Last Thursday I attempted to get back into the swing of things after an extremely epic & adventurous summer vacation by going to a show at one of my favorite off-the-beaten path venues, Moondogs Pub. I had been promised the Full Monty, Evad & The Ominous Squad, Rocky Dennis Face, plus one act TBA in the storied bar’s familiar, dive-y, comfort. The last time I’d attempted to cover Evad & O.S. and Rocky D.F. Evad had to cancel due to illness & I didn’t feel like I got the full R.D.F. experience. Other Scott’s bass tone, having been set up for someone else, was… off, to say the least. Rejoice! For this attempt was far more successful! And a shitload of fun!
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The universe did not conspire against me and I made it to the first of my anticipated shows for June on Tuesday. I ended up meeting a buddy, Ray from the Crooked Cobras, at the show and he graciously agreed to share some thoughts about each of the bands, since he has things like “musical talent” and “an encyclopedic knowledge of punk rock dating back to the late ’70s” that I woefully lack. His comments will appear after my ramblings.
First on stage was Evad & The Ominous Squad. I always enjoy seeing Dave (hint: that’s Evad backwards; ask to see the tattoo) and the rest of the gang. Their music is straight punk with some poppy undertones, and it pays tribute to the solo acoustic performances Dave did before joining up with drummer Jon and bassist Josh. You can next see them playing on July 20th at Moondogs Pub in Blawnox with The Full Monty and Rocky Dennis Face.
Ray sez: they’ve got a melodic, 90s punk rock sound, and would be right at home in that era of Fat Wreck Chords. Or Epitaph, but back when Epitaph didn’t suck. They also had vibes of The Offspring (unless they don’t like The Offspring? I don’t want to insult them). I thought the drummer was especially solid.
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Iʻm back home, (mostly) recovered from Vegas, and the school year is just about over, which means it’s time to become nocturnal and go to all. the. freaking. shows. Here are five (plus a bonus out of town show!) that Iʻm especially looking forward to hitting up this month.
I saw Buffalo’s On The Cinder earlier this year playing at The Fallout Shelter (also with Evad & the Ominous Squad), and they rocked hard. Iʻm looking forward to round two. I’ve also been trying to catch the newly reunited Fuck Yeah, Dinosaurs!, but something has always come up. Not this time, universe!
The Dwarves put on a crazy good show, plus you get local favorites Thunder Vest, Porno Tongue, and those festive lads at the Super Fun Time Awesome Party Band. Itʻs been ages since I’ve seen either Thunder Vest or Porno Tongue, so I’m psyched. Donʻt miss out on this stacked lineup in the cozy comfort of Lawrenceville’s favorite dive bar. I promise you’ll have a super fun time. It will be an awesome party. There will be bands.