Sunday, June 8, 2014

Drago 10 Year Anniversary at Beachcomber

Hey everyone,

It's been a bit but I am back.  Between finishing school, working a lot, and all the other good stuff in life, it becomes a sidetrack.  Good news is that I am back with some good shows, interviews and more so keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks and in the next month.  Last Saturday, I headed over to the Beachcomber in Quincy to see Spitshiner, Duck & Cover, the Dents, the Blue Bloods, and Drago!  Some of these bands I haven't seen before and/or are combined of some of my friends who decided to start new projects.  Its always great to see some of the longer standing bands support some of the smaller and newer bands which Drago does a great job doing.

So up first was Spitshiner with Josh Ayola and Chad from the Beantown Boozehounds along with their counterparts.  Their blend of americana folk music with their punk rock roots was refreshing as it was something I haven't seen for awhile.  Especially with the fiddle incorporated, and other traditional instruments.  Its great to see musicians try other genres that float along well with the punk rock scene and branch out.  Josh's lyrics give us a perspective of life from his point of view and his life experience that he has been through.  You can see a great comparison of lyrics between their work with the Beantown Boozehounds, the Snipes and the other projects as well.  I really look
forward to seeing Spitshiner play again and hear more music from them in the future.  Next was Duck & Cover and once again sporting their garage punk sound.  I saw these guys less than a month ago at the firefighter's benefit at Great Scott and honestly, they have improved quite a bit.  They played a quick twenty minute set or so and sounded really tight.  For anybody who is interested in the likes of the Ramones, the Dead Boys, Buzzcocks and bands from the 70s era, I highly suggest these guys.

After Duck & Cover was a band called the Dents which I have heard so much about but haven't seen at all.  I must say I was really impressed with this female fronted punk rock and roll band.  For all of you Street Dogs fans out there, the Dents did a split with them in the early days of the Street Dogs.  A fun fact would be that Mike McColgan sang Last One Standing on there and another fun fact was that  Michelle Paulus who is the vocalist and bassist of the Dents also played with Street Dogs in one point in time.  Anyways, their brand of punk rock and roll was extremely enjoyable.  It was really cool to hear some familiar songs such as Mental Defective, Last One Standing and some more. Sadly, I am not all that familiar with their material because it was my first time and outside of their split, I haven't found much material.  On a brighter note, I highly suggest you all see them play if they come back again for a show.  They are highly enjoyable for your straight up punk rock and roll fan with catchy riffs and a tight sound, as well.  I hope to hear some more of them because they have something good going on.

One of my favorite Boston bands, the Blue Bloods were up and ready to tear Quincy a new one like Intro and straight into Twice As Strong which is a rousing street punk anthem from their first recorOn Your Own from their upcoming record (coming soon!) and the catchy, Burning Bridges Light The Way.  Other fan favorites that were included were Kowalski, Written Off, and more.  Some other new ones that were performed was a fast tune called Alligator and the more sentimental yet musically upbeat, A Sad Silence and the socially conscious Deaf, Dumb, & Blind.

One of Boston's finest ended with a cover of This One's For You by the Trouble which was dedicated to Troy from Razors In The Night (who was in attendance that night).  As always, the Blue Bloods killed it and if you haven't seen them, you're missing out.
they always do!  I have been following these guys around for quite sometime now with their latest line up (Featuring Jim Burke and Tom O'Connell of the Pug Uglies) and they never disappoint.  Their set ranged from old and new as they opened with their

Lastly, Drago was up next. This was my first time seeing them play and I have to say, that band is funny as hell and very enjoyable.  Drago is a perfect example of a band who just loves to have fun and loves to joke around on stage.  How can you go wrong with that?  You just can't!  Fronted by Mike Gurley (from Darkbuster fame), he makes it for an entertaining set!  Songs such as Hiking Sucks had the audience at a laugh.  I personally got a kick out of, Skateboarding Isn't A Crime, Its Just Stupid!  Drago has an 80's hardcore influence with their music and that is for fans of Gang Green, DYS, and more. It is always a blast to see bands go and have a good time on stage and take everything lightly with a pinch of salt.  For those of you who couldn't make it this year, you missed out but that is okay because they play once a year!  Next time they announce a show, go and tear it up with Drago!  You won't regret it!

Band Info:
The Blue Bloods
The Dents
Duck & Cover


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