Nonagon

Nonagon Shows

Here you will find a nearly complete record of all of Nonagon's live performances. Many of the individual show reports have images, videos and commentary. If you want to browse through a more condensed version of this list, go to the quick overview page.

Marquette, Mich. w/ The Rutabega, Gay Name & Chung Antique

Date of Show: 
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Venue: 
Northern Michigan University
Location: 
Marquette, Michigan
Other Bands on the Bill: 

Chung Antique

Gay Name

The Rutabega

FREE FOR STUDENTS!
$1 EVERYONE ELSE
ALL AGES
Explorer Rooms of University Center
Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm

NO BOOZE, NO DRUGS, NO LAMENESS ALLOWED

the rutabega - South Bend, IN
http://theseknottylines.bandcamp.com/

Gay Name - Chicago, IL
http://gayname.bandcamp.com/

chung antique - Seattle, WA
http://chungantique.bandcamp.com/

Here's a photo of Tony, our old friend:

Nonagon's Return

Date of Show: 
Friday, January 16, 2015
Venue: 
Quenchers Saloon
Location: 
Chicago, Illinois
Other Bands on the Bill: 

Jan. 16, 2015

It's been seven months since Tony had his arm fixed improved and we are finally ready to play again:

The plan is to have three or four new songs to debut, so please come out and see us Tyranny Is Tyranny, As Hell and Oxblood at one of our favorite places, Quenchers. Join the FaceBook event page for updates.

PRFBBQ Chicago 2014

The annual PRF BBQ is here again and we are playing on Sunday evening between Burned or Buried and Velocicopter at around 8:10pm. Don't be fooled by the massive list of bands... that's only 1 days worth of BBQ! See the Facebook page or Electrical Audio Forum post for full details.

PRF BBQ, West Coast Edition - Oakland, CA

Date of Show: 
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Venue: 
Leo's
Location: 
Oakland, California

Three days of bands in the San Francisco Bay area. Probably the only time you ever will be able to see us on the West Coast. See the official Web site for more bands and other info.

Oakland From the Sky

A Note About Flying with Guitars

This was the first time that we flew to a gig and I thought I might say a few words about taking guitars on a commercial flight. Here's the gear we took with us:

Nonagon Guitars and Drums

Having seen that viral video about United breaking guitars and knowing quite a few people who have had guitars either broken or stolen while flying, we were a bit paranoid about traveling with our instruments.

The only consistent advice we could find about flying with guitars was to loosen the strings. As far as getting your stuff safely on the plane, everyone has a their own story. John and I took two different approaches. He got the industrial strength hard case you see in the photo above with the plan of checking it through the whole way. I brought my smaller, lighter bass in the beige hard case and added some extra foam padding around the neck and body of the guitar.

The airline's terms of service for both United and American say you can take instruments with you to the gate. My plan was to just walk through security like I knew what I was doing and hopefully get my bass in the plane's coat closet. At O'hare this plan worked for the most part. No body hassled me and I made it to the gate. However, John's plans were thwarted when he tried to check that monstrous case. It was both over-sized and over-weight (aluminum necks do have their drawbacks). According to the baggage clerk, the cost to check the road case would have been more than $400! This being Chicago, the clerks were more than willing to bend the rules a bit and told John that since it technically was an instrument, he could carry it through security and gate check it for free (our fine City's culture of corruption does have its advantages).

Once at the gate John talked to the flight staff and a manager came out and let him gate check the road case. My plan to just walk on to the plane with the bass sorta fell apart here as I also had to gate check my case. This I expected. Now, as much as I hate United (they completely ruined a long-planned family vacation for me last year by bumping us off our flights), I have to admit the gate staff at O'hare was very accommodating and friendly. They assured us that instruments are handled very carefully and would be unloaded separately from normal luggage at baggage claim in San Francisco. To their credit, they arrived in good shape without any problems.

At the show John played our first song then promptly broke three strings and borrowed The Gary's guitar for the rest of the set.

Things did not go quite our way on the trip from San Francisco to O'hare. This time we both tried to walk right through American Airline's security and were promptly told by the staff that the only guitars they allow through are those that are in gig bags or in a shaped case like you'd have for an acoustic guitar. The inconsistency of policies miffed us and we tried to invoke the passenger's bill of rights. Turns out that there is no article in that bill of rights covering ungodly overweight boutique guitars. Next thing you know they're gonna be allowing TSA agents to quartered in our houses!

We were then escorted to the over-sized item line fearing the major hit the band fund was going to take for checking through that huge-ass road case. Fortunately, John's guitar only cost $125 to check and my bass was the standard $25 fee. But Tony was able to charm his way into carrying his drum and cymbal cases with him.

Again we were assured that instruments got special treatment. Even still, we watched in despair as the two guitars were conveyed through the strip doors into the bowels of SFO airport.

