons of Toil blasted through their set and were cut short around 1:30am by the bar. We'll be playing with them in Chicago in June and we'll make sure they don't get short changed.
Well, this was an interesting evening. We apologize to the good people of Green Bay who braved the cold expecting an enjoyable night of pleasant music only to find us stuck in the mix. We were put on this bill at the last minute with the kind help of Jim, whose floor we ended up sleeping on later that night.
Crunchy Frog was a night little bar on a strip in Green Bay filled with typical Wisconsin style taverns. From what we were told, this is perhaps the only bar in Green Bay where you can see live underground-type bands.
This was amazing. $10 all-you-can drink specials on Friday nights. Needless to say, this is the key reason why Crunchy Frog does not do live entertainment on Fridays.
Here's Tony setting up his drums.
The opening band was The Ian Olvera Trio (they may have changed their name… they definately weren't a trio that night). They played rock music and their set lasted over an hour. After which they proceeded to break down the drum kit on stage. I guess things move a little slower up north.
Paul made a surprise appearance. Thanks Paul! We played our set next (no pictures). Each song ended with complete silence in the room—barely even a smattering of courtesy applause. Oh well, you can't win 'em all.
Next came Madison, Wisconsin's Blackwell Beauties. They were a self-described power-pop band. I liked that a few of their parents were in attendence. Nonagon is, if nothing else, a family values band!
After Blackwell Beauties Beach Patrol played. We loaded up the van and took off before the end of their set. I know, I know... not cool, but, we were pretty exhausted and needed to wake up very early if we were going to return the rental van without penalty. At least we got to see Jim's awesome vintage bicycle collection before retiring for the evening.
A rare out-of-town show! The first stop on our tour of Minnesota and Wisconsin (a.k.a. Upstate Illinois) was a fun show featuring some great bands (Self-Evident, Buildings & Shageki) and lots of fun times. That evening we played at Sauce (3001 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, Minnesota).
Here are a bunch of photos from the tour. I will be providing a running commentary of the action. John keeps a pretty detailed private journal of most of the shows we play (on his shelf next to his dream journal/unicorn sticker collection), and I will do my best to live up to his standards:
Our journey started on a promising note when I got a pretty good deal on a spacious rental van. Unfortunately, I failed to read my Google directions closely and went with the no-unlimted miles plan. Big mistake. Who'd a thought Minneapolis is more than 200 miles away?
It's a long, long drive to Minnesota. There are lots of pretty hills and rock formations that only delay the realization that there are still two more hours of driving left.
Tony waiting in the hallway where the bands keep their gear.
John also in the same location, only a little more to the right and a little more holding-a-phone-ish.
And finally, this is me in the very same room. Only, I am in a mirror and am balancing a camera on my crotch.
Here's the interior of the club. Sauce is a really nice venue to play in. There's a green room for the bands (which we didn't really utilize) and a very friendly staff.
Shageki open the show. They are a local duo featuring guitar, drums and park bench. Apparently, they have been Self-Evident fans since their teen years, and now, in their early twenties, they have formed their own band.
I attempted to snap a shot during "Squeal" but the digital camera's delay was too long. This was taken between songs. Despite some weird technical glitches, we manged to pull off a good show I think.
Up next was Buildings. The show was pretty crowded at this point and I didn't get any clearer pictures than this. Anyhow, they put on a good set for the ever-growing crowd.
Self-Evident was headlining and they put on a great show as usual. Here's Conrad playing guitar.
This is Ben playing drums for Self-Evident.
Finally, here's a blurry shot of Tom playing bass.
After waiting an epic amount of time for some sandwiches, we returned to Tom's house for the evening. Tom has a urinal in his downstairs basement. Oh, yeah.
He also has the ultimate beer fridge, tapper and all.
Like the sign says, it was a lifetime of memories. The memories continue in Green Bay...
Gig Poster by Roger Loontine
Yet another rocking time was had. This time it was down in the Loop at Cal's Liquors with The Heavy Bombers and Blackout Dates! Posters photos and a video of Blackout Dates all documented for your future Nonagon fan-fiction inspiration.
Cal's is located in the south Loop just a couple of blocks from the Sears... er... Willis Tower.
No, they weren't filming a C & C Music Factory video outside of Cal's, just your average Chicago hole in the road with lots of blinding welding.
Tony hanging out.
Mr. Moneybags with Blackout Dates in the Background.
Jim on Bass.
Blackout Dates rhythm section.
The Heavy Bombers were second on the bill.
Brent from the Bombers.
I was too busy playing bass to take pictures of Nonagon while we were playing, so here's a shot of Tony's drum kit.
The rest of the photos are on Flickr.
We played the Beat Kitchen with Phantom Works (hard, art-rocking, minimalist Chicagoans), Self-Evident (Minneapolitan purveyors of complex guitarcrobatics… SO good!), and Scotia Widows (energetic Chicagoans boasting the algebraic formula: X + All = SW [maybe?]). Lots of photos to look at.
Tony cannot hold back the tears of joy.
Scotia Widows were on first. The flyer for this night's show was designed and printed by Gina from the Scotia Widows.
Here's one of the blurry "night mode" digital shots that us bands love so much.
And here's a much more sobering in-focus shot of Nonagon.
A rare live show convergence of Nonagon wives.
Self-evident from Minneapolis.
Phantom Works ended the evening.
Nonagon cannot resist the siren's song of a post-show late night breakfast. That short stack is calling to you, John.
More disturbing breakfast photos band shots are on Flickr.
Here are a few blurry cameraphone photos from the show:
Jim and Tony. Jim is sporting the newly created band t-shirt we premiered that night.
No wonder not that many people showed up. They feared for their lives.
This was Robert's view of the Ruth Buzzy show. He was covering the door. $5 was apparently too steep for the Wicker Park preppies who popped in (as was $3 later in the evening).
The Ruth Buzzy smoke machine and some drum cases.
John was the driving force behind getting this show together. Chrsty brought a yummy cake with a frosting design by Jay.
These pictures were taken by Jim Kamp and are used here completely without any permission:
Press and Promotional Stuff
Poster by Jay Ryan of The Bird Machine