The Body, Assembly of Light Choir, Civilization

Perfect good times last night.  It was one of the highlights of the year for sure.

The Body and choir were amazing.  I’m glad it’s getting good coverage.  The Body record got so many well deserved great reviews, it’s only fitting that something as amazing as touring with the choir from the record be what they do next.  If they are coming to your town, don’t miss it!

Really, they are nice people.

And we (Civilization) didn’t mess up nearly as much as we could have.  It was tight that some people were into the Infest cover, too.


Here are some clips for the show.  My friend Mark filmed the Civilization set and I filmed the rest.

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Clay Doran, one of the genius people responsible for the warehouse and making Jacksonville awesome, put up some pictures from the show here.  Some of the pictures at the top are his.

I put up a few random pictures from the show here.


Crucial Tuesday

Tuesday night is kind of a big deal.  Personally, I really couldn’t think of a more important show happening this year.

Hailing from Providence, RI, THE BODY will be playing Jacksonville Tuesday June 21st at Warehouse 8b . Accompanying them on tour is the Assembly of Light Women’s Choir.  Also playing this only Florida date of the Body tour is Civilization, and Hot Graves.

It’s also Civilization’s last show for a while.  Certainly bittersweet.  The day we started being a band was pretty much the day Erik started playing guitar, and the day I started playing drums (2004? 2005?). We’ve gotten a bit better I think, partially due to the fact that Matt played bass with us a while and made sure we learned a few things.  A good deal of our earlier out town shows were with The Body.

A few years back (quickly turning into ‘too many’) I got an LP from Travis that he had released on his Obscurist Press label. It was the self titled Body LP and it ruled. It was heavy, slow, loud, powerful… The artwork didn’t have the bands name anywhere, just children praying on the cover.  The whole thing was new to me and awe inspiring.  So I did what any self respecting rather nerdy punk rockin kind of person did –  I emailed them, and was sure to include “you guys rule, if you are coming to Florida we’ll set up all the shows and tour with you. ”

Shortly thereafter Civilization (Erik, Matt and myself) met Chip and Lee in Pensacola, FL.  And got to hang out for 7 or so days.  Sleeping on beaches.  Being total rookies and taking the good places to sleep in Tallahassee, even though they had been on tour for months (the only place left over was a cat puked couch with ants on it). Learning from that and making sure we gave them the best places to sleep from there on out.  Eating at Waffle House too much.  Hanging out with rad people.  Since then they’ve come down to Florida with other side projects, and were certainly gracious hosts when Environmental Youth Crunch went farther North than the timely Richmond jaunts.

So come out to the show if you can.  A real convergence of good times past and present.

As an aside. The choir they are touring with is comprised of 14 people.  Quite the van load.  Here’s some video of them performing.

Bust Magazine also did a write up of The Body / Assembly of Light Choir tour here.


Deleon Springs is not just for pancakes anymore.

First weekend in February, a little rock and roll on Friday.  It was fun.  Three of my cousins and my sister were there.  Amber was a super-trooper and drove!


Idiots on Ice and Critter played first and second.  Both very rockin’ types of bands. Idiots on Ice covered “Hey Hey My My” by Neil Young.  Super odd, since Roamers does too.  Below is Roamers playing our first show.

Playing with Civilization was fun. We haven’t played out a lot since Erik broke his foot. People were definitely going nuts and singing along.

I’m very glad that Nathan set up this show for us, and it was super cool of Judy to has us play her house! Some more pictures (mostly taken by Zach- thanks!) are here.


Feb 4th and 5th

Feb 4th in Deland.  Email me for the address.

Feb 5th in Jacksonville

Plan ahead.

 


Twelve Hour Turn reunion show

The Sinclair last night was a blast from the past.  Twelve Hour Turn, and Army of Ponch both got back together for some fest weekend activities.  Fires, Premadonnasaurs and Landlord also fully killed it. Check out the rest of the pictures here.

 


October 8th


May 22nd

I’ve never seen MSP before, and I’m definetly pretty excited too.  Erik from Civilization has been on tour with Black Cobra and gets back a few days before this show.  We’ll get to practice and see if we forgot everything or what.  Stoked.


Last Sunday's Show

Mouthbreather, Tubers, AC Deathstrike and Vicious Fishes @ Lomax Lodge.

It got started a bit late (.. for Jacksonville, for Sunday, etc) since the Lodge shows an episode of Twin Peaks every Sunday.