Once we landed we raced to the baggage claim down the seemingly endless length of the American Airlines terminal (has anyone ever landed at Gate #1?). Again, the bags were hand delivered to the over-sized baggage area. After a quick inspection everything looked to be in one piece and we let go a sigh of relief. Well, I did anyway. John still had a train ride back to Logan Square where he hoped the hand truck he had locked to the bike rack would still be there:

Johnagon's Hand Truck

It was! Next time we are only flying via chartered Leerjet (merch sales in Oakland were quite good).

Thundersnow 2014

Date of Show: 
Friday, February 21, 2014
Venue: 
Terrace Bay Inn
Location: 
Gladstone, Michigan

The second annual PRF Thundersnow in the U.P.! We shared the final slot with Fake Limbs and had much hijinx planned. Get yourself a brandy old fashioned and rock out for an entire weekend.

Video

Robert shot this video documenting some of the highlights from Thundersnow weekend.

The schedule was as follows:

Friday

8:45-9:15 Kate Rev
9:30-10:00 The Chanteymen
10:15-10:45 The Paver
11:00-?? Fake Limbs/Nonagon 

Saturday

3:00-3:30: Stomatopod
3:45-4:15: Six Acre Lake
4:30-5:00: Practice Wife
5:15-5:45: Body Futures
6:00-6:30: Tyranny is Tyranny
6:45-7:15: Hungry Man
9:00-9:45 The Gary
10:00-10:45 The Cell Phones

Sunday

3:00-3:30 Tijuana Hercules
3:45-4:15 Jap Herron
4:30-5:00 Sycamore Smith and the Gray Beast
5:15-5:45 Victory & Associates
6:00-6:30 CUSS
8:30-9:00 Like Like The The The Death 
9:15-??? The Rutabega

Marquette, Mich. w/ The Rutabega, Victory & Associates & Two Holes of Man

Date of Show: 
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Venue: 
Northern Michigan University
Location: 
Marquette, Michigan

Holy crap, this was an insane show on the shores of Lake Superior! We had lots of fun with all the bands and the crowd was great.

Photos

Marquette, MI

The took place in a typical conference room(s) in the University Student Center.

Food Trays

Usually bars will give band members two free beers, but in Northern Michigan you get cookies, veggies, dip and sodie-pop!

Tony and his drums

Tony setting up his drums. Drummers are lonely creatures.

Victory and Associates

Hey everybody, it's Vicotry & Associates!

Ryan

Victory and Associate's midwest tour guitarist Ryan knows how to work the spandex. Let's hope he never crosses paths with Spandy Andy.

We also made the local news!

No-noggin indeed!

Township w/ Buildings, The Paver & Deleter

Date of Show: 
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Venue: 
Township
Location: 
Chicago, Illinois
Other Bands on the Bill: 

Nonagon - Township. Feb 8 2014

BUILDINGS

Formed in 2006, BUILDINGS is a (insert label) three piece from Minneapolis. Their music is loud, aggressive, and dynamic. Melt Cry Sleep is the band’s 2nd full-length, and the follow up to 2008’s self-released Braille Animal (recently reissued on doubleplusgood).

 Engineer, Jacques Wait (Off With Their Heads, Motion City Soundtrack) has perfectly reined in the band’s furious energy, allowing the 10 tightly wound tracks on Melt Cry Sleep room to breathe in contrast to their raw & visceral live sets. One might think from the blistering opener “Rainboat” that it’s all loud, fast rules, but BUILDINGS is deceptive in their songwriting. Often switching gears several times within a song, as evidenced on tracks “Born on a Bomb” and “Invocation”. New bassist Sayer Payne’s driving bass lines and Travis Kuhlman’s frantic drumming work in tandem to steer through the chaos on songs like “I Don’t Love My Dog Anymore” and “Night Cop. Combined with Brian Lake’s snarling vocals and eerie, atonal guitar on songs like “Wrong Cock” and the madness of closer, “Crystal City”, BUILDINGS never end where they began. 

THE PAVER

The Paver formed in 2008 as a bass, violin/synth, drums trio. In 2010, they added cello. The Paver is aggressive, mathy, arty, post-punk, post-rock. Perhaps the most fitting description of the complex songwriting is "Baroque-Core."

DELETER

Skewed but catchy. Straight forward yet obtuse. Angry but thoughtful: Deleter's 8-song debut comes in the form of the 4-part "A/B" singles series being released digitally throughout the spring of 2013, physical release pending. When Knol Tate's (Askeleton, Killsadie, Hidden Chord) previous group Satellite Voices ended in 2012 he wanted to waste no time and to start something new straight away. Something in the vein of his former band but sleeker, simpler and meaner. Joined by former band mate Travis Collins (Satellite Voices, Spirit Of 76), drummer Josh McKay (Farewell Continental, Mourner) and guitarist Zach Roth they started what would become the loud, post punk inspired sound of Deleter.