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Good Stuff Has Happened, Will Happen

Some good shows have happened. Last Tuesday, Red Medicine played a set with some new material at the Café on the UMF campus. The performance was good, and some folks in the crowd most probably enjoyed it. Currently, we (Dan and I) are working on more new songs, thinking about bass players, and contemplating how to add some words to the tunes. There are plans to record some sort of EP by the end of this semester, which will have the new material plus whatever old material we want to record. More information on that as it comes along. Here’s a picture:

On Friday, Eyes Like Fire’s final show was a blast. Butcher Boy were excellent, and Jakob Battick snapped some very good photos. They are one of the funnest bands to watch. Captain Hollow are a band on their way to doing some really incredible things, and I can’t wait for them to finish the record they’ve been working on. Pamola had a good set too. We were pretty happy with how things went, and had a really great time, though the 40 minute set was pretty exhausting. And Eyes Like Fire’s final set was truly immense. It was long, packed with most every song they’ve ever played, and yet they kept pushing forward through to the end. It was ELF at the most intense, passionate, and best I’ve ever seen them, which makes it even more upsetting that they’ve called it quits. At the end, Mark smashed a guitar, and as he flung the neck, disconnected from the body, over his head, the metal bridge, still connected to the strings and thus the headstock, was pulled along and slammed into the back of his head. It was nuts. And there was a Piñata, filled with candy, and toys. Dylan Martin wrote a review of the show that you can read here. Jakob Battick took this excellent photo of Pete during the Butcher Boy set. I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos.

On Saturday, Pamola opened a night at Slainte, followed by Britney’s Spear, Huak, and then Jakob Battick and Co. Britney’s Spear were incredibly fun to watch. Honest, thoughtful hardcore music with terrific interplay between the two guitars and a tendency to switch into danceable, energetic sections at a moment’s notice. During the end of the set, Alan, one of the Guitarists/Vocalists, somehow climbed to the top of the set, and finished the song while sitting on top of the wall that encloses the performing space. I bought their EP for 2$, and it’s really fucking good. There is a link on their Myspace page that, if you follow, will lead you to where you can download it for free. Please do.  I’m sure we’ll see them in Maine again in the future. Bands like them are refreshing. Huak, too, were incredible. I saw them over a year ago with Mission of Burma at Space in Portland, and that was a damn good show. However, last Saturday just seemed so much more intense. Maybe because I was closer, and Slainte is a small venue, forcing people to be close. They played mostly new material that they plan to record soon, and I can’t wait to hear that when it’s done. Really nice guys, amazing music. Very exciting. Jakob Battick’s set, too, was excellent. Every time I see him and his band, the music gets louder, and more intense. However, the quiet parts of the songs remain very quiet, and the intense dynamic swells, from whispers to thunderous crashes, give his music a real cathartic aspect. Such a good night. So much good music. Please check out all these bands, and buy their records, and talk to them after a show. Here are a couple pictures Jonathan’s brother took of Pamola during our set.