But, in order of who played…

AC Deathstrike

They were awesome! I had only seen them once before. Mega-poppy! Listen to them here.   Live they are a bit more loud and rocking then the mp3s they have posted.  All good though!

Tubers

I’ll always love tubers – whether it’s tubing down a river, or eating a tuber from a garden. If I could surf I bet I’d love getting in the tube.  I also love this band Tubers.   I loved watching them night after night in Europe for weeks and weeks, and you would too. You can listen to them here.

Mouthbreather

What a collection of assholes.  Not really.  These guys rule and have a good time.  John Martin sings and when I go to Best Friends Day in RVA, and don’t want to sleep face down in a ditch, he let’s me crash with him.  Very exclusively, too.  He’s down to party, but not at his house of BFD weekend.   This band did a split 7″ with the band Environmental Youth Crunch that I’m in. Listen to them here.

Vicious Fishes

No pictures from the show of these guys, but here we are at my wedding.  Listen to us here. We used to be called Environmental Youth Crunch – so you know… when you go record shopping look for that name.


Sunday April 25th at Lomax Lodge


…and VICIOUS FISHES are playing as well. Sort of a last minute addition. We wanted to practice and see if we remembered anything since we haven’t played since Gainesville Fest in October.

When Vicious Fishes was called Environmental Youth Crunch we did a split 7″ with Mouthbreather.  They’re a rad band and should not be missed.  Listen to them here.


Mehkago NT Show at The Lodge

I nearly forgot it was St. Patty’s day at all.  Until of course I got to the show and the Lodge was over filling with green beer and the kind of people that drive to Mardi Gras for the wrong reasons.  A few different worlds collided that night.

Galactoid is going to be a good band.  Maybe they even are, and just had a severely off night.  Maybe it was the guitarist constantly and incorrectly tuning that was annoying.  Or the long pauses between songs for apparently no reason.  That stuff normally makes me think ‘OK,  I’ll be more stoked to see this band in a year.’  But what really topped the ‘you guys kind of sucked tonight’ meter was:

1.) Starting a dumb fight.
2.) Continuing to playing during the fight.

One of the coolest things I’ve ever see a band do, is stop playing when a fight broke out.  It makes you at least seem like you care and don’t want people to get hurt.   It shows you have some respect for people in the audience.   I’ve seen some pretty average and great bands playing when a fight broke out.  When they handle it well – at least get on the mic and call out the fighting morons – it’s like this average band are now at least nice people.  Bands, be nice people.

And really, at that point no one cares about your music anyway. And if things are quiet for a few minutes the whole stupid fight thing can get figured out much quicker.  At least then you can get back to torturing us by tuning your guitar and wasting time.

Anyway,  Foul Intent played next.  Sam has always been in amazing bands.  They all have this thread of similarity to them that I like.  His bands are always super tight and well rehearsed –  and Foul Intent was no exception. Nothing gimmicky – they weren’t really, really loud or hyped up or had dumb props.  Just straight up good.  Sam plays drums and sings and two girls cover the bass and guitar parts exceedingly well.  Sam has a small tape label and last night I got the Foul Intent cassette and one from his other band Ives.  Already listen to bit a both and they sound great.  Not just blown out noise so so many bands put on tape these days.  Something coherent, catchy, tough, and local.

Starring Daggers

Then Staring Daggers played. Very solid and definitely has the big in-your-face-gear thing going on. Quinn hold his drumsticks upside down because you can’t buy em big enough. I honestly have no idea what Jaymz does besides play bass is good bands. Having Jason as a second guitarist is a big plus. I’ve always gotten jealous and anxious to start another band when I see people who get to just be singers. I know these guys have a tape released and I’m thinking have some other things in the works (?). Without a doubt, this is a Jacksonville band that needs to get out of town more.

Mehkago NT

Mehkago NT played last and was the only band from out of town.  Metallic crusty hardcore coming from Miami.   I knew the previous two drummers of the band pretty well,  so it was a bit weird seeing them without either of those people.  Also they used to have a third guitarist – maybe they still do for fests and all?  They were really good.  Maybe by the time they came on I was just tired of green beer (never!) and stupid fights and inhaling lots of  smoke from dumbass people who still smoke.  Maybe I was just tired and knew i had to do a storytime about bugs in the AM.  They were great though – I was just ready to roll.  Having them back to back with Staring Daggers helps you see how similar the bands are live, and makes me wonder why they haven’t done a record together.  Gentlemen, make it happen.

You can check out other pictures from the show here.