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Greaseface, REDadmiral, Shred Flintstone, and Ellen Degenerates at Jim’s Basement June 10, 2017   Leave a comment

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Greaseface pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music recently at Friends of Jim’s Basement. They put on a lot of punk underground shows featuring local and touring bands and I like to be there when I can. It was a lovely warm, but not super hot, Saturday. I got out of work at 4:30, hung out at home for a while, then took the happy walk to King st. I said a couple of hello’s then headed down to the basement. There were a lot of kids there and I found a place to stand a bit out of the way.

Greaseface are three high school kids playing guitar, bass, drums and were dressed like bandits with striped shirts and masks. The music was fast and loud and fun. They opened the show with a surf rock noir feel that fell into a classic punk feel. The bass player shouted the lyrics as the guitar played strong melodies and sweet leads while the drummer was constantly over the top. The second song had a bombastic intro then settled into a riff where all three shouted the words into the air. The whole nine song set was full of energy with moshing in the room and moshing by the band. They sang songs about steak dinners and they sang a song about Home Alone from the perspective of the burglars. They rocked hard from beginning to end and it made me feel good to know a new generation of people are taking music so seriously.

 

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Greaseface pic by Tim Lewis

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Greaseface pic by Tim Lewis

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Greaseface pic by Tim Lewis

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REDadmiral pic by Tim Lewis

Up next was a band I had not caught up with in a while. REDadmiral had changed things up from the two guitars, bass, drums band I was expecting to a two acoustic guitars, a beat box, an electric stand up bass and a guy who played a never ending series of odd and fun percussion instruments. Between the change in overall sound and the country feel of the first two songs it took me a little bit of time to settle in. They were so much mellower than the last band. The third song of the set was Bullet which I knew reasonably well and it was fun to see where my expectations differed from the new reality. The next song, Goner, actually sounded a lot like it did on the album and set began to jell for me. Many of the kids stayed and stood and listened quietly. The whole nine song set was cool, completely not what I expected, and one of the many reasons I love to go out and see music.

 

 

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REDadmiral pic by Tim Lewis

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REDadmiral pic by Tim Lewis

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Shred Flintstone pic by Tim Lewis

Shred Flintstone have such a fun name that I had high expectations. The first few notes of the set fulfilled them all as they rocked hard with a huge cool sound. The New Jersey band played punk rock with inviting melodies. The bass player is steady and solid as the guitar player and drummer assault their instruments. The kids in the room moshed and had fun as the band played killer song after killer song. I loved every moment of their eight song set.

 

 

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Shred Flintstone pic by Tim Lewis

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Shred Flintstone pic by Tim Lewis

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Shred Flintstone pic by Tim Lewis

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Ellen Degenerates pic by Tim Lewis

Ellen Degenerates closed the night as a guitar bass drums trio playing mellower rock that veered a little towards jazz. All of their songs got into a nice groove and floated for a while but still had a rock edge. The only song I knew was Sri Lanka but I liked all of the songs. Most of the crowd had stayed to check them out and seemed appreciative.

After the set I said goodnight to Brian LaClair and James Lockridge and took the lovely walk home.

 

 

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Ellen Degenerates pic by Tim Lewis

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apb, Sink Or Swim, Mr Doubtfire and Ransom Smith at Jim’s Basement April 8, 2017   Leave a comment

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Mr Doubtfire pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Jim’s Basement. I got out at 5 after a reasonable day at work, though I didn’t land the day where I hoped so today will be an extra challenge. I had enough time to hang out and eat some food, then took the long walk down to King st.

I was running a little late and apb was already on stage. It was just him and a fuzzed out overdriven guitar and he sounded great. I only caught a few songs but his questioning of what it must feel like to be middle aged and began to wonder if you are gay and his assertion that everyone should get at least a little bit involved in local politics spoke volumes. I really liked the few songs that I caught. I hope I did not miss much.

 

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apb pic by Tim Lewis

 

Up next Sink or Swim hit the stage hard and fast. They have a classic ’70’s punk sound and were tons of fun. With tight melodies and a rocking energy the guitar bass drums trio powered through a great set. The only song title I remember was An Obscene Amount of Debt, but all the songs were brilliant and I enjoyed every moment.

 

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Sink Or Swim pic by Tim Lewis

 

Mr. Doubtfire followed and sounded slick in comparison, but still had tons of furious rock energy. I had just gotten, but had not listened to, their new EP Drive By Fruiting, but I’m sure they played some, if not all of it. Their regular drummer couldn’t make it so Swim’s drummer, Ruston Fettig, sat in and glued the set together. The only song I remember was Blank Daze, which has the line about the marionette, and it was pretty wonderful. The rest of the set was blissfully rocking and I was in a great place.

 

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Mr Doubtfire pic by Tim Lewis

 

The night was capped by guitar, bass drums trio Ransom Smith. I think they said they have another guitar player who was not there that night. They had a low-fi indie punk sound and rocked hard. As they settled into the set they got tighter and tighter and the amazing drummer drove the show over the top. The songs began to have more of an indie feel with some catchy melodies, but always rocked hard. Their set was short and sweet and just great.

After they finished up I hung out a bit in the back yard with James Lockridge and Brian LaClair and several other cool people for a while, then took the chilly walk home. What a great night.

 

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Ransom Smith pic by Tim Lewis

Posted April 9, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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