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Be Aggressive, USA Waste and Days N Daze at The Monkey House June 22, 2016   Leave a comment

Be Aggressive at The Monkey House June 22 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Be Aggressive at The Monkey House June 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Wednesday Night at The Monkey House. It had been too long since I had seen BE AGGRESSIVE so just after 8pm I took the walk to Winooski to catch the 8:30 show. The band went on close to Nine and rocked hard for a half hour or so. They are a trio with Jaw Knee Bee on vocals and bass, Pete Bolduc on guitar and vocals and new guy Chris on drums. The music is fast and loud and a bit long for punk songs. The songs go through some fun changes and the vocals are dual screams from the singer. The band was super tight and so much fun to listen to. The set was not long but was really great.

 

USA Waste  at The Monkey House June 22 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

USA Waste at The Monkey House June 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

After a fairly short Break USA Waste from Bangor Maine hit the stage. They are a guitar/singer bass/singer and drummer punk rock band. The vocals were more sang than screamed and the songs were very short and really intense. Their set was short too, about 30 minutes but every moment was blistering fun.

 

Days N Daze  at The Monkey House June 22 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Days N Daze at The Monkey House June 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

The Monkey had been about half full all night long, which is pretty good for a Wednesday, and when Days N Daze took the stage they densely packed the front half of the room. Days are a four-piece with singer/trumpet player, singer/acoustic guitar player, washboard player and the other guy had something that looked like a turned over metal tub with a tool handle and it might be called a gutbicket. They played punk rock songs in an acoustic setting and had a hint of Violent Femmes in their sound. The songs were fun and the audience knew them all and heartily sang along. It was pretty intense.

The walk home was lovely and I was so glad I put in the effort to check out two bands that I did not know and it was great to catch up with Be Aggressive again.

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The Mountain Says No and Dino Bravo at the Monkey House June 27, 2015   Leave a comment

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday June 27 at The Monkey House. The Mountain Says No were set to go on around 9pm, so about quarter of, Christopher Larrow, Mike Luoma and I drove over to Winooski and arrived in plenty of time. There was supposed to be a third band on the bill, but they had to cancel, so the start time was delayed a little. Soon enough, Mountain hit the stage to release their killer debut album JV. I thought they might just play it all the way through, but the band started with a groovy riff that signaled Ricky The Rider, and we were on our way. All through the show Andrew Frappier‘s thunderous bass kept the music locked in while Justus Gaston’s lead drumming drove the songs hard. The twin guitars of Ben Maddox and Jedd Kettler weaved a magical spell and their alternating singing painted vivid pictures in my mind. They filled the room with sonic joy on Statistik, and rocked like crazy on Iron And Metal. They eased things up with the mellowish 3,000, which has lyrics like “I prefer my carnage in the woods by the bay”, and those cool whoops. Restaurant brought the pace back to full throttle and King Grifter, with it’s beautifully expansive chorus was magnificent. Since the album had been available on bandcamp for a couple of days already, it was time for them to play a couple of new songs. The first was huge and rocking and as good as anything on JV. The second, Blanket (?) was a bit mellower but pretty cool. They went back to the album for the heavy riffs of Long Term Sermon then released the super catchy, seriously rocking JC And The Beast. They closed the set with The Bomb, which is already one of the greatest songs to come out of Vermont. It’s easy to sing along with, it’s easy to rock out to, and is just a fantastic song. If you are a fan of rock and roll, and you missed the show, you really missed out on something.

After a reasonable set break, Dino Bravo VT hit the stage. Usually, they hold Lily Sickles until the late middle part of the show, but she joined them at the beginning for a killer cover of the T. Rex classic 20th Century Boy. The heavy guitars of Matthew Stephen Perry and Chris Farnsworth churned over the rocking bass lines of Josh Shedaker and the nimble and powerful drumming of Jeff LaBossiere. Matt’s voice was strong and worked nicely with Lily’s as they continued through Song About The Ocean, Bottleneck and Sugar Coated Candy Stix. The whole set was a rocking good time. Even a broken guitar string didn’t stop the fun. The rest of the band jammed the opening part of Cortez the Killer until it was fixed, then they went back into the set. They brought Lily back at the end of the set for Pop music, and I think they closed the set with Don’t Jump In The Water, or Wet Sheddy, or whatever that song was. Either way, it was a fun night of rock and roll, and the $3 it cost to walk in the door was well worth it.