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Reversible Eye Gallery

Date of Show: 
Friday, April 21, 2006
Venue: 
Reversible Eye Gallery
Location: 
Chicago, Illinois
Other Bands on the Bill: 

Our second show at an art gallery! Look for Jay Ryan's great poster for the show at your local hipster hangout.

Halloween in Champaign

Date of Show: 
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Venue: 
Cowboy Monkey
Location: 
Champaign, Illinois

A Halloween Costume and Candy Spectacular! LMNOP is the latest incarnation of (what was) The Idle Hours. Nonagon (also from Chicago) is ex-Jumpknuckle for you CU music history pupils. Water Between Continents is legendary local musicians Nick Rudd and Brian Reedy. 7 Triple Whip is... triple good.

Drinks and a Movie With Snaklab

Date of Show: 
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Venue: 
Hotti Biscotti
Location: 
Chicago, Illinois
Other Bands on the Bill: 

Photos by Robert Gomez & Jim Kamp
Post-Mortem by John Hastie

Our free show at Hotti Biscotti in Logan Square was pure, loud, sweaty fun. Here’s the post-mortem...

We followed a somewhat somber screening of a weird and creepy costume-pic by Peter Greenaway called The Draughtsman’s Contract. Tony sat through the whole thing and says he liked it quite a bit... My distracted and intermittent viewing allowed me to catch only the surreal ending. Out of context, the strange dialogue, brutal murder, and walking statuary were just plain disorienting.

The show itself had a nice crowd (especially considering that it was at 3500 w. Fullerton on a White Sox World Series night). The 40 or so folks that flowed through the space made the small room feel full. Some stalwart friends of both bands came from WAY-outside of the neighborhood (Jay and Diana form up north, Brian from Skokie, Brendan from Valpo, Snaklab fans from all over), and Paul B. even rushed over straight from Comiskey after the White Sox win... I’ll try to remember these human kindnesses the next time a Republican press conference puts me in the mood for a rage-filled, corn-liquor fueled, indiscriminate maiming-spree.

The coin-toss determined that Snaklab go first, and they were rock. Despite some slight PA woes, a freshly-mohawked Jim,

Buco in cleanly pressed cover-alls, and an exceptionally-smiley Paul played a fun and energetic set that included some of my favorites: Upsessed, The Jimihop, etc. It was great to see them again. I’m grateful they agreed to play.

Here’s a set-list eyed view of our show (remember our motto: “all titles: working; all works: in progress”)

1) Fight Song - In order to establish momentum we dramatically started our set without warning, but all momentum was in danger of being squelched when I broke a string somewhere in the middle. We finished the song, but since I forgot to bring a back-up guitar I was faced with the task of replacing the string: something I don’t do quickly even in environments of low-stress.... This, however, lead to one of the best parts of the show:

2) The Impovised String-Changing Interlude - During which Jim Kamp jumped on stage and scream/sang stuff over fucked-up riffs from Robert and Tony. It was great! All the while, Jim’s experienced and cool-handed brother changed my string in record time... Kamps rule!

3) Peterson

4) Extended Eeyore

5) Creepy

6) Fake Baby Lucius

7) Wristbreaker

8) Notary And Minister

9) Fragile - A Tubeway Army cover—this time w/out the Theremin.

10) Elevensies

11) Nancy Raygun

12) Call and Response - We thought we were done here, but some masochistic folks seemed to want more (and it wasn’t 1am yet), so –even though we hadn’t practiced it in months- we played:

13) Uncomplicated - An Elvis Costello cover

There were plenty of little screw-ups, and everything was a little bit loose, but that just seemed to fit: It was great to play a simple small-room show with a basic PA and no fuss... I hope we can do this kind of thing more often. It felt a little like the days of house parties and Channing Murray (an old church you could book for DIY shows in Urbana). Pure, loud, sweaty fun.

The folks who stuck around seemed to have a good time and bought plenty of beer: enough that a) some of them danced, and b) Richard -the guy who now books stuff at Hotti Biscotti under the auspices of “The Nervous Center”- seemed up for doing this again in a-few-to-six months...

More photos and larger versions of these can be found at Robert's Flickr Site's Nonagon album. Robert also made the flyer for this show, check it out!

The Dirty Howlers Farewell Show

Date of Show: 
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Venue: 
The Mutiny
Location: 
Chicago, Illinois

We were first on a bill of four bands: The Trashingtons, The Dirty Howlers, and The Fuck Around Kids.

This was the CD release party/last show ever for The Dirty Howlers. In commemoration of said event we thought it would be fitting to do a garage rock cover. The song of choice was You Must Fight to Live on the Planet of the Apes by The Mummies. We opened the cover with a little talky-bit ala the Dirty Howler's Don't Tell Me, with a

simple bass line and drums while John told the story of how we decided to do some garage rock. Robert provided the intermittant "Baaaaaby" to clue the crowd in to what was going on.

Folks seemed to like the cover, although the rest of our set didn't quite fit in with the surf-rockabilly-rock 'n' roll that followed. No matter. A fun time was had by all.